Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Chardonnay and Spierhead Tasting in Richmond: Have a Sip

I used to work for Sip Wines at Ironwood in Richmond about five years ago doing their free Saturday afternoon tastings, but I no longer do. They also have freeThursday tastings. You can expect  a range of wines from different wineries based on a theme, like Chardonnay, or a range of wines from one winery, like Spierhead. All members of staff, including the owner, Simon Wosk, are intimately familiar with the VQA BC wines they sell. They will be able to suggest wines and will honestly tell you if they personally recommend them or not. Furthermore, all wines are priced at winery prices. Unlike most private wine stores, they do not add an extra $3 to the price of the wine. And they have a selection of chilled wines at no extra markup. And they have probably the best selection of BC wines of any store in the province...all of the wines sold are VQA from B.C.

Tomorrow's tasting is for those that love rich, flavourful Chards. I've tasted all of them and they are my kind of Chardonnay. Rich, buttery, oaky, flavourful, well balanced, but not inexpensive! I once balked at the clerk's recommendation that I buy a bottle of the Cassini at $29. But as it was a special occasion, I did take his advice, and I was simply amazed at how delicous it was. My more affordable favourite of the bunch is the Church & State for $25.  But don't take my advice, try it yourself.

 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 from 4 to 7pm


This tasting is not for the meek of palate. This is about finding your favourite buttery, oaky, smooth, rich, mouthfilling, long finishing, Chardonnay.

We will pour Mission Hill's iconic Chardonnay "Perpetua" and 4 other Chardonnays that may lay claim to the term "iconic".  You can decide for yourself or just sip and enjoy. 

The wines being poured are:
Cassini Reserve Chardonnay 2009, $29
CedarCreek Platinum Chardonnay 2007, $30
Church and State Coyote Bowl Chardonnay 2010, $25
Joie Farm Chardonnay Reserve 2008, $30
Mission Hiil Perpetua 2008, $40

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25 from 3 to 6pm

I have not tasted any of the Spierhead wines as the winery is relatively new.  But the credentials of the winemaker and the vineyard, as well as the medals won at the 2011 Canadian Wine Awards.

The wines being poured are: 
Spierhead Merlot 2009 was $29.90 NOW $27.90
Spierhead Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 was $32.90 NOW $27.90
Spierhead Vanguard was $34.90 NOW $29.90
Spierhead Chardonnay 2010 was $23.90 NOW $21.90

 (a winery to watch) 
   Spierhead Wine Bottles
Ironwood Plaza
(between Kisha Popo & Browns Social House)
Unit 1030 - 11660 Steveston Hwy
Richmond, BC V7A 1N6
Monday thru Wednesday 11 to 7
Thursday & Friday 11 to 8
Saturday 10 to 8
Sunday 12 to 7

Statutory Holidays 12 to 6 
Tel 604.271.9463


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