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Culmina Saignee - a delicate rose

The Culmina Family Estate Winery in Oliver in the beautiful South Okanagan Valley was founded by Don and Elaine Triggs with their daughter Sara, in 2007. A year earlier,  the well-known Jackson-Triggs Winery founded by Allan Jackson and Don Triggs had been sold to Vincor International. As Don quipped "he was not a golfer and retirement didn't suit him" and he wanted to get back to the wine making that he was so passionate about. The Triggs' objective for their new family winery was to marry rigorous scientific study and oenological research with the art of winemaking to produce great wines...

Apothic White

Wine and chocolate is an irresistible combination and I couldn't resist the temptation to go back for another salted caramel chocolate at the Apothic Wines event.

The event was held at one of Vancouver 's newest nightclubs, Twelve West on Granville Street which bills itself as an elite night life venue.

I've often noticed the line ups to get in, while I am walking home from dance classes in the evening but have until now not had the occasion to go into the venue.

With four of our SASSYs out of town, checking out the gorillas tribes in Ruanda, enjoying sunshine in Maui or cuddling a new grandson in Alberta, five of us gathered together to taste wine and new cheeses, and try out a fun board game I found during my Christmas gift buying explorations

The two wines were appellation wines from Cultivar Wines, a boutique winery in the NapaValley. Cultivar Wines was founded by the  owners of the Caspar Estate, a 25 acre family-owned and operated property located above Napa in the Rutherford appellation. Thirteen acres are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet...

Wine tasting with the SASSYS is always fun, unpredictable and often surprising. We all like wine, drink socially but never to excess.  None among us claim to have palates discerning enough to distinguish a hint of gooseberry from a touch of mango but we all know what we like and don't like.  So although we follow the standard tasting procedures, our tastings are more...

One of the Stilton wheels on tray with dried fruit Growing up in South Africa I often enjoyed fortified wines such as sherry and port as an aperitif before or after a meal.  These days I  tend to associate port with pampering, perhaps because on long flights in executive class, port is usually offered after dinner, together with a cheese plate.  I have never thought to question what type of port was being served on these occasions - just savored the richness...

Golden coloured 2005 botrytis affected SauterneAbout twelve years ago I took a basic certificate course on wine and wine tasting, and became fascinated with the history and science of winemaking. On trips to the US, South Africa and Australia, and  visits to our Okanagan wine country [ (A Taste of the South Okanagan) and (Destination Kelowna)] I enjoyed visiting wineries and vineyards, and amassed quite a collection of tasting glasses from vineyards all over the world.

Sometime after I began...

Day Three

The third full day session of the Level II course was held on the weekend following the first 2 sessions. It was on the Sunday, and after the educational component, we were to write the multiple choice examination. Luckily at this level there is no actual tasting component. By this stage in the course I was feeling pretty good about white wines, but probably had no hope of getting through a red wine tasting.

I had planned on spending time during the week and and then all...

The Second Day: Wines by Region and Classic Varietals

Lynn had alerted us that the afternoon of the second day might be a bit challenging as the focus was on red wines. But despite the fact that I spent the previous night enjoying Richard III instead of studying my WSET manual, I hopped off the Canada Line and walked over to BCIT with a definite sense of optimism. After all we were starting the morning ...

the six wines to be tastedcalamariAficionado Level - Grape Explorations
The Opimian wine society and BC Wine School
held at Simpatico Restaurant at 2222 West 4th
 

Since April, the local chapter of the Opimian wine society has run a series of short  introductory wine tasting courses for Opimian members, in conjunction with the BC Wine School. The Novice...

The setting for the seminar on fortified winesThe program notes for the seminar tell me that the F-Word in the context of this wine seminar stands for "fabulous and flexible flavours of fortified wines" - and the wines, with the food pairings, delivered on this promise.

Growing up in Cape Town in the seventies, I was accustomed to sherry being the usual offering as a pre-dinner apéritif, and port being offered with dessert and cheeses.

Perhaps because I enjoy the richness and...

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