CheckMate Merlot

A month or so after having the opportunity to sample CheckMate’s Chardonnay wines, I was invited to a Gastown restaurant for the launch of their 2013 Merlot. A group of invited guests gathered in a private room at L’ Abattoir. After a bit of socializing and a brief audiovisual presentation, where (former) principal Ingo Grady…

#WineWednesday Wine Reviews

2013 Sauvignon Blanc / Viognier Bonamici Cellars Okanagan Falls $21.90 This virtual winery, the creation of Philip Soo and Mario Rodi, uses the facilities at Synchromesh Winery in Okanagan Falls. The wine is straw coloured tinged with green and medium-minus in intensity. Peach and apricot aromas dominate the nose followed by delicate notes of honey,…

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  2011 Syrah Pacific Breeze New Westminster, BC $23.99 This is a small lot wine with only 830 bottles made. The wine is garnet red with deep intensity. A layered nose showing aromas of blackberry, black currant, raspberry, tar, black pepper, earth, cedar, chocolate and sweet spice. Very well balanced with smooth ripe tannins. This…

Wine Wednesday Review @Sam_WineTeacher

#WineWedneday Wine Reviews by Sam Hauck aka The Wine Teacher 2012 Pinotage Stoneboat Oliver, BC $24.90 Undoubtedly the best Pinotage I have tasted. Garnet red in colour with medium-deep intensity. A complex nose showing aromas of black fruit, earth, chocolate and spice. Very well balanced with good mouthfeel. The flavours echo the nose with a…

A Study in Zinfandel

A while ago I was invited to a Zinfandel tasting at the home of a fellow wine writer. She had solicited wines from eight BC wineries (betcha didn’t know that there were so many BC zins) to compare to a California one. California zinfandels typically show the following characteristics – jammy ripe fruit, dark berries,…

Wine Wednesday Wine Reviews

2010 Chardonnay Blackwood Lane Langley, BC $24.00 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.   2010 Shiraz (Hales) Rolf Binder Barossa…

Wine Wednesday Wine Reviews

2009 Pinot Noir Stoneboat Oliver, BC Garnet red / brick in colour with medium-deep intensity. Very Burgundian on the nose with aromas of earth, forest floor, dark cherries and meat. Well balanced with the flavours echoing the nose. A medium-long finish with lingering fruit. A nicely aged BC Pinot Noir.     2007 Aces Pocket…