White Porto Mojito


 Wine Cocktail – White Porto Mojito

White Porto Mojito - The Wine Detective

Tis’ the season…to add some pizzazz to your holiday party! If you’re already feeling eggnog’d out just thinking about the holidays, and want to celebrate with something other than regular wine, try this delicious White Porto Mojito. This wine cocktail is easy to make and budget friendly. Use soda water or Perrier for a less sweet cocktail.

Recipe for about 13 people.

  1. Fill a large pitcher halfway with ice.
  2. Pour in a bottle of Taylor Fladgate White Porto.
  3. Slice a lemon and put the pieces in the pitcher.
  4. Tear up 1 or 2 sprig of mint and put in the pitcher.
  5. Add a 1 L bottle of tonic water.
  6. Stir for about 10 seconds.
  7. Garnish with a slice of lemon and mint. (pomegranate seeds would look very festive)


Kir – A Retro Wine Cocktail


Kir – Wine Cocktail

kir wine cocktail by the wine detectiveKir is a stylish French cocktail from Burgundy. This apéritif was named after Canon Kir, once mayor of Dijon, a town that produces crème de cassis from local blackcurrants.  Sauvignon Blanc wine is also suitable. Recipe: Pour the wine (5 oz)  and cassis (1/2 oz) into a wine glass. Stir briefly. Garnish with a lemon twist.


Jaffelin Aligoté

Aligoté is considered as the poor man Chardonnay. The Jaffelin is dry, light and fruity that displays a simple and medium nose. On the palate, its lively acidity and slender texture precede a short finish. Sauvignon Blanc wine can be a good alternative for this cocktail.

Jaffelin Bourgogne Aligoté is available at EverythingWine stores.

L’Heritier Guyot crème de cassis is available at most BC gov’t liquor stores.

Sparkling Fruit Royale Cocktail

The Sparkling Fruit Royale is the easiest cocktail to make.

It is festive, refreshing, and will please everyone at your fête.

sparkling fruit cocktail  - the wine detective

Sparkling Fruit Royale - The Wine Detective


  1. Chilled a carafe.

  2. Add 1/2 cup of fresh pineapple chunks.

  3. Pour in a bottle of Champagne.



Royal Museum Art’N’ Facts Wine Tasting Event

Naramata Bench Wineries Spring Wine Release

The Royal BC Museum organizing committee and volunteers made the evening such a success. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet the winemakers and learn about the art of wine from this unique and highly-regarded terroir in BC’s Okanagan Valley. The foodies were well taken care of with fabulous food provided by local restaurants such as Little Jumbo, Aura, Vista 18 and others.Whether you are a fan of white or red or sparkling the Naramata Bench region has something to offer for everyone. Here are a few recommendations, and the following wines can be found at selected private stores.

Naramata Bench Wine TastingMORAINE – PINK MOUNTAIN ROSÉ
Our name was inspired by B.C.’s very own natural Pink Mountain anomaly, created by the fireweed which blooms during the spring and summer months. Pink Mountain is a Malbec and Merlot blend, hosting a plethora of fruity aromas including; raspberry, ripe strawberry, plums and a hint of rhubarb. This wine is surprisingly versatile with food pairings, enjoy with barbeque pork, burgers and pasta dishes.

The grapes were whole bunch pressed and fermented in stainless steel to capture the minerality, which lingers well after the mouthful is finished. Offer notes of orange blossom, honeydew, and apricots as you dive into this wine, then finish off crisp and dry.

Therapy Vineyards lies deep in the heart of the beautiful Naramata Bench. Crafting unique, award winning wines since 2005, Therapy Vineyards is devoted to producing wines that truly represent the best of the Okanagan Valley. They say everyone needs a little therapy once in a while. We couldn’t agree more.This delightful fizzante is made from chardonnay and Orange-Muscat. This is a perfect wine for Mother’s Day brunch.

This Rhone grape varietal has quickly soared to popularity in North America. Viognier is an intriguing varietal that is reluctant to show its best unless fully ripened. This well made Viognier shows richness and a medley of intriguing tropical fruits overlaid with hints of orange blossom. The palate is rich, ripe, and lingering with just a touch of sweetness.

A blend of Schonburger, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Gris. Tropical fruit and floral aromas from the component varieties, leading to a flavourful well balanced, off-dry palate. Great for entertaining or pairing with Asian cuisine. Favourite Blush Wine AT People’s Choice Medal by WineART.

This is blend of two white grape varieties, Albarino and Verdejo. The only wine of these grapes produced in Canada! The wine is complex, yet has delicate aromas of crushed herbs mingled with scents of early summer pear, peach and melon. Freshness reigns over the palate with energy and balanced tension that lasts well after the last drop. It is worth searching for their Viognier wine.

A blend of 45% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot, this wine has great structure and ripe berry flavours. Incredible value for the age-worthy Meritage. A rich, full red with delicious berry fruit aromas & flavours. At the dinner table, you can count on this wine to delight evryone.



Need A Fun Party Idea?









Hear Your Favourite Snack Foods

Are you looking for a fun and original party activity? Hear your favourite snack foods!
This eating and hearing food idea is from the – ‘TASTE’ , What You’re Missing’ – book by Barb Stuckey. She is a food developer and the book is about the nuances of flavours, working of the senses, and how to taste food. She provides eye-opening experiments in which you can discover your unique “ taster type”. She has many tasting exercises for her readers, and I picked one that would be particularly fun to do (also inexpensive) at a party.


1 person to be the eater (you), plus as many guessers as you’d like, but this work best with a small group of 1 to 5.
A handful of tortilla chips
A handful of pretzels
An apple
A celery stalk
A carrot
Any other loud foods you can assemble
A plate and an opaque cloth to cover the food
Paper and pencils


1. Prepare your samples before the guesses arrive. Put them on a plate and cover with a cloth so the guesses can’t see them.
2. Tell the guesses you’re going to eat several foods while they keep their eyes closed. Their objective is to try to identify the foods by their signature sound.
3. Have the guesses closed their eyes and keep them closed until you say it’s okay to open them. (of course, no cheating).
4. Eat each food as loudly as you can. Announce the sample as “the first food’, “the second food”, etc.
5. When you are done, have the guessers open their eyes and write down the foods they thought they heard.


1. How many did each person get right?
2. What did you notice about the sounds?
3. Do you think you could do this with softer foods, like a pear or a cookie?

With this exercise, the author wants us to learn to take sensory pleasure from the sound of food, similar to the way we revel in the aroma or appearance of a dish. I think, it is an interesting concept. Get the party atmosphere going by giving out a price to the winner.

Happy munching sound effects!

Viva Italia Wine Tasting

005Wine lovers got a treat last night at the sold out Italian Wine Tasting at Monterey Centre in Oak Bay. Italy continues to produce unique wines with its profusion of indigenous grape varieties. We all agreed that the quality/price ratio of the 7 wines poured was excellent. Invite some friends and host your own Italian tasting with the following wines:

1. Terre S.R.L., Prosecco DOC – Veneto  #928648 – $15.99

2. Monte Del Fra, Ca Del Magro  2011 DOC Superiore bianco – Veneto #216077  $20.99

3. Brancaia, Tree  2011 IGT – Toscany – $26.99

4. Massolino, Dolcetto d’Alba   2012 DOC – Piedmont – #189274  $27.99

5. Pasqua, Valpolicella Ripasso Superior 2011 DOC – Veneto – #602342  $24.99

6. Agricola Punica, Montessu Isola Dei Nuraghi 2010 IGT – Sardinia  #282608  $29.99

7. Vigneti Zabu, Il Passo 2012  IGT – Sicily  #699835  $23.00

Find at selected BC liquor stores and private stores.