Taste BC 2010 Recap

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tastebc2010I recently attended Taste BC, a wine tasting event put on by Liberty Wine Merchants as a benefit for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. The event featured a host of BC wine makers, breweries and food purveyors as well as live music. It was quite an excellent opportunity to taste a wide range of BC wines and meet and chat with the winemakers. Such tastings are always a bit of a whirlwind for me since I tend to work fairly professionally and mechanically through the tastings to find the best wines. This year I decided to bring my video camera and shoot short interviews with some of the winemakers about certain wines that I thought stood out. This year’s video includes interviews with Tantalus and Le Vieux Pin. I wanted to include Meyer Family Vineyards, because I think they are making some pretty darn good wines, but unfortunately the audio was simply too quiet, given the poor acoustics of the room. Otherwise, the event was very enjoyable and I recommend that anyone interested in BC wine attend next year.

As for my picks of the show, here’s what I thought were the best wines of the night:

Ex Nihilo Vineyards Riesling 2007 – Very Good $25
Le Vieux Pin Pinot Noir “Belle” 2006 – Very Good+ $45
Le Vieux Pin Sigma Blanc white blend NV – Very Good $?
Meyer Family Vineyards Chardonnay 2008 – Very Good+ $35
Meyer Family Vineyards McLean Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 – Very Good $40
Meyer Family Vineyards Central Okanagan Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 – Very Good+ $40
Tantalus Vineyards Riesling 2008 – Very Good+ $23
Tantalus Vineyards Rosé 2009 – Very Good+ $22
Tantalus Vineyards Pinot Noir 2007 – Very Good $?
Vista D’Oro 2007 – Very Good $49
Wild Goose Vineyards Stoney Slope Riesling 2008 – Very Good $23


  1. Weston
    January 23, 2010

    Sounds like I missed a good event

    Ex-Nihilio I really am impressed by the wine quality, even the Merlot? is exceptional and I enjoy there Pinot Gris more then the Riesling [but Im not the biggest fan of riesling]

    I must say the Meyer 2008, is fantastic [and Im generally not a fan of Chard]

  2. Shea
    January 24, 2010


    It turned out to be a nice event. Ex Nihilio was pretty solid across the board. Personally I found the Riesling had the most depth and most varietal correctness. But ya, preferences always factor in to an extent.

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