At Westwood Wines this week, they are tasting wines from 50th Parallel Estate on Friday, June 13th and new releases from Cassini Cellars of Oliver from Saturday June 14th to Tuesday June 16th. Alice, a representative for 50th Parallel will be in the store on Friday, from 4 to 7 to pour wines. … Read moreWestwood Wines Wine Tasting June 13th – 16th
What could be better than tasting some wines at a winery and then walking a few steps to have lunch with one of the wines just tasted? Located at Chaberton Winery, Bacchus Bistro is a hidden gem located at 1064 216th St. in south Langley. It was a Wednesday afternoon and after a scenic … Read moreBacchus Bistro
2011 Pinot Noir Synchromesh Okanagan Falls, BC $28.99 Dark cherry red in colour with medium intensity. Faint dark cherry and sweet spice on the nose. Good balance with firm tannins and medium body. Some pleasing flavours on the palate. A medium short finish. This young wine needs time to develop. 2012 Pinot Noir … Read moreWine Reviews
Monday, May 5th, Cinco de Mayo, and this cool overcast day is not a day for Spanish wines, but it is appropriate for French wines and I’m off to the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel for the French Wine Connection, a trade tasting of wine, spirits and beer. My plan is to focus on the … Read moreFrench Wine Connection
What should you expect when you walk into the Calabash Bistro on Carrall Street, between Hastings and Pender? Expect the unexpected. Some people go for the food; others go for the music. This is a friendly, unassuming eatery decorated in bright Caribbean canary yellow and red. Owner Roger Collins, originally from St Kits, has … Read moreBrunch at Calabash Bistro
Well if you are looking for an app to help you pair food and wine, help you decipher wine terms, or store photos and notes of your favourite wines, there is indeed an app, or more accurately, many apps for that. Here is a sampling of some of them. Wine Terms A dictionary of wine … Read moreThere’s an App for that!
Two weeks ago, in Vancouver, Haywire and Bartier/Scholefield went head to head with their Rosés. It was a good publicity event as Michael Bartier and David Scholefield have been winemaking partners at the Okanagan Crush Pad for some time and produce wines under a variety of labels. Upon my arrival, Leann Froese, of Town Hall … Read moreRosé Smack Down
A friend from Ottawa was in town for a meeting, so we met downtown at his hotel and went for a walk along English Bay to Third Beach in Stanley Park. Then we headed back via Lost Lagoon and Robson Street. We were debating where to eat and passed by Earl’s and Milestones looking for … Read moreA late dinner at Cactus Club
Tucked in off Goldie Road in Winfield, just north of Kelowna, is one of the more recent Scenic Sip wineries. In 2008, Roger Wong, his wife Jillian and another couple, Ross and Geri Davis, opened the winery. Roger is a noted winemaker, having worked previously at Gray Monk and at the former Pinot Reach (now … Read moreIntrigue Wines
Earlier this year, I was invited to a trade event at the Tap and Barrel in Coal Harbour, near the Vancouver Convention Centre. The occasion was a release of Clos du Soleil wines. Clos du Soleil is a small ten-acre winery located on Upper Bench Road in Keremeos, BC. It was founded in … Read moreClos du Soleil Winery
If you have some time available May 1st to the 11th, consider heading up to the Okanagan and taking in some of the amazing events happening there. Whether you head to Osoyoos or Vernon or anywhere in-between (even Kamloops), you’re going to find lots to do with nearly two hundred planned events. Over one hundred … Read moreGetaway to the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival
Gray Monk, the original Scenic Sip winery, is one of BC’s best known. The west facing slopes along Camp Road provide good air drainage and capture the sunlight reflected from the lake below. Situated at approximately 50° north latitude, the vines need to capture whatever warmth they can. Gray Monk pays homage to their location … Read moreGray Monk Winery
As you drive along Lake Country’s Scenic Sip Trail, the first winery you come across on Camp Road is Arrow Leaf Winery, run by the Zuppiger family – Joe, Margrit and their son Manuel, who is the winemaker. Originally from Switzerland, they arrived in Canada in 1986 and after a years working in the fruit … Read moreArrowleaf Cellars on Lake Country’s Scenic Sip Trail
Whenever I am up touring in the Kelowna or Lake Country wine regions, I usually reserve a night to dine at Ricardo’s Mediterranean Kitchen on the northern shore of Ellision Lake, just north of the Kelowna airport. To get there, turn east at the blue and white sailboat on highway 97. Ricardo’s features Italian décor … Read moreRicardo’s Mediterranean Kitchen
I attended “10 Years on: A Rollingdale Tasting 2004 – 2013” at The Hamilton Street Grill last week. Rollingdale is an unassuming farm gate organic winery in West Kelowna owned by Steve and Kirsty Dale. It lies on the western shore of Lake Okanagan just a short drive from downtown Kelowna. They use organic practices … Read moreRollingdale Ten Year Vertical Tasting
Here are some suggestions for your weekend trip to the local wine store: 2011 Tinto (Malbec, Syrah, Bonardo) La Posta Cocina Mendoza, Argentina $17.99 Silver medal Tasted 2014 01 This is a blend of 60% Malbec, 20% Syrah and 20% Bonarda. Garnet red in colour with deep intensity. The nose shows aromas of plum, … Read moreWine Reviews courtesy of Sam Hauck
Consider inviting a few friends over and hosting a home wine tasting. A blind tasting is even better, and no, I’m not talking about anything weird involving blindfolds. Here’s one idea of how it could work. Invite five or six couples over and everyone contributes $20; that would give you a budget of about $220 … Read moreWant to Have Some Fun?
In my last article, I wrote about the importance of ambiance as it relates to how much a wine is enjoyed. I argued that points should not be used as more than just a guide. Today, I am going to talk out the other side of my mouth and argue the other side of … Read moreYes, Virginia, There Really Are Differences!
Well, the title says it all and it is a topic I can argue both sides. As a member of the BC Guild of Wine Judges, I judge in a number of wine competitions every year and attend monthly blind tastings to keep my skills up. It is true that some wines are better … Read moreTo Score or Not To Score ?
I was recently on a Holland America cruise with a friend, so most everything was planned out for us. We left a few days early in order to see Mendoza, Argentina. I couldn’t go to South America without visiting one of its most important wine regions. Mendoza is a desert-like climate nestled at the … Read moreMy Trip to Mendoza, Argentina