One of the things that first drew me to the world of wine is the story that is told through the label on a wine bottle. There’s your classic old world label, weaving a story of the wine's origin and history. You have new world labels with their playful names and cartoonish images. Then there … Continue reading ¡Olé! – Tasting through 50 years of Bodegas Faustino wines!
On May 24, 1976, a selection of the some biggest names in French wine gathered at the InterContinental Hotel in Paris for an afternoon of wine tasting. The event was billed as a head to head blind tasting between some of the top producers in France and California. Journalists for all the major publications were invited … Continue reading 1976 Judgement of Paris, California vs. France…
Have you heard the news? According to the Canadian Vintners Association, we could soon see some clarification on the issue of Cellared in Canada (CiC). Not sure what the issue about Cellared in Canada is? We'll simply put it's where a producer makes wine using foreign grapes but markets it as Canadian wine. The real … Continue reading Saying Goodbye to “CiC”!
If I was to ask you to name a Pinot Noir producing region, what comes to mind first? For most Pinot Noir fans, the most likely answer is Burgundy. And why not, its wines are considered to be among the world’s best, which however also puts them as some of the world’s most expensive wine. … Continue reading 2014 Underwood Pinot Noir – Oregon Value
I have a wine problem! I've fallen into a tendency lately to focus on only a few select wine regions when it comes to tasting, buying or drinking wine. When reviewing my tasting notes from the last couple of months I noticed this trend. A quick peek in the cellar confirmed my suspicion. Perhaps calling … Continue reading New Review: Yangarra Estate Vineyard 2012 McLaren Vale Old Vine Grenache
The last 4 weeks feel like they have been a complete whirlwind and I'm only now catching my breath. I should have had this post done weeks ago but I'm only now sitting down to finish it. The last day of our absolutely fantastic trip to the Okanagan Valley. The last day! We had come … Continue reading Traversing the Okanagan Valley: Tinhorn Creek & Covert Farms
So far on our trip, we had toured the Black Sage and Naramata Bench, and now we were off to the Okanagan Falls region. Okanagan Falls, or OK Falls as it's also locally known, is a small community approximately 20 km south of Penticton that sits on the southern tip of Skaha lake. Highway 97 runs right through the middle of the … Continue reading Traversing the Okanagan Valley: Okanagan Falls
So far in our trip, we had spent a day exploring the town of Penticton and touring wineries along the Black Sage Bench (see: Traversing the Okanagan Valley: Black Sage Bench). The next region we were off to explore was the Naramata Bench. It's a 14 km stretch of land set in amongst rolling hills … Continue reading Traversing the Okanagan Valley: Naramata Bench
We spent the first day of our trip exploring Penticton, hanging out the beach, doing a little shopping, eating a little ice cream. It was a great way to unwind after a long drive, get settled, and prepare for our first day of wine touring. In my previous post (Traversing the Okanagan Valley: The Beginning), … Continue reading Traversing the Okanagan Valley: Oliver (Black Sage Bench)
In 2011 my wife and I decided to take a trip out to Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, specifically the city of Kelowna. As part of that trip, we went on a wine tour. It was the first time I had ever been to a winery and I wasn't sure what to expect. Right away … Continue reading Traversing the Okanagan Valley: The Beginning