Month: May 2012

  • Valle Las Acequias Malbec, 2007

    Came with a collar proclaiming the enviable Robert Parker “over 90 points” benchmark.  Yes, a 91 point wine under $30 in British Columbia; shocking but true.  Well, I have to give the chairman his due: This is one easy to drink and a lovable Malbec.  Smooth and fluid and rich and delectable.  Not much to […]

  • Cristom Pinot Gris, 2009

    The PG vogue (which has permeated it seems every social function on the planet) has been gently mocked by 30 Rock, where it’s been Liz Lemon’s go-to quaff (or, simply, white wine with ice and sprite).  In other words, flat and tasteless, yet a marked preference over SB or chard.  But although there’s plenty of […]

  • Torre dei Beati Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, 2009

    So after we got through the Pithos Bianco (reviewed here) we ordered a bottle of montepulciano which wasn’t that expensive and which we just wanted for some pizza and braised pork dishes we were sharing.  There is in BC a lot of cheap montepulciano and it can be hit and miss; not something I usually […]

  • Pithos Bianco (Azienda Agricola COS), 2009

    If you follow foodie trends there has been a recent push to get consumers to revisit classic Italian whites, such as Verdhicchio, as well as the not so common wines from COS.  Although hard to come by in our Canadian provincial system, we had a bottle of white Pithos at a Portland restaurant this month. […]

  • Domaine Carneros by Taittinger, 2006

    Mamma Mia! La bella Brut.   I say this Brut is the best damn prosecco you’ve ever tasted, an exceptionally good California sparkling, or just OK bubbly. No matter how you cut it, I would buy this pear-tinged well balanced sparkling by the case. Did not and could not maintain its sparkle however and from […]

  • Grand Vin du Chateau Bernadotte, Haut-Medoc, 2005

    From the cellar: Pulled, at random, another 05 Bordeaux purchase from the old cellar last weekend.  It was probably a huge disservice to the French that we served it with pizza (but it was homemade pizza, Jim Lahey‘s My Bread homemade pizza dough recipe with some of the exceptional cured chorizo they hawk down at […]

  • Robert Oatley Sauvignon Blanc, 2009

    If there’s such a thing as anorexic wine, this is it.  Any thinner and you’d have American beer.  Like a homeopathic dilution of Sauvignon Blanc—almost character free.  Totally forgettable.   And with that, link to this hysterical video of an emergency room in a homeopathic ER.   Price: $23.85 at Legacy Liquor, where, I might […]

  • Merryvale Starmont Chardonnay, 2009

    I just like this wine and it’s just one of those wines I just like to drink.  It is not perfect, that’s apparent from the get go, it’s not exceptional or as multi-dimensional as the uber-descriptive reviews would have you believe.  But it’s very good, hugely satisfying, more appley, buttery, hearty than peach or citrus […]

  • L’Ecole No 41 Merlot, 2008

    Me: Wine for 200 Alex. Alex: The Washington vineyard that BC vineyards all aspire to be. Me: What is L’Ecole No 41. Alex: Correct. This wine is badly good.  Not typically Merlot, certainly not passive, it has a tannic sting that softens to a rich, lingering finish.  Oh so delicious.  I served it with beef […]

  • Alias Chardonnay, 2009

    Big, but in a John Goodman The Big Lebowski way.  In other words, a tad too heavy for a chardonnay and without the grace you would find in an old world bottle.  Even a bit syrupy.  But despite those reservations we liked it for what it was, sharp, not too nuanced, but with some peach […]