Posted May 6th, 2008, 04:10 PM
Okay! I know the two do not go together but my husband is or thinks he is a great wine Connoisseur and heard that the Vancouver islands produce some of the best wines in the country. What are some of the locals favorites?
I on the other hand love the tea houses and love to shop to bring teas home. Where is a good place to shop in Victoria for that fabulous tea?
Vancouver Island has a very very young wine growing community, these are not good wines at all. I have had a few and some have been *ok* but certainly not for the price they charge, at $17.00 and up you can get a lovely consistant wine out of Okanagon or California, Australia, back east, while the wines here are really really hit and miss. I had a few from the Blue Grouse one was lovely at $19.00 the other at $23.00 was acidy and so rough...we ended up using it as cooking wine.
My husband collects wines and while I love that he does, I am NOT the wine snob he is, but I have to agree that Vancouver Island Wineries need at least another couple of decades before they will be producing consistent good wines let alone some of the best wines in the country.
We are leaving to vist good friends in Napa Valley this Friday and are bringing down a few bottles of white wine from Okanagon but wouldn't even want to bring down any reds from that area as my husband thinks Okanagon area needs a few more years before they will be producing reds to compare against wineries in Napa. I think one doesn't have to be quite so rigid...
Good tea spots we do have
Silk Roads on Government right by Chinatown has some incredible teas as does the tea store right beside Starbucks on Fort and Blanchard. Murchies is good but expensive.