Archive for May, 2016

May 18, 2016

Xanadu Next of Kin Margaret River Chardonnay, 2013

Too much of everything, not enough of nothing, by which I mean a wine without grace.  Assertive, acidic, oaken, crisp, forgettable.


Despite the rather generic profile, there is a light butterscotch finish that’s pleasant enough.  There, I found something redeeming.


That all sounds negative.  It is.  But more important, this wine is affordable.  This is, actually, very good value in the $20 range, comparatively.  And, comparatively, about as good as you can expect in BC.  So a) probably low on the pointster scale and b) probably an everyday joy to anyone paying 40 per cent tax on their paycheque.


Price: $21 plus tax at Liberty


Market Liquidity: Dollarama trades at nearly $90 a share; don’t sniff at cheap.

Xanadu Next of Kin Margaret River Chardonnay, 2013

May 8, 2016

Seven Stones Row 128 Merlot, 2011

I couldn’t get enough of it.  Until I looked at my receipt.


This is a push-me pull-you Merlot, with a deft lightness of almond and cherry countered by a jagged, cigar leaf edge which, together, are somewhat magical.  Not quite as brilliant with food as we anticipated but delectable as a sipper.  The wines of the Similkameen, if I can generalize, aside from being born and bred in paradise, are truly spectacular, and put Mission Hill to shame.

Seven Stones Row 128 Merlot 2011

Price: With taxes this will clock in around $38 and, in some private stores, over $40.


Market Liquidity: I can’t get past the price tag.

May 6, 2016

Blue Mountain Reserve Chardonnay, 2013

Extremely good value and an incredible vintage.  Don’t get me wrong; it’s not Hamilton Russell or Rombauer.  But my gosh is it a good BC Chardonnay.  It has beautiful fruit texture, isn’t cloying, displays both a citrus lightness and serious, hearty, vino complexity.  The yeasty sur-lie dimension puts it miles ahead of the competition, but it isn’t too forward.  Minerality blends with the vine and although it’s not exactly harmonious it is unequivocally delicious.

Blue Mountain Reserve Chardonnay 2013

Price: $29.90 at the vineyard before all the extras.


Market Liquidity: Get it while you can.  Before you have to pay triple at a restaurant.