Month: April 2013

  • Les Deux Anges Sablet, Côtes du Rhône Villages, 2008

    Gismondi in the Sun gave this a glowing review, recommending it as a cellar pick.  Picked up a bottle based on that recommendation as well as to decide whether I should tuck a few away.  The best thing about this wine is that it isn’t a typical 90 point type wine, or however many points […]

  • Juan Gil Jumilla Monastrell, 2010

    So BC Liquor had a little “Stephen Tanzer loved this wine” type blurb beside this bottle and we decided to give it a try because of that, it’s lovely label, and there is so much good plonk flowing from Espana lately.  Is it good?  Yes.  It’s heavy, heady, alcoholic and mind numbingly defiantly red wine.  […]

  • Krug Grand Cuvee Champagne

    Superb with a giant shrimp Caesar salad A wine that sells in Vancouver for $256. So that’s like a new Google Chromebook.  That’s like 80% of an iPad. That’s like half of a monthly mortgage payment for a condo dweller.  That’s like, in Canada, $700 before tax income.  Just joking.  But it’s a lot.  They […]

  • Vincent Girardin Puligny-Montrachet Vieille Vignes, 2008

    A wine beyond my budget but for which we had the good fortune to sample recently.  You can get it easily (unlike so many wonderful Burgundies).  BC Liquor has it for around $60 and Crosarial in the Globe gave the 09 a very good review; it sells in YYZ for just over $50.   For […]

  • William Fevre Chile Gran Cuvee Chardonnay, 2010

    [Last in a series of reviews from Chile.  Sorry about the crap pic.] Outstanding.  Brilliant.  Words fail me.  You don’t need a review; you need to source a bottle. We had dinner at a quite wonderful restaurant in Santiago’s tony Las Condes neighbourhood called Kilometre 0.  The wine list (on an iPad) was something of […]

  • Casa Silva Las Lingues Gran Reserva Carmenere, 2010

    Whenever we saw it on a menu we ordered it.  It was just that good.  We didn’t drink as much Carmenere as I expected, but of all the bottles and glasses we tried this was our favorite; maybe not the best, certainly not the cheapest or most expensive, but our favorite. It was smooth, luscious, […]

  • J Bouchon Reserve Especial, Malbec 2010

    Chilean Malbec.  Seriously!  Yet another surprise in our two weeks in Chile.   It started with so much spice we thought of celery seed.  But with air that passed.  It had a deep licorice and dark berry nose.  It opened up beautifully and had notes of what Robert Parker loves, that oaky cherry nuance that sits […]

  • Montes Alpha Limited Selection Sauvignon Blanc, 2012

    Montes has a number of wines in the government and private stores in BC, all quite fine in their way.  We’d never seen a limited Sauv Bl, and jumped at the chance.  It was crisp, clean, green, very much like a Marlborough SB.  Totally likeable and no complaints.  It didn’t have quite the bite that […]

  • Morande Gran Reserva Chardonnay, 2010

    Two weeks in Chile. We took a spectacular lunch in the Casablanca valley at a restaurant that features numerous local vineyards (as opposed to a vineyard restaurant).  We drank several wines by the glass, and each had its merits, but nothing worked or tasted quite as well as the Morande chard with a lobster prawn […]

  • Antucara Barrandica 2011 Pinot Noir

    Well, my computer died.  My computer died and my ability to write out notes on what we drank, the glorious, wonderful, exceptional wines we drank, at extremely competitive prices, and often with the most outrageously good food, all over Buenos Aires, that died too.  Dozens of blog entries down the tube!   I have pictures […]