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23 11, 2010

Holiday Cheer

By |November 23rd, 2010|holiday wines, port, riesling, zinfandel|0 Comments

It is easy to become distracted during the rush of December. The population of our little mountain town triples seemingly overnight. We hear the clamour of lift lines, we see the joyous faces of children temporarily freed from the confines of schools, and we put our best foot forward to welcome another winter season. But when the snow falls thick and deep, and the hustle-bustle of the holidays is at its finest, we take comfort in the companionship of friends and family. We share together good company, boisterous conversation, food and drink, and great cheer. What better way to do that than with fine wine. It warms away a chill; it soothes a weary traveler; it calms the nerves; it whets the appetite; and of course it makes a great gift! The following are some of my favourites for happy holidays:La Serra Moscato d’Asti – a classic, delicate and aromatic fruit-filled white, with just enough bubble and a hint of sweetness to make you want another glass. Besides, a little breakfast wine isn’t such a bad thing!Tantalus Old Vines Riesling – a brilliant BC white wine produced in a drier style with racy acidity, crisp citrus and mineral notes. A palate loaded with nectarine, lean lemony fruit and hints of pine and slate. Great with anything from cheese plates to turkey dinners.Hendry Block 28 Zinfandel – a long running family-run estate grown Zinfandel, offering ripe aromas and flavours of brambly berry fruit, leather, woodspice, and warm alcohol framed in French oak. A match for turkey, roast duck, or a little dark chocolate.Domaine de Nizas Old Vines Carignan – an underappreciated red from Southern France with lots of body, dried berries, black olive and baking […]

5 11, 2010

"Cheap & Cheerful" Wine Club Event – October 2010

By |November 5th, 2010|BC wines, Blackcomb Wine Club, Events|0 Comments

SNAP Sea-to-Sky was kind enough to take some photos of our last wine club event.  The theme was “cheap and cheerful”, and participants sampled wines from British Columbia, The United States, Chile and Argentina.  Looks like everyone had a great time!Take a look and ENJOY!
                       Michael Kompass passionately presents the wine selections. 

         Kerry Gamble & Tabetha Boot – CHEERS!

   Marilyn & Ian Crichton

          Lisa Fernandez, Dave Sharpe & Michelle Brown

     Geoff Patterson helping to serve.

      Linda McKean, Wilma Weidner & Kathy Macalister

     Dave & Karen Williamson and Skippy Keith enjoying a toast. 

15 10, 2010

New Members Invited!

By |October 15th, 2010|Blackcomb Wine Club|0 Comments

Have you ever wanted to learn how to develop a greater appreciation for wine?  The Blackcomb Wine Club always welcomes new people!  The Blackcomb Wine Appreciation Club has been active since 2001.  We are a community interest group focused on developing wine culture and appreciation through tasting and interaction.  “Membership” is open – no commitment is required, and there is no membership fee.   The club was developed as a sociable way to enjoy tasting wines, and discover new favourites (and learn a little too!).  Events are generally held once per month at The Fitzsimmons Pub and occasionally at other venues (such as the Whistler Brewery or the Fairmont Wine Room etc).  There is a small drop in fee of $5 – $10/person.  The format is a sit-down, structured tasting, wine by wine, with host/moderator frequently with special guest speakers and occasional wine and food pairing dinners.  Members are able to sample wines before purchasing, and there are significant wholesale savings when purchasing in quantities of cases or half cases (12 or 6 bottles).  Future events are posted on The Blackcomb Liquor Store Facebook page.  You are invited to our next event.  Come out and expand your palate and try some new wines!

6 10, 2010


By |October 6th, 2010|Chardonnay, Hartford Court Fog Dance Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005, Hartford Court Stone Cote Vineyard Chardonnay 2005, Hartford Family Winery, Michael Kompass, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Valley|0 Comments

The concept of counterparts is a straightforward one. Such as: action and reaction, night and day, male and female, and so on. Not necessarily exact opposites, but corresponding differences. This adds definition by contrast, keeps things in balance, helps us to appreciate variety. There are many examples of counterparts in the world of wine, as in nature and everywhere else; but truly one of the most classic and precise examples to be found, is that of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.Both are grapes, both hail distantly from the same genetic family, both are enjoyed all over the globe: arguably the two single best known grape varieties worldwide. Chardonnay is a white wine grape; Pinot Noir is a red wine grape. Chardonnay is prolific bordering on ubiquitous while Pinot Noir is the elusive heart breaker of countless winemakers the world over. More often than not they are found in the same growing areas, and in Burgundy they are basically the be all and end all of all wine making bar none.I happen to enjoy both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and recently tasted two excellent examples from Hartford Court in California’s Sonoma Valley. Hartford Court is a very limited production winery that focuses heavily on single estate bottlings of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Production of these special wines can range from 800 cases to less than 100 cases.The Hartford Court Stone Cote Vineyard Chardonnay 2005: produced in 100% French oak, 60% of which is new oak. The wine is clear with a deep golden straw colour that fades slightly around the rim. The nose is moderate and layered with youthful and slightly developed characteristics. It offers creamed corn, vanilla, lime, sweet hazelnut and citrus notes. The palate […]

24 08, 2010

By |August 24th, 2010|Cabernet Sauvignon, Mission Hill Family Estate Oculus, Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin|0 Comments

SAVVY SIPPING — SNAP Sea To Sky September 2010 edition“The Virtue of Patience”We recently took a trip to visit old friends of ours in Kelowna; friends who have a swimming pool; definitely the highlight of the trip for our 2 year old daughter! So as Scarlett started by easing her way into the water, (first sitting on the edge, then working her way to jumping in with hands held, and by the third day running headlong off the edge and splashing into the arms of whichever adult happened to be in the water at the time), we made a pact with our generous hosts to drink only good wine during the visit. It was a vintage evening, with perfectly prepared food I sadly do not have time to delve into, but the wines ranging in age from 6 to 11 years, were superb.The Starter Shafer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1999: still inky dark in the centre of the glass yet showing its age around the edge where the purple fades to a ruddy reddish tone. The nose offering dried cassis, prune plums, cocoa and earthy cigar box aromas. The palate is still well structured with the tannins softening in their age yet still supportive of the sweet leathery fruit, black liquorice, and nearly nutty oak character, with a warm and persistent finish.The Head to Head Mission Hill Family Estate Oculus 2003 vs. Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin 2003. Both from the same year, both produced with similar grape varieties, of course sharing several similarities, yet maintaining distinctly different characteristics. Each wine was starting to show the ruddy fade of colour, each wine offering more mature notes on the nose and palate. The Oculus with […]

19 12, 2009

Special Christmas Edition – Blackcomb Liquor Store Quarterly News

By |December 19th, 2009|Belhaven Wee Heavy, blackcomb liquor store, Champagne, Chris Beard, Michael Kompass, Single Malt Whisky, Xmas Newsletter|0 Comments

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE BLS STAFF Well, what a fairy-tale start to the Winter, with mother nature really delivering the goods. While all that snow was falling we were busy probing our suppliers for their best new wines, and we have found many winners. Yep, we tasted over 500 wines in November alone, so that we could continue to offer you the best wine in Whistler. Read on for some of the best. We had a blast at Cornucopia and it has been interesting to see some sudden interest from new suppliers keen to enter the Whistler market (ed – I wonder why?). The BC wine industry continues to grow (now a winery in Lillooet!) with some excellent new entries into the market that are a must to try. If you need any recommendations for matching wine with your dinner ideas, we’d love to help out; give us a call or stop by the store. Lastly we’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas filled with family, friends and of course, good wine!
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Champagne – Something to Celebrate – Michael KompassChampagne – No other sparkling wine has the history, tradition, and prestige, and no other sparkling wine has the weight, complexity, and diversity of champagne. The elaborateproduction is what gives champagne its character… Read more…Beard on Beers – Belhaven Wee HeavyMy Grandmother’s maiden name is McGregor; which somehow makes her “the son of Gregory.” You’d think with that heritage I’d know all there is to know about Scotch ale. Quite the opposite actually, but a little research over a pint of ‘wee heavy’ revealed quite an interesting story. Read […]

19 12, 2009

First Newsletter from Blackcomb Liquor Store – Fall 2009

By |December 19th, 2009|blackcomb liquor store, Chris Beard, John Glaetzer Visits, Michael Kompass, Pascal Forget, Steve Langdon, The Fitzsimmons Pub|0 Comments


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So I guess you’re wondering what this is all about then? Well, since not everyone can make it to our wine club events, we thought we’d bring the wine club to you! Yeah, yeah, no tasting by email but we’re working on bringing back the scratch & sniff patches 🙂 Anyhow, it’s been a big few months and just as we write this we’ve had a vertical tasting of Oculus and the new Compendium – fabulous work from Mission Hill! John Duval (former Penfold’s Grange winemaker) visited with his new wines and the new vintage BC wines keep arriving each week. Let me see, what else? We found a secret stash of 1997 Grand Cru Chablis and 1999 1er Cru Chablis for your drinking pleasure, and we keep coming across great value reds from Portugal, so look out for those at under $25. Enjoy the newsletter – we certainly enjoyed putting it together and remember it’s coming up quickly to Thanksgiving and Halloween, so please let us know if you need anything to make your dinner or party a memorable one. Cheers – Ed.read more…John Glaetzer VisitsWe recently had the pleasure of a private tasting with legendary Australian winemaker John Glaetzer, who was showcasing his signature ‘John’s Blend’ and also the new Gypsie Jackrange…read more…Beefeater 24 Review- Michael KompassThe world is constantly changing, and the drinks industry is no exception. Products and fads come and go, tastes and fashions change, and the ‘hot & not’ lists go on and on. Every once in a while something really good comes along, and Beefeater 24 is something really good!.read […]

18 02, 2009

By |February 18th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Finally it’s here! The February wine clubAfter a minor delay we are back with another exciting tasting. This month we are featuring a focus on wine from Oregon. We will be pouring 2 whites and 4 reds of different styles, regions, and producers. It will be informative and delicious as always!Date: Thursday February 26thTime: 7pmWhere: The Fitzsimmons Pub Cost: $10.00 / personSeating is limited please RSVP by email michael@blackcombliquorstore.com or telephone @ 604-932-9795. Hope to see you there.Cheers,Michael

3 12, 2008


By |December 3rd, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments

DECEMBER WINE CLUB!Hot on the heels of our last event I am excited to announce our next tasting which will be ‘An Evening of Bubblies’ – no Bubbies this year haha!I am hoping we can all get together to taste some terrific Champagnes and Sparkling wines before the full rush of the winter season kicks in.WHAT: An Evening of BubbliesDATE: Tuesday December 9th, 2008.VENUE: The Fitzsimmons PubTIME: 7:00 pmCOST: $10.00 / personAs always, space is limited and seats are bound to go quickly. Please RSVP as soon as you can in order to ensure your attendance either via email or telephone 604-932-9795.I look forward to seeing you all there!MICHAEL

28 08, 2008

By |August 28th, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments