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From the Cellar with @Sam_WineTeacher

In addition to the weekly wine review and the various other, usually wine-related, articles I write for My Van City, I am including a new one that will appear from time to time.  I’m calling it, ‘From the Cellar’. It will be much like the wine reviews, except that it will feature wines that have … Read more

Wednesday Wine Reviews with @Sam_WineTeacher

Wine Reviews June 28, 2022   2021 Rosé Fort Berens Lillooet, BC $21.99 This is a Pinot Noir dominant blend (79%), with small amounts of Merlot (13%), and Cabernet Franc (8%), all of which were estate grown.  Winemaker Alex Nel felt that the small additions helped to boost the colour and add a note of … Read more

From Fort Berens | Sneak Peek at our 2021 Vintage

We are very optimistic for the future, as Alex further raises the bar on our winemaking. We are thrilled with the development of the wines from our 2021 vintage, and we can’t wait to share them with you.

Wednesday Wine Reviews with @Sam_WineTeacher

2020 Sauvignon Blanc Mayhem Okanagan Falls, BC $20.00 Pale straw with medium-light intensity.  The nose shows aromas of peach, grass, gooseberry, minerality, lime zest, and delicate banana notes.  Good balance.  Refreshing on the palate followed by a medium-plus finish with flavours lingering.  Tasting this makes me think of seafood, salmon, white fish, and prawn and … Read more

What’s New at Fort Berens?

Fort Berens have expanded their estate vineyards to 38 acres with the addition of the 18-acre Red Rock Vineyard.  This brings 6 acres of Merlot, 5 acres of Cabernet Franc, 3.5 acres of Riesling, 2 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and 1 acre of Grüner Veltliner.

Fort Berens Estate Winery Sneak Peek at our 2020 Vintage

2020 represented a key milestone for us, as it marked the completion of our 10th harvest here at Fort Berens. For a winery in an emerging wine region, this is an important milestone and one worth pausing to celebrate.

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