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3 Big Red Wines from McWatters Collection and TIME Estate Wineries

TIME Syrah, Meritage, and McWatters Collection Meritage wines

It’s Fall and the rains will soon be starting according to the weather forecast.  How to keep yourself happy and fortified during our rainy season?  Big red BC wines.  I received 3 bottles recently: TIME Estate Winery Syrah 2013 TIME…

A Bene Nota from Black Hills Estate Winery Nota Bene

Black Hills Estate Winery Nota Bene 2014 label

Black Hills Estate Winery on the Black Sage Road in the Okanagan is best known for their “Nota Bene” Bordeaux blend red wine.  When I was taking my WSET classes downtown many years ago, it was extremely difficult to get a bottle…

Celebrating KWV’s South African Wines at L’Abattoir

Roast fillets of beef together with a veal sweetbread served with 3 red wines from KWV at L Abattoir small

Two years ago I was fortunate to meet wine maker Izele van Blerk from KWV, the largest winery in South Africa, at a Trade tasting in Vancouver 2 years ago.  I talked about my experience with South African wine through…

Winestains Wine Academy – A New Venue for WSET Courses and More

Winestains tasting room

Learning about wine is a great experience.  It leads you to try new grape varieties, buy more expensive wines to see the difference with lesser priced wines, travel to wine destinations like the Okanagan or Napa Valley, and maybe start…

Two Sub $20 Cabernet Merlot Blends from Mission Hill

Mission Hill 5 Vineyards Cabernet Merlot and Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery Haynes Barn Merlot Cabernet wines

Founded in 1981 by proprietor Anthony von Mandl, Mission Hill Family Estate has a solid reputation as a leader within the wine community that helped define the Okanagan Valley.  His winery won the Avery Trophy in 1994 for ‘Best Chardonnay…