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!
Champagne – Something to Celebrate – Michael Kompass
Champagne – No other sparkling wine has the history, tradition, and prestige, and no other sparkling wine has the weight, complexity, and diversity of champagne. The elaborate
production is what gives champagne its character… Read more…
Beard on Beers – Belhaven Wee Heavy
My 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 more…
The Rarest of Rare – Single Cask, Single Malt Whisky
The Single Malt Whisky is among the most revered beverages on the planet. No other spirit offers the diversity and ‘sense of place’ and no other spirit has the cult following of great single malt Whisky. The McGibbins’ “Provenance” series of single cask, single malts are
worthy of a place in any scotch Whisky lovers’ bar… Read more…
THE LATEST FROM THE BLACKCOMB LIQUOR STORE
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 Visits
We 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 Jack
Beefeater 24 Review- Michael Kompass
The 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 more…
Sixer’s Suggestions – Orofino Wines
After purchasing the vineyard in 2001, John and Virginia Weber have gone on to do great things with it. Located in Cawston, in the heart of the Similkameen Valley, Orofino
are now producing some of B.C.’s top wines. read more…
Beard on Beers – Phillips IPA
India Pale Ale was a cunning recipe devised by the British back in the days of the Colonial occupation of India. Now India’s a pretty hot place, so the lads needed to quench their thirst with tasty beer. How would they ship it to the sub-continent without it spoiling?
What a dilemma! Lots of hops were added, a higher alcohol content and the resin from that hops kept the bugs at bay. IPA was born. This truly was one of the last great triumphs of the British Empire! read more…
Pascal’s Picks – Hoegaarden
No, I’m not talking about those garden tools, but the original Belgian white beer, HOEGAARDEN!! This ain’t no twist off jobby, it’s European! read more…
MARCH WINE CLUB
We have another exciting event lined up for March. Another special guest will be with us, to present wines from the Rhone Valley in southeast France. Abigail Pyett from FreeHouse Wines and Spirits will be presenting and discussing 6 delicious new wines from a variety of stunning Rhone producers.
WHEN: Thursday March 6, 2008.
WHERE: The Fitz Pub (formerly BBKS)
COST: $5.00 / person
Please RSVP to 604-932-9795 to reserve a seat, or if you have any questions or comments.
I hope to hear from you soon!
WHAT: A cross-section of France from the Loire to Chablis to Bordeaux and more!
6 different wines from different regions including a rare dessert wine,
presented by our special guest Paul Watkin of the Seacove Group
WHERE: The Fitzsimmons Pub (formerly BBKS)
WHEN: 7:00pm on DECEMBER 12th Wednesday
COST: $5 / person
Please remember that space is limited and RSVP via email or to 604-932-9795