Discovering the new kid on the block – Here’s the Thing

The fun part of not overloading your schedule is the opportunity to discover something new. Here’s the Thing Vineyard just opened this past May so it is definitely the newbie on Black Sage Road. New it may be but co-owner Leah McDowell does know a thing or two about wine. Formerly the owner of a … Read moreDiscovering the new kid on the block – Here’s the Thing

What’s happening this Fall at Quails’ Gate

  Hello Fall. It’s a busy time at the winery with fall colours appearing and harvest in full swing. So far, the vineyard team has picked Foch, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with more coming in daily. Our winemaking team has two exciting additions – our first concrete eggs (aptly named Julio and Enrique Egglesias). In … Read moreWhat’s happening this Fall at Quails’ Gate

Wednesday Wine Reviews @Sam_WineTeacher

This post features some wineries I have tried for the first time. 2016 Chardonnay Fort Berens Lillooet, $18.98 Straw coloured with medium-light intensity.  Oak slightly dominates the nose (I like this style) followed by tropical fruit, citrus, butter and toast.   Good balance with good mouthfeel.  The flavours echo the nose.  Pleasing flavours linger on the … Read moreWednesday Wine Reviews @Sam_WineTeacher

Christine Coletta Receives Founders Award at Okanagan Fall Wine Festival

On September 27, Christine Coletta, owner of Okanagan Crush Pad (OCP), has been presented the Founders Award at the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival. Coletta has been presented the award in recognition of her contributions to the BC wine industry. When presented the award in front of industry peers by industry veteran Harry McWatters of ENCORE Vineyards, Coletta said … Read moreChristine Coletta Receives Founders Award at Okanagan Fall Wine Festival

Saxon Winery partners with Bottega Wine Studio / Seven Directions Winery

Saxon Winery of Summerland today announced their partnership with Bottega Wine Studio also know as Seven Directions Wines, who up till recently made their wines in West Kelowna. Bottega Wine Studio will commence producing their award winning wine brand Seven Directions Wine and Bottega wines at Saxon Winery this coming vintage launching them under Saxon’s … Read moreSaxon Winery partners with Bottega Wine Studio / Seven Directions Winery

Our #FavouriteThings – Rosé wine all year round!

Just this past week I spent some time with a few millennial women in the PR biz and the subject of Rosé wine came up. It was such a refreshing conversation. It was like Rosé wine was a totally new concept and they were excited about drinking Rosé wines, almost as if they had invented … Read moreOur #FavouriteThings – Rosé wine all year round!

Wednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

2014 Chardonnay Bordertown Osoyoos, BC $26.90 Lemon yellow with medium-light intensity.  Like many California chardonnays, this one leads with oak yet isn’t overly oily or drenched in tropical fruit.  The nose aromas of butter, toast, vanilla, ripe apple and orange peel.  Very good balance.  The flavours mirror the nose followed by a medium-plus finish.  This … Read moreWednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

Wednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

    2016 Pinot Blanc (Lawson) Anthony Buchanan Oliver, BC $19.99 One of, if not the best, Pinot Blanc wines in BC.  Pale lemon yellow in colour with medium-light intensity.  The nose is layered with aromas of peach, apple, citrus, melon, white flowers and minerality.  Well balanced and full bodied.  White peach, apple and citrus … Read moreWednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

CheckMate Releases New Chardonnays

Here is your chance to snag some excellent CheckMate Chardonnays I am excited to announce the release of our newest Chardonnay, the 2015 Queen’s Advantage from CheckMate’s Combret Vineyard. Located in the Okanagan Valley’s pristine Golden Mile Bench, these 45 year old Chardonnay vines are among some of the first planted in Canada. Alongside the … Read moreCheckMate Releases New Chardonnays

Wine Reviews: Three Gamays, Two Rieslings

2017 Gamay Rust Winery Oliver, BC $23.00 Initially, I was devastated to find out that Mount Boucherie no longer offered Gamay as it was a favourite of mine.  Fortunately, the news was not as bad as it first appeared.  The new owners also owned Rust Winery (located on the former Rustico site) and decided to … Read moreWine Reviews: Three Gamays, Two Rieslings