Month: May 2019

  • Teusner “The Gentleman” Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014.

    Our dog died.  A friend brought round a decent bottle of wine for us to remember him by.  But drinking just wasn’t on the agenda. Then, a few weeks later, we sat down and opened the gift.  Wow.  This was EGOT good.  Gobs and gobs of acidity but what the aficionados refer to as juicy […]

  • Ritual Casablanca Chardonnay, 2016

    Biodynamic brilliance. What do the French think when they drink a wine this well crafted? Ooh-la-la, how can we compete? This delectable, restrained Chardonnay is fruit forward, imperceptible oak, layered, complex, with a wet linen astringency on the finish. Subtle but profound. Lovely. Price: We sourced it at Everything Wine but it’s since gone out […]

  • Bachelder Parfum de Niagara Pinot Noir, 2016

    So we’re out for a meal at the AGO in Toronto and the waiter suggests a Niagara Pinot, all in for under $50.  In a restaurant.  A joke?  It sounded like a joke.  I nearly did a spit take.  Anything but however.  Who knew Niagara could be so uncompromising?   This is small batch Pinot […]

  • One Faith Vineyard Malbec Petit Verdot, 2016

    Yikes.  An epic fail from Bartier Brothers.  Wow.  We tried.  Sipping.  Smelling.  Aerating.  This is just aggressive, potent, a clash of no merit.  Words fail me.  Weird to boot with a grassy finish.  I was an inch away from installing Grammarly to avoid the vile language littered in my tasting notes.  Shame.  Same day we […]

  • Cistus Faugeres, 2015

    BC Liquor had this $30 wine on sale for $27.  It promised melon and kumquat and honeysuckle, and it delivered nothing.  In what has been a string of disappointing, dull and unmemorable wines this spring, the Cistus takes gold in the white category.  I don’t think even on a July day in the shade of […]

  • Nk’Mip Cellars Qwam Qwmt Pinot Noir, 2016

    Uh-oh. Another BC disaster.  Enough acid to bring on GERD.  No subtlety, no lightness of touch, no deft currant slash raspberry slash oak.  Heavy and dull.  Just baffling that wine this uninteresting and inconsequential is sitting on the shelf at $30.   Price: $30 from Save-On.   Market Liquidity: Brash and ineloquent.

  • Haywire Secrest Vineyard Gamay, 2017

    You know what?  Surprisingly good in that it was surprising and at the same time good.  Juicy, fruity, delicious although it tends sweet and with air became cloying.  The chocolate notes are not easy to place, even if you linger and sip over the course of an evening.  The complexity, well, let’s not get carried […]

  • Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay, 2016

    BC Liquor had the MS on sale, $5 off.  Strictly speaking, you have to be in the mood for California Chardonnay.  Usually there is that Pythonesque 16 tons on your head to the oak.  But this was, surprisingly, light (as CA Chard goes), not too obtrusive, stellar with seafood, lime and stone and honeydew on […]

  • Seppelt Rutherglen DP 59 Rare Tokay

    The last time we wrote about the Beringer Knights Valley Cab Sauv it was 2011!  Since then I guess two things have happened.  The wine is still astonishingly good garnering up some reviews of much substance and BC Liquor still sells it at a huge markup.  But for a recent dinner of braised short ribs […]