Thursday, November 20 from 4 to 7

BC Iconic Reds


Our congratulations to Church and State Quintessential 2011, which took first place honours in a of exemplary wines at the 7th Annual SIP Wines BC Iconic Red Wines Tasting and Competition on November 13. Also, our sincere thanks to the judges for putting in a rigorous night's work of swirling, sipping, tasting and thought in the process of coming to their decision.

Tasting results are posted online on John Schreiner's blog - johnschreiner.blogspot.ca.

We will have small amounts of the BC Iconic Reds for sale starting November 24. These wines make ideal gifts and of course, ideal wines for cellaring.

This tasting is about the second label meritage blend wines made by wineries whose flagship meritage qualified for this year's Iconic Reds. The wines being poured are all priced within a couple dollars of twenty, making them great choices for wines to serve or take to dinner or give to someone you want to impress. Also, they are made for early enjoyment so that you don't have to wait for years before you open them.

The wines being poured and the 1st label wine of the winery are:

Black Hills Cellar Hand Punch Down Red 2012, $19.99 (First label is Nota Bene)

Church and State Trebella Red 2012, $19.90 (First label is Quintessential)

Clos du Soleil Celestiale 2012, $22.99 (First label is Signature Red)

Gray Monk Cabernet Merlot 2012, $19.99 (First label is Odyssey Meritage)


Saturday, November 22 from 3 to 6


Quails Gate

Quail's Gate is a family owned winery that makes great wines. Come and taste for yourself as we pour 5 examples.

The wines being poured are:

Chardonnay 2013, $19.99
Bright with aromas of white flowers, orange blossom and a hint of rich tropical fruits. The mid-palate is creamy and smooth with ripe white peach and hints of caramel and almond marzipan that linger on the finish. Truly fruit forward with toasty, sizzled butter notes from the oak cleverly balanced into a crisp, fresh well-integrated wine. Pair this wine with leek, bacon and potato soup, baked halibut with a buttered clam sauce or even Sunday night roast chicken.

Chenin Blanc 2013, $18.99
On the nose, our Chenin Blanc displays characteristic crisp lemon and lime exuberance, underplayed with bright white floral and ripe papaya notes. The palate is wonderfully balanced and well-structured with crisp citrus, flinty minerality and hints of green apple. Our Chenin Blanc is recommended with a chilled seafood platter or a crisp chopped salad with snow peas & radishes in a lime and cilantro dressing.

Old Vines Foch 2011, $24.99
Dark and inky in color this big jammy brute of a wine combines powerful aromatics of brooding black fruit, smoky cigar box and earthy savory complexities that are only found in Marechal Foch. Interspersed with cloves, allspice and plummy ripe confectionary, the palate is rich and round with soft lush tannins. Tempt your taste buds and pair this wine with porcini and red wine risotto or braised lamb shanks.

Gewurztraminer 2013, $16.99
Our style of Gewürztraminer commences with bright high tone aromatics, a spicy mid-palate and a soft and balanced off-dry finish. The aromas of the 2013 vintage are evocative with rose petal, sandalwood and lychee notes. The wine leads with a vibrant attack but is weighty and elegantly balanced for a truly outstanding Gewürztraminer. We love to savor this wine on its own or with seared scallops over a bed of butter leaf lettuce and a cucumber, dill and pink grapefruit vinaigrette.

Merlot 2012, $24.99
Candied plum, cassis and dark chocolate-covered cherries to start, our 2012 Merlot is a robust, fruit forward wine gratifying in style and taste. Strong blueberry fruit in the attack with impressive length and a cigar smoky finish, this year's vintage is blended with small amounts of Cabernet (5%) and Syrah (5%) to add complexity and structure to an otherwise delicious wine. Try pairing with roasted tenderloin or cozy up with a homemade Margherita pizza.


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