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“Small but good!”

Pacific Breeze Winery
Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Small friendly well-informed local winery that brings in grapes from elsewhere to mash and ferment into yumminess...decent product at decent prices, worth checking out!

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Reviewed 16 July 2016

I've been going to Pacific Breeze for around a decade but haven't been for several years. First of all, it is a purely a winery (can't remember what the French term is) as they do not grow any grapes. Instead, PB buys grapes (usually from California but also Oregon and Washington, and more recently from the Okanagan) from, they say, contract growers who also grow and sell to the big-name wineries.

As such they can get better grapes without the investment in vineyard and vineyard operations (some estate wineries cry foul as they have to make something with what they have instead of buying the best, or nearly the best).

On that note, the winery is in the middle of a small industrial estate sandwiched between rail tracks and a busy road. Not bad for where it is though.

That said, the wines are generally good. Big, fruity wines with high alcohol level if that is the style you are after. Prices are pretty good for what you get too.

In the past, I like their Gargiste and GSM wines (both not currently offered). Today, we tried a California Sauvignon blanc. Very different from the usual, with a bit of an after taste that I can't pin down. Not great but pretty good value for the price ($14 w/o tax). Next was a southern Okanagan Merlot. Great bouquet, with very strong vanilla (French oakey) but just not impressive on the tongue. Maybe a Bordeaux glass would have helped (they use Riedel glasses but nothing varietal-specific).
Last wine offered was a Grenache. Not much bouquet on the nose but the taste was pretty good. Maybe better if it was blended but alas, only a single varietal. $30 price is a bit steep.

If you do buy something do yourself a favour and get the specific varietal glass - it makes a difference. Or buy yourself some and bring them down to try.

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Reviewed 4 April 2016

Our group of four attended a paid group wine "tour" on the weekend.

All four of us ( all europeans) found the verbal presentation good, but the wines tasted were "young". The presenter told us how the wine would be more palatable in four to seven years ( then why not sample a wine that was not obviously so "fresh") Accordingly we did not care for the wines sampled on the tour.

We were also disappointed that the wines were poured while glass in hand, and that there was no change of the glass between the white we started with, to the red that followed. At least the glasses could have been primed so there was no mixture of taste. Not what I would expect from a winery.

Much of the presentation was related to other wines that have been produced in past years, available for sale of course...

This came across more as a sales opportunity for the winery to upsell, while sampling wines that were not ready or impressive.

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Reviewed 15 September 2015

This nondescript "garage" winery produces small batches with grapes from vineyards in Washington & California. The wine is really good with many award-winners!! We went to a private tasting a few years ago & enjoyed their wines so much that we became members of their wine club. They are open every day, so it's easy to drop in & taste several wines. The staff are very knowledgeable & fun, often you can talk to the winemaker. If you want more, they offer a 45 minute guided tour of the winery & barrel room, along with explanations & tastings of several wines for $15 per person.

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Reviewed 29 July 2015

A small wine outlet that provides a 'club' atmosphere to get regular bottles of wine cheaper than just dropping in.

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