Month: January 2016

  • Tabali Reserva Especial, 2009

    Revoltingly satisfying. Luscious. Profoundly food friendly. Deeply addictive. A most elegant blend of self-centred Syrah, paternalistic Cab Sauv and a cheeky, loose and seductive Merlot to round out the bunch. I kept thinking of On The Town; three compadres out for a night.   Not available in BC (surprise.  Sigh…). But you can score the […]

  • Boschendal Chardonnay, 2012

    It’s a Chardonnay.   Price: $27 at Legacy.   Market Liquidity: Longfellow’s sentiment of ships that pass in the night is, at least, more enduring.

  • Château Les Charmes-Godard, 2013

    Like air-dried linen, crisp, sharp—sushi knife sharp—but comforting nonetheless. The deep rusty metallic Semillon has superb balance with a muted and peppery green Sauvignon Blanc; we felt the Semillon was front and centre, although many punters disagree. The briny finish is long with touches of preserved lemon, orange blossom and, believe it or not, heat. […]

  • Ca’ Rozzeria Barolo, 2010

    Who’s opened the 2010 so early? Shurely shome mishtake? Alas, this is not an honorable mention in the Barolo Hall of Fame. If you equate rich, tannic, heaviness with Nebbiolo, this will sorely disappoint. If you are just wine curious, this is hugely satisfying. Overtly fruity. Assertively fruity. Think Rip Taylor tossing confetti with his […]

  • Burrowing Owl Cabernet Franc, 2013

    Not Burrowing Owl’s finest moment. But what a fine bottle. If you can find it. In restaurants, the Meritage features prominently in the near or plus $100 level. It sets the standard. The CF falls far below, and is less common, but so satisfying nonetheless.   The Merlot is a little slick. I can take […]

  • Maycas del Limari Sumaq Reserva Chardonnay, 2013 & Urban Uco Malbec Tempranillo, 2013

    Value week on Buyingbcwines: To round off our value wine theme this week we finish with an enormously satisfying Chilean Chardonnay and a critics pick. The Argentinian blend, Malbec-Tempranillo, is an over-90 pointer from Parker, and drinks pretty much the way you’d expect: Fruit heavy, a little leaden, rich and hearty. Personally, I didn’t like […]

  • Edge Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012

    Value week on Buyingbcwines: For the life of me I couldn’t get a decent picture. This is an online dupe of what I would call a ludicrous label from a Graphics 101 wannabe under cheap contract. Beyond the inane label is wine: A really impressive (if somewhat predictable) California Cab Sauv. Heavyweight properties (hence Parker’s […]

  • Zuccardi Serie A Torrontés, 2013

    Value week on Buyingbcwines: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris have all had their day—to a point where no one bats an eye when there’s nothing else on offer. Not so Torrontés. Why? Maybe because the low altitude Torrontés common on the BCL shelves is so different from the high altitude? And the latter, more […]

  • Vigneti La Selvanella Chianti Classico Riserva, 2010

    Value week on Buyingbcwines: It starts out crudely, with notes that are very much of the barnyard, wet hay, musky leather. On the palate it transitions to figs, anise, ripe cherry, and softens, Merlot soft, finishing with a peppery bite. A very good sipper for Chianti but with the musculature for a prime rib.  Not […]

  • Coffee. Yes coffee.

    If you think this blog is written by someone obsessed with wine and nothing else, you’d be mistaken. We are well-rounded obsessives. To start 2016 off I thought I’d review the ways we make coffee when we leave town for the weekend. This is not to be mistaken with the Saeco cum Gaggia espresso machine […]