Tasting Ten – Pinot Noir a review by Sam the Wine Teacher

I belong to a wine tasting group called the Tasting Ten.  Ten people meet ten times a year and taste through a blind flight (all bottles wrapped in paper to conceal their identities) of wines based on a theme.

It’s Summer TIME! #FavouriteThings Summer Sipping

Yes, it’s summer and time to stock up on BC wines for the patio, picnics and barbecues, which bring friends and family together for fun and relaxation.  With TIME and its sister winery, Evolve, you’ll find any wine you need for summer, from sparkling, whites, rosés or big reds.   The only trouble you’ll have is … Read more

New Releases from Singletree Winery

Singletree Winery is a delightful family run winery in that tends to wow people on their first visit.   I am a big fan of their wines.  Located on Mount Lehman in Abbotsford, they opened with a bang in 2015, quickly attracting a strong loyal following and garnering critical acclaim.  Recently, they have expanded their operation … Read more

Garagiste North Vancouver Preview

This teaser event, held at Marquis Wine Merchants, served its purpose to stir up excitement for the main event August 19th in Kelowna.  Organizer, Terry Meyer Stone was in attendance with five producers. Here’s a little what you can expect: Dames Wines Dames White – a very flavourful Pinot Blanc based wine with a tiny … Read more

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 more

Henricsson Vineyards a review by @Sam_WineTeacher

  It all began in 2013 when Peter Henricsson dropped by to have dinner with Torsten Allander of Foxtrot Winery in Naramata (Foxtrot is renowned for their Pinot Noir wines).   He was very impressed with a particular bottle of Foxtrot Pinot Noir that Torsten served. Peter found out it was made from the grapes in … Read more

CheckMate Merlot

A month or so after having the opportunity to sample CheckMate’s Chardonnay wines, I was invited to a Gastown restaurant for the launch of their 2013 Merlot. A group of invited guests gathered in a private room at L’ Abattoir. After a bit of socializing and a brief audiovisual presentation, where (former) principal Ingo Grady … Read more

Domini Venti at Cibo Trattoria

  From the sundrenched rolling hills and narrow valleys of Veneto in northern Italy to Vancouver. . . . . . .   To properly explore the wine regions of Italy, the world’s largest wine producer, would likely take a person a lifetime. There are so many regions and unfamiliar indigenous grapes. There is so … Read more

#WineWednesday Wine Reviews

2013 Sauvignon Blanc / Viognier Bonamici Cellars Okanagan Falls $21.90 This virtual winery, the creation of Philip Soo and Mario Rodi, uses the facilities at Synchromesh Winery in Okanagan Falls. The wine is straw coloured tinged with green and medium-minus in intensity. Peach and apricot aromas dominate the nose followed by delicate notes of honey, … Read more

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