Month: April 2016

  • La Frenz Montage, 2013

    A fruity, juicy, cherry cola mouthful.  Light and refreshing as any white might be.  A touch too acid, which lingers, not in a good way. While we swooned over the 2008, and thought the 2011 OK, the 2013 is not the finest moment for La Frenz / Montage.  Given the price point, there are much […]

  • Le Vieux Pin Vaïla Rosé, 2015

    In a culture seemingly obsessed with serving rosé, I can’t seem to glom on or endorse the fad.  I try though.  Isn’t it really just an excuse to serve young wine and fill up the vineyard’s coffers?  I’m old enough to remember White Zinfandel as, wait for it, a house wine.  In fact, I’m old […]

  • Bellingham Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc, 2014

    If you’ve been to the Cape Region in South Africa (I have), if you’ve made an attempt to visit as many wineries as possible (I did), if you’ve sampled as wide a variety of wines as you could find on offer (most definitely), if you stopped by a wine shop to pick up a bottle […]

  • Nichol Pinot Gris, 2014 & Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc, 2013

    For the past few weeks we’ve been drinking wine we like, rather than new bottles, hence the lack of reviews.     For a special occasion last weekend we popped some bubbles including Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, a “base model” in BC which is dry and appealing with a butterscotch note at the end that, although […]

  • Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo, 2013

    The last in our brief foray into high pointers from the Wine Spectator et. al.  I should be criminally charged for opening this in early 2016.  And James Suckling should be shot for recommending this as a 2016 bottle.  And the 95 points on the label is a misnomer; it was an Italian wine competition…  […]

  • Concha Y Toro Terrunyo Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012

    Very good.  There is really nothing to nitpick about; smooth and supple, cedar and sharp maraschino on the palate, a light note of licorice, quite delectable.  Heartily food friendly.  The 14.5 per cent alcohol dissipates with a lightness you wouldn’t anticipate in Cab Sauv (but will haunt your head the next morning).  Honestly, quite good. […]

  • Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay, 2013

    For Christmas I was gifted with wine related subscriptions; Wine Spectator, Decanter, that sort of thing.  Exceedingly generous, fun to browse.  But, alas, there is a flip side.  The WS, e.g., is a bit of a tease; lauding wines largely not available in BC, labeling some wines as good value, which could only be brought […]

  • Church & State Lost Inhibitions Red, 2014

    Darren V recommended the Church & State Trebello.  That wasn’t easy to source.  When I did come across the white I asked the clerk (at an independent store, a vanishing breed) if they stocked the red.  She told me that the Trebello had been re-branded as part of the C&S Lost Inhibitions line.  All of […]