Month: August 2020

  • Culmina No 0006 Unfiltered “Jeunes Vignes” Malbec, 2016

    Astonishing.  First of all, Malbec is not what most people think of, gravitate towards, or intentionally set out to buy when they want a BC red.  Then to discover that not only is this wine phenomenally tasty, lip smackingly appealing on the palate, and reasonably food friendly, and a Malbec, my gosh, sleeper of the […]

  • Culmina Cabernet Franc, 2014

    $38 is too much money for this wine.  The pointsters will rarely write something so baldly true but it’s true.  I mean you can spend $1500 on a French CF at BC Liquor, if that sort of cash is burning a hole in your wallet.  But CF is something we have, in BC, in relative […]

  • Bartier Brothers Chardonnay, 2016

    Don and Michael Bartier make good wines (word on the street they may help Saturna make good wines!).  In general, bottle after bottle, vintage after vintage, they have a sincerity and forwardness that is usually very likeable and almost always easy on the pocketbook.  Their Semillon is a smash (if you can get your friends […]

  • Mare Magnum Crudo Prosecco

    The bottle says party up.  The wine says better than most Prosecco at the local liquor store.  Organic plays another trump card.  So all round, pretty good value, and fun times.  Good fizz, maybe too assertive (look at the photo; that’s some dense conglomeration of bubbles).  Dry (ish), dryer than the bubbly from up in […]

  • Laughing Stock Vineyards Blind Trust, 2017

    You can’t go wrong with this local, under-$30 red blend (just don’t get us started on the insufferable LFNG labels…).  The pour is immediately appealing.  Robust in the heavy alcoholic sense, and whereas in Bordeaux a blend might top out between 12.5 and 13%, this is a hefty 14.4.  But, hey, it’s enormously likeable, food […]

  • Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz, 2016

    Gosh, for a blog that brags about being anti-pointster, we sure do seem on a point-driven jag.  92 it is. Is it good wine?  Yes.  Is it good Shiraz? Yes; fruity, licorice, earthy, “all the usuals” if you will.  Truly, a typical and satisfying Oz Shiraz.  But: Is it ludicrously over the top alcoholic?  Yes, […]

  • Il Margone Chianti Classico, Gran Selezione, 2013

    Can you guess how many points the Wine Spectator scored this vintage?  As part of a minor celebration we splurged on some rather pricey Chianti (not much to get too excited about in 2020…).  Even with seven years under its belt, we felt it had some place to go, still. Gobs of acidity and light […]

  • Jean-Maurice Raffault Chinon, 2015

    From the cellar: The 2017 can be found around town, so I’m guessing we’ve had this kicking around for a couple of years.  Surprisingly, there aren’t a lot of posts for Chinon on the blog.  Not sure why, we gravitate towards the leather, gamey top notes of a decent Cab Franc, and this doesn’t disappoint.  […]