Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival Wraps An Outstanding Season & Looks Ahead To 2019

The 2018 Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival has ended on a record-breaking high note, with a total season attendance of over 108,000 – up 8% from the previous year – and a lineup of successful plays and special events that repeatedly sold out houses throughout the Festival.     The 29th Bard season ran … Read moreBard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival Wraps An Outstanding Season & Looks Ahead To 2019

Natural Wines with DJ Kearney

  Having been a home wine maker for over 25 years, I have always been a little leery about ‘wild’ yeast fermentations.   ‘Wild’ yeast is also known as ‘ambient’, ‘feral’ or ‘natural’ yeast. My scepticism is not without reason; having bought crushed grapes that began to ferment on their own, before I had a chance … Read moreNatural Wines with DJ Kearney

Find Your Niche

Niche Winery One of the ‘small guys’, or garagistes, Niche Winery is a small family run operation set well off the main highway in West Kelowna. Opened in 2011 by James and Joanna Schlosser, they indeed have ‘found their Niche’. This small ten-acre, ‘Hugh and Mary’ vineyard, owned by James’ parents, Kathleen and Jerry Schlosser, … Read moreFind Your Niche

Wine Wednesday review from @Sam_WineTeacher

Non Vintage Cipes Brut Summerhill Winery Kelowna, BC $25.49 This wine was chosen to celebrate a special occasion and a good choice it was.  This traditional method, pyramid-aged wine is a blend of Riesling, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay.  Pale lemon in colour with a medium-light intensity.  The nose shows aromas of wet stones, citrus and … Read moreWine Wednesday review from @Sam_WineTeacher

Quini the Free Wine App explained by Sam_theWineTeacher

  Quini is a free wine tasting and rating app developed in Vancouver. While it is designed primarily for the average consumer, it is useful for neophytes and geeks as well. The language is simple, but useful. The whole idea behind Quini is to help consumers discover their wine palates quickly, and wine pros to … Read moreQuini the Free Wine App explained by Sam_theWineTeacher

World Famous Wine Critic Jancis Robinson Announced for Pinot Noir NZ 2017

The world’s most influential wine commentator Jancis Robinson, OBE, MW, is heading to New Zealand for Pinot Noir NZ 2017.   Bringing Ms Robinson to New Zealand, with her world leading reputation as one of the most authoritative wine critics and writers, is seen as a major coup for the country’s Pinot Noir producers. It … Read moreWorld Famous Wine Critic Jancis Robinson Announced for Pinot Noir NZ 2017

BC VQA WINES SHOWCASED AND SOLD IN A BC GROCERY STORE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME

100 per cent BC Wines now on shelves in Surrey’s South Point Save-On-Foods provide consumers with food pairing convenience, and further boost BC’s “buy local” agrifoods philosophy. Some of BC’s highest quality wines are now on sale next to BC-grown produce, meat, seafood and dairy products at the South Point Save-On-Foods store in Surrey. The … Read moreBC VQA WINES SHOWCASED AND SOLD IN A BC GROCERY STORE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME

Old Island Vines, New Classic Wines, Great Summer Experience

Blue Grouse Winery is a Must-Visit this Summer Vancouver Island’s Pioneering Vineyard Awaits   The Story:   The historic Blue Grouse Estate Winery, nestled in the heart of the Cowichan Valley, continues its evolution with the opening of a new, modern winery facility and tasting room, set to open to the general public in June 2015. … Read moreOld Island Vines, New Classic Wines, Great Summer Experience

Wine Wednesday Wine Reviews

2013 Garnacha (5G) Torres Campo de Borja, Spain $17.99 Bronze Medal Garnet red tinged with purple and a medium-deep intensity. The nose shows aromas of cherry, plum, forest floor, earth and cocoa. Good balance. Pleasing fruit on the palate with a medium-long finish.     2011 Riesling Zeller Peter & Peter (Feinherb) Mosel, Germany $12.59 … Read moreWine Wednesday Wine Reviews

Winemaker Dinner, Cooking Classes & More at Wild Rice

Chef’s Dinners, Cooking Classes & More This MonthThe old adage about March coming ‘in like a lamb and out like a lion’ couldn’t be more appropriate for this first month of The Year of the Sheep. We have a busy month ahead at Wild Rice and we hope you’ll join us. NEW – Chef Todd Cooks for You Our … Read moreWinemaker Dinner, Cooking Classes & More at Wild Rice

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

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

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

#WineWednesday review by Sam_WineTeacher

his is the first Wine Wednesday of the new year, and seeing as people may have over-indulged financially, I’m focusing on wines under $20.  Yes, you will notice several Spanish reds in this list.  There are two reasons for this, one they were included in a tasting I did a while ago and two, Spanish … Read more#WineWednesday review by Sam_WineTeacher