Archive for April 9th, 2015

April 9, 2015

Ribeira Sacia Adras Godello, 2013

Super acid. Shockingly long finish. Refreshingly non-conformist. Explosive with a burst of Mediterranean sun. I felt like I was on the beach at Cadaqués with a bowl of fish soup looking west from the eastern-most spot in Spain.

Ribeira Sacia Adras Godello 2013

Who’s drinking Godello? I mean here on the West Coast, on a regular basis? It should be at Thai restaurants. It should be on Vij’s menu. It should be a go-to at Blue Water and Coast. But you won’t find it (without effort).


Absolutely awesome in its affront—no butter, no oak, no toast, no smoke—but all flavour. A brilliant sipper, spicy citrus and pith, foolproof with oily vegetarian (Yotem Ottolenghi’s leek fritters); but it is meant for mussels, calamari, sheep’s cheese. There is a sea-air crispness that veers toward a funky tide pool. I couldn’t place the stone fruit notes promised in the promo.


On the downside, you don’t want this white every day. You want it for a change, as a sort of saviour from the endless, repetitive CA Chards and NZ Sauv Blancs. But it is not quite as versatile as the old saws.


For what it is, though, brilliant.


Price: $15 USD before hefty CDN duties.


Market Liquidity: Shocking like surprise and awe, not shocking like disgust.

April 9, 2015

2013 La Grange aux Belles Anjou Rouge 53

La Grange aux Belles Anjou Rouge 2013

Mild, pleasant, pleasing. Uncontroversial. No one is going to slap their head and ask about the provenance. Or exclaim” I coulda had a V-8.” We couldn’t help but think of something archaic though—a 1920s jazz hit sung through a megaphone, a depression era dance contest. It drinks elegantly but without pizazz and is reminiscent of some other red you drank a while back but can’t recall. It somehow lacks a centre, a theme: Is it Loire pretending to be Cru Beaujolais or Loire wishing it was Rhone? Regardless, tasty, leather, green olive, hay, sour cherry, but a tad forgettable.

Homemade Jim Lahey Pizza

It sipped well but didn’t have the legs for homemade thin crust pizza.


Price: $16.70 USD before hefty Canadian duties.


Market Liquidity: I could drink it all the time, but it won’t impress your vino snob colleagues.

April 9, 2015

Bila-Haut or, properly, Côtes-du-Roussillon Villages, Chapoutier, Les Vignes de Bila-Haut 2013

Bila Haut

A superb sipper, a dismal dinner option. Soft to the point of angora, mellow, relaxed. Has a very pure quality, uncomplicated, raspberry gelato and peppercorn. But it is neither contemplative or hedonistic. It reminded us of Eugene Levy parodying Perry Como, so laid back as to be comatose. With all our taxes, however, it is a fine option at the price point.

Price: $17.99 at BCL.

Market Liquidity: For your crass friends who want to start the night with red wine, at least have them start the night with something gentle.

Perry Como: Staying Alive (barely)…