The President wine - buy online at Blackwoodlane.ca

When people visit Blackwood Lane Winery and experience their wines for the very first time, it is usually followed by a remark and a question: “This is the best wine I’ve ever had!” and “how do they make it taste so good?”  While Blackwood Lane owner and master winemaker, Carlos Lee, keeps aspects of his traditional winemaking techniques top secret, he was happy to sit down with me to talk about his harvesting philosophy and the importance of ...

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The President wine - buy online at Blackwoodlane.ca

Regal, majestic, noble, dignified and graceful. In these uncertain times, this rare and exquisite red wine will restore what it truly means to be presidential. Carlos Lee, owner of Blackwood Lane Winery, explains, “I wanted to make The Presidènt largely to earn the elusive 100 point score. The Referènce scored a 98, so creating The Presidènt was a labour of love for me and an extension of my perfectionist nature, and as the President of Blackwood Lane...

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shop online at Blackwoodlane.ca

Carlos Lee, Blackwood Lane’s owner and master winemaker, creates handmade world-class wine for one main reason: to make people happy. Over the last 15 years, he’s not only built a truly magnificent winery, but he’s also created a community—affectionately referred to as the ‘Blackwood Family.’ This year, Carlos has extended his family to include the wonderful and philanthropic organizers of the Gold Heart Gala...

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shop online at Blackwoodlane.ca

Ordering Blackwood Lane wines online is a uniquely satisfying experience. When you click on the purchase button, you know that you’ve just ordered an unparalleled BC wine. You’ll feel the rare pride of knowing that, delivered to your door, are rare gems that compare to the best wines in France. There is something very special about knowing that the wines you order from Blackwood Lane are handcrafted by owner and master winemaker...

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Afternoon on Blackwoodlane Patio

It was one of those perfect late summer August days when I got a call from my good friends inviting me to spend the afternoon with them at Blackwood Lane Winery. Living in the hustle and bustle of downtown, Vancouver, I was more than happy to accept! Within an hour we were driving along quaint country roads dotted with family farms and fruit stands. I felt the stress of the city melt away as we drove through Blackwood Lane’s iron gates ...

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Wedding on Blackwoodlane Patio

Blackwood Lane Winery has long been famous for its world-class wines, but this summer all that changed! Well, to be clear, they are still known for having the best wines in Canada, but now they are also synonymous with romance! Indeed, this summer was a special one for the winery as they officially opened their premises for wedding events! The marriage (pun intended) of the winery and weddings makes...

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Blackwoodlane Patio

As you make your way through the stately iron gates and up the curved driveway leading to Blackwood Lane Winery’s summer patio, it’s easy to think that you’ve been magically transported to the Tuscan Countryside. With its breathtaking view of Mount Baker, lush rolling fields, and rural charm, one feels as though the city is a thousand miles away! Indeed, it’s hard to believe that this ...
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La Terrazza Winemakers Dinner

Guests were greeted with a glass of the just-released 2014 Ruby Rosé! This blend of late harvest Riesling and Cabernet Franc is a rich, full-bodied rosé with subtle flavours of ripe strawberries and rhubarb—perfect for their summer patio! Stepping out onto the patio, guests were treated to a live concert! What could be more Canadian than listening to the Latin band Grupo Asi Somos playing infectious tunes as guests imbibed world-class wines on ...

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La Terrazza Winemakers Dinner

The dinner at La Terrazza in Vancouver kicked off the first of many winemaker’s dinner events to be hosted by Blackwood Lane Winery. It’s a wonderful opportunity to experience the pairing of world-class wines with the best culinary creations that Vancouver has to offer. While Blackwood’s wine can be enjoyed with almost any meal, when paired with gourmet dishes, the experience is elevated and enhanced--heavenly!

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Mothers Day Cellar Tours at Blackwood Lane Winery 2018

The best place to have been this past Father’s Day was at Blackwood Lane enjoying the gorgeous sun-soaked patio surrounded by lush green fields and stunning views of Mount Baker—sipping some of the best wines in Canada, of course! Indeed, Blackwood Lane hosted the perfect patio party for the patriarch of the family as winemaker, Carlos Lee, celebrated Dad’s big day by offering a fabulous family wine tasting and cellar tour experience!

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Mothers Day Cellar Tours at Blackwood Lane Winery 2018

Throughout the day, families large and small, from near and far, arrived at Blackwood Lane and were treated to a special wine tasting. As the VIP moms and their families entered the winery, they were welcomed with a mouth-watering selection of gorgeous charcuterie that perfectly complimented the fine wines they were about to sample. They had the good fortune to sample the best wines in Canada, including Alliànce, and Blackwood Lane’s...

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Cinco de Mayo Party at Blackwood Lane Winery 2018

While Cinco de Mayo is widely celebrated, many people are not clear as to its significance beyond the fact that it translates from the Spanish to “The 5th of May.”  And while, for most people, that’s all they need to know for an excuse to party, the day actually commemorates a Mexican underdog victory over France in the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862. Blackwood Lane's sold-out Cinco de Mayo celebration was a total success! With a waitlist of over 50

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Wine Challenges at Blackwood Lane Winery 2018

March was a busy month at Blackwood Lane, as Carlos Lee hosted two of his famous wine challenge evenings. On March 3rd, challengers went up against the world-class 2009 Alliànce, and on the 17th, Blackwood’s 2013 Cabernet Franc was up to bat! The gauntlet had been thrown!

The Experience
British Actor and Author, Stephen Fry once mused that “wine can ...

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Whistler Winetastic Wine Festival with Blackwood Lane Winery 2018

This year’s Whistler Winetastic was a grand success, as hundreds of participants saddled up to Blackwood’s tasting kiosk, eager to sample their much anticipated 2009 Alliànce, 2012 Special Edition Vicuña Roja and their 2016 Viognier. As usual, Carlos and son, Daniel, were their ebullient-selves, pouring out wine with their signature mirth and passion for what they love the most—sharing their world-class wine! One couldn't help but notice the expression on the faces ...

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Vancouver Wine Festival with Blackwood Lane Winery 2018

The Vancouver Wine Festival is one of the most anticipated events of the year for full-fledged and budding oenophiles alike! True to Hemingway’s words, it certainly does offer boundless enjoyment and appreciation! It’s a wonderful opportunity for like-minded individuals to experience a wide range of great wines and wax poetic about their favourite varietals. While it was certainly wonderful to experience the many wines available at the festival, the best-kept secret was held at Blackwood Lane Winery’s

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Valentines Dinner Party at Blackwood Lane Winery 2018

Blackwood Lane made history again on the evening of February 24th, 2018 with the release of their 2013 Cabernet Franc. Five years in the making, this release was definitely worth the wait! However, when one releases a wine like this, you need a theme!

A masquerade party seemed apropos, since they gained popularity during the Italian Renaissance. And, let’s face it, when you taste Blackwood Lane’s wine you feel reborn! From out of a very old tradition comes a new release...

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Valentines Dinner Party at Blackwood Lane Winery 2018

Just when we thought that things couldn’t get any better, Carlos had a surprise up his sleeve. As this was a night of romance and celebration, Carlos decided that a vertical tasting of his 2006, 2007 and 2008 Alliànce was in order!

Opening his library wines is a rare event and guests were definitely feeling the love! Each vintage was different, but all of them were brilliantly sumptuous in their own unique way. A labour of love for a night of love!

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Reference Launch Party at Blackwood Lane Winery

Most winemakers would be satisfied with the smashing success of the 2008 release, but Carlos is not most winemakers. He’s got the number 98 in his sights and the 2009 The Referènce is on track to hit the mark! Getting to 98, however, takes skill, knowledge, patience, and above all, a passion and deep abiding love for the art and science of winemaking.


Carlos explains that in the making of the 2009 The Referènce...

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Reference Launch Party at Blackwood Lane Winery

On January 27th, members of the Sommelier Club celebrated the release of the much anticipated 5-star 2009 The Referènce! Regulars of Blackwood Lane know that no matter how cold or drizzly it is outside, the Tasting Room is always a warm and friendly oasis! Chekov once wrote, “people don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy”. Carlos Lee loves opening his doors – and sensational bottles of wine – to friends of the winery, pouring liquid happiness in the most liberal of fashions! At our Open House, guests were treated to our premium Bordeaux-style blend ...

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Winemakers Christmas Dinner at Blackwood Lane Winery

As we walked into the solarium, the impressive long table, built for 32 guests, was elegantly set and replete with personal touches, including candle holders made from the reclaimed wood of wine barrels – crafted by Carlos himself.

This was not going to be any ordinary dinner party! Looking out over the romantic fire-lit terrace, one could be forgiven for thinking we were somewhere in Tuscany or Provence. However, that is part of the magic of Blackwood Lane Winery.

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Winemakers Christmas Dinner at Blackwood Lane Winery

The holiday season is a time to celebrate and be joyous, but perhaps more importantly, it’s a time to be grateful. Indeed, we at Blackwood Lane Winery have much for which to be thankful, and we love sharing our gratitude (and our world-class wines) with our friends by hosting an annual Open House! This year’s Open House was especially exciting as we celebrated the release of our 2012 Special Edition Vicuña Roja, our signature house red Bordeaux-style blend. This blend is a foodie’s delight, with a bouquet of chocolate, licorice, blackberries, cassis, violets and ...

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Winemakers Christmas Dinner at Blackwood Lane Winery

It was one of those perfectly crisp, clear winter evenings at Blackwood Lane. The terrace was lit, and the flames from the fire pits flickered playfully creating a romantic Christmas mood. All the elements were working together, as Blackwood Lane members gathered in anticipation for a dinner to remember. This year’s Winemaker’s Christmas Dinner was a five-course pairing of wine and food, a collaboration between winemaker Carlos Lee of Blackwood Lane Winery and Chef Roger Planiden of Culinary Adventure.

 

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The Dream of The Referènce - Owner Blackwood Lane Winery

In his seminal work, Walden, Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “I long ago lost a hound, a bay horse, and a turtle dove, and am still on their trail.” The line seems to speak of our need to search, to seek out the elusive – to remain in search of what is just out of reach.

In many ways, Carlos Lee’s dream of The Referènce was born of this same desire to chase the elusive, which, is his case, was to create the first wine to score 100 in Canada.

 

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Carlos Lee owner of Blackwood Lane Winery

Often, our early experiences lead us on a trajectory that will shape our adult lives. A chance meeting with JFK, for instance, lead William Jefferson Clinton to become President of the United States decades later. A book on science read as a child lead Isaac Newton to change the course of our understanding of the cosmos. Similarly, with Carlos Lee, it was an early experience with a very old bottle of wine that set him on a journey that would culminate in Blackwood Lane Winery.

 

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