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The Best Wines of 2022

The Year 2022 will be remembered for many reasons. Some good, some bad. However these are the wines my wife, my friends and I will remember the most. For they were the Best Wines of 2022 in our home!

Castoro de Oro Heart of Gold

A perfect white blend brings together Pinot Blanc, Vidal, Siegfried and Viognier. It exhibits a wide variety of fruit flavours, with a slight cotton candy note on the end. I tried it as a wine in the Can.

A most impressive wine 96

Sandhill - Terroir Driven 2021 Sovereign Opal

A very good wine light and freshing with flavours of tropical fruit, melon, and gooseberry. Lovely notes tropical fruit, pink grapefruit, lychee nut, and white peach linger on the off-dry finish.95

Seaside Pearl Estate Winery - Petite Milo 2021

A small winery in the the Mt Lehman area of Abbotsford, owned by Allison and David Zimmerman. The name comes from a pearl and gift shop Allison once owned on the White Rock beach.

I have been enjoying their Petite Milo since they opened in 2017.

A very nice wine/ Its light and full of flavours. The 2020 is also a good vintage.

Perhaps the best Petite Milo I have enjoyed in the past three years. It is clean and fresh with honey and citrus notes on the palette, finishing with tropical aromas of guava and pineapple. 95

Planters Ridge Tidal 2021

Once in a while we are lucky to be able to enjoy a Nova Scotia wine.

Planters Ridge Winery opened in 2013 after two successful harvests.  The name Planters Ridge was selected to reflect the history of the land the winery is situated on.  The land is part of the original New England Planters Land Grant from 1760, offered by the Lieutenant Governor after the Acadian expulsion.  In 2010, owners John McLarty and Lisa Law purchased the property from a seventh generation Woodworth family, who were original New England Planters.

A perfect blend of  L'Acadie Blanc, Frontenac Blanc, Frontenac Gris, Seyval, NY Muscat & Chardonnay. It has aromas of apple blossom, peach and honeydew melon. A perfect finish! 95

Church and State 2018 Frizzante Muscat

One of the best Sparking Wines I have enjoyed this year. It has light floral aromatics with flavours of peach and pear! 95


 Church and State 2017 Quintessentia

Wow The wine starts with a very nice aroma. Exceptional flavours of dark fruit with hints of chocolate 95

Church and State Blanc de Blancs

The 2018 Blanc de Blancs spent 30 months on the lees at sparkling wine house in Brentwood Bay. The fruit for this wine comes from the Détente vineyard on the Black Sage Bench. A terroir that ripens Chardonnay perfectly for this method of wine making. It begins with nice lemon note sand soft flowers. The bubbles are light, providing a freshness on the palette. 94



Church and State 2018 Syrah

This award winning wine is bold; it is also very dry. The nose presents  eucalyptus, mint and red peppers. On the  palate expresses notes of cranberries, green peppercorns and red currants. 94


Bordertown Estate Winery - Living Desert White 2021

Bordertown’s signature aromatic white blendcomprised of Muscat, Gewurztraminer and Gruner Veltliner, Lovely peach and tropical fruit flavours 94

For Mohan Gill and his family, the opening of Bordertown Vineyards and Estate Winery in May 2015 was the culmination of a lifetime dream.

Chaberton Estate - Bacchus 2020

Internationally known for there Bacchus Chamberton's 2020 is another sensational wine.

Flavours of peach and pear with hints of key lime. 94

Symphony vineyard

Symphony Ortega 2021

Symphony Ortega 2021

It all begins with aromas of fresh l lime, fragrant of melon and elderberry on the nose.  It has a dry, juicy palate with zesty citrus, ripe melon, and a clean crisp finish.  94

Alderlea 2018 Merlot

Alderlea 2018 Merlot

An excellent wine! It has everything you would expect in a good Merlot. 2018 Merlot – Silver medal: All Canadian Wine ChampionshipsThe flavours of dark berries shin through out! 94

Castoro de Oro Pinot Noir 2019

Castoro de Oro Pinot Noir 2019

This is a really good Pinot Noir. The flavours of Cherry shines through. Acidity is perfect. 94



Castoro de Oro Gewurztraminer

Castro de Ore the little winery that could!

Wonderful brusting with flavours. Citrus and rose petal comes through nicely.A nice shuttle dry wine 94



Castoro de Oro Merlot

This small Oliver winery is doing quite well!

A beautiful Merlot in a can. It comes in at 13.9 % alcohol It is everything one can ask for in a good Merlot 94



Times Family Winery 2018 Meritage

Times Family Winery 2018 Meritage

Almost perfect. nice flavours of honeydew, pear with hints of mango and apricot. Smooth and mellow. 94

Winemaker Lynzee Schatz, has produced a great cellar of wines.

Dirty Laundry Okanagan Sweet Heart

Dirty Laundry Okanagan Sweet Heart

A very nice blend of Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc. Fresh bright flavours from start to finish , Featuring melon,peaches honey and hints of grapefruit. 94


Chaberton 2017 Reserved Tribute


Chaberton 2017 Reserved Tribute

A Port-style wine. Bursting with flavour..100% Merlot this fortified wine abounds with flavours of chocolate, sweet cherries and plum. 94



Blue Grouse Ortega 2021

Blue Grouse Ortega 2021

A most enjoyable wine. fruit forward aroma that goes all the way to the finish. Hints of lemon zest, Mandarin orange, caramel, and white peach. 94


Backyard Vineyards2021  Photo by Robert A Bell

Backyard Vineyards2021

Tropical fruits highlight this wine. Peach, Kiwi, Passion Fruit, Guava, Mango. Some nice mineral characteristic. 94



Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 2020

A very popular wine from Nova Scotia. Clean crisp Notes of starfruit, lime and honeydew. 93

Festna Lente Fortvna Cherry Melomel

Delicious, Smooth! Cherry and cherry and Cherry 93


Mead and Cider

Festna Lente - Photography by Teresa Townsley
Festna Lente - Photography by Teresa Townsley

Festna Lente FestVM

Just how good can a Mead be. They can be outstanding! This one is perfect for a summer day. Its light, refreshing, off dry and bursting with mojito inspired flavours .. 94

Located in the beautiful countryside of Langley township ( horse country) near the USA boarder. The meadery is owned by Teresa Townsley and Bill Townsley.


Festna Lente Silvanvs Accerglyn

A very light and smooth beverage with lemon and maple flavours.. very good patio mead. 94

They have a cellar of very good meads.

Ward's Picker's Hut Premium Cider - Kelowna

"Best cider I have had in years." I said this three years ago and it is still true. Full of flavour Apple ginger cinnamon with hints of melon- 97

Ward's Ciders and The View winery is owned by are Jennifer Turton Molgat, and Chris Turton along with siblings


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