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Sheila Whittaker

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Blind Tasting Review “Aussie Edition”: Haywire Pinot Gris 2011

by Sheila Whittaker 05.09.2013

Blind tasting reviews are a fun game to play with restaurant sommeliers and wine nerds across town… or across the globe in this case. Since I’m travelling in Australia, I though it would be fun to bring a bottle of Okanagan wine with me to see what a somm down under would make of it. [...]

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Blind Tasting Review: Dourthe La Grande Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2011

by Sheila Whittaker 04.22.2013

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 [...]

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Blind Tasting Review: Marchesi di Gresy Villa Martis

by Sheila Whittaker 04.01.2013

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 [...]

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Blind Tasting Review: Mapema Malbec Tempranillo

by Sheila Whittaker 12.17.2012

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 [...]

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Blind Tasting Review: Fort Berens Estate Winery Meritage 2010

by Sheila Whittaker 12.03.2012

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 [...]

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Blind Tasting Review: Maurel Vedeau Pinot Noir

by Sheila Whittaker 10.28.2012

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 [...]

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Local Sommelier Wants to Bring Master Title to Vancouver

by Sheila Whittaker 08.27.2012

From the Twitter feed of Robert Stelmachuk, you might not guess how seriously the Chambar Sommelier takes wine. “Jakoby ‘Pur’ Riesling – the name says it all. Like a box full of kittens. Playful, expressive & determined.” “Viader Cab Franc – A mythic beast robbing you of diminished secrets. Crushed violets in a velvet glove.” [...]

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Thumbnail image for Blind Tasting Review: Laughing Stock Vineyards 2010 Syrah

Blind Tasting Review: Laughing Stock Vineyards 2010 Syrah

by Sheila Whittaker 07.23.2012

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 [...]

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Blind Tasting Review: Mezza Corona Teroldego Rotaliano Riserva 2007

by Sheila Whittaker 06.22.2012

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 [...]

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Cicerone vs Sommelier

by Sheila Whittaker 05.28.2012

Cicerone Adam Henderson (RainCity Brands) went toe to toe with Sommelier Mike Mitchell (Heather Hospitality Group) over a four-course tasting menu, pairing beer and wine to each course as part of VCBW last Wednesday night. The sommelier scored a decisive knock out, winning all four rounds. Mitchell came out boldly swinging with Alvear’s Amontillado from [...]

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Thumbnail image for Blind Tasting Review: JoieFarm Un-Oaked Chardonnay 2011

Blind Tasting Review: JoieFarm Un-Oaked Chardonnay 2011

by Sheila Whittaker 04.24.2012

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 [...]

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Thumbnail image for Blind Tasting Review: Joel Gott Riesling 2009

Blind Tasting Review: Joel Gott Riesling 2009

by Sheila Whittaker 03.22.2012

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 [...]

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