Category: merlot

TIME Winery and McWatters Collection Brings Bordeaux Blends to You

HMC McWatters Collection Meritage 2017 and TIME Winery Fourth Dimension 2017

Do you know the meaning of the term “Meritage” for wines? It is a term developed by the California-based Meritage Alliance, that means a Bordeaux blend of grapes, without infringing on the term Bordeaux. Just like wineries around the world…

Church & State Wines Cabernet Franc and Merlot 2017 for the Fall

Church & State Wines Cabernet Franc and Merlot 2017

It’s Fall now.  We can’t hide from it, so time to embrace it with red wines.  I’m tasting Church & State Wines, Cabernet Franc and Merlot 2017, with the grapes coming from the Okanagan Valley.  2017 had a hot summer…

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…

Back to the Future with Gold Hill Merlot 2014 and Cabernet Merlot 2017

Gold Hill Merlot 2014 and Cabernet Merlot 2017

Here are two big red wines from Gold Hill Winery from Oliver in the South Okanagan.  Both are Merlot based.  Their Gold Hill Merlot 2014 coming in at 16.1% alc, and their Gold Hill Cabernet Merlot 2017.  It is interesting that…

Two Fresh BC Wines from Monte Creek Ranch and Harper’s Trail For the Summer

Harper's Trail Estate Winery Field Blend White 2019 and Monte Creek Ranch Cabernet Merlot 2017

It’s definitely summer time with all the sun and heat!  I’m not complaining, but thinking about which wines would be nice to drink on these hot days.  I have 2 BC wines for you; a white from Harper’s Trail Estate…

Memories of Chilean Wine and Hospitality – Santiago, Valparaiso, and the Casablanca and Aconcagua Valleys

Santiago Metropolitan Park via the Funicular of Santiago

With the lockdown on travel due to COVID-19, I thought I’d look back at some of my trips to wine regions around the world.  One of my memorable trips was to Chile in October 2009 where I toured around Santiago,…