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Wine Club

We had an excellent wine club event last night. The Sauternes were great, Doisey Vedrines was delicious. Kim Crawford make superb value Kiwi SB, and the wines from Rioja continue to impress for under $20.

Very excited that the head buyer from the BCLDB is joining us to instruct our WSET courses. Doesn’t get better than David who will be a great draw.

Been working with Olaf to put together our DVD on wineries in the Okanagan. Always do the voice over at about midnight after a few glasses of wine so hopefully there’s no sluring. Lots of fun. Will be available in 1 month.

Noticed alot of wine critics have advertising on their sites and someone asked me how they can remain independent when they make money from wineries? Good question…

Good Life

Started a new writing gig with Good Life Connoissuer, a glossy mag, which looks pretty smart to me. Debbie Travis redecorates your home and I’m supposed to tell you what to drink.

Been busy with trips to New York City for an awards ceremony for our airline client, doing some work for the government, out in the Okanagan with our new major winery partner which is exciting, heading to Germany for a tasting next week, and then an interview in eastern Canada the following week. Where’s the beach when you need it?

But there is good news! Just started working with the top buyer at the LDB to help run our wine courses and so excited about that. But Alexis my daughter has fallen in love with a horse and so I guess I’ll postpone retirement for 50 years…

Wines to buy? German Riesling in the Kabinett or Spatlese style. People think they want dry wines but really we all love sweet things.

Yellow Tail Chardonnay

The wine trade loves to knock this brand, the most successful in the last decade amongst all wine brands. People say the quality is poor and they wouldn’t be caught dead drinking it.

But in recent blind tastings at our wine courses more than 50% of people mistake it for the $100+ white Burgundy we put it up against. So does that they something about the quality of some white Burgundy? Or maybe Yellow Tail is really not as bad as people think?

The bottom line is that if Yellow tail really tastes terrible it wouldn’t have been as successful as it is. Take the Burgundy vs The Tail blind tasting challenge!