Wednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

2013 Pinot Noir (Optimum) Gehringer Brothers Oliver, BC $20.99 I wasn’t impressed when I first opened this wine. I was quite surprised that I purchased it, if it hadn’t been very good at least. Then after it had some time to breathe and open up, wow. Garnet red with medium-deep intensity. The nose is layered … Read moreWednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

Find Your Niche

Niche Winery One of the ‘small guys’, or garagistes, Niche Winery is a small family run operation set well off the main highway in West Kelowna. Opened in 2011 by James and Joanna Schlosser, they indeed have ‘found their Niche’. This small ten-acre, ‘Hugh and Mary’ vineyard, owned by James’ parents, Kathleen and Jerry Schlosser, … Read moreFind Your Niche

Toasting the New Year

  What better way to say good-bye to 2016 and welcome in 2017, that with a delicious glass of BC bubbly. We are so lucky to have so many top quality, locally made sparkling wines to choose from in our province. One of the very first was Stellar’s Jay, which captured a lot of attention … Read moreToasting the New Year

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards receives Canada’s Safest Employers Award 2016

  Award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in promoting workers’ health & safety Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is thrilled to announce that it has received Canada’s Safest Employers Award, 2016 in the Hospitality category. The award recognizes companies from across Canada with outstanding accomplishments in promoting the health and safety of their workers. “We are truly honoured and … Read moreTinhorn Creek Vineyards receives Canada’s Safest Employers Award 2016

Chardonnay from Around the World

Another evening with the tasting group. The tasting this evening featured eight Chardonnay wines from eight different countries. Quick, can you think of eight different countries that make Chardonnay? This was a blind tasting and all the wines were wrapped in brown paper bags. The group, for the most part, found all the wines to … Read moreChardonnay from Around the World

A Flight of Rieslings, Old and New

  I recently presented a tasting for a group I have been fortunate enough to sit in on many times in the past. This was my ‘pay back’. I had many Rieslings sitting in my cellar and I’ve often thought about getting a group together to try them, but it never quite seemed to materialize, … Read moreA Flight of Rieslings, Old and New

AmoVino launches BC agency with Devil Proof Malbec, first time in Canada!

   AmoVino launches Devil Proof Malbec, first time in Canada! Newly formed BC wine agency, AmoVino Distributors, launches with a highly acclaimed wine; new to the Canadian market. Partners Jessica Luongo and Marisa Varas are thrilled to present Devil Proof Malbec 2013 from Sonoma’s Alexander Valley to the BC wine community. Made by Jesse Katz, … Read moreAmoVino launches BC agency with Devil Proof Malbec, first time in Canada!

CheckMate Chardonnay

  In late September I was fortunate to be invited to a tasting of the Mark Anthony portfolio held high above the city on the 24th floor of the Telus Gardens (more about that in another article). The best part of the afternoon for me was a guided tasting of CheckMate Chardonnay. These are exclusive … Read moreCheckMate Chardonnay

A New BC Bubbly Hit the Market this Month

  Kurtis Kolt, Owen Knowlton, Terry Threlfall, Samantha Rahn and Mike Bernardo. If you enjoy dining out and are a fan of BC wines, you likely recognize a few of these names, but do you know what they have in common? Yes, they are all involved in the hospitality world, but more than that, they … Read moreA New BC Bubbly Hit the Market this Month

Put Cowichan Wine Country in Your Calendar

  Blue Grouse Estate Winery hosts several dates of holiday cheer Blue Grouse Estate Winery is an easy, local, winter wine country getaway. Quickly becoming one of the most popular food and wine destinations in Western Canada, the Cowichan Valley is just 45 minutes from downtown Victoria. Normally closed during the winter months, by popular demand … Read morePut Cowichan Wine Country in Your Calendar