FITZ WINE RECEIVES FIVE GOLDS AT THE NATIONAL WINE AWARDS OF CANADA 2018

Gordon Fitzpatrick, President of Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards, is pleased to announce that their winery was the recipient of five gold medals at the National Wine Awards of Canada 2018. All seven of the Fitz wines submitted won medals, with the signature sparkling wines capturing 4 golds. Listed below are the gold medal winners recognized by…

Quails’ Gate receives National Wine Awards of Canada GOLD, SILVER, BRONZE Awards

  GOLD Dry Riesling This vintage is another classic example of a Quails’ Gate Riesling. It is crisp, dry and refreshing with wonderfully balanced acidity. True Riesling lovers will appreciate this wines cellaring potential which will allow the acids to soften over time and integrate with the rich Riesling flavours. The wine is dry, vibrant…

Whirlwind Okanagan Trip Wine Tasting Experiences – CheckMate Artisanal Winery

After a rather roundabout way of arriving in Oliver we were more than ready to enjoy a wine tasting experience at CheckMate Artisanal Winery‘s wine experience room – Installation a pop-up by Tom Kundig of Seattle based Olson Kundig a 2008 National Design Award in Architecture winner. The setting reflects the uniqueness of all that…

Chardonnay from Around the World

Another evening with the tasting group. The tasting this evening featured eight Chardonnay wines from eight different countries. Quick, can you think of eight different countries that make Chardonnay? This was a blind tasting and all the wines were wrapped in brown paper bags. The group, for the most part, found all the wines to…

CheckMate Chardonnay

  In late September I was fortunate to be invited to a tasting of the Mark Anthony portfolio held high above the city on the 24th floor of the Telus Gardens (more about that in another article). The best part of the afternoon for me was a guided tasting of CheckMate Chardonnay. These are exclusive…

Savouring White Wines from Taste Washington

Seattle is only a 3 hour drive from Vancouver.  Many Canadians go down for soccer or NFL football games at Century Link Field.  But you can also go down for wine tasting.  Every year around the first week in April is Taste Washington, held at Century Link Field. Taste Washington brings together over 225 wineries, 70…

Liquidity Wines Wins Prestigious Chardonnay du Monde Prize in France

  Okanagan Fall’s vineyard awarded silver medal for world-class 2013 vintage Chardonnay   Liquidity Wines is proud to announce that their estate-grown 2013 Chardonnay has been awarded a silver medal at the prestigious Chardonnay du Monde international competition in France. Now in its 23rd year, the annual competition received 782 submissions from 39 countries, which were judged by a tasting…

Giusti – Where Italy and Canada Come Together

For those of you that attended the Vancouver International Wine Festival, there was a winery from Italy showing off their range of Proseccos.  And it had a Canadian connection that I did not know about.  The winery in question is Giusti Wine, from Veneto, Italy. Veneto is known for their Proseccos, Italian style bubble that…