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Colour Fall Release Trade & Media Tasting

Vancouver Convention Center - September 2, 2013.

We explored British Columbia's bountiful winegrowing regions and celebrated BC VQA's fresh new releases.
The largest annual tasting of BC VQA wines in Vancouver, with over 75 BC wineries, showcasing more than 300 BC VQA wines!

There were many terrific wines tasted from all over the region but once again Syrah's and Cabernet Francs excelled in the Okanagan Valley this release. Winemakers from across the region are excited about the recent hot summer and the upcoming harvest. With such a great summer many producers have already begun picking grapes well ahead of schedule.

 

Bloom BC VQA SPRING RELEASE

VQA Wines of BC showcased

The Vancouver Convention Center hosted the largest annual tasting of BC VQA wines in Vancouver! More than 90 BC wineries will be pouring over 350 award-winning Wines of British Columbia. We had the chance to interact with various wine makers and wine reps and we tasted the wonderful fruit from all over British Columbia

Below are a list of stand outs from the event.

Tinhorn Creek OldField Series Cabernet Franc 2011
Price: $35.00
This top Cabernet Franc from Tinhorn Creek shows bold cherry, raspberry, cassis and current fruits on the nose. Good acid on the palate with lots of fruits and spice that lingers through the finish. 

Mission Hill Compendium Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot - Cabernet Franc - Petit Verdot 2009
Price $50.00
Nose is remarkably floral with a strong sense of minerality and a hint of seashore. The attack is sleek and sophisticated. The flavor profile is very Bordelais with tobacco, black olive savoury notes throughout. An impressive young red wine! 

Black Hills Alibi Sauvignon Blanc - Sémillon 2011
Price $25.00
Open clean fresh nose with pink grapefruit, citrus and floral aromas. Crisp and inviting. The attack is juicy, cool and elegant with sweet, smoky herbal notes. Look for more pink grapefruit, lemon thyme, mineral and ginger flavours with a trace of chalk underneath.

Church & State Chardonnay 2011
Price: $25.90
A lovely, soft golden colour,  this wine delivers scents of white peach, lemon and vanilla.  On the palate this gives way to richer flavours of baked apple, honey, lime and carmel.  A well balanced wine that is surprisingly robust for its delicate appearance and nose – further proof that first impressions mean little in the world of wine. 

Sandhill Estate Vineyard Rose’ 2012
Price: $17.99
Bright cranberry red color with fresh red fruit aromas of cherry, wild strawberry, pomegranate and black currant. This dry, light to medium-bodied rosé has good structure, soft tannins, and refreshing acidity. Juicy blackberry, raspberry, strawberry and pomegranate flavors fill the mouth, and red berry tea, blackberry and currant notes linger on the drying finish.

Overall Painted Rock provided some great wines from their portfolio.

WINNER OF A 2012 LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR'S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN BC WINES and BEST RED BLEND IN CANADA, 2011 WINE ACCESS CANADIAN WINE AWARDS. If you get the chance to visit the winery they are opening up a brand new tasting facility and are doing wonderful things with their wines. www.paintedrock.ca

 

Wine's Under $20

Here's a list of wines under $20.

Prices are based in Vancouver, BC and may vary depending on your location.
Ravenswood Vintner’s Blend Petit Syrah  ($18)
 Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet   South Australia ($17)
 Mission Hill Family Estate Five  Vineyards Cabernet Merlot, Okanagan Valley ($17)
 Masi Campofiorin Ripasso  ($18)
 Deen De Bortoli Vat 4 Petit Verdot,  Australia 2007 ($14)
 Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza  Spain ($18)
 St Hallet Gamekeeper’s Red, Barossa  Valley  ($16)
 St Hallet Faith Shiraz ($19.95)
 Rosemount Shiraz, Diamond Label 2008,  Australia ($19)
 Waterbrook Merlot-Cabernet, Columbia  Valley ($18)
 Dancing Bull Zinfandel, Vintage Blend,  California  ($14)
 Inniskillin Pinot Noir  Okanagan Valley ($14)
 J.P. Chenet Limited Release Pinot  Noir, France ($14)
 Masi Valpolicella Bonacosta 2008 ($14)
 Castle Rock Pinot Noir Central Coast  2008 ($18)
 Peter Lehmann Clancy’s Baroosa  ($19.99)
 RIPAROSSO Montepulciano d'Abruzzo,  Illuminati ($16)
 Pascual Toso Malbec Maipu Valley,  Argentina, ($16)
 Finca Los Primos Malbec, Argentina ($12)
 Henry of Pelham – off dry reisling  reserve – Short Hills Bench, Ontario ($16)
 Chateau St Jean Chardonnay, Sonoma  ($18)
 Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2008,  Barossa Valley, Australia ($18)
 Sonora Ranch Chardonnay Vintners  Selection ($12)
 1884 Reservado Syrah, Argentina  ($16.99)
 KWV Roodeberg, South Africa ($13.98)
 d’Arenberg Stump Jump Red, South  Australia ($15)
 Tribunal Sonoma Red, USA,  $19.99
 Sandhill Cabernet Franc, BC, $19.99
 Sandhill Pinot Gris, BC $18.99
 Tinhorn Creek Cabernet Franc, BC,  $19.99
 Concha Y Toro Puente Alto Marques de  Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile $19.99
 La Castellina Chianti Classico, Italy,  $18.99
 Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon, USA, $18.49
 Wine Man Of Gotham Shiraz, $13.99
 Evil Cabernet Sauvignon, USA, $16.99
 Blue Mountain Pinot Blanc, BC, $18
 Road 13 2008 Honest John’s Red, BC,  $19.99
 Hester Creek Cabernet/Merlot, BC,  $15.99
 Hester Creek Character Red Blend, BC,  $19.99
 Rioja Crianza – Campo Viejo, Spain,  $16.99 
If you have a suggestion to add to this list please send me a message.

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

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