Month: May 2013

  • La Stella Fortissimo, 2009

    This is a beautiful big jammy mouthful of wonderful red that is a rarity in BC stores and we were lucky to have gifted at a dinner party.  What a blend.  Strong and assertive.  We were wowed that Osoyoos is churning out big reds of this caliber.  Lots of oohs and aahs.  I could lay […]

  • Astrolabe Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 2011

    Refreshing, invigorating, herbaceous, most of what you want in a NZ SB but quite a few dollars more than the $15-18 crowd and without the Cloudy Bay pizazz that warrants the extra bucks (close your eyes and you might take it for Brancott).  Sorry for the short review but this was short on what we […]

  • Arboleda Chardonnay, 2010

    Blah.  It comes with several prestigious reviews and high points. So it must be good.  But unfortunately this is everything we’re not looking for in a Chardonnay: Heavy, syrupy, cloying, food un-friendly (food-annoying, food-distracting).  I was stunned to see it described as elegant with a subtle minerality in our local reviewer’s column.  No.  Not true.  […]

  • Huet Vouvray, Le Haut-Lieu Moelleux, 2008

    From the cellar: If you can cope with brilliance you can get this plonk down.  To which I mean, this is as fine and brilliant as the first time you walk into the Pantheon in Rome where there is nothing but everything.  This wine has that sort of same geometric balance, majesty and awe-inspiring depth.  […]

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Red Blend, 2010

    Red blend.  How banal.  Compact car.  Pay phone. Simple syrup.  Common thread.  Could there be anything less interesting than a wine proclaiming it’s a blend?  At least the French are clever in how they present blends.  Bordeaux is, by definition, a blend.  But I digress. The humble boring descriptor on this label belies something spectacular: […]

  • Buehler Russian River Valley Chardonnay, 2010

    Something I really wanted to like, from the label alone!  I read a high-praise review somewhere or someone served it at a dinner and it was magic or the very friendly clerk in Liberty on Commercial (oddly, the most organized of their stores) praised it.  Somehow we had a preconception of loving it.  But all […]