Tasting Ten – Chateauneuf du Pape with @Sam_WineTeacher

Janice is in charge of our October session, and this year, she decided to focus on Chateauneuf du Pape.  This is a style of wine from the southern Rhone Valley, one of the oldest wine-making regions in France.

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

#WineWednesday wine review from Sam Hauck aka @Sam_WineTeacher

Big Reds for a Barbecue

As we waited for everyone to arrive, we chatted and strolled the gardens with a refreshing glass of 2018 La Ensemble, a sauvignon blanc/semillon blend from La Frenz winery in Naramata.

International Sauvignon Blanc Day was May 1st – Did you celebrate?

Many people first became enamoured with sauvignon blanc many years ago after becoming tired of the ubiquitous buttery, rich over-oaked chardonnays which were all too common at the time. 

What’s Trending in France: Vancouver Int’l Wine Fest Lecture

  What’s Trending in France?  Vancouver International Wine Festival Lecture Series Is France still a trend setter?  Do we want them to be “ modern” with their wine making?,  do they want to be modern or traditionalists?  Can they be both? This was a lively discussion of some of France’s most respected winemakers and producers … Read more

Highlights from the tasting room at the Vancouver International Wine Festival

  As I walked out of the tasting room at the Vancouver Convention Center after day two International Wine Festival Tastings, I couldn’t help but think about the enormous number of wines I just could not get around to trying. Sadly, and despite my best efforts, I had sampled less than twenty percent of the … Read more

The Birthplace of Terroir: Vancouver International Wine Festival

  The Vancouver International Wine Festivals host country this year was France and what a fantastic showing of exciting wines. I attended an excellent lecture from the leading French producers on the subject of terroir, which most people would agree has been best defined by the French, for their history, culture, and wines, all seamlessly … Read more

French Wines compliment Curtain Raiser

  This was an opportunity to taste and savour an excellent selection of French wines paired with small bites in a festive atmosphere. The Curtain Raiser is held in an attractive second floor banquet space featuring an expansive wall of windows that overlook the massive lobby below.   A prelude to the first public tasting … Read more

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