We opened a bottle of the St. Hubertus “Platinum Award Winning” Riesling last week. No disrespect, but this was the worst bottle of BC white we’ve had in months if not all year. It was just an absolute mess. If the Three Faces of Eve and Sybil were made into a Riesling, this would be it. And you should see the user reviews online: So well loved. Well, there you have it. We draw the line; when you go all over the map with wine you better friggin’ have the talent of Antoni Gaudi. What the judges and pundits loved with this lauded sucker, well, we can’t see the point. The next night, a little burnt (as in peeved) we opened a “value” white from Seven Stones. A 2011 Chardonnay. Entry level stuff.
Now Seven Stones is fabulous. I refuse to drive the #3 without a stop. Aside from the heavenly location (the Similkameen is, truly, a slice of Shangri la, their reds tend to be stellar. It’s the nearly $40 price tag on all their bottles that keeps me at bay. Not here. This is easy on the pocket book.
Pure refreshment. Basic, yes, but plum delicious. A versatile food wine if a tad plain as a sipper, it has all the tropical notes you might expect from a Chardonnay but very little of the luxe French butter. A final note on the palate reminiscent of Semillon. And less than $25 for a drinkable 2011—have I died and gone to Napa heaven? Jawohl. Sehr very gut.
Price: $24 and change at the new “in grocery” wine aisle at Save-on in Tsawwassen.
Market Liquidity: Yet More Similkameen Magic.