Blind tasting reviews are a fun game to play with restaurant sommeliers and wine nerds across town. I pour a glass from a mystery bottle and ask them to review it blind. By not knowing what the wine is or who represents it, hopefully, an honest-no-bs-review is achieved.
Come inside and read the review of our next contestant…
Christopher McFadden is the Sommelier at Hy’s Encore Steakhouse. Christopher trained with the International Sommelier Guild and his wine journey kept moving westward from his home in Toronto to the Belvedere Restaurant in Calgary, where he oversaw the 830-label wine list, then to Vancouver where he joined the Hy’s of Canada company.
Maurel Vedeau Pinot Noir
Category: Pinot Noir
Country/Region: Southern France
Winemaker: Maurel Vedeau
Appearance: Beautiful ruby core to soft rose petal coloured rim.
Nose: Ripe plum, stewed cranberry, bay leaf and cigar box notes. Bright and intense nose.
Palate: Very vibrant with a core of raspberry, plum and earth tones. Tame alcohol with a persistent balance of acid and sweetness.
Assessment of Quality: Very lovely wine. Rich yet soft, vibrant yet tame. A finish that carries on and on!
Further Comments Upon Reveal: Awesome value! Thought I was sipping a $25 Pinot Noir … pleasantly surprised that is was $15. Perhaps ‘you’ will find home on Hy’s Encore’s list!
Availability: BC Liquor Stores