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The Westside Wine Trail

Feb 13, 2013 / 10:34 am
By: Helene Scott Mission Hill Family Estate, Reserve Cabernet Shiraz 2009 - $34.99 A blend of 51% cabernet sauvignon and 49% shiraz. Soft, ripe berries, hint of pepper, subtle smoke and spice on the nose and the structured tannins. Complex, lingering flavours on the palate create a wine...

Naramata Bench Wine Tasting Notes

Dec 18, 2012 / 6:27 pm
Winter Wine Tasting Notes from the Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, B.C. By: Helene Scott The Naramata Bench is home to over 20 wineries and boasts some of the most spectacular views in the Okanagan Valley. Please note that during the winter season many wineries are open, by appointment...

Let's get tasting

Sep 29, 2012 / 5:05 pm
By: Helene Scott Wines from Kelowna St. Hubertus Estate Winery Rose Frizzante 2010 $16 Pretty pale pink with a gentle sparkle and you have a party in a bottle! Made from gamay noir grapes; it has cherries, strawberries and cranberries on the nose and finishes with hints of citrus...

Tasting notes from Kelowna's Fab Five - East Kelowna Wineries

Aug 14, 2012 / 4:35 pm
By: Helene Scott Vibrant Vines Chardonnay 2011 $25 This straw coloured wine was barrel fermented in a combination of older and new French oak barrels, aged sur lie for three months and stirred daily. It underwent malolactic fermentation that adds to the rich mouthfeel. The oak is...

Enrico Pinot Grigio 2010

May 16, 2012 / 2:35 pm
ENRICO WINERY Pinot Grigio 2010, Vancouver Island, BC $17 The pinot gris grapes are estate grown. Pale straw in colour and the nose has gentle aromas of pear, flowers, honey and a subtle minerality. The wine has a lively although short finish and will be a great accompaniment for shellfish,...

Moobery Raspberry NV

May 16, 2012 / 2:35 pm
MOOBERY WINERY Raspberry NV, Vancouver Island, BC $19 Morningstar Farm in Parksville is home to MooBerry Winery and Little Qualicum Cheeseworks. This bright translucent red, light bodied fruit wine captures the essence of summer-fresh raspberries. It tastes like freshly-picked berries...

Enrico Syrah 2008

May 16, 2012 / 2:35 pm
ENRICO WINERY Syrah 2008, Vancouver Island, BC $19.50 Although Enrico Winery is located near Mill Bay on southern Vancouver Island, the syrah grapes were grown in the sunny Okanagan Valley. The wine is medium-bodied with a lovely dark garnet colour. The nose shows plums, black berries,...

Merridale Somerset Cider 2006

May 16, 2012 / 2:35 pm
MERRIDALE ESTATE CIDERY Somerset Cider 2006, Cobble Hill, Vancouver Island, BC $20 A selection of ten different cider-apple varieties are grown to produce these exceptional ciders. They include Tremlett’s Bitter, Hauxapfel and Michelin just to name a few. These special cider apple...

Averill Creek Pinot Noir 2008

May 16, 2012 / 2:35 pm
AVERILL CREEK VINEYARD Pinot Noir 2008, Vancouver Island,BC $26 Situated in the Cowichan Valley the nose of this estate grown pinot is brimming with cherries, leather, violets, smoky charcoal, and stewed prunes. The colour is dark ruby red. The wine has great structure and is well balanced....

Road 13 Sparkling Chenin Blanc 2008

May 16, 2012 / 2:35 pm
ROAD 13 VINEYARDS Sparkling Chenin Blank 2008, Okanagan Valley, BC $35 This lively bottle of fermented sparkling wine made in the traditional French champagne method is indeed a celebration in a bottle and perfect for any day and any occasion. Too often we think sparkling wines are only for...

Averill Creek Pinot Gris 2009

May 16, 2012 / 2:35 pm
AVERILL CREEK VINEYARD Pinot Gris 2009, Vancouver Island, BC $20 Pale golden straw colour with the aromas of honey, tinned pineapple, hints of turpene, seasoned hay, and ripe melon. Barrel fermented and aged on the lees for 12 months in French oak. The palate is delicate...