I had a very good friend visiting from Israel and decided to show her what BC was all about. Having worked in the wine industry, both in wine shops and in cellars in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, we passed by Silver Sage to try a little something different. As usual, the wines astounded with their uniqueness and volatility. The server was an older man with a very dry sense of humour, which was charming at the beginning, until things took a sour turn. Mumbling, he notified all the tasters at the bar to drink "The Flame" in three sips. My Israeli friend, whose English comprehension is a little rusty when someone mumbles, took the small portion in one swallow. She was brought back by the spiciness of the wine, and the server decided to get angry at me for it, calling me "ignorant" and telling me that if she ever did that again then we would never be allowed back into the winery. After repeatedly assuring him to calm down, he did not, but instead proceeded to insult me and my friend. When I couldn't take it anymore, we pushed our glasses towards him, and told him not to worry about us ever coming back here. We left, and I'm certain the other groups at the tasting bar followed, because there were just as surprised and disgusted as we were.
Under further investigation with friends I have in the industry, this one staff member is notorious for his temper tantrums and his cynical views on life and his job. I really hope the ownership of Silver Sage takes a good look at who they are hiring and realize what one sour person can do to the value of their reputation and of their wines. I was so disgusted, I can't even drink any bottles of Silver Sage that I already had in my cellar.
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