Wine Wednesday Reviews with @Sam_WineTeacher

  2019 Chardonnay (Dr. Bonnie Henry Tribute Series) Meyer Family Vineyards Okanagan Falls, BC $30.52 The grapes for this wine come from the Old Main Road Vineyard in Naramata.  Each year Meyer Family Vineyards selects a notable person to be honoured with their Tribute Series, and this year, understandably, their decision was Dr. Bonnie Henry, … Read more

Wednesday Wine Reviews with @Sam_WineTeacher

2019 Chardonnay (Dr. Bonnie Henry Tribute Series) Meyer Family Vineyards Okanagan Falls, BC $30.52 The grapes for this wine come from the Old Main Road Vineyard in Naramata.  Each year Meyer Family Vineyards selects a notable person to be honoured with their Tribute Series, and this year, understandably, their decision was Dr. Bonnie Henry, a … Read more

Wednesday Wine Reviews with @Sam_WineTeacher

2020 Arneis Moon Curser Osoyoos, BC $26.99 As many people are not familiar with this grape, I’ll provide a little background to help put things in context.  Arneis is a white grape with roots in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy, near Turin.  Its name means ‘little rascal’ as it can be difficult to grow … Read more

Wednesday Wine Reviews with @Sam_WineTeacher

  2020 Chardonnay Nostalgia Oliver, BC $24.99 Pale straw with medium-light intensity.  Ripe yellow apple, butter, lemon curd, nectarine, a hint of pineapple, and vanilla.  Well balanced with a creamy texture.  Butter, toast, honeydew, citrus, dominate the palate with a splash of spice.  Flavours linger on the medium-long finish.   2020 Pinot Gris (Quill Label) … Read more

Wednesday Wine Reviews with @Sam_WineTeacher

  NV Brut Reserva Segura Viudas Torrelavit, Spain $16.99 Segura Viudas is well-known for delivering good quality sparkling Spanish wines (cava) and this modestly priced Reserva proves the point.  Straw coloured with medium-light intensity.  Baked apple, citrus, brioche, and dried tree fruit with undertones of yeasty lees on the nose.  Good balance and mousse.  The … Read more

Wednesday Wine Reviews with @Sam_WineTeacher

The flavours mirror the nose followed by a medium-long finish.  Very impressive.  Be sure to buy some to cellar.  If there are still people who do not think BC can produce great cab sauv, this wine will make them believers. 

Blue Grouse Winery in picturesque Cowichan Valley

For those who have discovered the region, Blue Grouse Winery is at the top of many people’s lists of where to visit.  It has a stunning building that encloses both the winery and the tasting room and was designed to reflect the shape of the bird it is named after.

Wine Touring in 2020 with @Sam_WineTeacher

For me, the best quote came from Joy Sterling, “Bubbles are comfort wine.” I totally agree and this serves as a good reminder to buy more BC Bubbles as we are so very lucky to have so many great ones to choose from.

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 more

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