Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

    2016 Gamay Noir Rosé (Secrest Mountain) Haywire Summerland, BC $22.90 Structured like a top quality Provencal Rosé with more pronounced aromas and flavours. Organically grown Gamay from the Secrest Vineyard in Oliver and fermented with native yeasts, this wine is cherry red with medium-intensity. The nose is bold with aromas of cherry, strawberry…

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2009 Malbec/Cabernet Silkscarf Summerland, BC $29.90 Bronze Medal Tasted 2014 11 Garnet red colour with medium-plus intensity.  Cherry, raspberry, spice and chocolate aromas on the nose.  Good balance with medium body.  Red fruit flavours on the palate with a medium finish. 2010 Syrah Thornhaven Summerland, BC $24.90 Silver Medal Tasted 2014 11 The colour is…

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2008 I Greppi (Bordeaux Blend) Bolgheri Greppicante Italy $29.99 Silver Medal Tasted 2014 09 Garnet red in colour with hints of brick and medium plus intensity.  Dark fruit and secondary aromas of leather, tar, earth and toast.  Well balanced.  Layered flavours echo the nose with a medium long finish.   2009 Bordeaux Chateau de la…

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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…

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  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…

Summer’s Almost Gone

  “Summer’s almost gone” or so the Doors sang.  Well, not quite, there’s still lots of good weather ahead and lots of time to enjoy drinking that quintessential summer quaff, rosé.   Rosés are made in the same manner as white wines, in that they are fermented after the grapes have had a short contact…

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2013 Pinot Noir (Red Carpet) Cassini Cellars Oliver, BC $17.87 Bronze Medal Tasted 2014 07 Garnet red colour with medium intensity.  Sour cherry raspberry, vanilla with a hint of earth on the nose.  Good balance with a sweet entry.  Ripe cherry and red current flavours.  A medium finish.   2010 Chardonnay Meyer Family Okanagan Falls,…

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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…

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    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…

Summertime and the Sipping is Easy

  Yes, summer is upon us and the good weather means more time spent relaxing with family and friends.  Whether you’re on the patio, deck or on a picnic, summer wines call for something a little different.  Cool, refreshing fruity wines that are pleasant to sip on their own, without the need for food.  Lighter,…

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    2011 Saloon Sally Dry Cabernet Franc Rosé Rustico Oliver, BC $16.95 Bronze Medal Tasted 2014 06 A BC Rosé made from Cabernet Franc. Red cherry in colour with medium intensity.   Red cherries, strawberry and a hint of rhubarb on the nose.  Good balance.  Bright red fruit on the palate.  A medium, dry finish…