Wine Tasting in Port Alberni

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Dev and Joanne McIntyre first began to experiment with winemaking after moving to the Mt. Lehman area in 1984. They tended to their small backyard vineyard and carefully tracked how different grapes grew and developed in the region's distinctive climate. After sharing these data and collaborating with fellow viticulturalists, Dev and Jo narrowed the list of possibilities down to a few specific varietals, which they felt could ripen evenly along the relatively cool and precipitation-prone coastline.

When they purchased Salt Spring Vineyards in 2008, they set about growing some of these grapes, also opting to fashion pleasantly sweet wines from organic apples and locally grown blackberries. Although their very first experiments occasionally had to be recycled as wine vinegars, grape jellies, or aperitifs for pampered houseplants, they continued to hone their craft with each and every harvest. Currently, the selection boasts a range of styles, including a crisp, dry pinot gris and an unctuous cabernet libre that balances its dark fruit flavours with firm tannins. As a demonstration of their commitment to the environment, Dev and Jo also adhere to sustainable growing practices and avoid using any herbicides or pesticides in their fields.

151 Lee Rd
Salt Spring Island,
BC
CA

Though it?s the newest winery in Richmond, LuLu Island Winery boasts a deeper history. The buisness gets its name from its location on Richmond Island, which was formerly known as "LuLu Island." According to local legend, LuLu was the name of the mistress of the man who first established the land, and the scandal eventually compelled the community to change the name. Today, the winery produces award-winning red and white wines, fruit wines, and ice wines on this historic spot.

LuLu?s resident winemaker has more than 30 years of experience crafting fine wines. Using grapes from the nearby Okanagan Valley, he churns out vintages such as the 2007 Riesling Chardonnay white ice wine, which snagged a gold medal at the All Canadian Wine Championships in 2011. LuLu?s Cabernet Franc, a peppery medium-bodied red wine, won a bronze medal at the International Wine Awards the same year. But it?s the sweet fruit wines, flavored with cranberry, blueberry, and passionfruit, that keep the locals and the humminbirds coming back.

16880 Westminster Hwy
Richmond,
BC
CA

What's proper etiquette for the queen's sommelier? West Coast Wine Education's John Gerum confronted this question head on when he served Queen Elizabeth II. Apparently he made the right choice, as he went on to pour wine for prime ministers, presidents, provincial premiers, and cultural icons during his 20-year career. Gerum's achievement distills three generations of fine-dining experience that was passed down from his father, a chef, and his grandfather, a maitre d'. Wine education was always his passion, so when starting out, he sought personal instruction from the master sommelier Andrew Lalibert? and demonstrated a palate refined enough to earn him membership and certification from the International Sommelier Guild. Gerum often merges his know-how with other wine educators to cultivate a roster of classes and hone their delivery. These experts join in delineating scotch terroir and describing the bouquet of a student's favourite pinot-stained shirt with an easy professionalism that has enthralled groups of up to 300 people. They share their expertise with casual drinkers and professionals during two-hour workshops, in consultation for store openings and events, and through appearances on Global TV.

650 West 41st Avenue
Vancouver,
BC
CA

Haely and Juhan Lindau had seemingly unrelated degrees in commerce and molecular biology. But they soon realized how complementary their backgrounds actually were to a career in winemaking and beer brewing. Armed with business and libation-crafting knowledge, the duo flung open the doors of Broadway Brewing and Winemaking in 1992, becoming the first on-premises winemaking shop in Vancouver. At the DIY winery, the owners and their knowledgeable staff guide students of all interests and skill levels through the process of making their own libations, assisting them in selecting the right supplies for home-brewing endeavours before giving them advice on what to do if beer starts drinking itself.

2801 West 16th Avenue
Vancouver,
BC
CA

Named for five underground creeks that converge near the eatery, The Five Point plies Vancouverites with innovative gastro-pub dishes crafted from fresh ingredients. An upbeat ambience and affable staff mix under the dining room's famed turn-of-the-century chandelier to yield a lively supping experience utterly devoid of orphaned pickpockets. Sample tastes traversing several national borders with appetizers including the self-proclaimed "ridiculously good hummus" ($9), Korean ribs with house-made kimchi ($14), and carne asada beef tacos ($13). The main course menu jet sets from Southeast Asia's lemongrass curried beef ($14) to Italy's fettuccini alla puttanesca ($16), while maintaining a dapper, airline hostess-attracting appearance. Brunch dishes, including the fiery eggs inferno with chilli and chorizo ($11), are built upon a sturdy foundation of mood-elevating omega-3 eggs. The Five Point's full bar stirs or shakes lists of house cocktails and martinis alongside fine wine and beer selections.

3124 Main St
Vancouver,
BC
CA

At WineMaster, patrons can participate in a fun hands-on spirits-making process without converting their backyard pools into grape-fermentation tanks. After selecting a malbec, merlot, sauvignon blanc, or Gewurztraminer style, participants will use a winemaking kit to easily prepare their batch. The vino vanguards will watch and protect your batch for two months of fermentation, after which time you'll return to bring your own banter-stimulating grape blood into the world during a fun, 20-minute bottling and labeling session. The entire process yields about 30 bottles of wine, which should be enough to get a circus-elephant drunk or keep a closet full of hostess gifts for future dinner parties. Additionally, visitors can take advantage of state-of-the-art winemaking equipment and a friendly and knowledgeable staff, ensuring batches won’t accidentally transform into fruit juice or a magical truth serum that turns dinner parties into awkwardly confrontational events.

4107 MacDonald St
Vancouver,
BC
CA