Sam, The Wine Teacher, has been an educator, a home winemaker, a wine judge for too many years to count and is the former Guild Master of the BC Guild of Wine Judges.
He has offered wine education and appreciation courses for Pacific Breeze Winery, Capilano College, Eden West fine foods, the Richmond School District Continuing Education department, Coquitlam Continuing Education, the VAWA, the BCAWA as well as for various private functions. He also trains staff and offers cellar evaluations.
Summerland’s Okanagan Crush Pad, which opened in 2011, has long been a facility which smaller producers utilized to get their wines made and bottled. In addition, they also made their own wines under the Haywire label. Over the years, they added the Narrative series and more recently the Free Form label. Why three different brands?
Every year one country (or region) is selected to be the featured wine region. This year it is California and they have shown up in strength with fifty-three wineries coming up to join in the extravaganza.
Our tastings are always done blind (bottles wrapped in brown paper bags). All we knew was that founding member Wayne Meadows, organized a flight of Cabernet Franc from BC, Washington and France and that the wines were from vintages 2009 – 2012.
Our intrepid wine reviewer Sam Hauck aka the Wine Teacher walks us through the flight of wines he recently tasted. 2011 Chateau Cantelauze Jean-Noel Boidron Pomerol, France $NA (gift) Garnet red with medium-deep intensity. The nose is appealing with cherry, earth, dust, sweet spice, eucalyptus and smoky aromas. Good body with smooth ripe tannins. Pleasing … Read moreWednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher
Thursday morning, the last day of January, and I am seated in The Wine Bar at Provence Marinaside. I am here to learn from Daina Paulin all about the Wines of Chateau Haut-Bailly, a Grand Cru Classé from the Pessac-Léognan appellation of Bordeaux.
I had the great pleasure of attending the Vancouver International Wine Festival 2019 Preview at the Blue Water Café. California is the featured region this year and among others (almost 50 in total) you can sample wines from these familiar and well-respected wineries.