Swirl Winemaker’s Dinner

Matt Dumayne, winemaker at the Okanagan Crush Pad, was in town recently for a winemaker’s dinner at Swirl Wine Store in White Rock.  Matt has spent sixteen years as a winemaker and has twenty-eight vintages under his belt including several in his former home in the Central Otago region of New Zealand.  Swirl owner Jeff…

Wine Wednesday Review by Sam the Wine Teacher

2013 Bacchus (Dry Reserve) Chaberton Langley, BC $17.25 Tasted 2014 11 Straw coloured with medium-light intensity.  An inviting Muscat like nose showing aromas of peach, mineral, apple and citrus.  Good balance, clean and crisp.  Stone fruit (peach and nectarine), lemon and elderberry flavours on the palate.  A medium finish.  This lip smacking social wine will…

A History of Excellence

I think it was seven years ago that I had my first glass of Joie Farm wine. It was their superb rose which remains one of my favorites to share with friends. Year in and year out I think their commitment to excellence makes Joie wines stand out. I recently tasted their 2013 Un-Oaked Chardonnay and once again…

Samantha Syrah Gives Back

When Samantha Rahn was named Sommelier of the Year, the honour came with a rare opportunity. Samantha got to make a wine that carries her own name. Like any great wine this lovely Syrah is the sum total of the palate and knowledge of Samantha, the talented team at Okanagan Crush Pad and the deft hand…

Le Vieux Pin Holiday Wine Gift Sales are On!

Tis The Season For Giving The key to being a good guest (or host!) and the best way to say thank you, happy holidays or be invited to the next event, is to show up with something memorable. What better way to say thanks than giving the always-appreciated gift of wine! Rely on the quality…

#TasteofThursday Wine Pairing from Ron Wilson

From the award winning Burrowing Owl winery comes their second label Calliope. This B.C. viognier would be a great match for the rich and delicious flavours of this chowder. Fishhook Chowder Recipe   Price: $14.00 Available: Swirl wines in Yaletown and White Rock Price: $16.00 Available: Village VQA wine stores in Dunbar and Kitsilano    …

One Faith Vineyards: Canada’s Premier First Growth Wine

One Faith Vineyards Redefines Excellence in Canadian Winemaking South Okanagan Winery Releases Most Expensive  BC Debut Vintage  British Columbia’s First Growth wine is here. For more than two decades, the Okanagan Valley has been producing first-rate Bordeaux varietals. The goal of One Faith Vineyards is to build on this success and take it to the next level…

Le Vieux Pin – A Rare Couple of Releases

2014 harvest is now over across the valley, minus the ice wine harvest that our colleagues are busy with. While is too soon to be definitive, 2014 is shaping up to be a classic South Okanagan vintage: hot summer days, cold nights, dry conditions and a steady late indian summer ensured perfect ripeness of both sugars and…

Government Policy Announcement Good for BC Wine Industry and Sales of BC VQA Wine

Today’s announcement by the provincial government, regarding the implementation of more Liquor Policy Review recommendations, levels the playing field for the liquor retailing industry, according to the BC Wine Institute. “We support the government’s move to harmonize and simplify policies,” said Josie Tyabji, Chair of the Board of Directors for the BCWI. “These changes ensure…

Wine Wednesday – Ron Wilson

With almost three hundred wineries in B.C. it can be hard to keep up. Thanks to the kindness of friends, new and old, that job is a little easier. Even more exciting is getting a wine to try and finding a new addition for CheapandCheerful.ca. Eau Vivre Riesling happens to be a gold medal winner from…

#WineWednesday Sam the Wine Teacher review

2009 Malbec/Cabernet Silkscarf Summerland, BC $29.90 Bronze Medal Tasted 2014 11 Garnet red colour with medium-plus intensity.  Cherry, raspberry, spice and chocolate aromas on the nose.  Good balance with medium body.  Red fruit flavours on the palate with a medium finish. 2010 Syrah Thornhaven Summerland, BC $24.90 Silver Medal Tasted 2014 11 The colour is…

Mountain Biking Whistler Sommelier Creates A Wine For Charity

Winemaker, Michael Bartier, with Vancouver Sommelier of the Year 2013, Samantha Rahn   Okanagan Crush Pad winery in Summerland, BC introduced the Okanagan Wine Campus series in 2011, in an effort to further British Columbia’s already rich wine-and-food culture. This philanthropic program aims to foster the education of professionals in the industry by connecting all…

The 12 wineries of the Okanagan Falls Winery Association are pleased to welcome you for a weekend in BC wine country with their third annual Holiday Cheer Open House. Join in on Saturday, November 29th and Sunday, November 30th from 11AM to 5PM in the winery tasting rooms, there will be something for everyone at this cozy…

Don’t Judge a Wine by its Cover

Wine stores are full of wines with colorful labels and kitchy names. Often its a cover-up for a less than satisfying experience when you drink the contents. Here’s a wine that won’t win any awards for its label but is getting plenty of love for the quality of their red blend. Yecla Castano Solanera is the…

Not All Malbecs are Created Equal

Canadians have fallen in love with Malbec wines because they offer so much and cost so little. (usually) I’ve been a fan since I opened my first bottle of Pasqual Toso years ago. So I’m always on the lookout for another good Malbec to recommend but its much easier said than done. There’s some really…

La Sophia Cabernet Sauvignon @LaStellaWinery

100% Old Vine Cab With a Rich History At LaStella a great wine is not just one with a rich entry, perfect balance, and a long finish, but a wine that also speaks to the land and the growing season of that vintage. La Sophia hails from one of the most revered sites in the Okanagan Valley: U2 . Located on…