Tag: Germany

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…

My Favourite Dozen Wines Sans California at VanWineFest 2019

Some recommended wines from around the world at VanWineFest 2019

Most of the excitement about the Vancouver International Wine Festival is with the theme country or region; California for this year.  But, we should not shy from visiting the rest of the Tasting Room and try wines from other parts…

Top Drop Vancouver 2017 – An Authentic Experience

Top Drop Vancouver

This is my second year attending Top Drop Vancouver, where small-scale producers from around the world show us their hand crafted wines. According to Top Drop, “Our focus is terroir-influenced, handcrafted wines, and the people behind them. W e believe…

The Good and Not Quite So of German Wines in BC

Three Rieslings and a Pinot Gris from Germany

Germany is well-known for their Riesling wines, but they also produce Pinot Noir, which they call Spätburgunder, and other varieties, such as Pinot Gris, Müller Thurgau, and more.  I decided to check into how many, and what types of German wines…

VanWineFest 2017 – Heartbreak & Backache Seminar Part 2

Riesling grapes

In Part 1 of this article, I covered the comments and insights of wine makers and hands-on owners in BC, Ontario, and Germany on the heartbreak and backache from growing and making wine from the Riesling and Pinot Noir grapes.…