Month: July 2018

  • Haywire Secrest Mountain Chardonnay, 2016

    Just enough Chardonnay.  That’s how we refer to the Haywire gray label Crush Pad that vats its plonk in concrete.  Just enough.  Gismondi was very kind, “streamlined and textural” but he could have just as easily said “simple and straightforward.”     But on a blind test down at, say, Far Niente, what would they […]

  • Fort Berens Dry Riesling, 2016

    Wine from Lillooet?  What’s next: Wine from Graaff-Reinet?  I suppose.  If one of the myriad Lillooet forest fires common to the region, regularly, consistently, doesn’t wipe out the vineyard.  And lord knows there’s heat up there.   Tangy, tart, zesty and refreshing.  Decent with frittata.  But it’s no stellar Riesling and most will, at best, […]

  • Quinta do Vale Meandro, 2015

    A “worth it” blend from the Douro.   The proverbial round, full and meaty red without the weight of round, full and meaty reds.  What they call juicy acidity in the trades, and when it hits the palate it teases and entices on that acidity.  The flavour profile is a bowlful of orchard fruits.  Then, […]

  • Indigenous World Pinot Gris, 2017

    PG in BC is up and down.  Most bottles promise a lot, the fruit, the blossoms, the herbs.  And then in the end some soar, others tread water.  We bought this bottle as a novelty, based on a recommendation to try a First Nations venture near Kelowna; it was just a one off and I […]

  • Chateau Puech-Haut Saint-Drézéry, 2013

    We drank three bottles before I got down on my hands and knees and made a formal commitment.   Almost impossible to find, which I take to mean BC Liquor is no longer importing, but if you can find it it’s worth it.  A gem.   Online reviews referred to it as new world, modern, […]

  • Graef Chardonnay, 2013

    Liberty (a wonderful and very reputable private wine seller in Vancouver that has a real knack for curating interesting and often uncommon French wines) was selling the (very reputable and usually too expensive) Graef Chardonnay for half price.  Well buyer be warned because despite the screw cap this 2013 was well past (in July 2018), […]

  • Skouras Moscofilero, 2016

    A fine Greek wine.  In Vancouver no less.  Thank you Marquis.   Gismondi went a little gaga on this.  We had high hopes, especially since the bottle of Assyrtiko we tasted back in Australia made us turn face on Greece and want to revisit the eastern Mediterranean in a big way.   Yes, it’s a […]

  • Be So De Vino Old Vine Garnacha, 2014

    OK, guess this is what I’m drinking when I retire.  Wine that with tax comes in under $20.  Wine that at least one reviewer liked (and so they put his name on the neck).  Gets you drunk.   I couldn’t relate.  On any level.  Not with the juicy brashness of it, the overloaded notes of […]

  • Summer Gate Moscato Frizzante, 2017

    Well, umm, it’s fizzy. Yeah, it’s that.   Supposedly dry, I’d give it a one.   Appetizer friendly.  That’s a plus.  And, well, not much more to add.  If you’ve got $30 burning a hole in your pocket, and you need something neutral and novel, OK.  But gosh the province is awash in better options […]