Category: British Columbia

  • Clos du Soleil Signature, 2013

    There are a couple of old posts on the site for the CdS Signature which, once upon a time, many moons ago, we dubbed BC’s best red.  So much has happened in the last decade across the province it would be both wrong and a disservice to stake the same claim today.  And then a […]

  • La Frenz Vivant, 2017

    Heavy and veering towards cloying.  Not La Frenz’ finest hour.  It sips a bit closer to Muscat than you expect, and fights with fish at dinner.  Believe it or not, some plain potato chips paired a dream.  We haven’t blogged about a Vivant since the 2013 vintage where we felt, well, pretty much the same: […]

  • Sign of the times. Sigh.

    Wow: Blue Mountain won’t bottle this spring.  We got the email last week.  Smoke, from forest fires last summer, have left them with a difficult decision: Bottle a less than desirable wine, or face the fact that smoke has irreparably harmed the harvest.  BM made the right choice. Wow: This is disheartening on so many […]

  • Roche Wines Texture Pinot Noir, 2019

    First tasted with duck in a fine restaurant in early December and it sang.  Not Ethel Merman belting it out, more like Elvis on Are You Lonesome Tonight?, just in sympathy with the food, red currants and pungent acidity and nothing declarative.  It didn’t attack the food, or make any demands.  Note to self: get […]

  • Sandhill Single Vineyard Barbera, 2018

    We have a few reviews on this going back years here and here; it was a delight to discover and we drank umpteen bottles “back in the day” when you could pick it up at indie wine stores.  But what largely was a “POP” bottle for us fell off the radar.  Plus, try the find […]

  • La Frenz 2018 Malbec and La Frenz 2018 Merlot

    La Frenz is having a moment.  Awards and glory.  Good on them.  We’ve been getting a mixed case, annually, for over a decade; they deserve some acclaim.  Somewhere along the line we went “off” Burrowing Owl Chardonnay and transitioned to La Frenz.  But here’s the rub: We got a bit put off by the rise […]

  • Lunessence Brut Riesling 2020

    Bar none the sparkling wine of summer 2021.  We drank it, we sipped it, we had it as an aperitif, sometimes with a dash of Amaro or Campari; one guest even asked for an Aperol spritz (it takes all types…).  It’s dry.  Gorgeously tart and citrus forward with a toasty, chewy note on the palate […]

  • Blue Mountain Reserve Pinot Noir, 2018

    Liked it a lot, did not love it.  It’s potent, it’s a gut punch, it has none of the ethereal lightness of Burgundy.  There is tar, yeast, and very sharp pepper notes, cranberry on the finish.  The professional reviews said smooth and silky; we definitely totally, unequivocally got nothing smooth.  In fact, it could do […]

  • Bizou + Yukon BEE-zoo Bubbles, 2018

    This is an easy-off flip cap and easy on the pocket-book super effervescent, no buoyantly effervescent sweet—but not too sweet, not cloyingly sweet—decently fruity if in a faux fruit sort of fashion, bubble gum fruit flavour, perfectly sippable patio style (not so much celebratory style) lively and colourful as in literally colourful Okanagan fizzy that […]

  • Hester Creek Trebbiano, 2019

    Trebbiano in the Canadian Okanagan.  Who knew? And old vines at that. To be fair, we knew; during the stay at home C19 days of stir crazy stillness.  And we knew where to score it at the vineyard price, in Vancouver, at $23, rather than, say, Marquis, at $29.  So why bother blogging about that […]