Category: pinot noir

Privato Winery – Quietly Making a Name in Kamloops BC

Privato winery

Privato Winery is one of the newest wineries in BC, and the second winery in Kamloops, along side Harper’s Trail winery.  Privato opened their doors in August this year with the release of their Pinot Noir and opening of their…

SpierHead Winery Covers Burgundy and Bordeaux

Burgundy and Bordeaux; two famous wine regions in France with different grapes, red and white.  Back here in BC, you can grow the grapes from both regions and produce wine.  Burgundy is famous for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, while Bordeaux…

Tasting Cloudy Bay on a Sunny Day with Tim Heath in Vancouver

Wine maker Tim Heath from Cloudy Bay

It is always a treat to have a chance to meet a winemaker pouring their wine and telling you the story behind it, the vintage, the winery, or themselves.  Recently, I had a chance to meet Tim Heath, the wine…

Select Wine & Spirits Portfolio Tasting Recommendations 2013

Trivento Amado Sur Torrontes Viognier and Vina Maipo Vitral Sauvignon Blanc

Have you ever heard of a portfolio tasting?  Most people probably have not, unless you attend wine tastings on a fairly regular basis.  A portfolio tasting is when a wine agency, like Select Wines & Spirits, pours their selection of…

MyWinePal Picks from the 2013 Colour BC VQA Fall Release Tasting

BC VQA Fall Release 2013

Have you ever felt like you have a daunting task, but persevere with the hope you will discover a few gold nuggets? I’m sure many BC prospectors felt this as they searched for gold in Barkerville and further north. This…

A Few Notes on New Zealand Red Wine Terroirs

New Zealand Wine

Better known by the tremendous success of its white wines, particularly Marlborough’s Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand’s red wines are mostly off the radar for the global market, with the visible exception of Pinot Noir. The “heart break grape” has made…

My Top Non-California Wine Picks at #VanWineFest 2013

The first time you walk into the International Festival Tasting Room can be intimidating, with 175 wineries pouring 3 or more wines each, you have at least 525 wines to try.  But over time, you become a wine tasting veteran…