Wines of BC

Last Monday wine lovers got a treat for the 'Swirl, Sniff, Sip & Learn' wine education series. The line up featured 7 great wines that represent the dept of styles of the Okanagan Valley. The class was a success, thanks to the following people: David Murney - Hops & Vine consulting Benjamin Philip - Stile Brands Chris Smith - Way West Wines We used  the Star wine rating. 5*  Simply delicious from the first sip! 4*  Very good and offer great drinking pleasure. 3* Nice and flav...
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Wines of Portugal – Tasting Report

Wines of Portugal - Tasting Report On Monday, February 26, 13 wine lovers joined me for a "Wine Of Portugal" tasting. We all took a great deal of pleasure in enjoying and savouring 8 wines accompanied with bread, cheeses, and cold cut. The wines were from different regions, and primarily from the good 2013-14 vintage (except for the white).  All told, the tasting reinforced our notion that Portugal offers value and that the country has enormous potential. Most wines are available at BC liquor s...
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Wine Appreciation 101

Wine Appreciation 101 Tasting October 16 at Monterey Recreation Centre in Oak Bay. The group used a 100 points rating. 90+  = Solid wine. Well worth buying. You will like it. 80+  = Tasty and above average.  Recommended. 70+  = Simple, drinkable everyday wine. TASTING NOTE Mission Hill Pinot Gris 2016       This is a very good example of Pinot Gris from our backyard, the Okanagan Valley. Very enjoyable. Beaujolais Régnie Maison des Bulliats 2015...
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Cutting-Edge Wines

March 9th Cutting-Edge Wine Tasting.  We had special guest Katrina O’Reilly-Ryan from Ryan Fine Wines poured her premium wines – Chayee Bourras – from Argentina. What a treat for all of us! Two hours of tasting delicious wines from around the world was thirsty work! We used the Red Lip method to review the wines. The Group Tasting Notes  – From left to right. Argentina – Chayee Bourras Buhonarda Rosé Natural Sweet  2013 – 3 Lips – Don’t let the label fool you, this rosé is semi-sweet. Pack...
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The Coach Profile

The Restaurant Coach
My passion for food and wine has turned into a successful twenty-five year career in the hospitality industry. I learned the restaurant business intricacies from two icons in the industry: Erwin Doebeli and John Bishop in Vancouver. I worked at The William Tell, Il Giardino, Bishop’s, C, Hotel Vancouver and The Wedgewood, all well-known for their exceptional customer service and their unique concepts. I am a veteran of the hospitality industry and through the years have worked at all levels of r...
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