Hello and Happy Wine Wednesday!

I hope you have had a wonderful week full of great wine, great friends and great conversation!

This week, I am changing it up a bit…I am going to do a quick review of some of the fantastic wines I tasted at Taste B.C.  This fabulous event is held once a year and all the proceeds benefit B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation.  Tasting wine and helping a worthwhile charity?  Hello – sign me up every year, please!

On January15th, I met some amazing people – wine makers, winery owners, reps…you name it…this is a great evening out in Vancouver.  I attended Taste B.C. with one of my BFF’s Natalie Reynolds.  We did a circuit of the room and focused on whites first then did some reds on the second go around.

In no specific order, here are some of the wines I really enjoyed and will be seeking out in the local wine store shortly:

  • Wild Goose Winery – both their Stoney Slope Riesling VQA 2011 and the Mystic River Pinot Gris VQA 2011 were outstanding!  The GM Roland Kruger was most enjoyable to meet. 
  • Calliope Wine’s Figure Eight White 2011 was a very nice blend and their Viognier 2011 was very tasty.
  • Misconduct Wine Co’s Richard da Silva was passionate about his wines and they delivered some wonderful tastes.  Namely, their Suspect Series Pinot Noir 2009.
  • Stoneboat Vineyards 2011 Pinot Gris and their 2010 Pinot Noir were fantastic.
  • Tinhorn Creek Oldfield Series 2Bench Red 2009 was very good.
  • Poplar Grove Winery’s 2011 Pinot Gris was terrific as usual and one of my favourites.
  • Painted Rock Estate Winery‘s 2011 Chardonnay was wonderful.
  • Liquidity Wine’s 2010 Pinot Noir was lovely and fruit forward and their 2009 Pinot Noir was truly outstanding!
  • Blue Mountain Winery 2011 Chardonnay was fruit forward with a nice citrus taste and medium body – lovely!  Also, their Gold Label Brut N/V is always a winner in my book!
Roland Kruger of Wild Goose Vineyards

Richard da Silva of Misconduct

Peter Hunt Victoria Spirits
Thank you to all of the wineries that participated in this event!  It is a success because of the amazing B.C. product we have so much to be thankful for!
One other company I would like to mention is Victoria Spirits.  They make an absolutely glorious Gin and the Master Distiller, Peter Hunt, was at the event.  The process of distilling spirits is quite fascinating, as is making wine, and I was pleased that they were on site to sample their fantastic product.  If you are a Gin drinker, give this local company a try – you will NOT be disappointed.

As you can tell, I had a wonderful time and truly enjoyed meeting all of these passionate people.

Next time you are in the B.C. liquor store or a VQA store – be sure to pick up one of theses selections.

Coming up for the next two weeks, I will be reviewing Rosé wines as we count down to Valentine’s Day…

As always, thank you for reading!