Sea Star Vineyards Stella Maris, 2015

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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 is a mystery.  The Siegerrebe (a gewurtz dominated blend) is probably the crowd favorite, but I feel the best of the vineyard is the Stella Maris, a marriage of the fruit bowl with the spice cupboard, dry and delicious and incomparably “BC” if you know what I mean.  Why pay three times the price for wannabe reds from Le Vieux Pin?

 

On their website, Sea Star describes this wine as dry and crisp with a polished finish.  It is that and then some.

 

This is the thing: That is truth in advertising.  That is not a bottle promo like so much Oz hokum.  This is a light, enjoyable, social wine, enormously food friendly and low alcohol.  It may not speak to Thanksgiving or Christmas, but it would do well as a house wine at Bao Bei, Anh and Chi, Chau, Zest, Hapa Izakaya, heck any number of YVR fusion restaurants.  There is a beer renaissance in Vancouver; maybe one day there will be a wine renaissance, and small vineyards with a sense of terroir will marry tried and true with something novel and we’ll stop trying to compete with Bordeaux futures.  Sigh…

 

Price: Just over $20 at the Saturna General Store.

 

Market Liquidity: Jurgen Gothe would have loved it, may he rest in peace.

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