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24 11, 2011

A Glass of Glenfarclas

By |November 24th, 2011|Glenfarclas, Scotch Whisky|0 Comments

There is something very alluring about Scotch whisky, and in particular Single Malt Scotch.  It is an aura of mystique, tradition, and the sense of place that true single malts provide.  All the great drinks of the world have it.  It keeps single malts among the most in-demand of spirits, as well as maintaining its luxury status.  The ability to evoke emotion; whether it’s a fond memory, a thrill of excitement as you tantalize your senses, or even the drowning of sorrows, is the calling card of something special.  And the whiskies of the Glenfarclas Distillery are something special.
One of the few remaining family-owned and operated highland distilleries, Glenfarclas has been headed by the Grant family for generations, not the Grant family of William Grant’s brand, but another Grant family, (all of them named either John or George).  Nestled along the banks of the SpeyRiver in the Highland district, they have been busy distilling since 1836, and continue to create beautiful single malt whiskies to this day. Using premium select barley malt and highland spring water, Glenfarclas whiskies are painstakingly milled, mashed, fermented and batch-distilled in small copper stills and then carefully aged, and finished in oak barrels 60% sherry cask finish and 40% new oak.
  The Glenfarclas whiskies are of varying ages and character ranging from 10 year old to 40 year old, as well as special bottlings and a line of single vintage whiskies by year dating back as early as 1953!  But one trait shared by all of them is an elegant aromatic character.  By using no peat in the malting of the grain, the intense, sometimes bitter, smokey note is not present and so […]

24 11, 2011

A Glass of Glenfarclas

By |November 24th, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

There is something very alluring about Scotch whisky, and in particular Single Malt Scotch.  It is an aura of mystique, tradition, and the sense of place that true single malts provide.  All the great drinks of the world have it.  It keeps single malts among the most in-demand of spirits, as well as maintaining its luxury status.  The ability to evoke emotion; whether it’s a fond memory, a thrill of excitement as you tantalize your senses, or even the drowning of sorrows, is the calling card of something special.  And the whiskies of the Glenfarclas Distillery are something special.

One of the few remaining family-owned and operated highland distilleries, Glenfarclas has been headed by the Grant family for generations, not the Grant family of William Grant’s brand, but another Grant family, (all of them named either John or George).  Nestled along the banks of the SpeyRiver in the Highland district, they have been busy distilling since 1836, and continue to create beautiful single malt whiskies to this day. Using premium select barley malt and highland spring water, Glenfarclas whiskies are painstakingly milled, mashed, fermented and batch-distilled in small copper stills and then carefully aged, and finished in oak barrels 60% sherry cask finish and 40% new oak.

The Glenfarclas whiskies are of varying ages and character ranging from 10 year old to 40 year old, as well as special bottlings and a line of single vintage whiskies by year dating back as early as 1953!  But one trait shared by all of them is an elegant aromatic character.  By using no peat in the malting of the grain, the intense, sometimes bitter, smokey note is not present and so the whiskies become a touch more […]

15 08, 2011

Cool Whites

By |August 15th, 2011|Chardonnay, white wine|0 Comments

Well it has been a rather unusual summer but I like to consider myself an optimist; and although as I write this, it is only 12 degrees Celsius outside in the middle of July, I look forward to the coming warm days of summer.  Not that we need an excuse, but once the warm days are upon us, we shall have the perfect opportunity to enjoy some cool white wines.  Now, cool can mean temperature in the sense of cool and refreshing white wines; but it also can mean wines of unique and interesting character and in this article we can examine a few wines to which both uses of ‘cool’ can apply! Bodegas Aruspide ‘Trio’ Blanco – a Spanish number from Castilla la Mancha, it is an appropriately named blend of three grapes.  Chardonnay, Verdelho, and Airen, (which happens to be the most widely planted white wine grape in the world although most people have never heard of it).  This is a country wine, medium bodied and un-oaked with a slightly rustic edge to it that offers up citrus peel, dried orchard fruit, and a subtle nutty spicy note with crisp acidity.  Suitable for enjoying by the glass, but a great match for an afternoon tapenade platter.
Montresor Bianco del Nago – an interesting expression of classic Venetian white wine grape Garganega; a variety most often found blended into the wines of Soave.  Although it’s a little difficult to pronounce, it is easy to drink thanks to its inviting, slightly candied floral notes, and flavours of lemon zest, melon, and pear fruit.  It is an un-oaked, mid-weight white with a very pleasing hint of richness in the mouthfeel, followed by a […]

13 07, 2011

Something to Smile about…..

By |July 13th, 2011|Arrowleaf Winery, Black Widow Estate, Blends, Joie Farm, Merlot, Red Diamond Winery|0 Comments

As I write this amidst our unseasonably cool and wet weather; the Vancouver Canucks are up 3 games to 2 versus the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup final which has proven to be an all-out battle with both teams fighting tooth and nail for victory;.  But I find myself thinking, “…win or lose, there’s always wine!”.  Wine has many attractive qualities, but one of the most wonderful is its ability to bring a smile to the lips of the imbiber.  Wine can take on such delightful characteristics they just make you happy – like the smell of flowers in spring, or the taste of the season’s first cherries.  So whether you need to lift your spirits, drown your sorrows, or celebrate The Cup, here a few wines to smile about! Black Widow Estate Winery ‘Oasis’ – an incredible blend by Dick Lancaster from his estate vineyard on the Naramata Bench. A judicious mixture of Pinot Gris, Sylvaner and Gewurztraminer that unloads huge perfumey aromatics and sweet ripe flavours of orchard blossoms, peaches, apricots and melon.  Long and luscious, perfect for summer sunsets.
Arrowleaf Winery ‘Snow Tropics’ – an appropriately named wine from producers who were longtime grape suppliers to Gray Monk.  A cool climate wine made from the Vidal grape that delivers layers of seductive citrus and tropical fruit on the nose, with a slightly off-dry and juicy palate that refreshes and leaves you wanting another glass.
Joie Farm ‘Noble Blend’ – another Naramata knockout, produced by Heidi Noble and Michael Dinn.  The Noble Blend is exactly that, a blend of the classic white grapes of Alsace made in an Edelzwicker style.  Intense aromatics, and rich palate bring forth floral […]

14 06, 2011

Wine Tasting at The Blackcomb Liquor Store!

By |June 14th, 2011|BC wines, Wine Tasting|0 Comments

We’re super excited to introduce our latest project – WINE TASTING at The Blackcomb Liquor Store!  Since we’re located in Beautiful British Columbia, we thought a BC Wine focus would be appropriate so we’re calling the tastings:  THE BOUNTY OF BC! 
Whether you are visiting Whistler for a few days, a few weeks, or live in-resort, we cordially invite you to come taste six different British Columbia wines.  Click here for more information and we look forward to seeing you soon!To book a Bounty of BC Wine Tasting please EMAIL US.  Cheers!

1 06, 2011

Spring has Sprung

By |June 1st, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Spring has Sprung in Whistler – at least we hope it has!  Time for our SPRING NEWSLETTER – you can view a copy here.  Read about the great NEW ARRIVALS as well as some exciting product COMING SOON.  Introducing WINE TASTING EVENTS at the Blackcomb Liquor Store!  Starting on June 16, 2011 – bring some friends by to do our BOUNTY OF BC WINE TASTING.  Thursday, Friday and Saturday @ 1 PM.  Only $69/person, and discounts for groups of five or more.  For more information give us a call!  (604 932 9795).See you soon!  Cheers!

4 04, 2011

Lean & Mean

By |April 4th, 2011|Pinot Grigio, riesling, Sauvignon Blanc|0 Comments

As you may have heard from me before, I continue to uphold the idea that balance is the key to truly great wine. One thing that can tilt the scales either for better or worse, is the use of oak; it can contribute a great deal to the body, flavour, and maturation of wine. The use of oak in wine is a very old concept, but remains to this day a very contentious subject, sparking a love – hate relationship with many wine drinkers. Some wines are vinified in oak either vats or barrels, some wines are matured in oak either older (used) or new barrels or vats of varying sizes, some wines are both vinified and matured in oak. Sometimes the addition of oak chips or staves is used to instill some of the characteristics of oak without the $500+ per barrel cost.Yet there are a myriad number of wines produced without the use of oak barrels, or barriques, or vats, or anything wood-like. Produced in stainless steel, glass-lined, or concrete tanks, and matured in bottle instead of barrel. These wines can offer just as much character, intensity, and pleasure as their oak-clad cousins but they tend to do so in a racier way, focusing on fruit character and the inherent structural components to keep things ‘lean and mean’. German Rieslings, New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, Italian Pinot Grigios, and classic Chablis; there are too many to count but here are a few favourites.Lagaria Pinot GrigioA light bodied and refreshing dry white wine that has aromas of golden apple, lemon zest, and delicate floral notes. The palate has juicy acidity and crisp fruit character with a clean finish. This wine pairs well with kalamari, […]

11 02, 2011

February Favourites

By |February 11th, 2011|sparkling wine, white wine|0 Comments

It may be the shortest month of the year, but it is certainly not the least. The snow continues to fall, eagles return to their northern nests, spring breaks begin, we celebrate the occasional leap year as well as Valentine’s day, and much more. So no matter what your reason to sit back and enjoy a little wine I recommend you do so – and here are a few of my February favourites. ADAMI BOSCO DI GICA: a superb bubbly from a superb producer. Adriano Adami is painstaking bordering on obsessive about his proseccos. The Bosco di Gica is a classic extra dry, with alluring perfumed floral, appley-citrus fruit and wonderful juicy acidity creamy bubbles, and persistent finish making it fun to drink on its own or a great match for a crisp salad, creamy pasta dish, or some fresh oysters. PARES BALTA BLANC DE PACS: a unique white wine in that it is a blend of Parellada, Macabeo, and Xarello; totally obscure grapes used for Cava, (Spanish sparkling wine), production but vinified in a dry table wine style. A light greenish-yellow colour with leafy flowery notes hinting at orchard fruits. Delicate and crisp on the palate with tangy citrus and apple-pear notes, a pleasant richness to the mouth feel and a long juicy finish. Another great by-the-glass wine or perfect for green olive tapenade, seafood, or mild cheeses.GIANFRANCO ALESSANDRIA BAROLO: wonderful mid-winter red with soft ruby red colour fading slightly around the edges. The nose is layered with dried flowers, orange peel, tar, leather and spice. The well structured palate is balanced and has an elegant strength as it offers intense dried dark berry fruit, bittersweet cocoa, subtle earthiness, leather and tremendous length. […]

15 12, 2010

Happy Holidays from The Blackcomb Liquor Store

By |December 15th, 2010|BC wines, Bordeaux, Champagne, holiday wines, Xmas Newsletter|0 Comments

Happy Holidays!Take a look at our Blackcomb Liquor Store Newsletter for some great wine and “bubbles” suggestions that are fantastic options for this festive season!  Thanks to everyone for your support and we look forward bringing you more great wine and beer suggestions in 2011!  Blackcomb Liquor Store HOLIDAY NEWSLETTERCheers!

14 12, 2010

Happy Holidays from Blackcomb Liquor Store

By |December 14th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments