Tag Archives: white wine

Ortega, Vintner’s Reserve, Beaufort Vineyard & Estate Winery, Courtenay, Vancouver Island, BC, 12.3% abv., 2019

A winery in Vancouver Island’s Comox Valley just northeast of Courtenay you say?!  Really!?  Why, yes! I was truly delighted to show up for a tasting with the exceptionally knowledgeable Katie Phelan and realize this boutique-sized winery works with its … Continue reading

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Riesling, Synchromesh Wines, Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley, BC

A 2019 Rieslings review on these three off-dry beauties.  Pair any of them with a spicy Thai meal, cheese board with Stilton or Blue, or a brunch spread with egg dishes and fruit salad. Riesling, Long’s View Vineyard, Synchromesh, Naramata, … Continue reading

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Pinot Gris, Nichol Vineyard, Naramata Bench, Okanagan, BC, 2018, 12% abv, C$17+

‘Fess up, all you Covid-19 drinkers.  I know you’re looking for daily drinker wines to stock up on, just in case.  Even if you’re not, here is one you should put in an order for ASAP.  I have actually purchased … Continue reading

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Chardonnay, Callisto, Ursa Major Wines, Sagebrush Vineyard, Black Sage Bench, Okanagan Valley, Oliver, BC, 2018, 13.4% abv.

Callisto was discovered by Galileo in 1610 and is the second largest moon of Jupiter after Ganymede.  It’s also the third largest moon in our solar system.  I’d had no idea about this – until I drank this wine and … Continue reading

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Sémillon, Lock & Worth Winery, Naramata Bench, Okanagan, BC, 2017, 12.4% abv.

Sémillon is usually paired with other white grapes, most especially Sauvignon Blanc as in the classic white wine of Bordeaux.  However, this is a 100% Sémillon version from vines planted in 1993 near Kelowna, BC in Canada’s Okanagan region. Unfiltered … Continue reading

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Wine in the time of Covid-19

Since my last post, the world has changed significantly due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Between physical distancing and global travel restrictions,  the closing of non-essential services and businesses, border closures, and entire countries under lock down, writing about a bottle … Continue reading

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Chardonnay, Losthorn Vineyard, Lock and Worth Winery, Naramata, BC, 2018, 11.7% abv., C$30

Zowie!  Pow!  Wow! From grapes planted in 1995 at Losthorn Vineyard in Okanagan Falls, this Chardonnay is electric.  Whole cluster pressed, it’s an unfined and unfiltered, charged up, bona fide beauty. A shade of pale lemon gold on the eyes, … Continue reading

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Chardonnay, Sea Smoke Estate Vineyard, Sta Rita Hills, California, 14.5% abv, 2013, C$100

Ever since the first time I watched the movie Sideways, I have wanted to try a bottle of Sea Smoke.  Their Botella Pinot Noir (vintage unknown) was featured at the seriously over served double date dinner for Myles, Jack, Stephanie … Continue reading

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Gewurztraminer-Pinot Gris, Granite, Bartier Brothers, Oliver, BC, 2017, 11.3% abv., C$26

I’d been planning a trip to Bartier Brothers in Oliver, BC for a while.  I drink so much of their Sémillon, I should own shares in the winery.  A visit was definitely in order. No sooner did we step on … Continue reading

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A food and wine pairing evening to remember

One of my favourite wine and food activities is to pair the two and introduce friends and family to gastronomic and wine nerd combinations they wouldn’t have normally sought out for themselves. I did this recently with a group at … Continue reading

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