Red Burgundy & Pinot Noir Preview Guide – VIWF 2020

The 2020 Vancouver International Wine Festival runs this year from February 22 to March 1.  If red Burgundy and pinot noir hold a special interest for you, this year’s festival offers ...

B.C. Pinot Noir 2011s x 6 + 1 From Oregon #29

Wines from Naramata, Summerland, Kaleden, Oregon & Kelowna 2011 was a very cool vintage in the Okanagan with a wet Spring delaying bud break and flowering but it was compensated ...

2017s: Reviews & Notes – Chic Fille Tasting

Chic Fille Pinot Noirs at Caffe La Tana Always keen to discover and taste new B.C. pinot noirs I found the invite to a JoieFarm Chic Fille tasting at Caffe ...

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B.C. Pinot Noir 2012s x 6 + 1 from New Zealand #28

Pinot Noirs: Summerland, Naramata, Kelowna, Oliver & Lake Country Focused fruit, pomegranate, ...
Herder BC Pinot Noir 2010 Label Detail

B.C. Pinot Noir 2010s Panel Reviewed – Okanagan, Similkameen &  Cowichan Valleys Vs. Carneros #27

Wines From the Okanagan, Similkameen &  Cowichan Valleys Meet One From Carneros ...
Zanatta Pinot Nero 2009 Label Detail

Horizontal Tasting 2009 B.C. Pinot Noirs Vs. Willamette #26

  Pinot Noirs from Creston, Vancouver Island, Oliver and a “guest pinot” ...

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Emandare Vineyard

This profile is taken from a book-in-progress that I am writing about pinot noir in British Columbia. As well as examining where B.C. fits into the world of pinot noir, technical details of vineyard management and winemaking, one of the book’s main components will be the story of the grape at every pinot noir producing winery […]

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VIWF 2017 “Must Taste” Canadian Pinot Noirs

“Must Taste” Canadian Pinot Noir – Vancouver International Wine Festival There will be hundreds of wines competing for your attention in the tasting room but if you are looking to taste some world class Canadian pinot noirs, here is the short list of pinot noirs that should not be missed and why. Kelowna, West Kelowna, […]

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VIWF 2017 Preview – Canadian Pinot Noir Part 3

  Tasting 50 Quality Canadian Pinot Noirs in One Room The 2017 Vancouver International Wine Festival runs from February 11-19 and offers pinotphiles a special opportunity to taste some outstanding pinot noirs from both British Columbia and Ontario. Thus far confirmed, thirty-two wineries (including four from Ontario) will be pouring fifty different pinot noirs. Many […]

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VIWF 2017 Preview – Canadian Pinot Noir Part 2

  Taste 50 B.C. & Ontario Pinot Noirs in One Room The 2017 Vancouver International Wine Festival runs from February 11-19 and offers pinotphiles a special opportunity to taste some outstanding pinot noirs from both British Columbia and Ontario. Thus far confirmed, thirty-two wineries (including four from Ontario) will be pouring fifty different pinot noirs. […]

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VIWF 2017 Preview – Canadian Pinot Noir Part 1

Taste 50 Different Canadian Pinot Noirs in One Room The 2017 Vancouver International Wine Festival runs from February 11-19 and offers pinotphiles a special opportunity to taste some outstanding pinot noirs from both British Columbia and Ontario. Thus far confirmed, thirty-two wineries (including four from Ontario) will be pouring fifty different pinot noirs.   Many of […]

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Kettle Valley Pinot Noir Hayman 2005 Label Detail

Kettle Valley Winery – Pinot Noir Vertical 1998-2005 #25

Single Vineyard & Reserve Wines Plus A Beaune Premier Cru Forest floor,Sherry, red liqorice .  – AKG Nice cranberry, strawberry, herbal, horehound.  – EU Roses and cherries with depth, truffle, earth – raspberries  – BG 20+ Pinot Noir Vintages Kettle Valley Winery is one of a handful of BC wineries who have been making pinot […]

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Averill Creek Pinot Noir Vertical 2012-2005 #24

Road Trip To A Rare Tasting At Averill Creek Caramel, blueberry. Bright fruit – good acid tannins very smooth and soft tangerine came out later. Beautiful wine – hold  – LC Sour cherries and savoury herbs. Leave in cellar – taste every two years and make sure there is a case left in 20 years […]

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Tantalus Pinot Noir 2007 Label Detail

Looking Back On The 2007s & 2008s #23

Wines from Lake Country, Kelowna, Narmata and a guest pinot noir from  California’s Anderson Valley Strawberry, sweet vanilla, watermelon, creamy on finish – EU Charred. Fruity but way too overpowered by smokiness. – LC Silky texture. Barrel marked, blueberry, plum – BG #1 Arrowleaf Solstice Pinot Noir 2007 13.8% Quality Rating:  C to C+ ~ […]

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Comparing 2012s and 2011s #22

Wines from West Kelowna, Osoyoos, Okanagan Falls and a guest pinot from Oregon Dark chocolate, velvety smooth tannins, grilled herbs, balsamic note mid back palate. – VS Well-balanced complex fruit. Tantalizingly subtle! – Jacquelin G Smoky – dark toast, wood, dark fruits (blackberry, cherry), forest floor. – EU #1  Mission Hill Red Barn Pinot Noir […]

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Inniskin Dark Horse Pinot Noir 2011 Label Detail

4th Round of 2011 B.C. Pinot Noirs #21

Pinot Noirs from the the Golden Mile, Okanagan Falls, Cobble Hill, Penticton, Oliver and a “Guest Pinot” from Brazil Sweet vanilla, dark cherry, toasty oak, strawberry, very ripe fruit… – EU Salty caramel, raspberries, blueberries, toasted notes, vanilla… – AKG #1  De Vine Pinot Noir 2011 12.8% Quality Rating: C- to C ~ 85    Value […]

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