Did you know ?…


that Apothic red wine from California and other knock offs contain added corn syrup, purple dye and oak chips?
Corn syrup adds body and reduces the tannins in red and makes it sweeter and smoother tasting and the purple dye makes a pale wine look dark and full bodied. Just a heads up if you are on a reduced sugar diet or diabetic.


La Minga Cabernet Sauvignon priced at $9.99

Just arrived at the Port Moody Private Liquor Store at Williams and St.Johns in Port Moody, an easy drinking, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon from La Minga winery in Chile.

Red berries, medium bodied with the right amount of acidity to balance this wine out. Perfect Friday night glass to share with a loved one after a hard weeks work. Lowest price in the city at $9.99

West Coast Wine Academy debuts!

We welcomed our first students on March 23, 2014. The first class was a big hit, our April 13 class is also sold out ! Thank you for your support!

This beginner wine course is meant to be entertaining and informative resulting in a lifetime enjoyment of wine.


March 23- SOLD OUT

April 13- SOLD OUT

May 4- 5 seats remaining

June -22 perfect for Fathers Day gift

Time: 2-5 pm
Cost: One seat: Spring rate $79 (regular fee $159); Two seats: Spring rate
$155 (regular fee $318); Three seats: Spring rate $225 (regular fee $477); Four seats: Spring rate $299 (regular fee $636)
Backyard Vineyards is pleased to partner with West Coast Wine Education to offer a new wine academy experience! Please book online at http://wcwed.com/wineschool_WC.html or by calling 604-463-1998
• Certified wine instructors educate students in a relaxed and casual
atmosphere at Backyard Vineyards in Langley.
• Classes focus on identifying the main varietals, blends and styles of
wines, proper storage and service, how to pair wines with food, and how to professionally assess wine quality.
• Students will be taken on a private educational back door tour of the
winery focusing on the understanding of the vineyard to bottle process. This portion of the class includes an amazing and unique opportunity to sample wines still resting gently in their oak barrels.
• Students have the option of accepting a certificate of completion, or
they are able to write a 20 question multiple choice test and receive an Academy Wine Diploma.
• Included in all wine academy experiences: printed class materials,
professional tasting glasses, wine and barrel samples, gourmet cheese samples, and either a personalized certificate of completion or Academy Wine Diploma

Who will be King in the Valley?

king wines

The Canadian Wine Industry is worth $7 billion dollars annually in recent study done by an accounting firm. Many people don’t realize that the Canadian wine industry contributes 31,000 jobs to the economy. We are very fortunate to live in British Columbia where there are over 210 wineries spread across 10,000 acres of vineyards. Many of these wineries are producing outstanding examples that can compete with the most famous wine regions in the world.
However the modern BC wine industry is still in its infancy and trying to establish a signature wine that can be associated with BC. Italy has Chianti, Germany has Riesling and Australia has Shiraz. What will be the dominant wine style or type that consumers will think about in the future when they consider BC?
Well no one can predict the future but there are strong indications that we are beginning to narrow down the choices. Here are a few candidates that may find themselves at the top of the heap in a decade or two.
Syrah is a good candidate; we have a fresh, balanced style with subtle, spicy undertones. The style is reminiscent of the Rhone Valley Syrah’s of France. The best of these include, Church and State, La Frenz, Moon Curser and Le Vieux Pin.
Pinot Noir also makes for a top listing, Mission Hill’s Martin Lane Pinot Noir just won best Pinot Noir under $30 in the world, but Pinot quality can be a bit spotty in the Okanagan valley. Look toward such wineries as Quail’s Gate Family Reserve, Blue Mountain, Noble Ridge and Foxtrot for top examples.
Riesling can be heavenly in BC with intense fruit and minerality matching that of the best wines of Germany. Here star producers include 8th Generation, Hainle Vineyards, Sperling Vineyards and Tantalus Vineyards.
It will take a while longer to see if these or any other wines become top contenders for the crown, but it will be fun trying these great wines to decide a winner.

Bartier Scholefield BS Red 2011 just released

Bartier Scholefield

Bartier Scholefield Wines are all very consistent on quality, and the new release of BS Red 2011 is no different. This blend of Syrah, Pinot Noir and Gamay may seem unusual a first glance but it really works well together. Red Cherry, cinnamon, clove and coffee on the nose. The texture includes subtle tannins and a perfectly balanced approach. Medium bodied with a solid backbone of acidity this wines was solid from start to finish. Keep a bottle handy, because this is a food friendly wines that could be matched to a wide variety of bbq chicken, veal and lighter beef dishes. Only 408 cases produced at $20 a bottle. Available at finer Private Wine Stores and online form Okanagan Crush Pad website, http://www.okanagancrushpad.com