Posts Tagged ‘BC wine’

2007 Twisted Tree Six Vines

December 6, 2009 Leave a comment

This past weekend, a few friends and I shared a bottle of Twisted Tree’s Six Vines from their 2007 vintage.  I have previously tasted and shared my experience with the 2006 vintage, and was incredibly impressed (see my post here).  That being said, I had high expectations for this bottle.

2007 Twisted Tree Six VinesTo recap from my earlier post,  the Six Vines is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, carmenere, petit verdot, and malbec and each of the wines was fermented in oak barrels.  In this vintage, I noticed much more of the oak than I did in the 2006.

The additional oaky flavour was a bit of a surprise to some of us.  But for those of us who enjoy oaky wines, it was a pleasant surprise.  For those of us who prefer sweeter wines (ie. the ladies), it was not as nice.

I have also found lately that a few 2007 wines have not been as great as their 2006 counterparts.  Not sure if this is a fair assessment, but it appears that 2007 may not have been as great of a year in the Okanagan Valley, while 2006 was possibly one of the best.

By holding this wine to its 2006 counterpart, it was not quite a good.  But overall, still a great bottle of wine.  Perhaps this one just need a little bit more time.


Proposed Vancouver Wine Bylaw

October 27, 2009 1 comment

I’m sure most of you have already heard about this new proposed bylaw; however, thought I should post it just in case you haven’t.  If you live in the Vancouver area and drink BC wine at restaurants, this could definitely affect your nights out.  The bylaw is supposedly up for revisions before becoming official, so no need to panic yet.

The proposed bylaw is aimed at restaurants that operate as bars and requires restaurants to maintain a maximum 50% of their total sales from liquor sales.  However, the unintended impact will be on sales of finer wines.  Say, for example, you go for dinner and order with your spouse and each order a $25 entree and are looking at a $60 bottle of wine on the menu.  In order to be able to order the wine, you would also have to order a $10 appetizer to achieve the 50% maximum requirement.

While the bylaw does not require the 50% maximum to be enforced on a table by table basis, it does require the ratio to be achieved for every 8 hour window.  So if everyone in a restaurant stays within the 50% maximum, and one table orders a $150 bottle of wine and a $10 appetizer, subsequent tables may be limited to below the 50% maximum in order for the 8 hour period to as whole to meet the requirement.

For more information, this article was posted today in the Vancouver Sun today.

Additionally, here is the discussion (on page 10) that was discussed by the City of Vancouver P&E Committee in their October 8, 2009 Agenda.

What Is Your Favourite BC Wine Region?

August 9, 2009 Leave a comment

Thought I’d try out a poll… I am somewhat biased to the Oliver / Osoyoos area. Because I have family that lives up there, I have visited most of the wineries in that area. Ultimately, this means I have not visited any other area in as much depth as I have this area. Next year, however, I do plan to visit the Naramata / Penticton area to expand my horizons.

So what is your favourite BC wine region?

The Wine I Never Got to Drink

August 8, 2009 Leave a comment


About a week ago a friend of my wife’s flew in to town for the weekend for a quick visit.  As she hadn’t seen her parents in a while, we all went to her parents house for some wine, music, and to catch up on stories.  Knowing that our friend’s parents enjoy wine, I brought a bottle of 2005 Nk’mip Cellars Qwam Qwmt (reserve) Pinot Noir.

I had picked up this bottle on our trip to Osoyoos back in May and was looking forward to it.  I’m not a fan of Nk’mip wines, but this one stuck out for me.  And I had to pay a premium to get it too.

So I brought it along and set it on the table with the other wines when we got there.  There was another bottle of some South African wine already open that they were serving, so I just set mine aside for a while and had some of theirs.  It seemed that there was enough wine, so I decided at some point in the night to leave my bottle unopened and save it for another time.

We ended up having a great night sitting outside around a fire, telling stories, singing songs, and enjoying good company.  In no time at all it was incredibly late and time to leave.  When we got up to get all our things together, all I could find of my wine was the empty bottle sitting in the sink.  I couldn’t imagine how it had gotten that way.  There were only about 8 of us there, so I surely would have seen someone pouring a glass.  I had switched to beer by that point, so I don’t even know if I did have any of it.  Had I seen it open, I would have been sure to have a glass.

But, I imagine this happens to everyone from time to time.  So here’s to that bottle of wine that I never got to drink.

2006 Kettle Valley Winery Merlot

July 17, 2009 Leave a comment

I had this one a couple of months back at the Blue Canoe in Steveston (Richmond), BC.  I hadn’t had any of the Kettle Valley Winery wines before, and was quite surprised actually.  They are priced on the premium side of things (approximately $38-40 CAD at the store), which is a little bit higher than most wines I buy.  However, this wine earned its place in my notes, and I will definitely try it again sometime.


This wine had a real pucker to it and quite a thick taste with lot’s of oak.

Excellent overall wine, and a great experience.  I had it with prime rib which, as a powerful meat itself, went excellent with this wine.

2006 Blasted Church Vineyards Pinot Noir

July 14, 2009 Leave a comment

In order to delay my studying a little bit longer, I decided to post a second review.  That, and this wine really got my interest, so I felt I had to give it some justice here.

Blasted Church Pinot Noir

I loved this wine, and will be sure to have it again.  I had it with fruit, cheese, and crackers that may have overpowered the wine a little bit.  However, it was a great bottle, and I will be sure to try one again soon.

2006 Inniskillin Malbec Discovery Series

July 14, 2009 Leave a comment

In an effort to get the first post done and out of the way, I recently picked up this bottle at the Inniskillin winery in Oliver, BC this past May (2009).  I had been on a real pinot noir mission on this particular trip, and consequently, most of the wine I brought home with me was pinot noirs.  However, this one caught my attention.  I’m not going to pretend I know exactly what’s in it, but I do know that I did enjoy drinking it and would probably grab another bottle if I stumbled across one.

2006 Inniskillin Malbec

While my expectation was for a heavier wine (based on my tasting at the winery), it was quite a light wine.  Great wine for a sunny summer afternoon.  However, because we were on a wine tour, I was a little buzzed when I initially tasted this one.

But I will have to try this one again.