Summer’s Almost Gone

  “Summer’s almost gone” or so the Doors sang.  Well, not quite, there’s still lots of good weather ahead and lots of time to enjoy drinking that quintessential summer quaff, rosé.   Rosés are made in the same manner as white wines, in that they are fermented after the grapes have had a short contact…

Wine Reviews by the Wine Teacher

2013 Pinot Noir (Red Carpet) Cassini Cellars Oliver, BC $17.87 Bronze Medal Tasted 2014 07 Garnet red colour with medium intensity.  Sour cherry raspberry, vanilla with a hint of earth on the nose.  Good balance with a sweet entry.  Ripe cherry and red current flavours.  A medium finish.   2010 Chardonnay Meyer Family Okanagan Falls,…

SAVOUR SUMMER

THE HEAT WAVES OF SUMMER ARE NOT OVER – WHICH MEANS OUTDOOR PARTIES, AL FRESCO DINING AND BBQ SEASON CONTINUES!   Save our flagship reds for events where there is the time to give them the attention they deserve and instead look to our Petit Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Ava, the perfect pairings for a…

Wine Wednesday review by Sam the Wine Teacher

2012 Freudian Sip (White Blend) Therapy Naramata, BC $17.50 Bronze medal 2014 07 This secret blend is pale straw in colour with medium-light intensity.  Granny Smith apple, peach juice and citrus aromas on the nose.  Good balance.  Dry apple, melon, citrus and mineral on the palate.  A medium-long finish. 2012 Pink Freud (Rosé) Therapy Naramata,…

Pacific Breeze

Pacific Breeze is a small urban garage winery located in an industrial park in New Westminster, just off Stewardson Way. Opened in 2005, it has had more than it’s fair share of acclaim, picking up numerous awards for its wines starting with its very first vintage.  Until 2014, it didn’t make any wines that qualified…

Serendipity’s Winemaking Team Grows

In Time for Harvest, Serendipity’s Winemaking Team Grows Acclaimed Winemaker Bradley Cooper Joins Naramata Winer   Naramata’s award-winning Serendipity Winery is proud to introduce acclaimed Okanagan winemaker Bradley Cooper as the newest member of the Serendipity winemaking team.   Cooper is an award-winning winemaker and consultant with a background in journalism and restaurants. He currently lives in the…

Still Time for Summer Fun at Mt. Boucherie

West Kelowna Winery Adds to Busy 2014 Event Schedule     The Story:   It has been a busy, fun-filled summer at Mt. Boucherie Family Estate Winery (829 Douglas Road, West Kelowna) but there is still time to jump on the excitement and soak some sun at one of the most picturesque and respected family-owned wineries in West…

“Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Black Hills Estate Winery

World’s first-ever performance of synchronized swimming at a Winery during the “Midsummer Night’s Dream” event at Black Hills Estate Winery What could be better than sipping on a glass of Nota Bene, enjoying the chill- lounge vibe of a hip DJ, tasting the BBQ cuisine of Bogner’s restaurant, admiring the beautiful sunset and watching an…

Backyard Vineyards – a review

Backyard Vineyards   Changes in ownership and the resulting name changes are not uncommon in the BC wine industry.  Backyard Vineyards, located at 3033 232nd Street in Langley, opened up in 2002 under the name Glenugie.  Gary Tayler, the original owner named it after his wife’s family’s farm in Scotland.  Unfortunately, Gary’s wife Christina died…

August Summer Celebration Promo: Le Vieux Pin Petit Blanc

The whole is truly greater than sum of the parts. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Viognier and few other aromatic varieties come together to tantalize the senses. Tropical notes are everywhere here with mango, peach, citrus, and melon at the fore. The most attractive part of the 2012 Petit Blanc, however, is the stunning intensity of…

#Wine Wednesday review by the Wine Teacher

2013 Sauvignon Blanc Santa Rita 120 Valle Central, Chile $10.99 Bronze medal Tasted 2014 07 Very pale straw in colour with light intensity.  The nose shows varietal character – grass and gooseberries with a hint of peach.  Good balance, crisp and refreshing.  Citrus and mineral on the palate with peach flavours lingering on the finish…

Festive in the Field- Okanagan Feast of Fields returns

 The 6th annual FarmFolk CityFolk Okanagan Feast of Fields being held on Sunday, August 17th is less than two weeks away.  Described as a wandering harvest festival, it showcases some of the very best of the region including chefs, farmers, fishers, ranchers, food artisans, vintners, brewers, and distillers.  Okanagan Feast of Fields highlights the connections between farmer and chef, field to table and farm folks and city folks…

2013 Moscato D’Osoyoos (Summer Promotion)

  Just in time for your summer enjoyment (regular price $20) now only $17.00 2013 is a tale of two vintages in the same year. Dry and warm autumn is almost a sure thing in our region. 2013 was a rare exception. We had an unusual string of rainy days in the middle of harvest…

The Essence of Veneto

  Nestled along the northeastern coast of Italy is the region of Veneto, famous for many things other than its scenic capital of Venice.  In the hills 50 km north of the capital are the best wine growing areas.  This is land of gently sloping vineyard covered hills, mountains and valleys.  While each valley has…

Summer skies: Black Cloud Moving

  On “those lazy, hazy days of summer” as we watch the clouds sail across the skies so, too, in the Okanagan Valley you’ll find Black Cloud Pinot Noir on the move. After nine vintages with Township 7 Vineyards and Winery, Okanagan winemaker Bradley Cooper is making a move down the Naramata bench and bringing…