Category: Vancouver Island

MyWinePal’s Near Perfect 4.5-5 Star Rated Wines for 2020

MyWinePal Top 4.5-5 Star Wines

This was a crazy year due to COVID, which limited my usual number of wine tastings, but when I checked through the wines, I realized that of the wines I did taste, many almost made my 5-star category.  These wines…

Ortega and an Aromatic White Blend from Blue Grouse Estate Winery

Blue Grouse Estate Winery Estate Ortega and Q White 2019 wines

Have you ever heard of the Ortega grape? Did you know that Ortega is a cross between Siegerrebe and Müller-Thurgau?  And did you know that you can try Ortega wine from Blue Grouse Estate Winery from Duncan, BC?  Vancouver Island…

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…

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…

COVID-19 Precautions at BC Winery Tasting Rooms When You Visit

BC wine regions map

During the COVID-19 pandemic and the lessening of restrictions people will want to meet and move about.  Dr. Henry has asked people in BC to travel within our province.  During the summer many people travel to the Okanagan where there…

Quick Review: Blue Grouse Estate Pinot Gris 2019 and Pinot Noir 2017

Blue Grouse Estate Pinot Gris 2019 and Pinot Noir 2017

This week I participated in a virtual Trade Tasting with various media and Blue Grouse Estate Winery‘s owner Paul Brunner and winemaker Bailey Williamson.  Paul gave us a brief intro to the geological history of Vancouver Island and the specifics…