The Demystified Vine

Taking the mystery out of wine exploration!

Why yes, yes you would.


Most folks know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. All too many of us know of at least one person who has had breast cancer or who is currently battling it. The statistics are insanely alarming. According to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada:

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian women and its cause is unknown.
  • In 2014, an estimated 24, 400 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 5,000 will die from it.

  • 1 in 9 women is expected to develop breast cancer during her lifetime (age 90) and 1 in 29 will die from it.


How You Can Care For a Pair of Boobs

Photo Copyright © 2014 Valerie Stride

Photo Copyright © 2014 Valerie Stride

Okay, let’s move on from those terrifying statistics, and remain hopeful that a cure will be found. I’m going to let you in on a little-big secret. YOU CAN HELP BY DRINKING B.C. WINE.

British Columbia’s own TIME Estate Winery decided that they were going to step-up to the plate and make two wines called The Girls in order to raise money for Breast Cancer research [BC/Yukon Region]. No, I’m not kidding.

The better part: 100% of the profits of this wine goes to #charity. [Excuse me while I take a sip of the Gold Winning rosé…]



Upcoming Event & Fundraiser

On Friday, October 24th, 2014, there will be a showcase and fundraiser at the Village VQA Wine Store (3536 W 41st  Ave & Dunbar) from 8-10pm. If you’re keen on buying a bottle of local wine sooner, supporting this charitable cause, and enjoying some company while raising a toast to universal good, then you can find these two wines at more than 40 BCLDB wine stores or private liquor stores. For a full list of supporting retail locations, click on


The Girls! Don’t forget About The Girls!

I haven’t. Here is the lowdown.

Photo Copyright © 2014 Valerie Stride

Photo Copyright © 2014 Valerie Stride

The Girls “Vivacious Rosé” 2013 is a sexy blend of primarily Merlot, with Riesling, Chasselas, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. For those of you who have been following my blog for a while, you will know I’m not the biggest rosé fan. This is quite possibly one of the nicest rosés I have ever had. I feel like I should leave it at that, but if you’d like some tasting notes, here goes:

A youthful wine with delicate strawberry-kiss notes. Bring along a white-floral bouquet with hints of raspberry and you’ve got yourself a real date. A gorgeously dry wine with good flavour intensity, but delicate enough to keep you intrigued. Pucker up, folks. $19.99.



Photo Copyright © 2014 Valerie Stride

Photo Copyright © 2014 Valerie Stride

The Girls “Voluptuous Red” 2012 is, quite frankly, an everyday-drinking kind of Bordeaux-style blend. I’m impressed with its structure; confidence is always key, no? With Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot, there are no surprises in the tasting notes:

Deep and intense notes of black cherry, blackberry, cocoa, and luscious plum. Good acid structure, medium (+) intensity, and a long finish…just like a lingering kiss. Aged in new French oak barrels for 18 months. $24.99.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me, Town Hall Brands, or TIME Estate Winery.

Here’s to caring for the women in our lives and helping to find a cure!


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