Month: July 2013

  • Stoneboat Pinot Noir, 2010

    Award winning drinkable red.  (Annual award from the BC Lieutenant Governor which is a strange and unusual pro-BC wine industry award system that seems upbeat, arbitrary, unnecessary and carries a faint whiff of the Beaujolais Nouveau nonsense hype that runs rampant in London annually.)   As per a number of other reviews on this site […]

  • Wayne Gretzky No 99 Sonoma Chardonnay, 2010

    Not quite bad or not not quite good or sort of really good.  You want to like it.  You want to open the review with “Another great one from the great one.”  But you can’t.  This is a drinkable, approachable, pleasant chardonnay, a smidgen cloying, a tiny bit too sweet, a fraction too oaky, but […]

  • Joseph Drouhin Saint-Veran, 2009

    Light, crisp, gun-metal flinty “lesser” Burgundy.  Wonderful patio aperitif on a hot summer’s night.  Not as deep and mysterious as more expensive wines in the region but shamelessly better than many new world no-oak chards.  Has none of the heft of its Pouilly-Fuissé and Fumé cousins but at half the price has lots of charm.  […]

  • Claro Sauvignon Blanc, 2012

    A disaster.  We drank two bottles not because we liked it but because I couldn’t believe the first bottle, with a screw top, could be as banal as it was.  If innocuous liquid with a slight sweet aftertaste and no finish let alone character is your wont, then this should be your go to bottle.  […]