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We just received the first of Joie’s 2010 vintage – unoaked Chardonnay and their rather delicious Muscat. Noble Blend and Riesling will be in shortly too.

From Joie website
“MUSCAT 2010

Muscat holds a fond place in our travel memories to the north of Italy. There are many different types of Muscat but we particularly prize the fine white and yellow varieties. For our home vineyard, we chose to plant 2 acres of Moscato Giallo, also know as Goldenmuskateller or Yellow Muscat, depending on from where you originate. The 2009 vintage represents our first crop from our home vineyard. Muscat is an intensely aromatic varietal, both floral and fruity. While most other grape varieties seem to be at their best mimicking a broad spectrum of diverse flavours the true charm of Muscat is that it tastes as though you are actually enjoying the grapes themselves. That is why we call our Muscat “The Pure Grape”. “


Is wine the result of winemaking magic or can you taste what it will be like from the grapes that go into it. Well wonder no more.

Tonight (Wednesday 20 October) and tomorrow (Thursday 21 October) we have grapes from Tinhorn Creek just harvested. These are the grapes that are going into next year`s wine.

Come down and try Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Chardonnay grapes. It`s a fun thing to do.


P.S. if we have enough we`ll carry this over to Friday 22nd too

Note we have pushed this tasting back to new time and day as original Feb 7 date clashed with the Superbowl.


Bowen Island Cold Beer and Wine

479 Government Road, Bowen Island, BC (under the pub at the crossroads)


Friday 19 February 2010 4pm to 6pm+

To launch our 2010 selection of British Columbian wines we are pleased to bring Quinta Ferreira to the store for the first time. The Quinta Ferreira winery is located in Oliver, BC in the Black Sage Bench area, well known for producing very high quality grapes.The winery owners John and Maria Ferreira immigrated from Portugal in 1979 and have been growing grapes since 1999. They now produce VQA wines. As I’m a great fan of Portuguese wine, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try these out.

On our shelves from February 1, will be their Viognier, Chardonnay, Mistura Branca blend (Muscat/Gewurztraminer), Obra-Prima – Portuguese for “Masterpiece” – bordeaux style blend, Mistura Tinto (blend of merlot, cab sauv, cab franc, syrah, malbec, p. verdot.) and Rosé.

We are delighted that the tasting will be hosted by Nicole Ferreira, one of the the winemaker’s daughters. We will be opening four of the above wines and look forward to having you join us.

Quinta Ferreira are donating 10% of their wine sales to the Red Cross for HAITI disaster relief from January 15 to February 15, 2010. Taste some great wine and support a very worthy cause by taking some home with you too. Give $5  to the Red Cross at the store on the day and we will match it.

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