January Tasting Notes by lynn coulthard

McGuigan Chardonnay

From one of Australia's most renowned wineries, this Chardonnay has lifted aromatics of citrus and stone fruits with some subtle integrated vanilla notes from a touch of oak. The refreshing acidity makes it great for enjoying on its own or pairing with seafoods and salads.

 Trapiche Rosé

Located at the foothills of the Andes Mountains, Trapiche is one of the most widely recognised Argentinean wine producers in the world. This Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon blend offers intense aromas of black fruits mingled with notes of strawberry. A medium dry style that is balanced with a crisp and refreshing finish.

 Il Romano Sangiovese

This juicy Italian Sangiovese makes for an easy drinking wine. Brimming with ripe fruits of cherry and plum with a touch of vanilla and black pepper on the finish. Mid-weight with soft ripe tannins. Perfect for pizza and tomato based pastas.

Absolute Vodka

Made exclusively from natural ingredients, showcasing subtle flavours of grain from winter wheat and dried fruit with a hint of anise. On the palate, it is smooth as vodka can be. Enjoy with tonic water and garnish with lime.

 Bacardi Gold

Hand blended, charcoal filtered and aged for two years in American white oak barrels. This rum brings depth and character to classic rum cocktails while maintaining balance. Expect vanilla, butterscotch and lemon zest aromas; subtle fruit and toffee flavours add to a lightly spiced warm finish.

 Brugal Añejo Rum

Brugal has been crafted in the Dominican Republic since 1888 to a time-honoured family process. This rum has matured for up to five years in specially selected ex-bourbon American oak casks.  A clean, smooth spirit that tastes of caramelized banana, dried pineapple and exotic sweet spice.

 Canadian Club Whisky

The legend of Canadian Club began in 1858 and grew to become one of the world's most iconic whiskies. Pouring a medium gold you will find aromas of roasted almond, vanilla and pepper; cornflakes and a faint nutty flavour on a medium weight palate with a spicy vanilla finish.

 Canadian Club Whisky - 40 year old

This rare whisky was released in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. Silky rich toffee coats the mouth carrying through notes of sweet baking spice and pepper. Flavours of caramelized dried orchard fruits meld with vanilla and ginger on the palate. Seductively smooth.

 Yellow Dog Pale Ale

A longstanding favourite of Yellow Dog brewery fans as it is truly a BC-style pale ale. A piney-hop aroma is meshed with citrus and tropical fruit overtones. There is a subtle maltiness on the palate that lends some weight. A beer that is both flavourful and refreshing.

 Howe Sound Father John’s Winter Ale

A rich, malty seasonal ale brewed every fall for the winter months, this ale is made with four different malts, hops, and a complex blend of spices. This beer combines notes of sweet biscuit, roast and caramel with a spice blend that is nicely balanced. It brings with it memories of winter cheer and holiday warmth.

 Guinness

This iconic beer is defined by its distinct and velvety character. Loaded with aromas of coffee, toasted malt and hops. Full and bold on the palate with a creamy smooth texture and rich flavours. The delicate touch of bitterness adds a pleasing balance to the finish.

 Cariboo Genuine Draft

Cariboo Genuine Draft is a smooth, mild and well-balanced lager. Slightly malty with some residual sweetness and a crisp, clean finish.

Steamworks Winter Mash-Up

Celebrate the changing of the seasons with the return of the Winter Mash-Up. This year's Mash-Up features the award winning Black Angel IPA along with Heroica Red Ale, Pale Ale, and the newly released Winter Lager.

 Twisted Tea

Brewed to taste like authentic iced tea, this is crafted using select teas and natural flavours. Pours a clear, amber colour and is filled with aromas and flavours of fresh brewed tea and lemon. Smooth on the palate and is balanced by just the right amount of sweetness.

December Tasting Notes by Lynn Coulthard

Cave de Lugny Cremant de Bourgogne Rosé NV

Nothing says celebrate like a glass of bubbly! This richly textured sparkling offers floral aromas combined with vibrant notes of strawberry, red cherry and brioche. The fresh acidity and lively mousse make it perfect for pairing with appetizers such as smoked salmon, sushi and tempura.

Kettle Valley Cabernet Merlot

Made from an even blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot that spent 20 months resting in French oak to give it that extra layer of complexity. This wine is drinking beautifully now with the Cabernet lending black currant and cocoa notes whilst Merlot brings in the baked plum fruit flavours. Roast meats would work nicely with this winter wine.

Perseus White

This unoaked blend makes for great versatility in pairing with foods. The slight off-dry style shows just a kiss of honey and makes for an ideal match for your turkey dinner. A silky texture carries through the rich flavours of apple, quince and stone fruits on the palate. Find this crowd pleaser below in the Locally Crafted Basket.

Meyer Pinot Noir

This Pinot Noir showcases the Okanagan using fruit from McLean Creek Vineyard in Okanagan Falls combined with southeast Kelowna vineyards. An elegant wine with a velvety texture offering bright red cherry and cranberry flavours with a hint of cinnamon on the finish. The fresh kick of acidity is perfect for cutting through cranberry crusted Brie and great for pairing with turkey laced with cranberry sauce!

Canadian Club 40

This rare whisky was released in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. Silky rich toffee coats the mouth carrying through notes of sweet baking spice and pepper. Flavours of caramelized dried orchard fruits meld with vanilla and ginger on the palate. Seductively smooth and an amazing offer for such an aged whisky.

Jefferson’s Ocean Small Batch Bourbon

This big, rich Bourbon bursts with flavours of orange peel, raisin, floral notes and salted caramel finishing with subtle hints of smoke. It is a close resemblance to how bourbon tasted in the late 1700s, when it used to flow down the Ohio River by boat. This is a truly unique and exciting bourbon.

Auchentoshan - 18 years old

Triple distillation gives a whisky free of impurities with a smooth texture. This whisky boasts superb richness with layers of roasted nuts, tea and complex wood spices from long term ageing. This limited release is a great introduction into single malt whiskies that will sell out quickly..

Glenfiddich Project XX

A rich and complex whisky laden with berry fruit, roasted almond and a myriad of warm winter mulling spice finishing with some rich port undertones.

L’Egérie du Château de Chéreau 200

Ripe plum, black cherry and slight earthiness combined with supple tannins offers a very approachable wine that is drinking nicely now. Pair with lighter game meats such as duck and pheasant with a dark cherry jus. Tagliatelle with wild forest mushrooms would also make for a great match.

Château Bibian 2010

Rich, full-bodied and concentrated wine that offers plenty of flavours with cassis, forest floor and dusty cocoa coming through on the palate. Heavier meats would stand up nicely. Roast beef accompanied with Yorkshire pudding or a flank steak served off the grill.

Seigneur de Talbot 2005

A complex and medium bodied, elegant Bordeaux that can be enjoyed now. For pairing, roast lamb on the simpler side with a hint of mint jus as to not overpower the wine’s complexity or to be savoured and enjoyed with aged hard cheeses.

November Tasting Notes

Jameson Irish Whiskey
Ireland’s quintessential Irish blend. Triple distillation makes for a smooth elegant mouthfeel that carries flavours of honey, vanilla and caramelized apple

JP Wiser’s Deluxe Canadian Whisky
This award-winning and full-flavoured Canadian rye whisky is Wiser’s flagship brand. Rich aromas of warm toffee and vanilla spice carry through on the palate.

Bombay Sapphire Gin
Ten hand-picked botanicals from around the world are used in the production of this London Dry gin. Piney juniper notes are infused with citrus peel and liquorice.

Crown Royal Canadian Whisky
Big and flavourful. A blend of 50 different whiskies go into the making of this Canadian whisky. Loads of wood spice with dried stonefruits dominate the flavours. Creamy and rich.

Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve Scotch Whisky
Named in tribute to the distillery founder, George Smith. This single malt Scotch has a round and creamy mouthfeel that is mingled with flavours of orange zest, apricot, caramel and layers of sweet spice.

Bacardi Superior White Rum
Aged for one year in charred American oak this classic white rum offers notes of citrus and subtle vanilla spice. Try in a lime mojito!
 

Russian Standard Vodka
Produced in Russia from the finest winter wheat. This vodka is ultra-clean and smooth on the palate. Perfect for mixing or in a martini!

Stolichnaya Vodka
Stolichnaya’s has long standing Russian roots stemming back to 1948.  It is a classic wheat and rye grain vodka with slight citrus and floral aromas. The palate is smooth with hints of aniseed.

Lamarca Prosecco
A lively Italian sparkling with aromas of fresh citrus, honey and white flowers. The palate is fresh and clean offering flavours of ripe lemon, apple and grapefruit.

 Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc
Dry, fresh and zesty. Classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc packed with passionfruit and juicy grapefruit flavours. As the name suggests this wine makes for a fantastic pairing with shellfish.

Perseus Merlot
Lifted aromas brimming with plush berry and plum fruit is mixed with notes of vanilla and coffee. An approachable red wine with softer tannins making for early drinking. Grilled meats would make for a great match.

Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon
This full-bodied and rich style of red will keep you warm on those winter nights. Dense flavours of blackberry jam and blackcurrants are combined with toasty oak spice.

Occidental Pilsner
Occidental's take on the lager style is a largely Bohemian-style pilsner with a bit of Bavarian pedigree. Crisp, clean and dry, Czech Saaz hops crown this fresh light beer.

Rock Creek Dry Apple Cider
This dry, medium bodied cider is packed full of orchard apples with notes of pear, vanilla and a hint of cinnamon. The mouth feel is crisp and dry. A cider that would work deliciously with a slice of cheddar or Gouda cheese.

Molson Canadian
An easy drinking lager made from prairie barley and Canadian water.

Coors Banquet
Coors has been brewing beer in Colorado for 140 years. Using only Rocky Mountain spring water makes for a refreshing crisp beer.

Whistler Chestnut Ale
GOLD at the 2017 Canadian Beer Awards under the herb & spice category! Roasted chestnuts impart a bold nutty character loaded rich flavours yet the balance of hops manage to offer a clean finish.

Big Rock Barn Burner Variety Pack
A "barn burner" is an unpretentious party with energy and excitement that celebrates the harvest, marks the end of summer and the transition to the more contemplative seasons. This year’s variety pack offers the Traditional Ale, Wunderbier Dunkelweizen, Pilsner and Magpie Rye Ale.

October Featured Products: Tasting Notes

Macallan Gold

The Gold is the lightest of the Macallan 1824 series. An elegant yet rich style displaying notes of warm toffee spice alongside dried banana and spiced oatmeal with uplifting hints of pear. Sherry notes finish on a clean length – a perfect whisky for the transition into autumn.

Knob Creek

This handcrafted Bourbon pours a brilliant amber colour. The nose is fragrant with aromas of caramel, vanilla and a touch of sweet apricot; on the palate it is rich and full-bodied packed with sweet oak spice flavours.

Smirnoff

Smirnoff was the first vodka to use charcoal filtration in the distillation process to produce a clean crisp style combined with a smooth texture which is ideal for mixing. Try in a Moscow Mule over crushed ice with ginger beer and a squeeze of lime.

Croix St. Martin Bordeaux

With aromas of soft red fruits and an easy drinking style it is no wonder this is such an approachable wine. The blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes impart texture and roundness.

Danzante Prosecco

The uplifting fruity aromas of pear, melon and stone fruits remind one of summer. Lively bubbles dance on the palate and while juicy fruit flavours refresh. This would pair nicely with salads, seafood and melon wrapped in prosciutto.

Perseus White Blend

This unoaked blend makes for great versatility in pairing with foods. The slight off-dry style shows just a kiss of honey and makes for an ideal match for your turkey dinner. A silky texture carries through the rich flavours of apple, quince and stone fruits on the palate.  This is sure to be a crowd pleaser for Thanksgiving!

Rockstar Fruit Punch

As the name suggests this Rockstar is punched and packed full of fruit tasting like a tropical summer salad drizzled in honey. A lively spritz helps carry it through on the palate.

Palm Bay Grapefruit

Bubbly light pink colour; aromas of fresh pink grapefruit dusted with sugar, rose petals and orange zest; on the palate it is refreshingly sweet and tart with flavours of ruby red grapefruit and ginger ale.

Grolsch

Grolsch lager is triple cold filtered making a smooth and light refreshing beer. The flavours show subtle maltiness with a faint tinge of hops.

Pabst

Brewed using American and European hops in the finest traditions for American lagers dating back to 1844. This is light refreshing beer with a clean crisp finish. An ideal beer for taking in the sun.

Sleeman Original

The Original Draught combines Sleeman's premium brewing heritage with the freshness and sociability of traditional draught beer. The aroma is of sweet, with a hint of a yeasty malt note. This unpasteurized lager goes down well in the company of friends.

Parkside Pale

Relaxed west coast pale ale with an emphasis on hops rather than bitterness. Subtle malt combined with hop aromatics create a highly satisfying pale ale for any occasion

Yellow Dog Play Dead IPA

One of the finest IPAs around. Amber in colour bursting with citrusy hops and a medium bodied malt bill.

Howe Sound Lager

Pours a slightly hazy medium amber colour, light malt, cereal and citrus. Floral hops, dry and medium-bodied, clean and easy drinking.

September Features

Monster Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon - DRINK BC!
A rich, full wine with monstrously delicious dark berry fruit flavours with a touch of dark chocolate and woodsy characters. Enjoy with a perfectly grilled steak or burger.

Okanagan Springs 1516
This Bavarian lager is craft brewed to celebrate the landmark 1516 Purity law. The decree states that only 4 ingredients can be used when making beer: barley, hops, yeast and water.

Steamworks Pale
NW style pale combines hints of lightly toasted malts with a beautiful floral & citrus hop aroma. Undertones of malt sweetness & balanced hop bitterness make for a refreshing finish.

Kronenbourg Blanc
Brewed with a hint of citrus and coriander spice, Blanc has an inimitable sweet and refreshing flavor that makes it special amongst other wheat beers.  

Kronenbourg 1664
Golden hues and delicate bitterness, this aromatic lager is smooth and well rounded.

Glenfiddich Single Malt 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky
Classic fragrant tree fruit & honey aromas with hints of oak & smoke; richly textured, smooth & mellow flavours of oak, vanilla, sweet malt, white fruit & butterscotch with a touch of sweetness, light smoke lingering and elegant finish.

Laphroaig Quater Cask
Vibrant &  young. Soft sweetness and a velvety feel, intense peatiness so unique to Laphroaig. A terrific whisky and great value!
Whisky Bible Awards 2012: Runner-up Best No Age Statement Single Malt Scotch of the Year

August Features

Danzante Prosecco
An inviting bouquet featuring orchard fruit tone, like white peaches and pears. The palate is clean, refreshing and has a bright acidity! Perfect or summer. Enjoy with summer salads or fruit desserts.

La Belle Chardonnay - EXCLUSIVE!
Aromatic, elegant and generous, this Chardonnay has delicious flavours of pear and pineapple. Delightfully paired with  fish and chicken dishes. It is also excellent served on its own, as an aperitif.

La Belle Cabernet Sauvingon -  EXCLUSIVE!
Simply delicious! Enjoy flavours of blackcurrant and strawberry, enhanced by green pepper with hints of earth.   Perfectly matched with shepherd's pie, gratins, steak au poivre, grilled meat and cheeses.

July Features

Lamaraca Prosecco
As the weather warms, the need for something fresh and crisp increases!  This sparkling is just the ticket with citrus notes, hints of honey and white flowers. Perfectly paired with lighter fare such as a summer salad with fruit.
 

Gato Negro Sauvignon Blanc
Light, fresh and easy sipping. Herbals notes like tomato leaf, grapefruit, pineapple and mango. Perfectly paired with lighter dishes like seafood, vegetables dishes, salads, olive oil based dishes, tomato sauces, goat cheese.


Perseus Rosé - DRINK BC!
The colour and flavor profile of this wine screams summer! Lively cranberry, fruit salad and spice flavours, with zippy acidity and a long, dry finish. Enjoy with salmon dishes, summer salads, grilled vegetables and more!
 

Macallan 12 year Double Cask
This is Macallan's first new release with an age statement in three years. This Double Cask Scotch is matured in both American and European oak casks that were previously used to age sherry. Aromas of fruitcake and flavours of raisins, brazil nuts, and honey follows, leading to a citrusy floral finish


Red Truck Golden Ale - DRINK LOCAL!
With it’s orange, coriander and honey flavour, drinking one of our Golden Ales is like marching your tastebuds through the middle of a blooming alpine meadow. Find it in our Craftmaster 12 mix pack and in 6 packs in stores throughout B.C. this Summer.
 

Parkside Graffiti IPA - DRINK LOCAL!
Brimming with pithy grapefruit, light pine, and floral hop notes, and a bold yet balanced bitterness which lingers on one’s palate.

June Features

Orchard Lane Sauvignon Blanc - JAK'S EXCLUSIVE!
Just in time for summer! Lush fruit, beautifully enhanced by a juicy mouthfeel with bright acidity, and a lengthy refreshing finish. Bring on the warm weather!

Perseus Riesling / Gewurztraminer - DRINK BC!
A new wine from a fan favourite! Lively and slightly sweet! Enticing flavours of citrus, tropical fruit and a kiss of honey. A delight on its own or you’re your favourite sushi tray!

Osoyoos Larose Petales d’Osoyoos - DRINK BC!
An iconic BC wine for an amazing price! Full with intense fruit of raspberries, cherries licorice, vanilla and hints of pepper.  The perfect wine to enjoy while waiting for that grilled sirloin on the Barbeque!

Steam Whistle Pilsner
When pouring this refreshing pilsner, expect a soft, rising foam and a smooth drinking experience. Good beer, like good food is meant to be shared with good company.

Phillips Hop Box
Hop box delivers a range of hopped beer styles with Short wave pale, Bottle rocket ISA, Electric unicorn white IPA and Hop circle IPA.

Howe Sound Blueberry Wheat Ale
Crisp, refreshing blueberry wheat ale. Brewed with malted barley, white wheat and all natural blueberry puree.

Parallel 49 Tricycle Raddler
Their refreshing radler blended with ruby red grapefruit juice to create a thirst quenching beer. Fresh grapefruit aroma supported by a lager background.

 

 

 

 

 

Mother's Day Flyer: BUY 2 SAVE $2! - May 10th to May 14th

Gancia Rose Sparkling 750ml
A fan favourite here at JAK'S!  Lively and fruit-driven with juicy ripe summer fruits of raspberry, redcurrant and cherry. Enjoy with cheese platters, grilled salmon or a good movie!

    Fuggles and Warlock Destiny IPA 6 can pack
    A light and easy going malt beer with delicate hop aromas of mandarin oranges, grapefruit, and passion fruit that launch your taste buds in to the cosmos!

    Hey Y'all Peach 6 can pack
    If you enjoy the original, brewed with genuine black tea and lightly sweetened with cane sugar you need to try the peach!  It taste like it's been kissed by a fresh Georgia Peach.  Perfect for picnics & tailgate parties!

    Finlandia Vodka 750ml
    A Vodka made with quality in mind! Made from barley, which ripens under the watchful eye of the midnight sun. Added is untainted glacial water which produces an exceptionally pure  and unfiltered vodka.

    MIX & MATCH

    BUY 2 SAVE $2

    On top of the sale prices!

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    May Features

     

    Astica Sauvignon Blanc / Semillion Blend
    This is a great wine to lead us to summer!  Intense peach with citrus and fresh herbal flavours.  Enjoy with sashimi, oysters and anything with a citrus marinade.

    Perseus Merlot
    We’re bringing back a favourite of yours!  This year’s Perseus Merlot is rich with intense blackberry and black cherry flavours followed with with spice, cedar and herbs. Enjoy!
    DRINK BC!

    Howe Sound King Heffy
    White wheat and German hefe yeast give this beer a unique banana, clove and vanilla aroma.

    Howe Sound Lager
    Pours a slightly hazy medium amber colour, light malt, cereal and citrus. Floral hops, dry and medium-bodied, clean and easy drinking.

    Red Truck IPA
    Showcasing 5 hop varieties of the Pacific Northwest, this well balanced IPA was brewed to drink without destroying your palate.

    Parkside Pilsner
    Refreshing and sessionable pilsner that pays homage to a traditional German style with sublime balance between malt and hops.

    Easter Flyer: Buy 3 SAVE $3! - April 11th - April 17th

    Easter Flyer: Buy 3 SAVE $3! - April 11th - April 17th

    Lamaraca Prosecco 750ml
    As the weather warms, the need for something fresh and crisp increases!  This sparkling is just the ticket with citrus notes, hints of honey and white flowers. Perfectly paired with lighter fare such as a summer salad with fruit


    The View Voulez View Rose 750ml
    A delightful blend of Pinotage/ Riesling. Exciting flavours of strawberry, watermelon and cotton candy followed by bright red berries, candy apple and grapefruit. Try with Baby Back ribs. DRINK BC!


    Fuggles & Warlock The Last Strawberry 6 pack
    4.9% abv-A refreshing Belgian wit brewed with fresh strawberries and sweetened with lactose. Delicately sweet and slightly tart.  Easily became a staff favourite and once you try you'll know why. 


    Howe Sound Lager 6 pack
    Made in a Dortmunder style, this Lager is a balanced between sweet malt and dry hop flavours with a clean, dry finish. 

    BUY 3 SAVE $3
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    April Features

    April Features

    Mancura Sauvignon Blanc 2016
    Tantalizing tropical fruit aromas with white floral notes. The palate is clean and crisp with a very refreshing finish.  Ideal as an aperitif or paired with with seafood dishes like Squid.


    Perseus Pinot Gris 2016
    A rich mouth feel with crisp citrus, ripe peach and a hint of honey and spice.  Exceptionally paired with white meats, spicy dishes, Asian inspired dishes, or simply served on its own.
    DRINK BC!


    Hillside Merlot 2013
    Luscious cassis and coffee flavours followed by ripe cherry, dark plum and hints of dark chocolate. Soft and silky, on the palate.  Pairs well with creamy mushroom pasta dishes or sirloin. DRINK BC!


    Strange Fellows Jongleur Belgian Wit beer
    4.5% abv
    This beer is the perfect addition to any Spring activity. Light in body and colour, while still packing enough flavour into every sip. This silky bodied, spicy and aromatic wit has hints of orange. pairing perfectly with sunny days and BBQS. 


    Red Truck Lager
    5% abv
    Made with Canadian Prairie two row malted barley and hops imported from Germany & Czech Republic. This lager is a beer with world class credentials. Swing by their tasting rooms on E 1st & Scotia a hop, skip and a jump) from Main street skytrain station. They have a traditional diner and offer tours on weekends.


    Sleeman Original
    With its golden colour and concentrated white foam collar, Original Draught is well balanced and easy to drink. In this particular lager you’ll notice a distinctivefloral hop aroma with a refreshing finish.


    Corona 12 pack
    Purchase 2-12packs of Corona bottles and receive $6 off the second case!


    Lonetree mixer
    Apples sourced from deep in the Okanagan valley. Making an authentic dry cider that’s as refreshing as a crisp morning on the orchard. Matched deliciously with Ginger, Cranberry & Pear.