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A Few Wine Gems from the Mark Anthony Portfolio 2016

A wine agent’s portfolio tasting typically gives you the chance to try both listed as well as spec wines; wines that may only show up in specialty wine shops or restaurants, in limited quantities.  I have been to Mark Anthony…

Want to Try Grape and Blueberry Wine from Monte Creek Ranch?

The 2015 vintage was the hottest in years in BC, and recorded the earliest grape harvest of all time.  The heat helped fully ripen the grapes, and produce full-bodied, ripe red wines in the Okanagan, and also the Kamloops region,…

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…

Having Lunch with New World Winery of the Year: Santa Carolina Winery

Santa Carolina New World Winery of the Year

The 2015 New World Winery of the Year from Wine Enthusiast magazine is Santa Carolina Winery from Chile.  To say they are New World though is quite interesting as the winery has been in existence since 1875.  But of course,…