Category: White wine

  • Edgebaston David Finlayson Camino Africana Chenin Blanc, 2015

    Marquis had a spring cleaning sale and we picked up a bottle of this South African Chenin for a song.  Then we went back and bought four more. YOWZA. It’s only May, but this feels like the white wine of the year.  It’s absolutely, totally, over the top sensational.  Not one bottle we’ve had this […]

  • 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 […]

  • La Primera Rivancha Chenin Blanc, 2020

    We like us our Chenin Blanc. Like the simple Axle. Like the not too easy to find old vines Bellingham. Which, you know, we liked before. And before. And like the Le Parc. Or just search Huet on the site; it’s awash with short shoves for Vouvray So we had high hopes for this Argentinian […]

  • 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 […]

  • Envinate Palo Blanco, 2018

    Woodsy, walk in the dewy woods, if you will, dampness and pungent, sour, acidic, and heavy, like an earthen pot; and look at the glass, that mellow amber hue.  This is the Yin to, say, an ethereal Alsace white Yang.  And it is novel; pretty much unlike any white you’ll have in the cellar.  I […]

  • Domaine FL Le Parc, Savennieres, 2015

    Pure and unadulterated. Decanter got it right, “best in show” like the title pooch at Westminster.  It drinks so precious you might feel a Faberge egg is being scrambled.  Striking on first taste, a short tropical note of coconut, some serious acidity, grapefruit pith, and a finish, extremely restrained, of melon.  Jackie O in a […]

  • 2020 Wine of the Year: Domaine Huet Le Haut-Lieu Sec Vouvray, 2015

    From the cellar: Hands down the best wine we drank in 2020.  Wow.  Words simply aren’t necessary. As a tradition, we open a bottle of Vouvray sometime in December, celebratory style.  Usually it’s a demi-sec, and more often than not it’s Huet.  The Wine Advocate gave this 2015 a comfortable 93 points, and in some […]

  • Naramata Bench Wineries

    Last weekend of October we went to the Okanagan for a wine weekend.  It was archetypally fall; cool, crisp, sunny, quiet.  Trees had turned, apples were being harvested in the orchards, and the BC Lieutenant Governor’s wine awards had just been released—the vineyards were well stocked with award winners.  We ate good food, we drank […]

  • Sea Star Ortega, 2019

    A whack of stone fruit, notably apple and pear, with an apple cider acidity that rounds out the syrupy weight.  Delightfully light and weighty all at once; heaps more likable than the Salish Sea, which we dissed a few weeks back… Sea Star generally grows the right grapes in the right region and makes wines […]