fort berens riesling – brightest and best

Fort Berens Estate Winery is situated in Lilloett, BC. Super nice people, great tasting room and really nice wine!!

Last night we cracked into the Riesling to have with our teriyaki chicken and sautéed veggies. It was the perfect match. Here is some food porn for you…

Teriyaki Chicken with veggies. To serve with our Riesling!

Teriyaki Chicken with veggies. To serve with our Riesling!

First of all, the wine wakes you up the second you breathe it in. I can’t remember the last time I experienced a wine so bright when you smelled it! It is awesome!

As for the taste of it… equally bright. Very citrusy with a nice body and light finish. Perfect for dinner. And if you just wanted a sipping wine, a cool drink in a restaurant with the ladies, this would be perfect for that, too!

All in all, this wine is a win! It’s a beautiful spot. You can find out more about visiting them at Enjoy!


and the winner of wine-of-the-year is….

I have debated this long and hard. There were two top contenders and it was a very close race.

On the one hand, we had a wine that was much loved, a new discovery and got a lot of public feedback via the newspaper column.

On the other we had a wine that had our wine club literally yelling at the top of their lungs. That has never happened in all the years we have been getting together to sample wine.

In the end I had to go with the one that was the biggest discovery and that I have bought the most often since. I’ll continue to buy it again and again. I’ll gift it and recommend it. And you can gift it, too!

If you have any last-minute Christmas shopping or hostess gifts left to get you can solve all your problems with $20.

Wine of the year is the Chocolate Wine!!

I have tried two brands and both are nice. I have never had a complaint from anyone I served it to and everyone who tries it for the first time is just wide eyed!!

The best part. One doesn’t even have to like wine in order to drink this stuff! If you like Bailey’s you’ll like chocolate wine! And at $20 it’s easier on the wallet than Bailey’s!

Really, if I was recommending a wine to buy for a gift this month it would be the chocolate stuff.

Ta Da!!!

Wanna know the runner up? That’s tomorrow!


review – chocovine



Name of the Wine: Chocovine

Country of Origin: Holland

Year: n/a

Price: $19.99 at Stagshead Liquor Store ( I saw it at Lansdowne Liquor for quite a bit more!)

Rating: 5.4 out of 6!

What made this wine fit our theme for the night?: Caroline would never have bought this so it’s an adventure to try something new!

Comments: This was the bomb!! But there is not a hint of wine to it. I had actually tried this before at the Art Gallery tasting and was really, really surprised by it. Still surprising!

It is made with French grapes and Dutch chocolate. There isn’t much for a description on the bottle. But is does tell you it has cream in it and to use it within 6 months. No problemo!! It was awesome! Really, it’s like Baileys. Even Mindy gave it a try. She attends wine nights for the ambiance – not the wine. The lowest rating this got was a 4 and everyone was talking about it. Yelling even! And the bottle was gone in 5 minutes. The whole bottle. There were 11 of us.

Give this a go but don’t try to eat anything with it. Just have it straight up. And love it!

Would I buy this wine again? Yup – It would be great to dip smores in!!

Update – They have many flavours!  Check it out at

creamy fudge cheesecakes for your port!

Creamy fudge no-bake cheesecake with salty pretzels

Creamy fudge no-bake cheesecake with salty pretzels

Creamy Fudge No Bake Cheesecakes

2 bricks of cream cheese

1 tub cool wip

1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar


salty pretzels

makes lots and serves many!

Beat together cream cheese and sugar until well blended and softened. Add cool whip and beat slowly. Now you have made a cheesecake! Hooray for you!

To make this great to have with our port I served it in little fancy shooter glasses. I put crushed pretzels in the bottom, about 3 Tbsp of cheesecake and then crumbled the fudge over the top. Then I stuck in a pretzel to be fancy!

Chill them until you eat them and be ready for everyone to love them!!


review – quady essensia


Name of Wine: Quady Essensia

Country of Origin: US – California

Year: 2010

Price: $16

Rating: 3.7

What made this wine fit our theme for the night?: Nicole brought this wine and it was an adventure as she would never have bought it otherwise!

Comments:  Wow – This wine got us talking and had lovers and haters. I LOVED it! I would have thought it was fruit wine – like an apricot wine – and not made from grapes. It was light and sweet (as it should be) but the orange flavor blew me away! It actually got 3 5’s but a few 2’s as well. The 2’s skewed it.  I would highly recommend trying this dessert wine. And at only $16 it was a great value too. My wine friends are crazy. The whole bottle was gone so it deserved a better score!

Here is a quote from their website – Essensia – From 100% Orange Muscat with an aroma reminiscent of Orange Blossom and Apricot, and a lingering refreshing aftertaste, Essensia is used as a dessert accompaniment or a dessert in itself. The Orange Muscat grape variety is little known. It was once grown in France and there are some small plantings in Italy and Australia. The wine is lightly fortified to about 15% alcohol and aged for 3 months in French Oak. The wine tastes balanced, like the taste of fresh fruit.

Essensia’s vibrant flavor makes it an excellent accompaniment to desserts, particularly chocolate and those containing almonds, peaches, apples, or apricots. It is also used for dipping biscotti, for moistening cakes, or for adding to trifles. With sparkling water, it makes a refreshing spritzer; with sparkling wine it makes Essensia Royale.

It has loads of awards if you like that sort of thing….

Would I buy this wine again? Love, Love, Loved this dessert wine. Blown away by the amazing flavor and it was light enough to have with dessert – not for dessert!

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