Month: September 2020

  • Thibault Liger-Belair Moulin-à-Vent, 2014

    There is something breezy and uplifting about cru Beaujolais; it’s like a day drinking red with heaps more character than a stale rosé.  It can be romantic, perky, festive and just plain appealing.  But as much as that fresh and forward fruit shines in most CB, the Moulin-à-Vent has a leg up.  Perched in the […]

  • Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay, 2013

    From the cellar: Stellar.  No other words. In 2017 we pulled out the last bottle from a half case we’d scored in the US (back in the day when the CDN had some reasonable busying power) and wrote an over the top post.  Link here.  Then, on the weekend, I found another bottle.  A final […]

  • Burrowing Owl Pinot Noir, 2017

    We received our annual case from the vineyard and thought we should “finish up” last year’s remnants to avoid any confusion (!). Of two bottles in a mixed case we had the first last December.  Our review, here, was of a take it or leave it nature, unimpressed and let down.  So, on first sip […]

  • Domaine de Ferrand Cotes-de-Rhone “Cuvee Antique”, 2018

    The other night we were supporting our local bistro, Les Faux, when I noticed on the chalkboard they were featuring the Ferrand Chateauneuf-du-Pape.  At $130 a bottle.  We opted for a more basic Cotes-du-Rhone.  And, when the Ferrand release came into Marquis earlier this year, we did the same. The “antique” is about as base […]

  • Sea Star Salish Sea, 2019

    We have waxed poetic on Sea Star.  Oh my goodness have we said some fine things about Sea Star.  But alas we are parting ways on this year’s Salish Sea. Where to begin?  Sweet but not pleasant.  Light, but watery (look at the wine glass, it could be flat Perrier).  Thin without redemption.  Mediocre with […]

  • Culmina Saignée, 2019

    Part of the summer whites package Culmina was passing off this year (to, no doubt, their very loyal fan base).  Hmmm. OK, let’s start here: In over a decade of blogging about wine we have less than a dozen posts on rosé.  Why?  It’s an upsell wine.  It’s never as good as white (because when […]

  • Culmina Skin Contact Gewurztraminer No 008

    Despite the literal and slightly ludicrous name and number (not a bad thing I guess, Mutiny on the Bunny was, obviously, the Bugs Bunny take on Mutiny on the Bounty) an unusual and striking wine.  As per a few Culmina bottlings it comes with the glass stopper.  The first place I saw this was Alsace, […]

  • Tantalus Old Vines Riesling, 2017 & Tantalus Riesling, 2019

    Gismondi gave an over the top review for the 2019 Tantalus Riesling, suggesting we horde; it is after all the current trent. He said “back up the truck” so we took him at his word and got a case of the 2019 and then at private stores sourced some old vines. And I gotta say, […]