Month: March 2013

  • San Pedro de Yacochuya Malbec, 2010

    First wine we’ve had from Salta (as opposed to Mendoza).  A most complex and satisfying red.  Smooth and abrasive, but not jarring.  Deep and complex.  Easy to drink but with a little jolt.  Food friendly.  Maybe not as lingering and thoughtful as you’d expect, but very, very good.  One of those surprise reds that takes […]

  • Trumpeter Reserve Malbec, 2009

    Still in Argentina and, sorry to report, the worst bottle we’ve had so far.  Which, ironically or not, is better than almost all the Malbec readily available under $30 at the BC Liquor back home.  If you travel, and if your travels take you to wine destinations, you might find that a) realistically, there’s a […]

  • Riglos Quinto Malbec, 2011

    We went to a cash only restaurant and had to carefully decide on the wine as we hadn’t stuffed our pocket books with bills.  In the end we chose the Quinto Malbec, a bit of a concern as it was on the young side.  But no problems there:  Smoother than a baby’s bottom.  Drank with […]

  • Zuccardi: Alma 4 Pinot Chardonnay; Series A Chardonnay Viognier 2011; Q Chardonnay 2011; Z Blend 2009; Malamado Viognier 2009

    Continuing the week in Buenos Aires… We took a ten course tasting menu paired with five Zuccardi wines at El Baqueano, a superb restaurant in the (somewhat dodgy) San Telmo neighbourhood.  The courses went Fernando Rivarola, Porteno, representing EB, and Rodrigo Oliveira, Brazilian, from Mocoto in Sao Paulo.  It was a sort of Iron Chef […]

  • Nieto Senetiner Reserva Malbec, 2011

    The first in a series during a week in Argentina. So many Malbecs to choose from, no idea what to do…  For a traditional grilled meat dinner at a typical parrilla in Buenos Aires, we took a bottle of the Nieto, a very old family winery in Mendoza.  This is no heavyweight, it’s more of […]

  • Louis Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009

    Wow.  I don’t know what I was expecting but for some reason I wasn’t expecting something this good.   Bright, big, pop of flavour without decanting.  Deeply interesting without unnecessary weight.  Gorgeous cassis, cherry, smoky dimensions.  Earthy.  Fruity but not cloying.  Hearty but not heavy.  Big enough for the big guns (think red meat) but […]

  • Evans and Tate Metricup Road Shiraz, 09, Vina Zaco Tempranillo 08, Bodegas Atalaya Laya, 10

    Three of the many, many reds Vancouver magazine Wine Awards judges recently gave top honours to.  All three here in the “medium red” best buy category.  My first comment is this: The best red wine under $20 available at BC Liquor, the spectacularly wonderful Hickinbotham, nowhere to be seen on the list?  Shurley shome mishtake […]