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…

Black Friday Special!

This is the best wine buy I’ve found since launching CheapandCheerful.ca this year. Full credit to Anne B. who tipped me off on the amazing bargain wines of Grey Fox winery. I shared this California Cabernet Sauvignon with some friends to get a variety of opinions and the response was unanimous. Smooth and soft with a…

It’s the End of the Harvest at La Stella

THE VINES ARE PICKED, GRAPES ARE CRUSHED AND WE’RE ANTICIPATING ONE LUSCIOUS HOLIDAY SEASON! As the weather turns from balmy to crisp, the days go from long to short, and frost kisses the vines, it’s easy to get excited about the upcoming holiday season. One of our favourite parts about Fall is when the fruit…

Monte Creek Ranch Kamloops’ newest winery

Announcing Monte Creek Ranch        Kamloops’ newest winery celebrates a taste for adventure   The Story: Just in time for the holidays, Monte Creek Ranch is proud to bring you their inaugural release of wines from Kamloops’ newest winery. Forging a new era of exploration for the Thompson Valley, Monte Creek Ranch (2420 Miner’s Bluff Road, Monte Creek,…

Wine Wednesday review by Ron Wilson

Canada’s grand national drunk….otherwise known as the Grey Cup is on Sunday. If you’re not inside B.C. Place for the game itself, chances are you’re hosting or attending a party. Either way this Clos du Soleil Rose is the perfect partner for everything from ribs to chili to pizza. Clos du Soleil winery is considered by many…

LaStella and Le Vieux Pin Wineries Vertical Tasting

There are several types of wine tastings including blind tastings, horizontal tastings and vertical tastings.  A vertical tasting is when you taste the same wine from the same winery, but from different, usually sequential, years.  In contrast, a horizontal tasting is the same varietal and the same year but from different wineries and a blind…

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…