All the content is on the “reviews” page.
Buying Wine in British Columbia. Drinking Wine in British Columbia. Enjoying Wine in British Columbia. And not going broke in the process—it’s tricky.
Not a site about BC wine, necessarily. Rather, buying wines sold in BC. A non-elitist, real world review site.
Buying wine in British Columbia is very, very expensive. The tax is astronomical (105.1 per cent according to this site). The liquor laws are outdated. The bureaucracy is a nightmare (you need only talk to a private wine store owner or visit a vintner in another country to hear the sad tales of shipping wine to BC). These are facts, but we are not an advocacy site. If you need facts, figures and details on the dire state of politics and wine in our provincial little corner of the globe, surf over to the rather excellent Free the Wine in BC site. Anthony Gismondi has published a lot of astute jabs at the regs too; his blog is here (although a little cumbersome to navigate).
So. This blog isn’t about the politics of wine in BC. This site is about reviewing wine based on how much we have to pay. We don’t rate wine Wine Advocate / Wine Spectator style as though price is only something to mention in passing or, worse, in an almost dismissive way to point out there are occasional “value” wines on the shelf. In a climate of 105 per cent tax, we rate wine on price value. Period. How much “good” wine does our after tax dollar buy?
Sincere, honest, “no con-no-sir” reviews. We commit to state the cost of every bottle we buy, where we buy wine, and to drink alone as well as with food. No numerical ratings. Our bottom line, every time, is dollars spent. In this bone-crushingly high tax quaff zone we watch every penny. If it’s 94 points from Robert Parker at $100, but 89 points under $20, we will probably like the cheaper version.