Week in Wine: British Columbia Tasting

We were graciously hosted by  The British Columbia Wine Institute and Sommelier DJ Kearney, as we tasted wines from the BC VQA on Monday at the Intercontinental in San Francisco.  in addition to a very thoughtful opening and presentation by BCWI’s Executive Director, Miles Prodan, we were excited to see some familiar faces in the industry, such as seasoned wine columnist Dan Berger.

Where is British Columbia anyway?  British Columbia is the westernmost province of Canada, nestled in between Alaska to the north and Washington, Idaho and Montana to the south. In 1871, it became the sixth province of Canada.  The BC Vintners Quality Alliance designation ensures that you’re purchasing 100% BC Wine.  These wines are then tasted by a panel for quality.  So clearly, there’s a level of prestige here, and I was excited to take my first swig.

There are 5 wine regions of the BC wine designation: Okanagan Valley, Similkameen Valley, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, and Gulf Islands (click here for map and descriptions).  The 10 wines we imbibed represented these regions.  Among the standouts were the stellar Steller’s Jay Brut, the Quail’s Gate Pinot Noir, and my FAVORITE…the 2008 Nk’Mip Cellars QwAM QwMT Syrah.  Pronounced “in-ka-meep”, Nk’Mip Cellars won the prestigious title of #1 winery in BC at the 2012 Wine Access Canadian Wine Awards.

The List

2007 Steller’s Jay Brut

2009 Quail’s Gate Winery | Stewart Family Reserve | Chardonnay

2009 Quail’s Gate Winery | Stewart Family Reserve | Pinot Noir

2010 Black Hills Estate Winery | Nota Bene

2008 Osoyoos Larose | Le Grand Vin

2009 Nk’Mip Cellars | QwAM QwMT Meritage

2010 Black Hills Estate Winery | Syrah

2008 | Nk’Mip Cellars | QwAM QwMT Syrah

2007 Summerhill Pyramid Winery | Riesling Icewine

2007 Summerhill Pyramid Winery | Pinot Noir Icewine

Monthly Wine Tasting at Blanc et Rouge | Spain

Wow, what an event!  To celebrate the new year, on Friday we drank amazing wine from Spain, mingled with great company and made new friends.  I want to thank my guests for attending, share the wine list, and of course, post the event photos.  All of the wines are available through Blanc et Rouge, and we plan to continue with monthly tastings.   I’m looking forward to more wine lovers attending.  Thanks to Allie Pape’s article on 7×7 and the expertise of sommelier Andrew Fidelman which help made this a success.


2011 Ermita de Nieve | Verdejo | Rueda, Spain  -22-

2010 Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce “Buena Pinta” | Garanacha | Manchuela, Spain  -40-

2011 Locations E-1 Spanish Red Wine | Garanacha, Tempranillo & Cariena |

Priorat, Rioja & Ribera del Duero, Spain  -20-

2008 Mas Doix Salanques | Priorat, Spain  -48-

Available for retail purchase at Blanc et Rouge in the Financial District

Come join us for an evening of wine!

My next wine tasting and party, in celebration the new year, will be hosted at Blanc et Rouge, a beautiful wine bar located in the Financial District where sommelier Andrew Fidelman, who opened and co-wrote the wine list at Spruce, has masterfully created the wine list.

We will be exploring wines from Spain, and the evening will begin with a tasting of 4 selected wines, with which we’ll explore your flavor profile. Once you’ve identified your preference, come back for a glass of your favorite and mingle the night away.

Cocktail attire encourage.  The format will be casual.  Ticket includes wine and light hors d’oeuvres.

Friday, January 4th

7pm until 10pm

22 dollars | Click here for tickets