Saying Goodbye to “CiC”! 

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”! 

2014 Underwood Pinot Noir – Oregon Value

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

New Review: Yangarra Estate Vineyard 2012 McLaren Vale Old Vine Grenache

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

Traversing the Okanagan Valley: Tinhorn Creek & Covert Farms

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

Traversing the Okanagan Valley: Okanagan Falls

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

Traversing the Okanagan Valley: Naramata Bench

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

Traversing the Okanagan Valley: Oliver (Black Sage 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)

Traversing the Okanagan Valley: The Beginning

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

Review: Summerhill Pyramid Winery 2008 Zweigelt

Sitting around the kitchen table one night after dinner, my wife and I got to talking about entertaining and we realized it had been quite awhile since we'd had a get together at our place. We only half seriously started to think about what kind of event we could have. At the same time my … Continue reading Review: Summerhill Pyramid Winery 2008 Zweigelt