Month: June 2013

  • Tarima HIll, Bodegas Volver, 2010

    The third of three different bottles we scored at Pete’s in Seattle recently; all over 90 points WA/WS, and all well under $20.  The anguish of inflated over-taxed wine in BC…   This had (the worst label imaginable, half three year old learning Spirograph, half hermaphroditic nudibranch, what were they thinking? as well as) a […]

  • Ribera del Duero, Creta Roble 2010

    An affront to the Canadian wine making establishment: A “posh” Spanish red, upper-echelon Spanish red, 100% Tempranillo, in a big hefty jammy wallop of smooth and ridiculously approachable vintage for under $20 a bottle.  Sick.   We particularly liked how this wine had a double-edged character: earthy, dirty, of the vine, coupled by an ethereal, […]

  • Milbrandt Vineyards Traditions Riesling, 2011

    Tart and zesty with a clean finish.  A wallop of citrus, some lovely lingering peach fuzz, a strangely neutral nose (and I really got my nose in there, after a lot of sloshing!).  A “smooth bite” if you’ll allow.  It’s no Pierre Sparr but it’s a great local bottle.   Perfectly perfect sipper, especially in […]

  • Yangarra Estate McLaren Vale Shiraz, 2010

    A Zelig of Shiraz’s.  First, peppery, spice cabinet, the whiff of basketry as you walk into a Pier 1 Imports.  Vanilla, cassis, smooth like velvet.  That was just before dinner.  With food—a peppercorn NY Steak, BBQd to medium rare with brandied mushrooms and a simple salad—it became a different wine, heartier, stronger, more assertive, cabernet-ish, […]

  • Rousillon Villages Chapoutier “Bila Haut,” 2011

    Finally, a cheap, er, I mean really inexpensive, hugely drinkable, everyday red.  A no brainer for wine lists.  Why the Food Network doesn’t have a show on wine lists, only chefs, is anyone’s guess.   Not hearty.  Not big.  Overwhelmed by strong flavours.  But omigosh does this please at the price point.  Easy before dinner, […]