Tag: Culmina

  • Culmina No 0006 Unfiltered “Jeunes Vignes” Malbec, 2016

    Astonishing.  First of all, Malbec is not what most people think of, gravitate towards, or intentionally set out to buy when they want a BC red.  Then to discover that not only is this wine phenomenally tasty, lip smackingly appealing on the palate, and reasonably food friendly, and a Malbec, my gosh, sleeper of the […]

  • Culmina Cabernet Franc, 2014

    $38 is too much money for this wine.  The pointsters will rarely write something so baldly true but it’s true.  I mean you can spend $1500 on a French CF at BC Liquor, if that sort of cash is burning a hole in your wallet.  But CF is something we have, in BC, in relative […]

  • Drinking Wine in Italy

    After a month in Italy there is nothing much to do except complain (again, more) about wine in BC.  The sheer misery of the options, the insane cost, the supply chain to the hospitality industry, and on and on.   What’s VAT in Italy?  22%.  Twenty-two per-cent.  And yet, and yet you can pick up […]

  • Culmina Unicus, Gruner Vetliner, 2015

    In the spirit of yesterday’s review, let’s disseminate the professional tasting notes. Here’s what Lawrason wrote (who, when he was at the Globe, was my favorite Canuck reviewer):   “Austria’s Gruner Veltliner is rare in Canada but you can bet others will be planting following the critical success of Unicus. This pours deeply lemon. The […]

  • Culmina R&D Red Blend, 2014

    I hereby declare this the best value Okanagan red of 2016.  Period.   We started the blog several years ago with an arbitrary benchmark of $20 on value (because, as recently as three years ago, you could still “score” with $20 and a bit of silver in your pocket afterwards).  A lot has changed (the […]