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.