BC Wine Program Pairing with Asian Cuisine Expands

Celebrate Year of The Sheep with Haywire Lunar Wines Haywire Lunar New Year White 2013 features an artistically designed Chinese character of the “sheep”, crafted by Haywire Winery to welcome the Year of the Sheep in 2015 and to pair perfectly with Asian cuisine. Isabel Wu Photography With the dynamic Asian dining culture in Vancouver…

Wine Wednesday Review by Sam_theWineTeacher

2011 Chardonnay (Reserve) Pacific Breeze New Westminster, BC $29.99 Gold Medal Tasted 2014 12 Rich lemon yellow in colour with medium plus intensity.  The nose is complex with aromas of caramel, tropical fruit, honey, toast and butter with a hint of citrus.  Very well balanced with unctuous mouthfeel.  The flavours echo the nose.  A long,…

Red, White and Drunk All Over Book Review

Natalie MacLean’s book, Red, White and Drunk All Over is one of the best wine books I’ve ever read.  Her book is humorous, informative and covers a range of topics from the importance of real estate (terroir) – “location is everything”, to the diverse approaches to making wine, the mystique of champagne, the competitive aspects…

TIME Estate Winery great gift idea!

Does your list includes the most difficult to buy for during the holiday season? No worries we’ve got you covered, even if… “I’ll be happy with whatever I get” “I really don’t need anything” “Thanks, another tie” “These florescent socks sure stand out” “Well if I lose a few pounds it will fit perfectly” “That…

Have a Heart!

There’s an interesting back story to this very drinkable red blend from California. Winemaker Daryl Groom created it with his son Colby who’s a volunteer with the American Heart Institute to raise money for cardiac research. It’s a pleasing blend of cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel, shiraz, merlot and petit syrah. I always enjoy a well made…

Wine Pairing #Taste of Thursday Burrata recipe

My mouth was watering as I imagined myself with Chef Chen as he prepared this salad. With the creamy buratta, the nuts and balsamic I couldn’t think of a better pairing than Valdo Prosecco. Short for Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore. The creamy flavour in this wine will work wonderfully with this salad. Even better its on…

Add pop to your holiday parties

I love champagne. Sadly my budget doesn’t allow me more than a few bottles a year. Winemakers around the world get that and the result is an ever growing list of sparkling wines that fill our need for bubbles. The Pares Balta Cava Brut is one of Canada’s most popular sparking wines and one taste will tell…

Do You Have a Wine Lover on Your Gift List?

I think it is safe to say that most people enjoy wine, so it can make a great gift, especially if you know someone’s tastes.  But what if you don’t?  One person’s plonk is another person’s favourite, and that is totally OK.  By the same token, it can be a great waste if you splurge…

Lunar New Year Wines

Leave it to the creative minds of Okanagan Crush Pad to come up with a B.C. wine to celebrate an important milestone for many in the lower mainland. Vancouver is home to an ever growing Asian community and 2015 will usher in the Year of the Sheep. The Haywire red and white were specifically crafted to…

Time to give Chardonnay a break

There was a time that A.B.C. (otherwise known as Anything But Chardonnay) was a full fledged movement. Wine drinkers were turned off the most popular white wine in the world and with good reason. But that was then and this is now. B.C. is making some great examples of what Chardonnay should be and here’s…

Wine Wednesday Buy!

In fifteen years of enjoying wines from B.C. the improvement in quality and consistency has been remarkable. Quails’ Gate is a case in point. Their wines are reliable and great value for the price. If you’re looking for a white wine to keep on hand that you can sip on its own or serve with…

#WineWednesday review by Sam the Wine Teacher

2011 Tippy Toe Oaked (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier) Montakarn Oliver, BC $20.00 Bronze Medal Tasted 2014 11 Golden yellow in colour with medium intensity.  Butter and ripe tropical fruit on the nose.  Good balance with a slightly sweet entry and good mouthfeel.  Big tropical fruit and buttery flavours on the palate with a medium finish…

Best of Port Tasting Seminar

Do you use the BC Liquor Store’s web site (http://www.bcliquorstores.com) to check for products? Do you use their mobile app?  Probably many of you do and if you don’t, they are well worth checking out.  But how many have scrolled to the bottom of the page and under “Customer Service” clicked on “Special Events”?  Not…

Holiday Season at Miradoro Restaurant

Indulge With Friends And Family This Holiday Season at Miradoro Restaurant  Gourmet winter and New Year’s Eve menus are perfect for festive celebrations Enjoy the beautiful wintery surrounds of the South Okanagan this holiday season at Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek, British Columbia’s premier winery restaurant. Eat, drink and be merry with Chef Jeff Van Geest’s new winter menu…

A Food Friendly wine

WinOne of my favorite wines to pour with appetizers or salads or even a main course like roast chicken is Sauvignon Blanc. This gorgeous Santa Carolina Reserva is one of the best white wine buys I’ve had this year. If I had tasted this blind I would’ve thought it was from New Zealand. It has…