The Perfect Gift for Valentine's Day


3 reasons every dinner with Fairview Cellars at Tapenade is a runaway success!

  1. Tapenade provides an interesting and delicious menu that is painstakingly created and skilfully carried out while still leaving a space for the wine to pair with the food.
  2. Bill Eggert of Fairview Cellars provides excellent wines that step up and add new elements to make the pairing more than its separate parts.
  3. Only Bill is "Bill". His personality and way of educating us while entertaining at the same time always make for unique experience.

This year, for the first time, we have Bill's Pinot Noir. Our exploration will include new and pre-releases for which we are anxiously waiting and the always enlightening "old and new" with a 2006 and a 2012 The Bear's Meritage paired with the same dish, allowing us to learn how well Bill's wines age.

These wonderful wines will be expertly paired with the exciting and exceptional food and service we have come to expect from Vince and his team.

When: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 6:30 pm Reception & 7:00 pm Dinner

Where: Tapenade Bistro in Steveston

Who: Fairview Cellars and Bill Eggert

What Wines: Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Pinot Noir 2012, Two Hoots 2012, Cabernet Franc 2012, The Bear's Meritage 2006 and 2012, Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Correction: LH Riesling will not be served as was indicated in my previous email.

What Food: Amuse and 5 Courses expertly paired with Fairview Cellars wines

Price: $125 including all taxes and gratuities

You may make reservations in person at SIP Wines or
by calling us at 604-271-9463, with your credit card in hand.

Please note space is limited.

The menu will be completed and available in two to three weeks.


Thursday, January 29 from 4 to 7pm


Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are from very different parts of France, and from a practical perspective, under French appellation law, the two would never be allowed in the same wine. In general, the new world is free of these kind of stylistic restraints, leaving producers free to experiment with various blends. The Cabernet Sauvignon - Shiraz blend came about in the mid-20th Century, when Max Schubert of Penfolds fame created his legendary Bin 60A, considered by some to be Australia's best wine.

The two varieties are well matched. Cabernet Sauvignon's structure and depth are improved witth the ripe, velvety addition of Shiraz. Cabernet Sauvignon is often said to be lacking in the mid-palate (the 'doughnut effect'). It just so happens Shiraz is tremendous at providing juicy, jammy fruit flavors that fill out the wines, combining to create complex reds full of bright berry and dark fruit flavours. Optional oak aging adds extra spice and complexity to the wines as well as softening some of its harder edges.

At this tasting you can experience two blends with more Cab than Shiraz, two with more Shiraz than Cab and one with Viognier added and disclosed

The wines being poured are:

CedarCreek Shiraz-Cabernet 2010, $22.95
78% Shiraz,18% Cabernet Franc, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. fermented on Viognier skins in stainless steel then aged in oak. Aromas of cassis, blueberry, black pepper, and cherry opening to flavors of raspberry, plum and cherry burst with vanilla notes and a soft, textured finish. This wine is ready and we only have a bit left.

Inniskillin Shiraz-Cabernet 2012, $16.99
Our Shiraz-Cabernet is deep red in colour, with intense berry aromas and subtle hints of vanilla and spicy oak. On the palate, rich dark berry fruit flavours are supported by a vibrant acidity and smooth tannins. This bold wine will leave you with a delectable and lengthy finish.

Jackson-Triggs Cabernet-Shiraz 2012, $14.99
This blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Shiraz is smooth, rich and layered with wonderful aromas of blackcurrant, dark cherry and hints of spice. Luscious, velvety tannins precede a long complex finish. Aged in oak for 18 months. Try this bold wine with big bold foods including BBQ ribs, pulled pork and sharp, hardMMimolette, Edam or other hard cheeses.

Jackson-Triggs Grand Reserve CSV 2011, $22.99
The Grand Reserve Cabernet Shiraz Viognier is a rich, bold wine with delicious notes of black pepper and spice on the nose. The luscious scents follow through to the palate and are complemented by additional flavours of juicy black fruits. This wine's intense fullbodied flavours linger for a long smooth finish.

Persus Cabernet-Shiraz 2012, $19.90
"Spicy, peppery,, licorice, smoky, black cherry, resin, earthy aromas. Fresh,, round, juicy, easy palate with light tannins. Black cherry, resin, savoury, spicy, peppery, licorice and poultry spice flavours with a light black tea and tannin finish. Forward, easy-sipping style for drinking now and over the next two years."87pts...Anthony Gismondi


Saturday, January 31 from 3 to 6pm

NK'Mip continues to impress. At the WineAlign 2014 National Wine Awards they took home medals for all 14 wines they submitted, which earned them the titles of #2 winery in BC and #3 winery in Canada.

The wines being poured are:

NK'Mip Qwam Qwmt Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, $30.00
New Release! We loved the 2011 and the 2012 could be even better! Come and be the first to taste with us.

NK'Mip Qwam Qwmt Chardonnay 2012, $25.00
Full oaked in French barrels for 10 months, this Chardonnay is soft, rich, and creamy. Extended lees contact gives depth and complexity with rich and nutty flavour, offering lots of caramel, marzipan, and pear. Enticing and aromatic with subtle layering of citrus, followed by a lingering mineral finish. This wine won the Decanter Wines Award for Best Canadian White.

NK'Mip Pinot Noir 2012, $21.99
The inviting nose displays elements of luscious Okanagan black cherry and plum with a hint of rosemary spice. The soft tannic structure is very approachable with substantial berry and spice flavours despite its delicacy. A liquid silk texture leaves a soft finish on the palate.

NK'Mip Pinot Blanc 2013, $15.99
This wine is bright and lively with an explosion of citrus and orchard notes followed by a crisp, racy finish. Generous notes of apple with an underlying mineral nuance complete this well-balanced wine.

NK'Mip Talon 2012, $22.99
This smooth red blend contains 36% Syrah, 23% Merlot, 19% Malbec, 11% Cab Franc, and 11% Cab Sauv. Named for the mythical Thunderbird, the Talon exhibits rich colour and full aromatics of berry, black pepper, and spice followed by layers of caramel and plum on the palate.


Contact Sip Wines


Ironwood Plaza
Unit 1030 - 11660
Steveston Hwy
Richmond, BC V7A 1N6
Tel: 604-271-9463
Fax: 1-866-277-0994

Monday: 11am - 7pm
Tuesday: 11am - 7pm
Wednesday: 11am - 7pm
Thursday: 11am - 7:30pm
Friday: 11am - 7:30pm
Saturday: 11am - 7:30pm
Sunday: 12pm - 6:30pm

Statutory Holidays:
12pm - 6pm

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