Wine Reviews

Quails' Gate Chasselas

May 19, 2019 / 5:00 am

Wine: Chasselas-Pinot Blanc-Pinot Gris, 2018 Winery: Quails’ Gate, West Kelowna Why drink it? First, it’s fun to say “Chasselas” with a...

Mystic River Pinot Blanc

May 12, 2019 / 5:00 am

Wine: Mystic River Pinot Blanc 2017 Winery: Wild Goose, Okanagan Falls Why drink it? Pinot blanc, which is a genetic mutation of pinot noir, often flies under...

Singletree Rosé

May 5, 2019 / 5:00 am

Wine: Rosé 2017 Winery: Singletree, Abbotsford/Naramata Why drink it? The 2018 vintages (two choices, one a reserve) should be released any day now, but...

Black Hills Chardonnay

Apr 14, 2019 / 5:00 am

Wine: Chardonnay 2017 Winery: Black Hills, Oliver Why drink it? Just released, a lot of love and care went into this well-crafted chard. A good transitional...

Stag's Hollow Dolcetto

Apr 7, 2019 / 5:00 am

Wine: Dolcetto 2017 Winery: Stag’s Hollow, Okanagan Falls Why drink it? Dolcetto is an Italian grape and the name means “little sweet one”,...

CedarCreek Riesling

Mar 31, 2019 / 5:00 am

Wine: Riesling 2018 Winery: CedarCreek, Kelowna Why drink it? A tiny portion of this bright Riesling was fermented in French Oak, giving it a nice, subtle...

Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Mar 24, 2019 / 5:00 am

Wine: Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Winery: Liliac, Romania Why drink it? And now for something different, found at the recent Vancouver International Wine Festival....

Hester Creek Character

Mar 10, 2019 / 5:00 am

Wine: Character (red blend) 2017 Winery: Hester Creek, Oliver Why drink it? Everyone should have a “go to”, value-priced red blend handy for...

Tinhorn Creek Chardonnay

Mar 3, 2019 / 5:00 am

Wine: Chardonnay 2017 Winery: Tinhorn Creek, Oliver Why drink it? If you have an older vintage of this chard tucked away, bring it out to compare with the...

Pink Bling!

Feb 23, 2019 / 6:17 pm

Wine: Pink Bling! (sparkling wine) Winery: The View, Kelowna Why drink it? Yup, sparkling wine in a can. Why not have this instead of a super sweet cooler or...

Road 13 Viognier

Feb 16, 2019 / 8:34 pm

Wine: Viognier, 2017 Winery: Road 13, Oliver Why drink it? A nice golden hue in the glass, this Viognier will get you thinking about those spring evenings when...

Narrative Fortified

Feb 9, 2019 / 9:20 pm

Wine: Narrative Fortified (non-vintage) Winery: Okanagan Crush Pad, Summerland Why drink it? If you find some ports or certain sherries too sweet, but...

Township 7 red blend

Feb 2, 2019 / 7:07 pm

Wine: NBO (red blend), 2016 Winery: Township 7, Naramata/Langley Why drink it? Primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc, NBO is...

Exhilerat!ion Brut, 2017

Jan 26, 2019 / 3:01 pm

Wine: Exhilarat!on Brut, 2017 Winery: Mission Hill, West Kelowna Why drink it? The exclamation point in the name of this bubbly is deliberate, perhaps because...

Time Winery Rosé

Jan 19, 2019 / 6:17 pm

Wine: Rosé, 2017 Winery: Time, Penticton Why drink it? There are many ways to create rosé, and many styles to try. This one is Syrah with just a...

The One, Noble Ridge

Jan 5, 2019 / 9:58 pm

Wine: The One, 2015 (sparkling) Winery: Noble Ridge, Okanagan Falls Why drink it? First, if you still owe the sparkling wine lover on last year’s gift...

La Frenz 2017 Chardonnay

Dec 29, 2018 / 2:42 pm

Wine: Chardonnay, 2017 Winery: La Frenz, Naramata Why drink it? Not a fan of oaked chardonnay? You just need to find one that balances the elements of the grape...

Quails' Gate Totally Botrytis

Dec 22, 2018 / 2:19 pm

Wine: Totally Botrytis Affected Optima, 2017 Winery: Quails’ Gate, West Kelowna Why drink it? What is botrytis – “noble rot” caused by...

vinAmité blend

Dec 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

Wine: Compass (red blend), 2015 Winery: vinAmité, Oliver Why drink it? A lovely blend primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc with touches of...

Port in a Storm

Dec 8, 2018 / 8:46 pm

Wine: Port in a Storm, NV Winery: Pentâge, Okanagan Falls Why drink it? Port comes from Portugal, but “port style” wines are emerging from...