How to taste Wines like a Pro, and remember them too

Every day is a good day for vino. But the turn of the year sure gets wine and food festivals going. From Dine Out Vancouver and the California Wine Fair,  and EAT!, another major event held in Vancouver, wine tasting enthusiasts everywhere are in for a treat this spring. But extravaganzas of magnitude can be overwhelming with hundreds or even … Read moreHow to taste Wines like a Pro, and remember them too

VINEXPO 2015: Main Trends in Canadian Wine and Spirits Market Revealed

The Story:Vinexpo revealed today the highly-anticipated results of its 12th study of the World Wine and Spirits Market with an Outlook to 2018, conducted by British agency International Wine and Spirit Research (IWSR).Global consumption of still and sparkling wines rose by 2.7 per cent between 2009 and 2013 to reach 2.648 billion 9-litre cases, the equivalent of more than … Read moreVINEXPO 2015: Main Trends in Canadian Wine and Spirits Market Revealed

14th Annual Steveston Rotary Wine Festival Friday May 8, 2015

Once again the Steveston Rotary is proud to present the one and only Grapes, Hops & Bites Festival at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery! Assisted by Sommelier and Wine/ Beer Industry Consultant Ryan Lewis, we have made some exciting changes for this years charity event. The theme for this year is “The Pacific Northwest”. We will … Read more14th Annual Steveston Rotary Wine Festival Friday May 8, 2015

Wine Wednesday Wine Reviews

2011 Chardonnay (McLean Creek Vineyard) Meyer Family Okanagan Falls, BC $26.09 Silver Medal Lemon yellow in colour with medium intensity. Toast, butter, apple and citrus on the nose. Well balanced with good mouthfeel. Varietal character on the palate and a medium-long finish.     2010 Chianti Rufina (Sangiovese) Frescobaldi Nipozzano Riserva Italy $24.99 Bronze Medal … Read moreWine Wednesday Wine Reviews

GRAPEJUICE 2015 Wine Auction for Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland

GRAPEJUICE 2015 GrapeJuice 2015 will be on on Thursday, March 5th at Audi Downtown Vancouver   Click here  to purchase tickets to GrapeJuice 2015! MAC Marketing Solutions and McNeill Nakamoto created Grape Juice to raise much needed funds to facilitate the matching process for over 100 at risk young girls on the Big Sisters waitlist. Big … Read moreGRAPEJUICE 2015 Wine Auction for Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland

Wine Review 2015 02 11 by Sam_WineTeacher

2012 Shiraz Serafino McLaren Vale, South Australia $27.99 Silver Medal This highly rated Australian shiraz is certainly a cut about the others. Garnet black in colour with deep intensity. The nose shows aromas of red and black fruit with layered chocolate, spice and earthy notes. Well balanced with firm ripe tannins. Bright fruit and spice … Read moreWine Review 2015 02 11 by Sam_WineTeacher

Wine & Chocolates for Valentine’s – BC VQA Wines Have Got You Covered!

45 BC VQA Wine Tastings in BC Liquor Stores with Mink Chocolates Feb. 12, 13, 14 BC Wine Institute (BCWI) pairs up with Mink Chocolates for an unprecedented Valentine’s celebration across British Columbia this month. 15 BC Liquor Stores in Burnaby, Langley, North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Sidney, Surrey, Vancouver, Victoria, West Vancouver and Whistler will each … Read moreWine & Chocolates for Valentine’s – BC VQA Wines Have Got You Covered!

A Wine Rewind from Sam_TheWineTeacher – Wine Weekend

So sometimes we get a little busy and overlook a post that should have been published awhile ago. This is exactly what happened with Wine Weekend. But because the reviews are still relevant today we thought it would be a shame to not share. Well, it was a busy wine weekend. On Saturday, I was … Read moreA Wine Rewind from Sam_TheWineTeacher – Wine Weekend

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Recognized With Top Scores From Wine Enthusiast 

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Recognized With Top Scores From Wine Enthusiast  Limited Time Free US Shipping Allows Cross-Border Access To Top Rated Canadian Vintages Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is thrilled to announce that world renowned wine publication Wine Enthusiast has awarded 90+ point scores for three of their wines: Tinhorn Creek 2013 Gewürztraminer (91), Tinhorn Creek 2013 Pinot Gris (90) and Tinhorn … Read moreTinhorn Creek Vineyards Recognized With Top Scores From Wine Enthusiast 

Wine Wednesday from southern France

When I first started developing an interest in wine I learned that the Languedoc region is a great go-to place when you’re looking for good value table wines. About six months ago I had an opportunity to try my first wine from the Languedoc’s most honored wine maker, Paul Mas. I’ve recommended his Syrah and Viognier … Read moreWine Wednesday from southern France

Wine Wednesday 2015 02 04

2012 Chardonnay Cedar Creek Kelowna, BC $17.95 Silver Medal This chardonnay has a small amount of pinot gris added to it. Lemon yellow in colour with medium-light intensity. The nose shows aromas of tropical fruit, pineapple and a hint of banana. Good structure. Eleven months of sur lees aging give it a creamy mouthfeel. Well … Read moreWine Wednesday 2015 02 04

CONTEST – win two tickets to a Quini wine tasting at Sutton Place Wine Merchant

For the month of February we are giving away a pair of tickets to each wine tasting – that’s two pairs of ticket every week! To enter: Leave a comment on this post and sign up for our newsletter. Please list your date preferences as 1st, 2nd, 3rd choice during February in your comment. To … Read moreCONTEST – win two tickets to a Quini wine tasting at Sutton Place Wine Merchant

Wine Wednesday with RonWilsonVan

I’m always on the lookout for good table wines that qualify for CheapandCheerful.ca and this new red from Australia fits the bill. The Forbidden Red Blend from Urban Myth doesn’t disclose what grapes they use but I’m sure I tasted the fruit of merlot and the pepper of shiraz. It’s a delicious medium bodied wine with … Read moreWine Wednesday with RonWilsonVan

Sip Happens on the Westside Wine Trail! 

Sip (wine). Savour (chocolate). Enjoy (the wineries of the Westside Wine Trail).   It is that time of year again when the chefs, bakers and sommeliers of the Westside Wine Trail team up for some decadent chocolate and wine pairings. Sunday, February 8th marks the fourth annual ‘Sip with Your Sweetheart’ event which will take place at eight different wineries along the wine … Read moreSip Happens on the Westside Wine Trail! 

The New Vintage Tickets on Sale

The Refreshed Taste Washington Event Tailored to Millennials Moves to New Date and Location   Visit Seattle and Washington State Wine expand Taste Washington weekend to include The New Vintage on Friday, March 27, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. Created for the next generation of wine lovers, the upbeat … Read moreThe New Vintage Tickets on Sale

BC Wine Expert John Schreiner

I caught up with BC wine guru John Schreiner at the Clearbrook library recently where he was speaking on wine as a part of their Fine Food Series. Other lectures in this series focus on Olive Oil and Vinegar, Honey and Coffee. John discussed his latest book, “John Schreiner’s Okanagan Wine Tour Guide” and a … Read moreBC Wine Expert John Schreiner

BC’s Newest Wine Region Takes Flight

Kamloops Wineries Launch New Wine Association   Members include our four Kamloops Wineries:   Harpers Trail, Monte Creek Ranch, Privato Vineyard and Winery and Sagewood Winery Purpose of creating the Kamloops Wineries Association was to bring all four wineries together to collaborate and collectively market and promote the Kamloops wine region as a whole. Our … Read moreBC’s Newest Wine Region Takes Flight

Taste BC 2015: Indulging in BC’s food, wine, beer + spirits

 Amongst the many wine events that take place each year, Taste BC is one that has always been a personal favourite of mine to attend. Presented by Liberty Wine Merchants, the 21st annual event was held on Thursday,January 22nd at the Pan Pacific Vancouver hotel. Over the course of a few hours, hundreds of Vancouverites savoured … Read moreTaste BC 2015: Indulging in BC’s food, wine, beer + spirits