Month: February 2012

  • Road 13 Stemwinder

    If you’re from the Pacific NW you may have once-upon-a-time camped, picnicked or fished at Stemwinder, a government park east of Princeton on the Similkameen.  Small but picturesque and close to Bromley Rocks; in the heat of the summer it’s heaven to tube between the two spots.  It was my fond memory of that park […]

  • Greg Norman Limestone Coast Shiraz, 2007

    There is nothing wrong with this wine; we just didn’t like it much.  I was told upon purchase that it was a star over at the Wine Spectator.  So goes the subjective world of vini-everything.   I’ve drunk a number of Norman’s wines over the years and have never been terribly disappointed so much as […]

  • Tyrrell’s Single Vineyard Stevens Hunter Shiraz, 2009

    When I lived in Australia in the 80s I spent a fair bit of time in the Hunter and have an affinity for the wines as well as the geography.  But that was then; today, the wines of other regions, nowhere more than Western Australia, hold my interest.  But sentimentality often draws me back.  On […]

  • Gonzalez Byass Palo Cortado Viejo Apostoles, 30 years old

    Context is everything.  When I went to Petra, for example, I hadn’t seen it in an Indiana Jones movie, or any movie, or read about it, or knew what I was getting into.  Then you round the corner in a narrow canyon and before you lies the Treasury.  It was the proverbial “awesome.”  And unlike […]

  • Hess Select Chardonnay, 2009

    We bought a bottle. We drank a bottle. We returned the bottle for deposit.  (We are responsible drinkers.)   Price: $18.49 at BC Liquor   Market Liquidity: Not much more to say.

  • Ridge California Sonoma County Three Valleys, 2009

    For Valentine’s we had some exceptional grass fed rare filet mignon with David Rocco’s baked potatoes, squash on the side, green salad and a bottle of Ridge.  Were you expecting a bad review?  Not on my watch…   Even for a nobody in the wine world I know enough that disparaging Ridge is sacrilegious.  I’ve […]

  • Domaine Fouassier les Chasseignes Sancerre, 2009

    Blurb at the wine store said “90 points Wine Spectator: Ripe and focused, with good cut to the straw, gooseberry and flint notes, followed by a long, defined finish.  Very solid.”  I would add “a touch steely,” not just a few flint notes.  But not brash.  Oh, and impeccably wonderful.   This was a much […]

  • Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

    Rosy, berry nose, rich red colour, dark cigar shop on the palate, pleasing on so many levels but a long chalky finish ruins a lot of that initial exuberance.  We decanted without improvement.  It was exceptionally versatile food-wise, shone through even with an ad-hoc Mark Bittman NYT carrot soup and coleslaw, and lost a little […]

  • L’Ecole No 41 Semillon

    I am waiting for L’Ecole to let me down.  One day we’ll argue, I know we will, but if I can get this fling with this virtuoso vineyard  to last I will.   First, Plenty of Fish/Facebook/MySpace/e-Harmony/friend me someone to drink semillon with.  What’s that?  Don’t like that “tongue down the barrel of a shotgun” […]

  • Nichol Vineyard Syrah, 2009

    A most fine BC red.  That said, a little bit much on the descriptive label: “Discover dark cherry, plum, smoky black pepper, blackberry and ripe plum.”  Plum, yes, we got it.  We didn’t get plum, unripe plum and then ripe plum, or any variation on multiple plums. Honestly though, it was a lovely peppery, plummy, […]