Saturday, September 29, 2012

Fun time at Blackwood Lane Winery
My wife and I had the pleasure of joining Owner/winemaker Carlos Lee, hospitality manager Kim Collins and guests for a fabulous evening of food and wines on Sptember 28th.  The concept is Carlos's where he challenges his own wines against the favourites of others.  Guests are asked to bring wine or an appie or both if they wish.
As the weather is still proving to be perfect in BC’s Lower Mainland we were able to sit outside on the screened porch.  Along with Blackwood Lane’s amazing profile of wines the challengers came from Quebec, BC and France.  It proved to be a tough night for challengers  with Carlos wines winning some rather tight but unanimous decisions.
This was such an enjoyable evening of food, wines and  lively conversation that we lingered on the deck past midnight.  The final wine of the evening was Blackwood Lanes new  Merlot Canadian Port.
Once again another sensational product from Carlos and Blackwood Lane.

The Friday Evening E
vent is open to anyone who wishes to attend, call Kim at (604) 856-5787 to book your seat.  For more on Blackwood Lane

Monday, September 24, 2012

BC VQA Fall Tastings


Once again the BC VQA put on another great event at the Vancouver Convention Centre.   I counted 76 wineries participating in the event.
There was a few retailers providing some nice tasting treats including the Whistler Glacier Spring Water and Daniel La Chocolate Belge. The Dairy Farmers of Canada also had a nice offering of cheeses and Crackers.


It was of course impossible for us to taste every ones wines.  I tried to visit those wineries I did not get to in the Spring event. I also made an effort to chat with the owners and or winemakers that were able to make the event.  There was John Skinner of Painted Rock and their amazing wines , Carlos Lee of Blackwood Lane with his 2007 The Reference.
and The View’s Jennifer Molgat featuring a really nice Gewurztraminer.

I had a nice long chat with Andy Gebert of St Hubertus  and Oak Bay Estates winery. He was quite complimentary about our website. Calling us a  “God Sent”. Thank you Andy
I thought his Oak Bat Pinot Noir 2010 was a very impress wine and as was his St Hubertus Goddess 2010

I also chatted with Stag’s Hallow’s  Dwight Smart and Larry Gerelus. What a year they are having.  A must buy wine would be their Simply Noir 2011.   I spent a few  minutes with Judy Kingston of Serendipity enjoying her Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.  Meanwhile Barbara was engaged in a conversation with Harry McWatters. His Chardonnay was excellent.

Lillooet’s first winery owner
Rolf de Bruin was there. His Meritage 2010 and Cabernet Fanc 2010 were outstanding. I enjoyed my visit to Little Straw Vineyards table. They present a nice Pinot Noir 2008.

Kelowna’s House of Roses was founded in 1983 by Vern Rose. Today I met his son in-law
Wouter van der Hall. A very nice gentleman who had a knack for describing their wines.
Try their Hot Flash and their Port style wine most enjoyable.

As I mentioned so many wineries, great wines wonderful people and so little time.. brief I will mention Stoneboat’s Pinot Noir 2009, Black’ Hill’s Syrah 2010, Prospect Winery Regatta Red 2009 , Hester Creek Reserve Merlot 2009, Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin 2008, Nk Mip Cellars QwAM QwMT Syrah 2008 . Okay that enough see Facebook, Twitter and most importantly the website for more.

If I could only mention one winery who was represent only by their agents.. Osoyoos LaRose would take home the hospitality award. They were informative and made me laugh.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I have a very simple comment
Actually it a question

When Canadian writes write about our wines are their following recommendations always foreign wines ???

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