Month: May 2021

Bordeaux, Burgundy, and the Okanagan – An Interview with Dylan Roche

Dylan Roche

What do Bordeaux, Burgundy, and the Okanagan have in common?  Dylan and Pénélope Roche of Roche Wines.  This married couple met while pursuing their winemaking careers and during their world travels worked in Bordeaux and Burgundy. They then moved to…

Buy Beer, Save the Whales: Vancouver Island Brewing’s Pod Pack Launches for 2021

Vancouver Island Brewing Pod Pack

What do beer and orcas have in common? The Pacific Salmon Foundation.  Salmon are a food source for our resident orcas.  From now into early summer Vancouver Island Brewing is partnering with the Pacific Salmon Foundation to offer a special…

Seaside Pearl Pinot Noir and Chardonnay 2018 – How Tasting Notes Change With Time

Seaside Pearl Fraser Gold Unoaked Chardonnay and Florence Pinot Noir 2018

A wine’s aromas and flavours will change over time from the initial tasting by the winemaker at bottling till the time you open it.  If it is within a year, any change will likely not be noticeable.  Around three years…

Celebrating International Sauvignon Blanc Day with Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc on International Sauvignon Blanc Day

May 7, 2021 is International Sauvignon Blanc Day, started in 2010 by St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery in Napa, but has been embraced fully by New Zealand, which has a very distinct style of Sauvignon Blanc.  The Marlborough region…

Two New Pinot Gris from Roche Wines – What’s the Difference?

Roche Wines Tradition Pinot Gris 2018 and Texture Pinot Gris 2020

I have two organically farmed Pinot Gris from Roche Wines, both coming from their Kozier Organic Vineyard located north of their winery on the Naramata Bench. Their 2018 Tradition Pinot Gris comes under cork with a heavier glass bottle, while…

Seaside Pearl The Connaught Syrahs from the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys

Seaside Pearl Farmgate Winery The Connaught wine labels

I do enjoy scientific experiments, especially if it is related to wine.  This day I had a chance to experience both.  I received two Syrahs from the 2018 vintage made by Seaside Pearl Farmgate Winery, with one from the Similkameen…

Quick Review: Yalumba The Y Series Viognier 2019

International Viognier Day with Yalumba The Y Series Viognier 2019

Friday, April 30, 2021, was International Viognier Day so I opened a bottle of Yalumba The Y Series Viognier 2019. According to International Viognier Day, “Viognier is a textural white wine that originated in the historic appellation of Condrieu in…