Month: February 2013

  • Ridge Mikulaco Chardonnay, 2011

    Bla bla bla bla brilliant chardonnay, bla bla bla perfect balance, bla bla bla bla not sharp or smooth but somehow so delicate and forward both at once as if Saul was transitioning on the road to Damascus bla bla bla a smidgen of oenophile bliss bla bla bla needle in a haystack if you’re […]

  • Springfield Estate Life from Stone Sauvignon Blanc, 2011

    I discovered this wine at the vineyard, in South Africa, a few years ago.  I had died and gone to wine heaven.  It was less than the equivalent of ten Canadian dollars, we bought lots and took it to local restaurants (a Cape tradition), and it drank like a wine dream from decades past.   […]

  • Tamarack Cellars Merlot, 2008

    It barely fit in the “wine cellar” and the label was crucified on the way out.   This is not your granny’s Merlot.  Holy crap.  This is to Merlot what Iggy Pop was to the King Family Singers.  It was wildly potent, even decanted, a gorgeous red, yes, but just far too assertive, unctiously awaiting […]

  • Starmont Chardonnay, 2010

    A mini celebration at Hawksworth (David Hawksworth being one of the finest chefs in YVR; he made West the restaurant it is and, for better or worse, it probably never will rise again to the heights he carried it to back in the day).  As a restaurant, with it’s three tangential but not coordinated rooms, […]

  • Booze Break

    Strictly speaking, you can’t really Save and Stay here because, as the sign on the door says, “No public telephone, No public washroom.”  So once you’ve saved, you pretty much have to leave.  From a capitalist perspective, wouldn’t Save and Leave send a truer message?  Another sign, inside, warns patrons not to clearly read the […]