Tag: VQA

A Little Charisma from Two Red Wines by Gold Hill Winery

Gold Hill Winery Charisma Cabernet Merlot 2021 and Charisma Malbec 2020

Here are two more Charisma wines from Gold Hill Winery.  The Charisma line of wines are meant to be charming approachable everyday drinking wines.  So something on the patio or at a casual lunch or dinner.  I tasted their Charisma…

Sandhill Wines Announces The Appointment of a New Winemaker

Stephanie Van Dyk, winemaker at Sandhill Wines

Sandhill Wines announces that they hired a new winemaker.  Please welcome Stephanie Van Dyk.  She is not new to BC, having been making wines at Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Kalala Organic Estate Winery, and more in the Okanagan.  I am looking…

Rhone Grapes Done Right by Moon Curser Vineyards in Ososyoos

Moon Curser Vineyards Roussanne Marsanne 2021 and Syrah 2020

Today we are going on a journey tasting Rhone grape varieties; Syrah for red grapes, and Roussanne and Marsanne for white grape varieties. You may have heard of Syrah. BC Syrah is quite well-known for its quality, but Roussanne and…

The BC Wine Industry Welcomes Six New Sub-GIs

Wine Growers of BC- BC Wine Regions Topo Map

In BC we relatively quickly learned that cooler climate grapes, like Riesling, did better in the north Okanagan, and warmer climate grapes, like Syrah, did better in the south Okanagan.  Similarly cooler climate grape varieties in the Fraser Valley and…

Gneiss Rosé 2020 Then and Now Plus Filipino Food Pairing

Jollibee and Gneiss Wines Rose 2020

This article is a 2-for-1.  It’s Filipino Restaurant Month in Vancouver. So, I started out to review Filipino food from the new Jollibee fast food restaurant that opened in downtown Vancouver, but then I added on wine, as I like…

Clay Amphora and Concrete Vessels Making Wine At Okanagan Crush Pad

Okanagan Crush Pad Narrative Syrah Viognier 2018 and Haywire Pinot Noir 2020

Clay and concrete vessels are two more historical materials that have been used to ferment grape must into wine. But both have been having a comeback in the last few years. I have two wines from Okanagan Crush Pad. The…

Two Blends from Frind Estate Winery You Can Try at VanWineFest 2022

Frind Estate Winery The Baronesse 2021 and Big Red 2020

Have you heard of Frind Estate Winery before?  They are one of the newer wineries, located in West Kelowna.  Eric Von Krosigk, their winemaker, comes with lots of great knowledge.  He is originally from Vernon. In 1983, Eric moved to…