A Friend for the Turkey

Every turkey that’ll be carved and enjoyed on Christmas Day needs a good friend that goes with white or dark meat, dressing and cranberries. The Mt. Boucherie Family Reserve Gamay Noir is a perfect choice in my humble opinion. This gold medal winning red is a mouth watering, basketful of summer berries and currants. It’s…

Wine Judging – a new Continuing Studies program

Capilano University is offering a new Continuing Studies program in the new year, taught by yours truly.  I think you will find it very informative and enjoyable.  Hope to see you there. Introduction to Wine Judging NEW Ever wonder why some wines are better than others?  Join us for an introduction to the process of…

La Pentola offers seasonal sips and festive family-style dining

Ring in the New Year at OPUS Hotel’s award-winning restaurant The holidays are in full swing at Yaletown’s La Pentola. Seasonal menus, spirited cocktails and a warm inviting atmosphere make for a fun and festive holiday dining experience: ramping up to an unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebration. La Pentola is open for lunch and dinner on Christmas…

Perfect for holiday dining

For years my Joie Farm favorites were Noble Blend and Rose. Now I’ve added Chardonnay and the beautiful red blend PTG. Short for Passe Tout Grains. This is a delicious blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay and is familiar if you were visiting Burgundy. Joie has a deft touch as evidenced by their popularity and…

La Dolce Vita, Give these a chance

When you stand in front of the shelves at a wine shop does your eye automatically search out your favourite varietals? Merlot? Cab Sauv? Chardonnay? Or one of the Pinots—Noir or Gris? Or perhaps you prefer, as so many do, Bordeaux blends. It’s easy to fall into purchasing patterns, searching out the safe and certain…

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…