Naramata Bench Spring Wine Release

I began this event with an informal session on terroir. We were presented with four wines made from four Naramata Bench winemakers – Val Tait from Bench 1775, Gavin Miller from Upper Bench, Stefan Arnason from Poplar Grove and Elephant Island’s Del Halladay. The task was to match each wine to the description given by … Read moreNaramata Bench Spring Wine Release

Bailey on Broadway

The Broadway Wine Shop was the venue for a surprise birthday gathering for Blue Grouse winemaker, Bailey Williamson. Leeann Froese, from Town Hall Brands took care of the arrangements and the AmoVino girls, Jessica Luongo and Marisa Varas kept Bailey busy telling him he had a busy day of wine shop meetings. After a surprising … Read moreBailey on Broadway

Wednesday Wine Reviews by Sam_WineTeacher

2014 Riesling 8th Generation Summerland, BC $20.90 The grapes for this wine come from 29-year-old vines. The result is a wine with depth and concentration. Lemon yellow with medium intensity. Classic varietal character on the nose – mineral, stone fruit, citrus and a hint of petrol. Slightly off dry, but well balanced with good mouth … Read moreWednesday Wine Reviews by Sam_WineTeacher

Wednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

2014 Chardonnay Blackwood Lane Langley, BC $29.00 This wine is lemon yellow in colour with medium-light intensity. The nose is well-integrated oak and fruit with aromas of lemon, ripe apple, honey, butter, toast and vanilla. Very well balanced. The flavours follow the nose leading to a medium-plus finish. Serve this with pan seared prawns and … Read moreWednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

Locals Only: Taste of the Islands

Wine agent Richard Massey organized this event at Granville Island’s Edible Canada to showcase Vancouver Island wine and spirits. I began at Unsworth Vineyards, which is located in Mill Bay, between Victoria and Duncan where I chatted with Sommelier Chris Turyk. I first became aware of Unsworth when I visited the winery two years ago … Read moreLocals Only: Taste of the Islands

Once Upon a Wine

The APVSA is a Montreal based company, which helps European wine producers find new markets in Canada and the United States. Their most recent tour was titled ‘Once Upon a Wine’ and featured affordable wines from France and Spain, many of which were organic and vegan wines. Producers included Arriezu Vineyards and Etedaria from Spain … Read moreOnce Upon a Wine

BC Pinot Noir Tasting Group

It’s a Tuesday afternoon and I am sitting in a tenth floor Kerrisdale apartment beside a large window with a panoramic view of Vancouver and the fog shrouded north shore mountains in the distance. I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to be a guest at a private tasting group that meets with the expressed … Read moreBC Pinot Noir Tasting Group

Wednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

Chaberton-2015 ReserveChardonnay 2015 Chardonnay (Reserve) Chaberton Langley, BC $19.95 The winery may be in Langley, but the grapes for this wine come from Oliver. The wine is golden yellow in colour with medium intensity. The nose shows aromas of lemon, butter, vanilla and toast with hints of pineapple. Good balance. The flavours follow the nose. … Read moreWednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

Weird and Wonderful Grapes You May Never Have Heard Of Before.

One of our original tasting group members, Wayne Meadows, who tends to plan his annual tasting several years in advance (he has just compiled his 2025 tasting) spent a lot of time putting together his 2018 tasting titled, “The Rarest BC Grown Grapes That You May Have Never Tasted! What he did was to research … Read moreWeird and Wonderful Grapes You May Never Have Heard Of Before.

Wednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

  2015 Chardonnay (Reserve) Chaberton Langley, BC $19.95 The winery may be in Langley, but the grapes for this wine come from Oliver. The wine is golden yellow in colour with medium intensity. The nose shows aromas of lemon, butter, vanilla and toast with hints of pineapple. Good balance. The flavours follow the nose. A … Read moreWednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

2018 Vancouver International Wine Festival

The 2018 Vancouver International Wine Festival has begun. Now in its 40th year, this weeklong celebration begins with a series of wine related dinners spread across the city. Portugal and Spain are this year’s featured countries, but with sixteen countries represented and 173 wineries pouring a combined 1,450 wines at 50 events, no matter what … Read more2018 Vancouver International Wine Festival

Giant Head Winery

What do you think of when you hear the name Giant Head? For me, it has always conjured up summer road trips to the Okanagan. Often it reminds me of days spent camping at the provincial park campsites between Summerland and Peachland. Warm days, fun at the beach and always bringing home lots of fresh … Read moreGiant Head Winery

Wednesday Wine Reviews by Sam The Wine Teacher

  2015 Chardonnay (Qwam Qwmt) Nk’Mip Osoyoos, BC $25.00 Golden straw in colour with medium intensity. Well-integrated oak and fruit on the nose with notes of delicate butter and tropical fruit, especially pineapple. Well balanced with a creamy texture. The flavours follow the nose along with fresh cream. A medium-plus finish.     2012 Syrah … Read moreWednesday Wine Reviews by Sam The Wine Teacher

Wednesday Wine Reviews by Sam The Wine Teacher

  2016 Verdicchio Classico Superiore Umani Ronchi Casal di Serra Osimo, Italy $17.99 This impressive Italian white is golden straw in colour with medium intensity. Jasmine blossoms, ginger and melon on the nose. Well balanced. The flavour packs a bigger punch than the nose with the addition of orange peel, pear and almond flavours followed … Read moreWednesday Wine Reviews by Sam The Wine Teacher

Wednesday Wine Reviews by Sam the Wine Teacher

  2012 Chardonnay Reserve Noble Ridge Okanagan Falls, BC $29.90 Golden yellow colour with medium intensity. Buttered toast, apple, pear and tropical fruit on the nose. Good balance with unctuous texture. Rich butter and tropical fruit on the palate, followed by a medium-plus finish. This wine paired nicely with creamy garlic Parmesan pasta.   2014 … Read moreWednesday Wine Reviews by Sam the Wine Teacher

Taste BC 2018 Experience BC like never before

      Liberty Wine Merchants’ annual event is a great opportunity to showcase the amazing craft beers, spirits and wines that BC is becoming famous for. Here are some brief notes on wines I was able to taste. Road 13 I have heard a lot of buzz about this BC bubble and after tasting … Read moreTaste BC 2018 Experience BC like never before

Who You Gonna Thank? ABLE BC

  When changes happen in the hospitality industry, say patio seating, live entertainment or Sunday pub openings for example (those things didn’t always exist, believe it or not), or more recently, permitting minors in certain licenced premises when accompanied with a parent or guardian, no restriction on the size of kegs (beer/cider) sold by private … Read moreWho You Gonna Thank? ABLE BC

Rheingau, the Land of Riesling

  ­­The BC chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers, or CAPS recently hosted a seminar titled, “Terroir of Rheingau: The Region of Riesling”, and featured four wines from the prestigious Weingut Robert Weil.   ‘Weingut’ can be translated as vineyard, wine growing estate or winery. Export Manager Nicolas Pfaff was on hand to lead … Read moreRheingau, the Land of Riesling

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2018 Preview

  The Blue Water Café’s Oceans Room was the site of a recent media tasting event for the upcoming Vancouver International Wine Festival (VIWF). Over thirty wines were featured, representing the hundreds that with be poured at the weeklong event that runs February 24th to March 4th. The 2018 VIWF is in its 40th year … Read moreVancouver International Wine Festival 2018 Preview

Chardonnay Showdown with @Sam_WineTeacher

  After tasting several amazing BC chardonnays, I decided I wanted to compare them to a top end white Burgundy (Chardonnay). I discussed the idea with a wine-loving friend and she mentioned that she had a very good bottle of Montrachet that was highly rated. The idea started out as comparing two BC chardonnays against … Read moreChardonnay Showdown with @Sam_WineTeacher