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Before we took a brief break for our holiday in the Mediterranean, I was invited by Jelly Marketing to experience the Langley Passport Wine Route. It is a new program that encourages visitors to check out the seven wineries in Langley. Yes, there are indeed 7 wineries in Langley. I knew about 5 of them prior to this tour — in fact, I visited 3 of them just three years ago — so some were new to me and I was quite excited about visiting them. Especially after our wine getaway in Oliver this summer (see Part 1 and Part 2 here), I was keen to find out what’s available much closer to home.

Beginning of the Langley Passport tour

Beginning of the Langley Passport tour

The premise of the program is quite straightforward. You pick up a copy of the passport at any of the participating wineries or partner hotels in Langley, then you take your time to visit each winery, get a stamp after each visit, and then you will be entered into a draw for some great prizes. Don’t worry, you don’t have to visit them all on the same day, because that would be quite irresponsible to ask you to drink that much in one day. Well, we did on the tour, but we had the luxury of travelling on a coach bus.

First stop, Township 7. Manager Jason gave us a background on Township and explained each wine in detail. We tried 2 whites and 4 reds, including a barrel sample of the Black Dog, which is a wine club exclusive with limited availability (only 118 cases).

Wine tasting at Township 7

Wine tasting at Township 7

We also took a sneak peek at the new wine tasting room and new wine labels. (more…)

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During my last post, I discussed the delicious food and wine pairings at this event; but there was much much more — over 70 types of wine was presented for tasting, and I did what I can to try them all.  Here’s a list of my favourites.

Notable wines

I’d like to make it clear that I’m by no means a wine connoisseur. This is a new found appreciation, so if you are a seasoned wine drinker, you should take what I have to say with a grain of salt. However, if you are a beginner yourself, you’ll likely find my opinions useful.

For more information on Australian wines, please visit www.wineaustralia.com


Chardonnays

I’m a big fan of Australian Chardonnays. I prefer their weaker oak taste and stronger fruity notes. They are great for wine beginners. My favourite was the Cooralook Chardonnay from Mornington Peninsula (left), the Evans & Tate Chardonnay from Margaret River was a close second. Both are under $20.


Holiday Reds

As a beginner, I prefer the softer and lighter palates of Pinot Noirs. The Cooralook was the most easy-drinking of this category, but the taste of fresh grape is a bit too transparent, making it taste like grape juice.

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