VIWF 2019 Pinot Noir Preview – 6 Countries: 51 Diverse and Remarkable Wines

  The New World Flavours of Pinot Noir at Your Doorstep The 2019 Vancouver International Wine Festival runs this year from February 23 to March 3.   If as a wine ...

B.C. Pinots 2012 x 6 + 1 from New Zealand #28

  Pinot Noirs: Summerland, Naramata, Kelowna, Oliver & Lake Country Focused fruit, pomegranate, excellent balance – BG Cherry, watermelon, jasmine, dried strawberry – EU Warm earth, Mediterranean herbs, plum – AKG #1 Bench ...

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 ...

Spotlight

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” ...
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, ...

Latest News

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, […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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. […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading
BC Pinot Noir Averill Creek label detail

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 […]

Continue Reading
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+ ~ […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading
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 […]

Continue Reading
Sirens Call Pinot Noir 2010 Label Detail

A Third Horizontal Tasting of 2010s #20

Tasting Pinot Noirs from Summerland, Naramata, Kelowna, Abbotsford and a “Guest Pinot” from Burgundy Good strawberry, sour dark cherry, Kirsch, floral (Jasmine, rose). – EU Great mouthfull, well-balanced, Rainier cherries, salmonberries, huckleberries, baking spices, easy to get lost in… – AKG #1 Silkscarf Pinot Noir 2010 13% Quality Rating: C- to C ~ 85    Value […]

Continue Reading
Moraine Pinot Noir 2012 Label Detail

Round Two B.C. Pinot Noir 2012s #19

Wines from the Penticton/Naramata Bench,Kelowna, Oliver and a Guest Pinot from Oregon Evolved amazingly – LC Layered, aromatic fruit plus some barrel markings – BG Big smoky/chocolate/espresso nose. Fruit is not obvious, very distinctive – EH #1 Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Noir 2012  13% Quality Rating: B ~ 92    Value Rating: B to B+ […]

Continue Reading