Do You Have to Know About Wine…to Enjoy Wine?

A nation rich in wine history and tradition – also a nation where most people don’t know much about their national drink. Does that limit their enjoyment?

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The results of a big study about wine were released today, with much chagrin…it seems they surveyed people in France regarding how much knowledge they actually had about wine. And – zut alors! – over 60% didn’t know very much at all! The French were devastated by the news!

But after my chuckle, I thought…hold on…does it really matter how much you know about wine? Can’t you just enjoy it?

And the more I thought about it, the more I realized the answer was…you don’t need to know anything at all. Just what you like!

I mean, let’s think about it for a minute. Why does it matter?

“Enjoyment” doesn’t require knowledge…except of whether you are actually enjoying something or not, and that is an emotion.

Is it Cabernet or Merlot? Is it tannic or not? Will it age? Is it a Grand Cru or VQA? Really…who cares if you…

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#Vancouver: Black Cloud Pouring at Two locations This Weekend

We know it’s short notice but we thought we’d tell you that Black Cloud is being featured at two locations this weekend.
Friday night we’re at Denman’s Wine & Spirits starting at 4:30

Sunday find us at Darby’s Liquor store starting at 4 pm

Drop into either location to try our unmatched Pinot Noir.  We’re pouring the 2012 Fleuvage and the 2013 Red Sky rosé.

Black Cloud Pinot finds a new home: Winemaker Bradley Cooper brings micro-winery to Serendipity

For immediate release, July 23/2014

 

Suggested tweet: Unmatched Black Cloud #pinotnoir from @blackcloudwine moves to @winespiration with winemaker @bradinator. #bcwine

 

PENTICTON, BC: Okanagan winemaker Bradley Cooper is making a move down the Naramata bench, and bringing his unmatched Pinot Noir, Black Cloud, to a new spot.

After nine vintages with Township 7, Cooper will soon join Serendipity Winery to enhance its portfolio of award-winning BC wines, and production of Black Cloud will move with him. “We started Black Cloud six years ago with less than 500 cases, and our Pinot will continue to be a small production,” says Cooper. “We’re excited to keep it in Naramata and I am looking forward to having a new home for our Pinot at Serendipity.”

The 2008, 2009, and 2010 vintages of Black Cloud’s Altostratus, a new world style elegant Pinot Noir, are available through the Cloudy Day (www.blackcloud.ca) wine club, along with the 2012 Fleuvage, a light-bodied Pinot from an exceptional growing season. Two vintages of Red Sky, a lively rosé, are sold out.

Black Cloud is exclusively Pinot Noir, with grapes sourced entirely in the Okanagan. As Cooper joins Serendipity as its winemaker, Black Cloud will remain a private label, managed by himself and his partner Audralee Daum, with its production at Serendipity.

Cloudy Day Wine Club members will continue to have first access to Black Cloud releases, with limited bottles available elsewhere, including private wine stores and restaurants. As a small producer, Black Cloud joins a number of other smaller wineries and wine clubs at Garagiste North: Small Guys Wine Festival on September 14, a new event on the BC wine circuit, focussed on “garagiste” style wines, a phrase coined in France for small, risk-taking producers. “We’re proud to be all Pinot, and Black Cloud will always be a small lot,” says Cooper. “Serendipity is graciously supporting our label, and I look forward to future vintages as their winemaker.”

Cooper has spent the last decade producing critically-recognized BC wine, both reds and whites, at Township 7, and has provided winemaking expertise to Fort Berens Estate Winery in Lilllooet, The McWatters Collection , Time Estate Winery and Bonitas Winery in the Okanagan, among others. He began his winemaking career with Hawthorne Mountain, now See Ya Later Ranch, in the 1990s, and will continue to advise Township 7 through the upcoming harvest.

Black Cloud is currently renovating an administration space, set to open later this summer, in Penticton’s historic Cannery Trade Centre.

*** For more information:

Bradley Cooper, Winemaker/Partner

Black Cloud/Daum Cooper Winery Services Ltd.

250-490-7314

bradley@blackcloud.ca

www.blackcloud.ca

 

blackcloudpinotnoir.com

Allison Markin All She Wrote Consulting

250-488-8274

ask@allshewrote.ca

Spring Release Tasting Event in Penticton

We’re bringing out all our new releases for a private tasting on May 2 and you’re invited.

Starting at 5 on that Friday we’ll be pouring the Pinot at CoWork Penticton.  On deck will be:

  • 2011 Altostratus
  • 2012 Fleuvage
  • 2013 RED SKY rosé

In addition, we’ll crack a few older vintages to check how they are evolving and enjoy some delicious food.  There’s an opportunity to win some great prizes as well.

There’s no charge for this event and we encourage you to bring a friend. Everyone in attendance will qualify for a 20% discount on their purchases. 

Please RSVP on our Facebook event page linked here.

The Holiday package is heading out soon!

We’re getting the holiday packages ready for the Cloudy Club members. Looks like we’ll start rolling them out during the last week of November so look for them arriving at your address no matter where you are in Canada in the first week of December. What’s inside? Depending on your package option, you’ll be getting a mix of RED SKY rosé and 2008 Anniversary Edition Altostratus. The RED SKY is perfect for holiday feasting, especially when there’s a dozen or more things on the table and just as many palates to please. We’re also very pleased to include some 2008 Altostratus we have been holding back especially for our club members.  If you’d like additional bottles of this wine, we will be making it available at a special price for Cloudy club members.  Stay tuned for details. Image

POP UP! Tasting

If you’re in Vancouver for the International Wine Festival this weekend, conslder dropping into our POP-UP Pinot Noir tasting on Saturday, March 2.

We’ll be pouring past, present and future releases of our Fleuvage and Altostratus Pinot Noirs. Including our first rose which we’ll be releasing this spring through our Cloudy Day club.

If you think you’d like to join us just email us at info@blackcloud.ca and we’ll set you and your plus 1 up with the location and other details.  We’ll need a mobile number to give you a special passphrase on Saturday.

Vacation Stones and Pinot Noir

Vacation Stones and Pinot Noir

This photo of a bottle of our 2010 Fleuvage Pinot Noir was taken on a bed of stones and rock chips that we collected while on vacation. During the long winter months we’ll sometimes pick up a stone while enjoying a glass of wine and reminisce about where the stone was found and what we were doing that day. The sharp-eyed may be able to see a couple fossilized impressions among the rock chips as well. It certainly brings warmth to our chilly days when we can recall fun with friends and family and look forward to the journeys of the future.