You’ve gotta visit: Hugging Tree

Located right on Highway 3 just south of Seven Stones, Hugging Tree is on the east side of the valley facing due west. The driveway is all gravel and leads straight up to the wine shop in the middle of the 68 acre vineyard and orchard owned by Cristine and Walter Makepeace. The southern end …

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Vertical Party – Nota Bene 05-12

These are the bottles from my Nota Bene vertical tasting this past weekend. I'm happy to report that there were no corked bottles and that everything was showing brilliantly. As my regular readers will know, I hate writing (and reading) wine reviews but I was asked a few times on twitter if there were any …

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What do you mean “Oak”?

Wine production can involve the use of things made with oak. Barrels, tuns, staves, chips, and even sawdust. While it seems obvious that some wines have an 'oaky' taste to them, a lot of wine tourists that I've met over the years seem to have differing understandings of what makes a wine 'oaky'. Not all …

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TINAWR Forbidden Fruit Merlot 2010

TINAWR - This Is Not A Wine Review - As loyal listeners / readers of my podcast / blog know, I'm really not big on wine reviews and tasting notes. Yes, they might be useful for learning about particular wines and perhaps they might be interesting to read in magazines now and then. But as …

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Podcast 97 – Interview with Stephen Wyse

I like talking about wine. I can and do talk about it all day long sometimes. Most of the time, I'm lucky enough to get payed to do that. Stephen Wyse from the boutique winery Young & Wyse in Osoyoos, BC, likes to talk about wine too. When I got to talk to him in …

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