Tasting Ten September: ‘Contrasting BC and Oregon Wines’

September is Cam’s month for the Tasting Ten session, however this year too many people were going to be away so he rescheduled it for a month later, one week after our regular October session. Upon arriving, we were greeted with a lovely sparkling wine, A Blanc de Noirs from Backyard Vineyards in Langley.  Most … Read moreTasting Ten September: ‘Contrasting BC and Oregon Wines’

Vanessa Vineyards: Wow Wines a review by Sam the Wine Teacher

For years, I have seen the name, ‘Vanessa Vineyards’ listed on some wines produced by Sandhill Winery.  Winemaker Howard Soon recognized the quality of the fruit coming from this site years ago and opted to make single vineyard wines from these grapes instead of blending them in with grapes from other areas.     Two … Read moreVanessa Vineyards: Wow Wines a review by Sam the Wine Teacher

Tasting Ten – Pinot Noir a review by Sam the Wine Teacher

I belong to a wine tasting group called the Tasting Ten.  Ten people meet ten times a year and taste through a blind flight (all bottles wrapped in paper to conceal their identities) of wines based on a theme.

Wednesday Wine Reviews @Sam_WineTeacher

This post features some wineries I have tried for the first time. 2016 Chardonnay Fort Berens Lillooet, $18.98 Straw coloured with medium-light intensity.  Oak slightly dominates the nose (I like this style) followed by tropical fruit, citrus, butter and toast.   Good balance with good mouthfeel.  The flavours echo the nose.  Pleasing flavours linger on the … Read moreWednesday Wine Reviews @Sam_WineTeacher

Wednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

2014 Chardonnay Bordertown Osoyoos, BC $26.90 Lemon yellow with medium-light intensity.  Like many California chardonnays, this one leads with oak yet isn’t overly oily or drenched in tropical fruit.  The nose aromas of butter, toast, vanilla, ripe apple and orange peel.  Very good balance.  The flavours mirror the nose followed by a medium-plus finish.  This … Read moreWednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

Wednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

    2016 Pinot Blanc (Lawson) Anthony Buchanan Oliver, BC $19.99 One of, if not the best, Pinot Blanc wines in BC.  Pale lemon yellow in colour with medium-light intensity.  The nose is layered with aromas of peach, apple, citrus, melon, white flowers and minerality.  Well balanced and full bodied.  White peach, apple and citrus … Read moreWednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

Wine Reviews: Three Gamays, Two Rieslings

2017 Gamay Rust Winery Oliver, BC $23.00 Initially, I was devastated to find out that Mount Boucherie no longer offered Gamay as it was a favourite of mine.  Fortunately, the news was not as bad as it first appeared.  The new owners also owned Rust Winery (located on the former Rustico site) and decided to … Read moreWine Reviews: Three Gamays, Two Rieslings