Today is May 1, 2013. Happy Wine Wednesday! Hopefully you've noticed that my website has been revised and I have a new, fresh & clean look. Thanks for stopping by and checking things out!
So as most of you know, this wine vlogging thing is a hobby of mine, but it’s also so much more than just a hobby. My plans for this vlog are really quite grand and I plan to make a full on business out of this. Which I wanted to point out because the wine that I’m featuring this week started as a hobby as well. I think it’s cool to hear about people who do something as a hobby and then it turns into something so much greater and others get to share and experience something great because someone else followed their passion.
The wine I’m featuring comes from Pacific Breeze Winery which is located in New Westminster, BC. New West is pretty close to Vancouver for those of you who don’t know. It’s only about a 30min drive away…unless it’s rush hour, then who knows how long the drive may be. Either way, this winery started as a hobby back in 2005 by 2 guys named Maurice Hamilton and Frank Gregus who actually met each other at a wine club.
Now from what I understand, they started this winery with no vineyard of their own. They were one of the first (if not the first) here in BC to implement the ‘garagist’ style winery. Which is a small production winey that sources grapes from other vineyards. Pacific Breeze happens to source their wines from California, Oregon and Washington. So they try and take the best grapes that these areas have to offer, and make their own wine from them.
The color of this wine is a nice cherry garnet hue. On the nose I smell black cherry, spices – maybe a bit peppery at first. On the palate I taste dark cherry. In fact this just reminded me of a chocolate covered maraschino cherries actually. Even tough I don't think I have ever had chocolate covered maraschino cherries, that is what this wine made me think of. There are some nice tannins, not to over powering, lingers nicely on palate. There is a decent length to this wine which is quite nice.
I think that is cool that these guys started their own winery and didn’t let the fact that they didn’t have a vineyard stop them! I think it goes to show that if you have a passion, you can make your dreams happen. Even if you’re missing half the equation…like a vineyard, you can still have a winery! Awesome! These guys aren’t even formally trained in wine making either! Yet their wine has won numerous awards. So they are definitely doing something right!
Hopefully you will find this story inspiring and perhaps it will drive you to follow a passion you love as well, even if it's just a hobby.
May the beauty you love, be what you do. Thanks for stopping by and please come back in 2 weeks for my next wine video!