Wine Reviews from the Wine Teacher


C Creek 2012 Chard

2012 Chardonnay

Cedar Creek

Kelowna, BC


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 a creamy mouth feel. Well-balanced fruit and oak on the palate along with citrus notes.  Toasty flavours linger on the medium-long finish.  Serve with salmon, crab cakes or chicken.


LVPin Petit Blanc 2009

2009 Petit Blanc (blend)

Le Vieux Pin

Oliver, BC


Silver medal

Tasted 2014 07

A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Pinot Blanc and other aromatic grapes.  Straw coloured with medium-light intensity.  The nose shows aromas of apple, white peach, tropical fruit along with floral and mineral notes.  Well balanced, crisp and refreshing.  The flavours echo the nose with a medium-long finish. A great luncheon wine to serve with salads, seafood, chicken, curries or cheese plates.


M Hills 2012 Chard

2011 Chardonnay

Mission Hills Reserve

West Kelowna, BC


Silver medal

Tasted 2014 07

Straw coloured with medium-light intensity.  Tree and tropical fruit, citrus, mineral, butter and toast aromas on the nose.  Well balanced.  The palate shows integrated oak and fruit.  Flavours include green apple, white peach, a variety of citrus flavours and a hint of minerality.  A medium-long finish with lingering lemon.  A versatile food wine.  Serve with fresh oysters, rich seafood dishes such as Coquilles Saint-Jacques, creamy pastas, chicken or pork.

Pascual Toso Malbec

2011 Malbec

Pascual Toso

Mendoza, Argentina


Silver medal

Tasted 2014 07

Ruby red colour with medium-deep intensity. Aromas include red fruit, red currants, black pepper and a hint of smokiness. Well balanced with good mouth feel and smooth ripe tannins.  Red fruit on the palate, which lingers on the finish.  Serve with red meats, especially and Argentinian grilled steak, tomato based pastas or a cheese plate of Parmesan, smoked Gouda, Manchego, Taleggio, Brie or Danish blue.


Pedroncelli Petit Sirah

2005 Petite Sirah (Dry Creek)


Sonoma, California


Bronze medal

Tasted 2014 07

Garnet black in colour with deep intensity.  This is a ‘black’ wine.  The nose shows dark aromas – earth, dark chocolate black pepper, black cherry and black berry.  Good balance with surprisingly firm tannins for a wine that is nine years old.  The flavours follow the nose with dry chocolate lingering on the palate.  A bold wine like this needs big, bold, or spicy foods – beef off the barbecue, sausages, tomato-based pastas or Mexican foods.


Joie 2012 Rosé

2012 Rosé


Naramata, BC


Silver medal

Tasted 2014 06

This rosé, made from Pinot Noir and Gamay, is deep in colour, cherry red with medium intensity.  Cherry, grapefruit rind and rhubarb aromas on the nose.  Good balance with good structure.  The flavours, which are almost tart, echo the nose.  A medium-long dry finish.  A good match for Teriyaki chicken linguini.  Some tartaric crystals, or ‘wine diamonds’ were noted on the bottom of the cork – always the sign of a good wine.

Vol Hills 2011 Rosé

2011 Rosé

Volcanic Hills

West Kelowna, BC


Bronze medal

Tasted 2014 06

Pink cherry red in colour with medium intensity.  Strawberry and citrus aromas on the nose.  Crisp and refreshing with good balance.  Bright red fruit on the palate.  A medium long finish.  This Gamay Noir based rosé would pair well with prosciutto wrapped melon, crab cakes, pepperoni pizza or tapas.


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