Month: September 2020

Taste of the Okanagan Partners with Mamas for Mamas to “Spread” the love with new Rosé Wine Jelly

Taste of the Okanagan Specialty Foods

Do you like Rosé Wine Jelly?  How about adding some pink peppercorns in?  Maybe put on a cracker with a slice of brie and enjoy with a glass of rosé wine?  And to top it off, help relieve family poverty! …

Alsace and the Rhone Valley Represented by Church & State Wines

Church & State Wines Pinot Gris and Marsanne 2017

Today I’m tasting two white grape varieties from Alsace and from the Rhone Valley, but grown in BC!  Church & State Wines grows both Pinot Gris (Alsace) and Marsanne (Rhone) grapes.  And have done them very well.  Church & State…

How is the 2020 Harvest for Port Wine?

The Fladgate Partnership

I was fortunate to be invited to the Fladgate Partnership Virtual Press Trip with David Guimaraens to learn about the 2020 port wine harvest.  David is the head winemaker for the Flagdate Partnership that includes Fonseca, Taylor’s, and Croft Port. …

What to Expect from the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Harvest 2020?

Harvest in the Conegliano Valdobbiadene appellation (Picture courtesy Consorzio di Tutela del Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG)

The grape harvest is about to start, or has started in the northern hemisphere and reports on the harvest should start to trickle out on media.  I received this press release about the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Harvest 2020.  Let’s…

September is Sparkling with Church & State Wines

Church & State Wines Sparkling Pinot Gris and Frizzante Muscat 2017

Summer is winding down, unfortunately. But sparkling wine can be enjoyed year round.  It does feel nicer though when you are outside on your patio enjoying sparkling wine with family or friends.  Here are two tasty sparkling wines from Church…

Royal Slope is Washington’s newest American Viticultural Area

Royal Slope AVA (courtesy Stillwater Creek Vineyard)

Just as we in British Columbia try to more rigorously define unique small grape growing regions, sub-geographical indication (sub-GI), the same is happening just south of the border with our Washington state neighbours.  Here is a press release about their…

Soljans Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Malbec 2016

Soljans Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Malbec 2016 label

Soljans Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Malbec 2016 (NZ $22) In 1927, Bartul Soljan and his wife Rakelina sailed to New Zealand with their children, found land out in Henderson, broke it in, planted vines, and in 1932 established Soljan’s Family…