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Counterparts

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 […]

Special Christmas Edition – Blackcomb Liquor Store Quarterly News

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 […]

First Newsletter from Blackcomb Liquor Store – Fall 2009

THE LATEST FROM THE BLACKCOMB LIQUOR STORE

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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 […]

March Events

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)TIME: 7:00pmCOST: $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!

December Events

December Wine Club

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 GroupWHERE: The Fitzsimmons Pub (formerly BBKS)WHEN: 7:00pm on DECEMBER 12th WednesdayCOST: $5 / person

Please remember that space is limited and RSVP via email or to 604-932-9795