Posts tagged ‘Le Vieux Pin’

June 5, 2017

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 than they really are.”  This un-objective bent has led us to, in general, avoid LVP’s boutique kin La Stella which has (I think) the habit of tourist tchotchke kitsch in naming their varietals as if they were kittens.  Vivace for Pinot Grigio. Fortissimo for, oh Jesus it’s hard enough to read a German wine label or remember the few hundred Italian varietals let alone these inane nicknames.  It’s tiresome.  The beauty of the new world is you buy Semillon, not Bordeaux Blanc.


But it’s also time to bury the hatchet with LVP/La Stella on this lovely sipper, as the days are longer and the temps are higher and this speaks to everything you might want in a rosé but with actual character.  Lovely layers of fleshy fruit and blossom lightness, a meady-y sweetness and a brisk acidity.  Refreshing to boot.  And, wait for it: An affordable, drinkable, BC sipper.  Perfection with an Ottolenghi orzo main.


Price: $29 at Everything Wine ($23 at the vineyard).


Market Liquidity: A bracing, evocative BC white.

April 22, 2016

Le Vieux Pin Vaïla Rosé, 2015

Le Vieux Pin Vaila 2015

In a culture seemingly obsessed with serving rosé, I can’t seem to glom on or endorse the fad.  I try though.  Isn’t it really just an excuse to serve young wine and fill up the vineyard’s coffers?  I’m old enough to remember White Zinfandel as, wait for it, a house wine.  In fact, I’m old enough to remember brunch at the old O’Doul’s on Robson St. with palm fronds drooping over your table’s butter dish and ladies in pant suits sipping wine spritzers mid-morning.  But as these things go, you could do much worse (pay more and enjoy less) than this wonderful refreshing not-overly-alcoholic-but-too-much-alcohol-for-lunch Pinot Noir sipper.


It has a delirious refreshing quality but never accomplished much (on the nose or the palate).  The price, in the mid-20s, sits very well for a light summer aperitif.  In short, mixed feelings.  Buy one for the table and stick with Blue Mountain in the fridge.  (The reserve Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay came out this week at BM.  Better buys all round in my books.)


Price: Just under thirty with taxes at Swirl Yaletown (not available, as of this review, at the vineyard, funnily enough).


Market Liquidity: If rosé is your wont, you won’t be disappointed.

Robson St in the late 1970s, at the end of its heyday, when you could still get groceries, a magazine and even drop your shoes off at a cobbler.

Robson St in the late 1970s, at the end of its heyday, when you could still get groceries, a magazine and even drop your shoes off at a cobbler.