Posts tagged ‘Natalie MacLean’

December 23, 2016

Kuhlmann-Platz Gewurtztraminer, 2015

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I’m of the mind that Alsace rarely takes a wrong turn.  The wines are abundant and diverse in France while a little thin on the ground in BC.  Plus, they tend to be at a price point that is disadvantageous to the everyday drinker.

 

So, on this bottle, it scores for being a decent white, refined, not too expensive, and very approachable.  It is brimming with guava, pineapple and other tropical notes.  It went with Thai chicken green curry a treat, cut through spice and conquered residual coconut milk.  But it is not as accomplished as many wines of the region and it drinks just a tad too heavy, with too much syrup, like the bottom of a tin of lychees, than I prefer.

 

Natalie MacLean went bonkers over this wine.  As a food friendly white, for international cuisine, full marks.  But I could stand a little more to ponder (like the dreamy Gruner Vetliner from Culmina we drank a few weeks ago).

 

Price: Under $20 at BC Liquor before (what I like to call) tax and tip.

 

Market Liquidity: It works, but sometimes that’s not enough.

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December 23, 2016

Seasonal Sparklers: Kim Crawford Fizz, 2011 & Jansz Premium Cuvée

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It’s amazing what shows up under the tree this time of year.  Even a bottle of (the eloquent, nutty, dry, oozingly charming) Veuve.  But for those of us who have more realistic wine budgets, I’m always on the lookout for something a little bit, how shall I put it, pocket-book friendly.

 

We pitted Natalie MacLean’s pick, the boisterous, fruity, and ridiculously effervescent Kim Craword against the dryer, simpler and maybe more satisfying Tasmanian Jansz.  The sparkling Pinot we discovered in the summer trumps both of these, but at the price point I could recommend either as a cocktail mixer or, on their own, I’d prefer the Jansz, with its aromas of berries, a hint of hazelnut and a long lemony finish.  And boy would I like Marquis or Liberty or even BC Liquor to ship in some of their late disgorged or myriad other sparklers, not just the base model.

 

The Kim Crawford is actually a vintage fizz and we had higher expectations.  It was more on the “fun” side than the serious side, but which is sillier, KC calling their bubble Fizz or Jansz saying they make Méthode Tasmenoise?

 

Price: Jansz is $28 before the extras, Kim Crawford, $30 before all the rest.

 

Market Liquidity: Brilliant.  Both.  (There are no bad reviews of sparkling allowed in the holiday season.)

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