Month: September 2016

  • Sea Star Vineyards Stella Maris, 2015

    The last of several reviews on and about Sea Star (see the Salish Sea here, the Siegerrebe here, the Poetry and Prose here).  It’s beginning to look like a paid consultancy.  Why, however, I don’t see reviews or find Sea Star wines on any local wine lists or even see it in private wine stores […]

  • Roche Pinot Gris, 2014

    Gismondi had fair praise for this.  Floral without too much fruit.  I agree that it’s different than your typical BC Pinot Gris, and interesting at that.  But the attack is something of an affront on the palate with an antiseptic jolt that is not as food friendly as you’d expect; he recommended halibut and with […]

  • Zenato Amarone Valpolicella Classico, 2006

    From the cellar: Spectacularly good.  Ludicrously alcoholic.   If you are a disciple of the Revered One, aka Mr Parker, then you’ll know how it goes with his points, the higher the points the more alike the wines seem to be.  In fact, so many decades into drinking his selections, it’s as though he has […]

  • Avancé Pinot Noir, 2013

    Tasmania rocks.  Not your soft-spoken Okanagan Pinot.  No masquerade trying to fake Burgundy.  A luxurious, athletic, full-bodied Pinot, boasting licorice, cherry, menthol, with a finish that is smooth to sleek, if a tad alcoholic three years in.  Pure pleasure.  Hic.   Price: $23.60 USD in Seattle and impossible to source in BC.  (Go to BC […]

  • Sea Star Salish Sea, 2015

    Of the three Sea Star whites we pick up on a regular basis this is the least of my favorites yet it’s still more than palatable.  A bit too light for my liking outside of a patio quaff, it is in fact a versatile food wine and much friendlier to the diversity of West Coast […]

  • Sea Star Prose, 2014

    There was a lot of wine on offer during the last “official” week of summer.  Most of it neither here nor there.  A 2009 Priorat that Robert Parker claimed could be drunk over the next 15-20 years was corked.  A CdR Sablet that Gismondi had recommended for the cellar through 2020 was mediocre.  A cheap […]