Month: December 2017

  • Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz Grenache, 2015

    Gismondi loved this wine and so did we.  We’re not always on the same wavelength but this was synchronicity.  Wow. Just sip it.  Just sip it to appreciate it.  Slowly.  If you can make it last make it last.  Shiraz Grenache but it could be port in its seamless blend.  It is gentle (compared to […]

  • Juan Gil Silver Label Monastrell, 2014

    The “lesser” yellow label is widely available in Ontario and works wonders with food in a restaurant.  The silver, a pure 100% Monastrell is I guess not to everyone’s taste but it’s spectacular value, deep and delicious, dark cherry, charcoal, smooth as silk; it must be sipped though, the heady 15% alcohol will creep up […]

  • Nautilus Gruner Veltliner, 2015

    A bottle of Nautilus in BC.  Will wonders never cease?   Is it their straightforward and nearly savoury Sauv Blanc?  No.  Is it their charming Chardonnay?  Not a chance.  Is it perhaps their pitch perfect Pinot?  As if.  Is it on the rare chance their hard to find sparkling?  You make me laugh.  No, it’s […]

  • Domaine Huet Le Mont Demi-Sec Vouvray, 2015

    So a day or two ago we wrote about being let down by Champagne.  Which, to be honest, wasn’t fair to Champagne, it was more about the cost penalties of living in and buying wine in BC.  Most decent Champagnes in BC retail before taxes at around the $60 mark.  But here’s the rub: If […]

  • Moutard Père et Fils Grand Cuvée Champagne

    Champagne, to generalize, is usually good.  Prosecco, in contrast, hit and miss.  Which is why, in British Columbia, Champagne is more or less $60 a bottle and Prosecco a fraction of that.  But there are always exceptions.  Witness the Moutard.   A special order and much lauded import at Everything Wine, discounted five per cent […]

  • Domaine Bousquet Gaia, 2013

    James Suckling loved this wine.  I wish we could say the same.  Aside from the organics stamp it didn’t have much satisfaction. A Malbec dominant blend with Syrah and a touch of Cab Sauv, this has all the assault of a good red but none of the finesse.  It’s like the force of the front […]

  • Bernard-Massard Cuvée de L’Ecusson Brut

    Tis the season.   Sparkling from Luxembourg.  At 12.4%.  Cheaper than cheap Prosecco.  Luscious on the palate.  Could there be a better Christmas gift?   Decanter gave this a best in show, 95 points, platinum.  I’m not sure we were drinking the same wine.  However, it is wonderful.  It is lovely.  It has a finish […]

  • Cape of Good Hope Riebeeksrivier Caroline, 2014

    Spectacular in its assertive diversity.  Some acidity on the tongue, juicy fruitiness like biting into a white fleshed peach, a toasty note on the finish, an orchard of nuance.  The vanilla is muted.  An uninhibited and delicious blend.   Mainly Chenin Blanc, but Roussanne, Viognier and Marsanne round out the mix.  I can see this […]