week of March 18

Burrowing Owl Cabernet Sauvignon (BC) – “Smooth balanced tannins with a long length and a clean robust finish.  Mint, cassis, tobacco and cloves with a hint of nutmeg and the smoky notes of the oak.  22 months in oak aging with 14 months in new French barrels.”  (tasting notes) Double Gold Medal – 2009 All Canadian Wine Competition
Sandhill Merlot (BC) -” Deep garnet colour with a bouquet of rich dark plum, black currant, sweet vanilla, oak, leather and violet. A dry, medium to full-bodied wine with silky tannins, good structure and moderate acidity. Flavours of rich, almost sweet, black fruits and sweet spice fill the mouth. A lingering finish of spicy oak and juicy black fruits entices. Enjoy with grilled steaks and game meats; barbecued lamb chops; rich stews; 2 year old Canadian cheddar.”  (Sandhill winery website tasting notes)
Red Rooster Cabernet Merlot (BC) – “Notes of blackberry, plum and soft oak rise from the glass, while flavours of currant and spice linger to the finish.”  (website tasting notes)
Terra Andina Alto Cabernet Sauvignon (Chile) – “A nose of red fruit, cherries and plums is harmonized by notes of vanilla.  In the mouth it feels powerful, tasty and balanced, with sweet and round tannins.  Medium-bodied with a long, persistent finish.  This is the ideal wine to pair with red meats, stews, pasta and matured cheese.”  (tasting notes)
Terra Andina Carmenere Syrah (Chile) – “This complex wine exudes ripe blackberry fruit and blueberry, mingled with pepper, red bell pepper and caramel on both the nose and the palate.  The velvety texture with soft and voluptuous tannins make this a great pairing with rack of lamb or grilled meats.”  (tasting notes)
Terra Andina Semillon Chardonnay (Chile) – “Intense varietal aromas are highlighted by hints of tropical fruits, such as pineapple.  The palate is fresh, with balanced acidity and a clean, refreshing finish.  This wine is ideal for white fish and shellfish, or simply enjoy as an appetizer.”  (tasting notes)
Fess Parker Frontier Red (USA) – “A complex blend made from Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Petiti Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan.  Aromas of chocolate, strawberry, smoke, leather, pepper and spice.  Savour flavours of blackberry, plum, raspberry and dried herbs.”  (tasting notes)
Hullabaloo Zinfandel (USA) – “Full-bodied with raspberry and blackberry aromas and rich flavours of cherry and pepper.  Made from Lodi’s famous old vines.”  (tasting notes)
9 North Rock & Vine (USA) – “Black currant with spice and cherry, mocha, licorice and toasty oak.” (tasting notes)
Valley of the Moon Cuvee de la Luna (USA) “The black cherry, vanilla and sweet tobacco aromas are enhanced with rosemary and baking spice notes.  Complex and concentrated black cherry and red currant flavors are integrated with rich oak and dark chocolate on the finish.  Supple tannins and balanced acidity provide excellent structure to this elegant and complex blend.”  (tasting notes)


Whistler Brewing Black Tusk Ale (BC)
Cannery Brewing Squire Scotch Ale (BC)
Sandhill Cabernet-Merlot (BC)
Trio Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Cab Franc (Chile)
Stella Mosca Cannonau Reserva Di Sardenga (Italy)
El Dorado 15 yr old rum (Guyana)
Lamb’s Blacksheep Spiced rum