Month: October 2017

  • Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay, 2013

    From the cellar: In 2015 we found a sale on Rombauer and got half a case for less than $30 USD per.  We drank a bottle, then eventually more; you know how it goes.  I pulled the last bottle out for a spin last week.   We liked it in 2015.  We thought it a […]

  • Jidvei Feteasca Alba Sec, 2015

    A decade ago we got tired of reading professional reviews which were divorced from the reality of our pocket book.  Truth is, this whole blog just started because we are real people with limited after tax income and frustrated with both the provincial government stranglehold on sales and the idea that we can all afford […]

  • La Stella Fortissimo, 2015

    This is a California red in a BC bottle.  The pros differ, they call it a super Tuscan wannabe, but I swear if you’ve drunk one top heavy Napa red you’ve drunk ten Fortissimos.  Is it good?  Assertively good.  If you don’t know wine (like we don’t know wine, if you just love wine, like […]

  • Swartland Bush Vine Chenin Blanc, 2015

    The acidity hits you first.  Then a tsunami of tropical notes, pineapple, guava, passion fruit.  The finish is a creamsicle.  It’s astringent and rich together.  My God, I could drink a decent Chenin every day, but am clearly in the minority (if restaurant wine lists are anything to go by—CB is rarely on offer, certainly […]

  • Quinta Ferreira Algaria, 2010

    From the cellar: Almost two years after we went gaga over this kitchen sink blend, we opened the last bottle from the cellar.  First, our review from 2016 still stands.  Second, rest in peace White Rock Swirl.  Third, see the first two.   Price: $30 back in January 2016.   Market Liquidity: A powerhouse of […]

  • Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat, 2016

    2016. Really. Really?  Really.  2016.  I mean how is it that a 2016 can be this good?   A Grenache heavy blend that begs to be shared and savoured amongst friends.  Close friends mind you; don’t waste it on the B-52/Cosmo/Mojito crowd.   Ooh la la.  Onyx cherry.  Overtly maraschino.  An alcoholic splendour.  Velveeta smooth. […]

  • Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva, 2012

    The reds we like, the reds that really shine without breaking the bank, have slowly moved into a break the bank category: More and more we’re shelling out $28-42 for a bottle to really bow down to.  And of course enjoy on a Tuesday night.   Having said that, it’s important to remember that drinkable […]

  • Chateau Clarke, 2010

    Another decent mainstream Bordeaux that you can source at BC Liquor if you have a 50 in your wallet burning through the cowhide.  This has what the experts like to write, in an upbeat way, as having “fleshy tannins” which, to be fair, give it some character.  There is a cross of berries, brambly and […]

  • Clos du Soleil Syrah, 2014

    Assertive and heartwarming all at once.  I would characterize this as rough around the edges and needing some lie time (but with a screw top the question of how or what will improve is a hot topic particularly when you tour the Okanagan and engage with the vintners).  No reviewer would ever write it, but […]