Wednesday Wine Reviews

  2015 Red Chaberton Langley, BC $15.00 Garnet red in colour tinged with purple and medium-deep intensity. Earthy, smoky notes on the nose along with dark fruit and black pepper undertones. Good balance with firm ripe tannins. The palate shows flavours of bright red fruit and smoky meat followed by a medium-plus finish. This is…

Wednesday Wine Reviews by Sam Hauck

  2012 Serious Syrah Pacific Breeze New Westminster, BC $22.99 This is Pacific Breeze’s first foray into Syrah. The grapes were sourced from Washington and California. Garnet red with medium-deep intensity. Black pepper, blackberries, earthy, sweet spice and vanilla notes on the nose. Very well balanced. The flavours follow the nose. The finish is medium-long…

2017 BC Sommelier of the Year

  My wine background began as a home winemaker, some thirty odd years ago. Years later I trained to be a judge and eventually became the guild master for the BC Guild of Wine Judges. After retiring from teaching, I’ve devoted my time to writing and educating about wine, primarily with My Van City. Sometimes…

Find Your Niche

Niche Winery One of the ‘small guys’, or garagistes, Niche Winery is a small family run operation set well off the main highway in West Kelowna. Opened in 2011 by James and Joanna Schlosser, they indeed have ‘found their Niche’. This small ten-acre, ‘Hugh and Mary’ vineyard, owned by James’ parents, Kathleen and Jerry Schlosser,…

#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…

Wine Wednesday review by @Sam_thewineteacher

2011 Chardonnay Liquidity Okanagan Falls, BC $23.00 Silver Medal Tasted 2014 09 Straw coloured with medium-light intensity.  The nose shows aromas of apple, white peach and wild flowers along with well-integrated oak.  Well balanced with good body.  Apple, butter and toast on the palate with a medium-long finish.  A good match for scallop and prawn…

#Wine Wednesday review by Sam the Wine Teacher

  2010 Alibi (Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon) Black Hills Oliver, BC $24.90 Silver Medal Tasted 2014 09 A blend of 75% sauvignon blanc and 25% semillon, this wine is golden yellow in coloured with medium intensity.  Citrus, apple and a slight nuttiness on the nose.  The balance is crisp and refreshing.  Clean and tangy on the palate…

#Wine Wednesday review by Sam the Wine Teacher

2010 Chardonnay Blackwood Lane Langley, BC $24.00 Silver Medal Tasted 2014 08 Straw coloured with medium intensity.  Green apple, mineral and honey on the nose.  Well balanced.  Citrus, mineral and subdued green apple on the palate with a medium-long finish.  This Chablis styled wine paired very well with pan seared scallops and prawns.   2012…

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…