Vinos Finos de Rioja

It was a sunny Monday in April when I headed down to the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) on Granville Island to learn more about the Spanish wines Lopez de Heredia from Maria Vicente. I am going to let the winery explain what they are all about. “Lopez de Heredia – one of the … Read moreVinos Finos de Rioja

Wednesday Wine Reviews by Sam_WineTeacher

2014 Riesling 8th Generation Summerland, BC $20.90 The grapes for this wine come from 29-year-old vines. The result is a wine with depth and concentration. Lemon yellow with medium intensity. Classic varietal character on the nose – mineral, stone fruit, citrus and a hint of petrol. Slightly off dry, but well balanced with good mouth … Read moreWednesday Wine Reviews by Sam_WineTeacher

Wednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

2014 Chardonnay Blackwood Lane Langley, BC $29.00 This wine is lemon yellow in colour with medium-light intensity. The nose is well-integrated oak and fruit with aromas of lemon, ripe apple, honey, butter, toast and vanilla. Very well balanced. The flavours follow the nose leading to a medium-plus finish. Serve this with pan seared prawns and … Read moreWednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

Locals Only: Taste of the Islands

Wine agent Richard Massey organized this event at Granville Island’s Edible Canada to showcase Vancouver Island wine and spirits. I began at Unsworth Vineyards, which is located in Mill Bay, between Victoria and Duncan where I chatted with Sommelier Chris Turyk. I first became aware of Unsworth when I visited the winery two years ago … Read moreLocals Only: Taste of the Islands

Wednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

Chaberton-2015 ReserveChardonnay 2015 Chardonnay (Reserve) Chaberton Langley, BC $19.95 The winery may be in Langley, but the grapes for this wine come from Oliver. The wine is golden yellow in colour with medium intensity. The nose shows aromas of lemon, butter, vanilla and toast with hints of pineapple. Good balance. The flavours follow the nose. … Read moreWednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

Wednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

  2015 Chardonnay (Reserve) Chaberton Langley, BC $19.95 The winery may be in Langley, but the grapes for this wine come from Oliver. The wine is golden yellow in colour with medium intensity. The nose shows aromas of lemon, butter, vanilla and toast with hints of pineapple. Good balance. The flavours follow the nose. A … Read moreWednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

Wednesday Wine Reviews by Sam The Wine Teacher

  2015 Chardonnay (Qwam Qwmt) Nk’Mip Osoyoos, BC $25.00 Golden straw in colour with medium intensity. Well-integrated oak and fruit on the nose with notes of delicate butter and tropical fruit, especially pineapple. Well balanced with a creamy texture. The flavours follow the nose along with fresh cream. A medium-plus finish.     2012 Syrah … Read moreWednesday Wine Reviews by Sam The Wine Teacher

Wednesday Wine Reviews by Sam The Wine Teacher

  2016 Verdicchio Classico Superiore Umani Ronchi Casal di Serra Osimo, Italy $17.99 This impressive Italian white is golden straw in colour with medium intensity. Jasmine blossoms, ginger and melon on the nose. Well balanced. The flavour packs a bigger punch than the nose with the addition of orange peel, pear and almond flavours followed … Read moreWednesday Wine Reviews by Sam The Wine Teacher

Wednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

  2010 Syrah Desert Hills Oliver, BC $36.90 Garnet red with medium intensity. Red berries and dried herbs on the nose. Good balance. Pleasing fruit on the palate followed by dusty sage on a medium finish.   2016 Garnacha Tintorera / Monastrell Laya Almansa, Spain $14.49 Garnet / black in colour with deep intensity. Ripe, … Read moreWednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher