Thursday, April 24 from 4 to 7pm


This tasting features new releases made from two grapes capable of vying for the title of BC's signature white. Most of you are familiar with various renditions of Pinot Gris. If you haven't had much Pinot Blanc or would like to contrast Blanc with Gris, this is your opportunity. The EXTRA is the popular Volcanic Hills' popular Eruption.

The wines being poured are:

Clos Du Soleil Grower's Series - Chegwin & Baessler Pinot Blanc 2013, $19.90
Grown near Middle Bench Road in Keremeos by the Baessler and Chegwin families, this surprising Pinot Blanc is always a revelation. Just released, so come and be the first to taste it.

JoieFarm Pinot Blanc 2013, $20.86
This is old vine Pinot Blanc from a 26 year old vineyard. A delicate nose of apple skin and mineral leads to an intense palate of ripe grapefruit balanced with beautiful, mouth-watering acidity. The wine has a persistent, juicy finish with flavours of white chocolate on the back end.

Fort Berens Pinot Gris 2013, $17.99
We poured Fort Berens Riesling 2013 last Thursday and promptly sold every bottle of that exceptional wine. We ordered more and it will arrive this week. This Pinot Gris is made from 100% estate grown fruit. Smells like honeydew melon and ripe autumn pears. Tastes like summer. Crisp acidity gives this wine flexibility in food pairings from lunch to dinner - or as an indulgence with eggs benedict at brunch.

Hester Creek Pinot Gris 2013, SALE PRICE $15.95 was $16.95
Bright straw yellow colour with a clean fresh aroma of yellow plum, melon, pineapple, peach blossom and tangerine. At first sip this light to medium-bodied wine has a slightly rich mouth-feel, then refreshing juicy acidity zips across the palate with flavours of green apple, pineapple, melon, orange and a touch of white pepper spice. Green apple, grapefruit and lemon freshness lingers on the finish.

THE EXTRA - Volcanic Hills Eruption 2009, SALE PRICE $23.90 was $29.90
This 40% Merlot, 32% Syrah and 28% Cabernet Sauvignon blend has aromas of ripe black and red fruit, toasted oak, vanilla, floral and mint notes. Rich flavours of dark berries, plum, mocha and vanilla, are framed by supple tannins and toasty oak. Barrel aged in French & American oak for 12 months, the finish is rich, smooth and long.


Saturday, April 26 from 3 to 6pm


Great wines often result from a convergence of climate, soil, geography and topography. The Black Sage Road wine grape district of the South Okanagan is such a place. The Red Barn vineyard is tucked away from the main road amidst leafy trellises that spill down the nearby Black Sage foothills, where nature unfolds its bounty and their grapes express the purest regional character. The name comes from a red barn on Mission Hill's vineyard on Black Sage Road. Red Barn is one of Mission Hill's labels.

At this tasting Elissa-Marie will pour two white and two reds that are all on sale this month. You should come to this tasting if Easter Weekend depleted your wine inventory or your pocket book or if you just want to taste some good wine.

Red Barn Barn Owl Red 2011, SALE PRICE $13.99 Was $15.99
This 54% Merlot, 25% Shiraz, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc blend is focused and well structured, with black currant, anise and sandalwood aromas, featuring zesty flavours of chocolate covered cherries, cedar and spice.

Red Barn Hawk's Lair Merlot 2012, SALE PRICE $12.99 Was $14.99
Starting on the nose there are wild blueberries, violets and red plums followed by a multitude of flavours of black cherry, more blueberries, coffee and spice. Smooth, delightful, with a long finish including cedar notes.

Red Barn Pintail Pinot Noir 2012, SALE PRICE $12.99 Was $14.99
This lush Pinot Noir opens on the nose with delicate notes of rose petals and violets. It then overflows with flavours of strawberry, cherry, plum and a hint of cinnamon. Supple and medium-bodied, it is well balanced with a lingering finish.

Red Barn Barn Owl White 2012, SALE PRICE $13.99 Was $15.99
This 46% Chardonnay, 45% Viognier, 6% Muscat and 3% Semillon blend is very floral, with a tropical kick to the notes of fresh lime, green apple and nectarine, accompanied by a dash of apricot, vanilla and spice.



When: Wednesday, May 21, 2013 - 6:30pm Reception & 7:00pm Dinner

Where: Tapenade Bistro in Steveston

Who: Church and State Wines and Kim Pullen - one of BC's top wineries and its principal

What Wines:

  • 2012 Cuvee Blanc
  • 2012 and 2013 Viognier
  • 2012 Trebella
  • 2010 Coyote Bowl Series Merlot (Similkameen) and barrel sample of 2012 Coyote Bowl Merlot
  • 2010 Cabernet Franc and barrel sample of 2012 Coyote Bowl Cabernet Franc
  • Merlot Ice Wine
Certain wines may change to obtain the optimal wine and food pairings

What Food: Appies & 5 More Courses expertly paired with Church and State wines - menu to be emailed as soon as finalized - hopefully by next week

Price: $119 including all taxes and gratuities - over 2/3 sold before wines or menu announced, if you wish to attend, please don't delay

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.


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 - 8pm
Friday: 11am - 8pm
Saturday: 10am - 8pm
Sunday: 12pm - 7pm

Statutory Holidays:
12pm - 6pm

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