Category: Pinot Gris

  • 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 […]

  • Burrowing Owl Pinot Gris, 2018

    We drank a lot in September, wines that have littered this blog for a decade, locals like Blue Mountain, a number of Pinots (the reds, the whites), lovely hearty Oz heavyweights and French Beaujolais.  The lot.  But nothing we haven’t reviewed prior.  So now it’s try something new. Not. This is the time of year […]

  • Indigenous World Pinot Gris, 2017

    PG in BC is up and down.  Most bottles promise a lot, the fruit, the blossoms, the herbs.  And then in the end some soar, others tread water.  We bought this bottle as a novelty, based on a recommendation to try a First Nations venture near Kelowna; it was just a one off and I […]

  • La Stella Vivace Pinot Grigio, 2016

    I avoid Le Vieux Pin.  Our reviews have always been muted by the price point and the presentation as though there is something better in the bottle than you might imagine.  It rubs me as precious and then, sometimes, preposterous.  We wrote here, in 2012, that LVP “pretends to produce wines that are much better […]

  • Sea Star Pinot Gris, 2016

    Flat out the most interesting white of the spring.  And with our crap weather, this was spring refined.  Hard to find, hard to figure out in fact, the strange intent of this wine which wavers between something German and something Australian.  A gorgeous sipper, with on the one hand a heaviness and on the other […]

  • Blue Mountain Pinot Gris, 2015

    Probably the best BM PG ever.  I don’t know what that means exactly.  I’ve always liked their PG, I buy at least six a year, I’ve never been wholesale disappointed, but it’s not bowl you over, ever.  Even the reserve, which (was it the 2012?) was stunning and impossible to find following release, is still […]

  • Roche Pinot Gris, 2014

    Gismondi had fair praise for this.  Floral without too much fruit.  I agree that it’s different than your typical BC Pinot Gris, and interesting at that.  But the attack is something of an affront on the palate with an antiseptic jolt that is not as food friendly as you’d expect; he recommended halibut and with […]

  • Nichol Pinot Gris, 2014 & Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc, 2013

    For the past few weeks we’ve been drinking wine we like, rather than new bottles, hence the lack of reviews.     For a special occasion last weekend we popped some bubbles including Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, a “base model” in BC which is dry and appealing with a butterscotch note at the end that, although […]

  • Blue Mountain Pinot Gris, 2014

    The new BM PG is out. A friend sent me an email recently “Don’t you drink anything besides Pinot Gris?” I apologize; it’s a half case here, a half case there. Fun fact: Did you know Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc are all genetic mutations of the same grape? Sorry; this blog is […]

  • Tinhorn Creek Pinot Gris 2013

    How to explain OK PG? It can be heavy, sweet, cloying, light, ethereal, fruity, flat, dry, nuanced and heavy handed. And in all the many guises it takes on, each has its own merit. We tend towards something more patio friendly than this TC but, nonetheless, it won us over.   Yes, it took a […]