Month: January 2014

  • Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc, 2012

    This is not a wine review.  I meant to post this in December 2013.  It is simply my 2013 favorite wine label.  No “Punch in the Face” wit, no hip design, an honest reference to the work involved in the field (we call them pruning shears in North America, not a very fine name for […]

  • Filón Real Garnacha, 2011

    Velvet.  Easy drinker.  Lovely violet, vanilla, black cherry.  A ludicrous 15 per cent alcohol but uber-palatable.  Very food friendly.  A touch over our price bracket but worth it.  The Spanish really now how to get things done.   Price: $24.99 at Everything Wine.   Market Liquidity: Like curling up beside a warm fire.

  • Bianchi Roble Chardonnay, 2012

    Blacch.  One of us actually did a spit take although I won’t point any fingers.   The worst wine we’ve drunk in years.  It’s inexpensive—so let’s give it a pass in some respects—but this is god awful at any price.  It has an innocuous nose, an empty bouquet on the palate and the most shockingly […]

  • Black Sage Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, vs. Nk’Mip Qwam Qwmt Meritage, 2009

    Battle of the prime rib reds.  On New Year’s Eve we sat down to a Bedrock Flintstone sized prime rib roast with two fine bottles of BC reds to compare.  Actually, we had a third, but never got there. The competitors were a Nk’Mip 2009 Meritage and a Cab Sauv from Black Sage.  Both were […]

  • 2012 Columbia Crest Two Vines Riesling; 2011 Domaines André Aubert Le Devoy Rouge; The Franc, Consentino Cabernet Franc, Lodi, 2012

    Everything Wine Wine Club, December 2013: Six different wines, two bottles of each.  Here is a review of half of the EW box from Christmas. 2012 Columbia Crest Two Vines Riesling Light, appealing, in the Alsace style.  Loaded with stone fruit flavour, a tad sweet with just a light hit of acidity.  Delectable and low […]

  • Rioja Reserva, Muga, 2008

    This wine carries the weight of “significant” reviews and high points, trying to live up to the influence of the point scale.  But it also faces shelf space against myriad fine Spanish reds which have flooded the shelves the last few years.  And in both cases, our verdict is that it’s losing.   Sure, it’s […]

  • Stags’ Leap 2009 Napa Valley Petite Sirah

    AKA Shiraz.  Toxically good.  An arresting red with a sharp hook that is immediately appealing and alluring.  Minerally and medicinal, coarse berry notes, blackberry and black currant, pepper and the sort of concord grape juice flavour you might get in a jelly candy.  But without the sweet; this is dry dry.   There is an […]