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May 23, 2013

blind tasting bags

I assisted in hosting a wine tasting that included Pinot Noir, Syrah and Bordeaux varietals –  I provided the bottles from BC and a couple of the

guests provided their bottles of Napa wine.

What an exciting tasting – BC vs Napa!

We had the templates all made up at the store prior so when I arrived it was all laid out – Pinot #1 and #2, Syrah #1 and #2 and Bordeaux/Cab #1 and #2.

Of course I had to bring Riedel Varietal specific glasses so the eight of us sat down and had in front of us 2 Pinot glasses, 2 Syrah glasses and 2 Bordeaux.

We started the evening with Champagne (great palate cleanser) and then moved onto our first tasting: Pinot #1 and Pinot #2.

The brown bags were put on the upper area of the kitchen island and I poured each Pinot into the appropriate glass.  We then proceeded to taste.  It was great! At about a 50/50 split, I thought BC did really well, especially

finding out that the “Napa” Pinot they provided was not Napa at all – it was Russian River Valley!

(Remember my wine find in Maui – it was a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir). Not staying by the rules by I forgave them, after all, it was a Russian River Valley and that valley makes delicious Pinot!

Syrah – well of course I brought the 2010 Painted Rock Syrah – my very favorite.  What an elegant, delicious Rhone style of wine. I thought we knocked the Napa out of the park and so was the general consensus among the group.

Bordeaux? – I’ll give them that one – the Hunnicutt was a delicious bottle.

I do have to admit though, they brought out some pretty rare Napa wines for us to taste and my BC just came off the wine store shelf – so an amazing blind tasting and BC faired very well.

Want to try your own blind tasting?  We can help – let us know if you are interested and we can put some “pairing packages” together for you!

2nd Anniversary Wines & Pairings

Gray Monk 2009 Odyssey Rose Brut Bubblygone crackers 2

  • Vista Doro Turkish Fig Walnut Preserve
  • Gone Crackers Undressed Crackers
  • Farmhouse Baby Brie

Recline Ridge 2012 Bacchus

  • Vista Doro Heirloom Tomato & Chile Preserve
  • Gone Crackers Undresses Crackers
  • Farmhouse Camembert

Quail’s Gate 2012 Chenin Blanc

  • Farmhouse Herb Fromage Frais
  • Gone Crackers Parmesen & Rosemary Crackers

Stag’s Hollow 2012 Syrah Rose

  • Vista Doro Pink Grapefruit & Champagne Preserve
  • Gone Crackers Roasted Shallot and Herb Crackers
  • Cream cheese

Kraze Legz Black Bottom Stomp

  • Vista Doro Raspberry Merlot & Peppercorn Preserve
  • Gone Crackers Olive Oil and Black Pepper Crackers
  • Cream cheese

Black Hills 2011 Nota Bene

  • Gone Crackers Blue Cheese & Cracked Pepper Crackers
  • Smits & Co.w Aged Gouda

3-6 pm Fri April 26 Winery Tasting with Ron from Arrowleaf

2012 Pinot Gris
Ripe apple, pear, peach and delicate floral aromas. The palate shows good minerality and extract, with refreshing acidity and fruit flavours on the finish.   Serve with salmon, fondue or vegetable lasagne.  $17.95

2012 Bacchus
Fresh, floral, lively citrus and peach aromas.  Crisp, off-dry and very flavourful on the palate.  Delicious on its own or serve with appetizers, grilled vegetables or other lighter dishes.  $15.95

2012 First Crush Rose
This dry rosé is all about strawberry, cherry and tropical fruit aromas.  It is smooth and well-balanced with abundant fruit flavour on the palate.  $14.95


2010 First Crush Red
Cherry, plum and raspberry aromas with vanilla and lightly spicy undertones. Medium bodied and smooth on the palate with sweet fruit flavours lingering on the finish.  Barbeques, picnics, first dates, second dates…weddings. Anniversaries too.  Silver – 2012 BC Wine Awards  $14.95

3-6 pm Sat April 27 Tasting – Never Been Poured Before

Ex Nihilo 2010 Riesling

Juicy aromas of citrus and Okanagan apple blossoms on the nose are followed by complex flavours of ripe stone fruits and minerality on the palate. An elegant, well balanced wine with complex fruit, a refreshing crisp acidity and a long smooth finish. Enjoyable now and will cellar well through 2017.  $23.98


Jackson Triggs 2008 Gold Series Merlot
A supple wine with dark red fruit, cherries, and dark chocolate expression on the nose and palate.  An elegantly balanced and complex expression of the BC Okanagan Valley terroir, this limited release embodies the best of Jackson Triggs, the benchmark of excellence in Canadian winemaking.   $23.99

Covert 2010 The Bluff
“This is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot. It is a delicious red, with long ripe tannins and good concentration. There are hints of sage and mint on the nose, with flavours of black currants and chocolate. 91.” johnschreiner.blogspot.ca $34.97

3-6 pm Fri Feb 22 Inniskillin Tasting Part 1

3-6 pm Friday Tasting


  • Wine of the Week is a new Spring Release:  Jackson Triggs 2012 Reserve Rose
    Our Reserve Rose was left on skin contact for 24 hours for a lush salmon colour.  It is highly aromatic with fresh flavours of strawberry, rhubarb, floral, and spice, concluding with a refreshing finish, to give you a wine of exceptional quality. $10.99
  • Inniskillin 2009 Reserve Pinot Blanc
    This wine displays bright straw colour and has intense tropical fruit and apple aromas supported by citrus notes and a crisp, refreshing finish.  Pairs well with grilled salmon or Caesar salad. Try this wine also with Colby or Feta cheese. $13.99
  • Inniskillin 2010 Reserve Merlot
    This Merlot is deep red in colour and boasts a complex bouquet with hints of black cherry and raspberry. A well-balanced wine layered with toasty oak and vanilla with firm tannins and a lingering finish. This Merlot is quite versatile and can be enjoyed with a number of menu items, most especially grilled, roasted and braised red meats and hard strong cheeses. $16.99
  • Inniskillin 2008 Dark Horse Meritage
    Careful blending of the individually crafted wine has yielded a deep purple toned wine with ripe cherry and chocolate aromas, firm tannins, and rich flavours of vanilla-infused oak and plum. Try this Meritage with roast beef, ribs, or lamb. Pairs well with aged cheddar or dark chocolate.   $24.99