¡Olé! – Tasting through 50 years of Bodegas Faustino wines! 

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! 

Carbonnade de Boeuf!

Over the years I've come to appreciate a well done slow cooked meal. There's just something about a warm, rich, & hearty meal on a chilly day that feels right. My normal goto for this type of dish is beef short ribs but I recently found myself with a package of stewing beef that I … Continue reading Carbonnade de Boeuf!

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: 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)

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

Review: Fox Run 2012 Lemberger

One of the blogs that I routinely look forward to reading is pop & pour, written by local wine aficionado Peter Vetsch.  I first came across Peter on Twitter and was quick to check out his blog,  becoming an instant follower. When it comes to the world of wine I still consider myself quite an … Continue reading Review: Fox Run 2012 Lemberger