Monday, September 23, 2019

Rosé is a term describing the French technique for making wines ranging in colour from greyish pink to very dark pink. Rosé is a type of wine that incorporates some of the colour from the grape skins, but not enough to qualify it as a red wine. It may be the oldest known type of wine, as it is the most straightforward to make with the skin contact method.

Winemakers create a rosé wine by juicing red grapes and then allowing the juice to soak with the skins for a very short period, usually only two to three days. As soon as the juice begins to take on the beautiful pink colour the winemaker desires, the skins are removed and the juice is allowed to ferment, creating delicious rosé.

Rosés have exploded in popularity in the last few years. At a recent VQA fall release almost every time I came to taste a wineries wines they insisted I try their Rosé. Some very good, some were not.

Recently my wife and I hosted a dinner party. We began the evening by doing a blind Rosé tasting challenge. We featured two BC wines, two Washington State wines and one California wine.  Twelve guests took the challenge. Only two of the wines received a passing grade and were awarded a vote. Both were from BC. 

The final score was 8-4 with Castoro de Oro Pinot Duetto been the winner. The deep colour attracts one's attention. This Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc blend starts with a nice aroma, featuring an initial tart cherry softened by peppery tannins. It has a nice smooth finish. 

Castoro de Oro is a small family-operated winery in Oliver along the Golden Mile. Their friendly winery and fine cellar makes them a winery you should visit.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Anniversary Dinner

Barbara and I decided to get away for a few days to celebrate our 27th wedding Anniversary. We decided to visit Parksville and Qualicum Beach. I had not been to this part of Vancouver Island since I lived in Victoria (73-84).

One forgets how beautiful the Island can be. The population growth is also amazing. Since I left the Island a number of wineries have opened.

On our first day in Parksville, we decided to enjoy the beach and then dine at the highly recommended Kalvas Log House Restaurant. As luck would have it the restaurant was next door to the hotel. We could walk. No drinking and driving involved.

The restaurant is not all that impressive from the outside,  however the interior immediately captures your attention. Upon entering we were quickly greeted bya gentleman wearing a suit ( a suit always makes a good impression) and were immediately shown to a table.

The menu is simple based upon Seafood and Steaks with a few additional items like pasta and schnitzel. Our waiter was elegant and humorous. He knew the proper ways of a 5 star restaurant and contributed greatly to the enjoyment of the evening. Thank you Tim!  Tim also had a very charming young lady assisting him. Who took charge of photographing Barbara and myself.

We settled on a Hester Creek Cab/merlot as we studied the menu.  The special for the evening was a NY steak with prawns. I am not a fan of shellfish but I ordered the special, Barbara could have my shrimp. Maybe they were called Prawns?

The wine was good and we relaxed awaiting our dinner. We discussed our plans for the following day which would take us up Island to visit 40 Knots Winery. A report we will post on

Our dinners arrived a very impressive presentation. Tim refilled our wine glasses. Pictures were taken of the meal and I gave my prawns to Barbara. I could hardly wait to taste the steak.

The steak was amazing, oh so good, as were the mashed potatoes and vegetables. An excellent meal.

Been our anniversary the Kalvas provided a complimentary cheesecake. It was quite good! I also enjoyed a Spanish coffee.

It was a most enjoyable dining experience!