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…

Destination Steveston

  Sometimes it’s nice to change things up, try something different. I spend a lot of my time at venues in Vancouver for the various yearly wine events, and though they are often exceptionally well organized and attended it’s nice to find something on offer that’s fresh and little unique. I was lucky enough to…

Le VIEUX PIN 2011 Equinoxe Syrah (coming Fall 2014)

  Do you remember when our 2009 Equinoxe Syrah won the world’s best syrah-based wine during the old world and new world blind taste test at the Judgement of Montreal Soirée des Connaisseurs 2012, Syrah vs. Syrah? It took top spot against some of the world’s most celebrated winemakers from California and France’s Rhone Valley…

La dolce vita – Tasting a legend

  For many years I have wondered about the true value of a dessert wine that is often displayed behind glass in some of the better wine shops I have visited. Could Chateau d’Yquem really be worth the price, which ranges from several hundred to many thousands of dollars, depending on the vintage? Moreover, what…

Wine Reviews from Sam the Wine Teacher

    2010 VIP (Port Style) Saxon Estate Winery Summerland. BC $17.32 Bronze medal Tasted 2014 05 This Port style Pinot Noir is garnet red in colour with deep intensity.  The nose shows aromas of prunes, black cherries and dark chocolate.  The balance is good and the flavours follow the nose with a medium finish…

New Ownership at 40 Knots Vineyard & Estate Winery

Brenda Hetman-Craig and Layne Craig set to steer the winery to success. Brenda Hetman-Craig & Layne Craig take ownership of 40 Knots Winery. Sarah Silver Photo. The News There is something special in the air and change in the wind at 40 Knots Vineyard and Estate Winery. With the Strait of Georgia and the ferry…

Horizon’s Restaurant

  Perched atop Burnaby Mountain is Horizon’s Restaurant surrounded by scenic gardens and stunning views of Vancouver, the inlet and the North Shore mountains.  I was there recently to celebrate my son and daughter-in-law’s seventh wedding anniversary.  It was a beautiful warm summer evening and as we arrived a half hour early, we spent some…

Wine Reviews from the Wine Teacher

  2012 Chardonnay Cedar Creek Kelowna, BC $17.95 Silver medal Tasted 2014 06 This Chardonnay has a small amount of Pinot Gris added to it. Lemon yellow in colour with medium-light intensity.  The nose shows aromas of tropical fruit, pineapple and a hint of banana. Good structure.  Eleven months of sur lees aging give it…

Introducing the 2013 Moscato d’Osoyoos and 2013 Leggiero Unoaked Chardonnay

THE PERFECT ACCOMPANIMENTS FOR PRIOR, DURING AND AFTER YOUR NEXT SEAFOOD MEAL   2013 Moscato D’Osoyoos $20.00 Inspired by the renowned Moscato d’Asti of the Piedmont region in Italy, the Moscato d’Osoyoos expresses an intense and complex array of aromatics displaying this grape’s true varietal expression. This light and merry sparkler bursts with aromatics of…