Meet Château Miraval Rosé at Everything Wine!

For those Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie fans, here is an announcement about being able to buy their wines, here in Vancouver at Everything Wine.

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Chateau Miraval Rose

Chateau Miraval Rose

The world was set abuzz when the Jolie-Pitt’s announced their new purchase: A Winery! and now, their debut wine is HERE and in VERY limited supply!

Made from the couple’s 1,000-acre Estate in Southern France, Brad and Angelina were determined to make a great wine, overseeing every step of the process from vineyard management to the selection of strikingly original bottle.  And they had no trouble gaining the assistance from one of France’s most highly-renowned winemakers,

Marc Perrin (of Château Beaucastel fame).  Perrin fell in love with the vineyard:
“This is a magical place that we traverse from one end to the other to discover exceptional plots.  The valley, property of the Château, offers an unmatched eco-system and gives the wines a unique style in terms of Freshness and elegance.”

And we cannot forget to mention its 90 Pt rating from Wine Spectator:
“Refined and elegant, offering pure and concentrated flavors of dried red berry, tangerine and melon.  The focused finish features flint and spice notes with a hint of cream”

Need another reason to get your hands on this?  Vanity Fair noted that it sold out within hours of its official debut!  But not to worry –  Everything Wine has it in stock!  Don’t miss this opportunity to taste the Hollywood hit of the Summer.

Reserve your bottle online NOW for pickup or delivery.  
Click here for more information! 
 

Raise a Glass to BC’s Blue Mountain Winery – Free Tastings

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars

I like to pass along info to everyone about free wine tastings, and this one is special because Blue Mountain makes a very nice sparkling wine, that I hope you get a chance to try.  Enjoy and maybe clink a glass with me!

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Raise a Glass to BC’s Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars at TWO Complimentary Tastings & Bottle Signings

May 29, 2012 (Vancouver, BC) – Taste premium wines from BC’s Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars at two FREE consumer tastings.  The events will occur on Thursday, June 7 2012 at Everything Wine’s North Vancouver location and Friday June 8 at Marquis Wine Cellars in downtown Vancouver.  Blue Mountain winemaker Matt Mavety will be on hand to share his passion for the wines and their place of origin.

Wines featured at the tastings will include:

  • Blue Mountain Brut Sparkling Wine
  • 2010 Blue Mountain Pinot Gris
  • 2010 Blue Mountain Chardonnay
  • 2010 Blue Mountain Pinot Noir

 

Thursday, June 7 2012
4:00 – 6:00pM
Everything Wine
998 Marine Drive, North Vancouver

Friday, June 8 2012
4:00 – 6:00pm
Marquis Wine Cellars

1034 Davie Street, Vancouver

 About Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars

Located in BC’s South Okanagan, Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars is distinctive among Canadian wineries in that all its wines are produced exclusively from grapes grown on the estate’s vineyards.  Ian Mavety purchased the land which is now Blue Mountain Vineyard in 1971.  Current owners Ian, Jane, Matt, and Christie Mavety continue to work to realize the potential of the region, utilizing sustainable farming methods and winemaking practices.  Blue Mountain produces complex, age-worthy varietal wines that are consistent in style while allowing the expression of both the terroir and the individual growing season.

FREE Tastings for Malbec World Day Celebrations – British Columbia

Malbec World DayMalbec. It is a red grape variety that has taken the world by storm.  Everyone knows about Malbec coming from Argentina.  But you may have only tried a few.  On Malbec World Day, you can try a wide variety of Malbecs produced in Argentina by large and small wine producers.  Here is the announcement about the venues in the Vancouver area where you can try Malbec wine for FREE.  Enjoy!

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Tuesday, April 17 2012 is the date for this year’s Malbec World Day, an international celebration of Argentina’s iconic red wine.  Wine lovers are invited to join us at FREE tastings hosted by local wine retailers in the days leading up to the event, and on Malbec World Day itself.

Each of the upcoming Malbec World Day events will feature at least 6 Argentinean Malbecs, paired with savoury bites such as empanadas from Vancouver’s House of Empanadas.  Events will be held at the following locations:

Saturday, April 14

  • Marquis Wine Cellars Downtown Vancouver  – @MarquisWineCell
  • Everything Wine – North Vancouver, Langford & Surrey @EwineNV @EWineVictoria @EWineMx
  • Liberty Wine Merchants Point Grey & Commercial Drive @LibertyMerchant

Sunday, April 15

  • Legacy Liquor Store Olympic Village, Vancouver @LegacyLiquor
  • John B. Liquor Store, Coquitlam @JohnBPub

Tuesday, April 17

  • BCLDB Signature Store at 39th & Cambie, Vancouver @BCLiquorStores

Where is Rioja and What Wines Can I Taste?

SPAIN WINE MAP FROM http://picsicio.eu/keyword/spanish%20wine%20region/Rioja is a Denominación de Origen Calificada (D.O.C. Qualified designation of origin) wine region named after La Rioja, in Spain.  The Rioja DOC is inland in the northern part of Spain and has a very warm continental climate.  The area is sometimes known as the Bordeaux of Spain. Rioja wines are normally a blend of various grape varieties, and can be either red (tinto), white (blanco) or rosé (rosado).  The most common red grape variety for Rioja is Tempranillo. Other grapes used include Garnacha Tinta, Graciano, and Mazuelo.  You can get a single varietal Tempranillo wine, or blends with Tempranillo.  Tempranillo comes from the Spanish word, “temprano”, which means early.  This is an early ripening grape and works well in cooler climates. (thanks to Wikipaedia for this background info.)

Tempranillo has flavours and aromas of plum and strawberries to tobacco, cedar, vanilla, leather and herbs.  It also can have a bit of a rustic edge to it.  It produces a medium bodied wine with medium tannins, and pairs well with stews and grilled meat.

Garnacha, in France it is known as Grenache, is another popular red grape.  It has fruity flavours, predominantly strawberry, coupled with a fiery spiciness. Sometimes you get a butterscotch flavour from garnacha.

On the white wine side, Viura is the prominent grape (aka Macabeo) and is normally blended with some Malvasía and Garnacha Blanca.

It has been common for some bodegas to age their red wines for more years than other countries (e.g. 15-20) years or even more before their release.  There are different levels of aging/quality for Rioja wines:

  • Rioja, is the youngest, spending less than a year in an oak aging barrel.
  • Crianza is wine aged for at least two years, at least one of which was in oak.
  • Rioja Reserva is aged for at least three years, of which at least one year is in oak.
  • Rioja Gran Reserva wines have been aged at least two years in oak and three years in bottle.

Reserva and Gran Reserva wines are not necessarily produced each year.

Doing a quick check at the www.everythingwine.ca website, I located the following Rioja wines:

  • J.G. Carrion Rioja Tempranillo 750 mL
  • Remirez de Ganuza Rioja Reserva 2001 750 mL
  • Palacios Remondo La Vendimia Rioja 750 mL
  • Faustino V Reserva Rioja 750ml
  • Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva 750 mL
  • Marques de Vitoria Ecco organic Rioja 750ml
  • Muga Rioja Reserva Tempranillo 750 mL
  • Montebuena Rioja Tempranillo 750 mL
  • Muga Torre Rioja 2004 750ml
  • Roda Rioja Red Blend 750 mL
  • Marques de Caceres Rose Rioja (maybe the most popular winery)
  • Ostatu Crianza Rioja Tempranillo 750 mL
  • Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva Rioja 750 mL
  • Ramon Bilbao Crianza Cruz de Alba Tempranillo 750ml
  • Artadi Pagos Viejos Tempranillo 750 mL

and many more.  There were 29 in total.  The above wines range in price from $13 to $113 (the first wine in the list is the least expensive and the last in the list is the most expensive. Increasing price as you go down the list).

I really enjoy Spanish wines and I can find them at quite good price points.  Try a tempranillo if you have not enjoyed wine from this grape before.  Also, Muga makes an excellent Rose if you can find it.

There are other wine regions to discover in Spain.  In future blog articles I will be covering Jerez (sherry region), Ribera del Duero and other areas in Spain.  Salud!

Enjoy some Port and Cheese for Christmas?

With this cold snap here in Vancouver, it got me to thinking about opening a bottle of port and enjoying some cheeses over a couple of evenings. I thought that you may also enjoy such things, so I am giving you a short list of some ports and some cheeses that you may want to try.

Port is a fortified wine made in Portugal by definition.  It is usually quite sweet and typically made from one or more of the grape types: Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Cao, and Tinta Barroca. Other countries make a fortified wine and sometimes call it port, just like some countries make sparkling wine and call it champagne.  So when I am talking about port, I am meaning port from Portugal.

I checked out the Everything Wine store website, www.everythingwine.ca to see what port they have in stock in the $25-$50 range (sometimes it is nice to spoil yourself).  Most of the port listed is from Portugal, but there is at least one in the list from Australia (can you spot it?):

Croft Pink Port 750ml Port $29.99
De Bortoli Black Noble 750 mL Port $46.99
Fonseca LBV 2001 Port 750ml Port $38.99
Graham’s The Vancouver Club Reserve Port 750 mL Port $29.99
Graham’s 10 Year old Tawny Port 750 mL Port $39.99
Graham’s 98 Quinta dos Malvedos Port 375 mL Port $36.99
Graham’s 99 Quinta dos Malvedos Port 375 mL Port $36.99
Graham’s Six Grapes Vintage Character Port 750 mL Port $29.99
Graham’s Late Bottled Vintage Port 750 mL Port $28.99
Hardy’s Whiskers Blake Classic Tawny Port 750 mL Port $29.99
Kopke Colheita LBV 1997 Port 750 mL Port $49.99
Nieport Colheita 1995 Port 375 mL Port $44.99
Quinta de Ventozelo Ten yr old Tawny 375 mL Port $32.99
Quinta Do Crasto 2005 LBV 750ml Port $34.99
Smith Woodhouse LBV Port 750 mL Port $37.99
Taylor Fladgate 10 Yr Tawny Port Port $39.99
Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage 750 mL Port $25.99
Taylor Fladgate Quinta de Vargellas 1995 Vintage Port 375ml Port $49.99
Ventozelo 1998 Port, LBV 750ml Port $39.99

You may have noticed different terms for the ports: Vintage, Tawny, LBV.  Here is a bit of info about these different styles of port (Note that there are more styles than just these):

Vintage:  This is port that is produced from grapes from one year (vintage) and deemed to be of exceptional quality by the port house.  Not every year is declared a vintage in the Douro. The decision on whether to declare a vintage is made in the spring of the second year following the harvest. About 2% of the total port production is Vintage.

Tawny: is a basic blended port,  which is aged in the barrel before being bottled. This type of port can be aged from 3 to 40 years.  The aging in oak causes the wine to take on a reddish-brown colour and develops a dry nutty flavour with raisin notes.

LBV:  This stands for Late Bottled Vintage. iThis is port that was originally destined for bottling as Vintage Port, but was left in the barrel for longer than had been planned. This type of port is bottled between 4 and 6 years after the vintage. The filtered version of this wine has the advantage of being ready to drink without being decanted, is bottled with a stopper that can be easily re-corked and enjoyed over many tastings.

If you want to try some BC “port”, there is some that you can try from Grey Monk and from Sumac Ridge.

Some ports that I’ve reviewed in the past:

Portugal, Taylor Fladgate, White Port, NV
–  Medium gold colour. Oxidized aroma.  Green, orange marmalade, lemon meringue pie, lime, almond aromas.  Medium low acidity, fuller body and intensity.  Sweet, caramel, citrus, dried fruit, and apricot flavours.

Portugal, Taylor Fladgate, 20 year old Tawny Port, NV – Medium tawny colour.  Pronounced intensity.  Figs, red fruit, dried fruit, red cherry, earthy aromas.  Medium sweet.  Medium plus acidity / body / intensity.  Spices, raisin, red fruit, dried fruit and red cherry flavours.  Elegant.

Portugal, Quinta do Panascal, Fonseca Single Quinta Vintage Port 1991 – Opaque purple colour.  Some deposit in the glass.  Black fruit, dried fruit, orange and oak aromas.  Full bodied, medium sweetness.  Spice, raisin, red fruit, black cherry flavours.  Medium to long length.

Some suggestions for cheese to go with port:
Blue cheeses. Stilton is a traditional pairing with port.  The saltiness and the bitterness of the blue cheese balancing with the sweetness and fruit of the port.
aged cheddar
aged gorgonzola
– experiment with other salty cheeses

I hope this gives you a starting point for your Christmas holiday tipple. Enjoy!

Halloween, Transylvania, and Wine!

In a few short weeks Halloween will be upon us. It had me thinking about wine and what would you serve for Halloween? What would a Twilight fan enjoy? I did a bit of digging (not grave digging) and have some fun, and interesting information for you.

As luck would have it, yesterday WOOT had a Vampire Vineyards winery deal for you:
– Vampire Merlot 2009
– Vampire Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
– Trueblood Pinot Noir 2007
– Dracula Syrah 2007

Vampire Vineyards was founded in 1985 by Michael Machat in Paso Robles, CA. Michael, the president and founder of Beverly Hills-based TI Beverage Group, parent company to Vampire Vineyards, “…had this idea that it would be cool if somebody had a wine called ‘Vampire’ and they made it in Transylvania. It was so obvious, I thought surely somebody had done it,” he says. But in his research, nobody had tried it. He wanted a name that would attract young people who wanted to drink wine and easy to understand labels.

“When young people want to buy wine, they just want to get something to drink. They’re looking around the store and Vampire brings up lots of pleasurable connotations in their minds. They don’t know what else to drink so they buy Vampire. It’s cool, we get the new drinkers.” according to Michael.

He says 40 per cent of customers who are buying Vampire are under 30. That’s unusual in a business where most consumers are 40 and older.

Maybe you prefer to purchase some wine from Transylvania for Halloween?  Transylvania is actually a region within Romania, so why not purchase a red wine from Romania? Romania has been producing wine  over 3000 years according to Wikipedia. Local vine varieties such as Zghihara de Husi, Cramposia de Dragasani, Galbena de Odobesti, Feteasca alba, Feteasca neagra, Babeasca, and Tamâioasa româneasca formed the basis of the wines until the 18th century when more common Western European grapes (vitis vinifera) were introduced. Good red wines are made in the southern half of Romania (Oltenia, Muntenia and Dobrogea regions).

I checked with Everything Wine, and went to the BC government Liquor Control Board wine sight and neither had any wines from Romania.  Maybe some private liquor stores carry Romanian wines?    More research is needed.

What other option could you have?  How about drinking “Bull’s Blood“?  Well, not literally blood from a bull, but a wine called Egri Bikavér.  This is a red wine that comes from Hungary, which is adjacent to Romania.  Egri Bikavér is Hungary’s most famous red wine. It comes from the Eger wine region of northern Hungary.

From Wikipedia:

“…According to legend, the name originates from the invasion of Suleiman the Magnificent around 1552. To motivate and support the small group of soldiers during the Siege of Eger castle they were served delicious food and a lot of red wine. Among the Turkish soldiers it was rumored that bull’s blood was mixed into the red wine, as otherwise the strength and firm resistance of the town and castle of Eger could not be explained. Finally the enemy gave up.”

I did another check with the BC government liquor store website, and with Everything Wine, but no Bull’s Blood.  Hopefully there is some private wine shop carrying this wine.  I did read that the Danube restaurant in Burnaby was serving a dish that used Egri Bikavér.  So there must be some supplier in BC.  Please email me, or leave a comment in my blog to let me, and others know where they can buy some Bull’s Blood!

I hope I’ve given you some ideas for wines for Halloween.  Enjoy!

BC Pinot Blanc Summer Sips

Some wine industry experts have said that Pinot Blanc could be the signature grape variety here in British Columbia, and I think particularly in the Okanagan. I have tasted many nice BC Pinot Blanc, but I think we also do very nice Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, and should be in the running for signature grape variety.

This grape variety is known for its apple, melon and almond flavours.  It can produce light to medium bodied wines. Usually low acidity, it can be oak aged for additional complexity. In Alsace it is commonly made into a sparkling wine called Cremant d’Alsace. I personally would like to see a BC winery try to make a Cremant with Pinot Blanc. (I think there may be a winery, but I’m not sure at the time of writing this blog article.)

Checking the www.everythingwine.com website, I identified the following BC Pinot Blanc wines in the $15-$25 range:

Blue Mountain Vineyard Pinot Blanc 750 mL Pinot Blanc $21.99
Hester Creek Late Harvest Pinot Blanc 200 mL Pinot Blanc $15.99
Hester Creek Pinot Blanc 750ml Pinot Blanc $16.99
Lake Breeze Pinot Blanc 750 mL Pinot Blanc $19.99
Monster Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 750 ml Pinot Blanc $21.99
Nk’Mip Cellars Pinot Blanc 750ml Pinot Blanc $16.99
Paradise Ranch Late Harvest Pinot Blanc 375 mL Pinot Blanc $24.99
Red Rooster Pinot Blanc 750 mL Pinot Blanc $16.99
Starling Lane Pinot Blanc 750ml Pinot Blanc $18.99
Van Westen Vivacious Pinot Blanc/Pinot Gris 750 mL Pinot Blanc $23.99

Checking my past tasting notes, I’ve had the opportunity to try the following BC Pinot Blanc:

Van Westen Vineyards Vivacious Pinot Blanc / Pinot Gris, 2007 :   Some sur lie on the nose, along with spice, citrus and apple aromas.  Good acidity, with apple and vanilla flavours. (Try Van Westen’s other wines too.  All are wonderful.)

Sandhill Estate Vineyard Pinot Blanc, 2007: Lemon colour in the glass.  Pineapple, melon, and oak aromas and flavours.  This is a very elegant Pinot Gris and one that I regularly show at private tastings.

Stonehill Estate Winery Pinot Blanc, 2007:  Medium lemon in colour.  Apple and oak nose and flavours.  Good acidity.  Light oak.

Greata Ranch Vineyards Pinot Blanc, 2007: This wine is aged 8 months in oak barrels, 20% are French oak.  Lots of aroma for this wine.  Peaches and pears on the nose.  Nice acidity with a balance of smoothness in the mouth.  Some oak and butterscotch flavours.

Try a bottle of BC Pinot Blanc and see if you think this could be BC’s signature grape variety.  Cheers.

BC Syrah for Summer Sips

Well, Syrah. A big wine. So maybe Summer Sips is not the correct term. Maybe I should call this one, Summer Gulps. Because you would want a big glass of syrah, and enjoy a good amount in your mouth, probably just before or after you have something nice from the BBQ. Syrah loves heat so that it can fully ripen and you can appreciate all the flavours this grape can produce. The southern Okanagan gets a lot of heat, so there should be plenty around.

Syrah typically has high tannins and high acidity, with flavours of blackberry, blueberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, white pepper, liquorice, and cloves. The high tannin content of the grapes often makes these wines good candidates for aging.  This grape ranks up there in ageability together with Cabernet Sauvignon.

You may also see the term “Shiraz” instead of “Syrah“.  These are the same grape, just a different style wine making.  In France, you tend to get a more restrained version of the wine produced, with less fruit forwardness and more tannins and acidity.  In newer wine making regions of the world, you tend to get a “New World” style called Shiraz.  Australia has been the poster child for the Shiraz style, which is a big block buster wine full of ripe fruit.  Both styles have their followers and their detractors.

Checking the www.everythingwine.com website, I find the following BC Syrah in the $15-$25 range:

Jackson-Triggs Private Reserve Shiraz 750ml Syrah $19.99
Kettle Valley Syrah 375ml Syrah $23.99
Marichel Vineyard Syrah/Viognier 750 mL Syrah $24.99
Peller Proprietor’s Reserve Shiraz 1.5L Syrah $16.99
Stag’s Hollow Rose Syrah 750 ml Syrah $21.99

More syrah  are usually at a slightly higher price point, so checking everythingwine.com again, in the $25-$50, I have the following additional BC syrah:

Blasted Church Winery Syrah 750 mL Syrah $31.99
Church & State Coyote Bowl Syrah 750mL Syrah $33.99
Desert Hills Syrah 750 mL Syrah $39.99
Hillside Syrah 750 mL Syrah $31.99
Laughing Stock Small Caps Program Syrah/Viognier 750ml Syrah $39.99
Marichel Vineyard Syrah 750 mL Syrah $49.99
Mission Hill Family Estate Select Lot Collection Syrah 750 mL Syrah $37.99
Morning Bay Syrah 750ml Syrah $46.99
Mt Boucherie Summit Rsv Syrah 750ml Syrah $30.99
Nichol Syrah 750ml Syrah $35.99
Peller Prop Res Shiraz 4 L Syrah $38.99
Poplar Grove Syrah 750 mL Syrah $48.99
Quinta Ferreira Syrah 750ml Syrah $29.99
Township 7 Syrah 750ml Syrah $33.99
Twisted Tree Syrah 750ml Syrah $28.99
Winchester Cellars Syrah 750ml Syrah $33.99

You may have noticed that some of the syrah are blended with a white aromatic grape called “viognier“. Syrah’s traditional home is the Rhone Valley in France.  Viognier is also from the same area.  French wine makers in this region have found through many years of wine making that by co-fermenting a bit of viognier with the syrah grape, that the colour from the syrah grape becomes more intense in the resulting wine, plus you get some of the aromatic perfume from the viognier.

I have had the Mission Hill Select Lot Collection Syrah from past years, and this is a very refined wine. The price point for this is on the higher end, so if you are going to sip this wine, make it a special occasion.  On the summer sipping theme, Jackson-Triggs produces enjoyable wines at reasonable prices.  Their 2007 Proprietor’s Reserve Shiraz 2007 won a Gold Medal at the Okanagan Valley Fall Wine Festival (I think this is the same as the Private Reserve Shiraz listed above) and is only $19.99. Last month I was at the Township 7 winery in the Fraser Valley.  I tried their 2006 Syrah and noted that this wine had blueberries and plum on the nose.  South mouth feel, with pulm and vanilla flavours, and a sour cherry finish ($24.99). I had also visited a while back the Therapy Vineyard and tried their Shiraz 2007.  From my notes, I noted a medium purple colour in the glass.  Dark fruit, black berries and slight oak aroma.  Ripe black fruit, plummy with a bit of chocolate on the palate.  Smooth mouthfeel with a long finish.  I marked this wine as a star in my tasting notes.

If you like this post on Summer Sippers, or other of my posts, please tag or tweet them. Merci. Now go and enjoy some Syrah.

BC Sauvignon Blanc for Summer Sips

Sauvignon Blanc generally has a fresh, bracing style, which is perfect chilled for summer sipping, and with fresh seafood, which we have in abundance here in British Columbia. This grape variety is known for its grassy, herbal, gooseberry fruit, citrus and asparagus characters. It is unique with a herbaceous character and most often made in a dry style.  Sometimes you may see a wine labelled “Fume Blanc”.  This is a Sauvignon Blanc that has been aged in oak barrels.  California I think can be thanked for popularizing this style of Sauvignon Blanc.  Classic regions for Sauvignon Blanc are France and New Zealand.  Luckily for us, many BC wine makers were trained in New Zealand, and/or we have some Kiwi wine makers working here.

Checking the www.EverythingWine.ca website, I identified the following BC Sauvignon Blanc wines in the $15-$25 range:

Blasted Church Winery Sauvignon Blanc 750 mL Sauvignon Blanc $22.99
Calliope Sauvignon Blanc 750ml Sauvignon Blanc $21.99
Fairview Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2009 750 mL Sauvignon Blanc $24.99
Gehringer Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc 750 mL Sauvignon Blanc $16.99
Little Straw Sauvignon Blanc 750ml Sauvignon Blanc $20.99
Mike Weir Sauvignon Blanc 750 mL Sauvignon Blanc $17.99
Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 750 mL Sauvignon Blanc $18.99
Orofino Sauvignon Blanc 750ml Sauvignon Blanc $24.99
Painted Turtle Sauvignon Blanc 1.5 L Sauvignon Blanc $16.99
Sawmill Creek Fume Blanc 1.5L Sauvignon Blanc $15.99
Sawmill Creek Sauvignon Blanc 1.5L Sauvignon Blanc $15.99
Sonora Ranch Sauvignon Blanc 1.5 L Sauvignon Blanc $17.99
Sonora Ranch Sauvignon Blanc VQA 1.5 L Sauvignon Blanc $19.99
Stag’s Hollow Sauvignon Blanc 750 ml Sauvignon Blanc $24.99

Checking my wine tasting notes, I have tasted these BC Sauvignon Blanc:

Lulu Island Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2008: Medium yellow colour. Light grapefruit nose. Good acid. Honey and grapefruit flavours.

Kettle Valley Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2008: Pale lemon. Citrus and green aromas. Good acidity and roundness balance. Off dry with peachy, citrus flavours.

Poplar Grove Monster Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2008: New Zealand style. Lots of gooseberry, herbal and honey on the nose. Light body. Gooseberry and herbal flavour. Good acidity. Try with fresh seafood.

Cheers!

Enjoy some BC Pinot Gris this summer

I thought to help summer along, I’d point out some white wines that you may be interested in trying on your patio. Today I’d like to focus on BC Pinot Gris. I think BC Pinot Gris are very nicely made. They typically have a lot of nice ripe stone fruit, e.g. peach, flavours, apples, and good acidity to make them refreshing in your mouth. Try with some seafood this summer too.

A quick search on the EverythingWine.ca website, came up with 28 BC Pinot Gris in the $15-$25 range.

Arrowleaf Pinot Gris 750 mL Pinot Gris $18.99 More information about Arrowleaf  Pinot Gris 750 mL
Black Widow Pinot Gris 750 mL Pinot Gris $24.99 More information about Black Widow  Pinot Gris 750 mL
Cassini Cellars Pinot Gris 750mL Pinot Gris $15.99 More information about Cassini Cellars  Pinot Gris 750mL
Chase & Warren Pinot Gris 750 mL Pinot Gris $18.99 More information about Chase & Warren Pinot Gris 750 mL
Church & State Wines Pinot Gris 750mL Pinot Gris $23.99 More information about Church & State Wines Pinot Gris 750mL
Desert Hills Pinot Gris 750 mL Pinot Gris $24.99 More information about Desert Hills  Pinot Gris 750 mL
Gray Monk Pinot Gris 750 mL Pinot Gris $16.99 More information about Gray Monk  Pinot Gris 750 mL
Herder Vineyards Pinot Gris 750ml Pinot Gris $21.99 More information about Herder Vineyards Pinot Gris 750ml
Hester Creek Pinot Gris 750 mL Pinot Gris $16.99 More information about Hester Creek  Pinot Gris 750 mL
Hillside Estate Pinot Gris 750 mL Pinot Gris $22.99 More information about Hillside Estate Pinot Gris 750 mL
Hillside Estate Unoaked Pinot Gris 750 mL Pinot Gris $23.99 More information about Hillside Estate Unoaked Pinot Gris 750 mL
Kalala Organic Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2008 750 mL Pinot Gris $21.99 More information about Kalala Organic Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2008 750 mL
Kettle Valley Pinot Gris 750 mL Pinot Gris $24.99 More information about Kettle Valley  Pinot Gris 750 mL
Lake Breeze Vineyards Pinot Gris 750 mL Pinot Gris $21.99 More information about Lake Breeze Vineyards Pinot Gris 750 mL
Lang Vineyards Pinot Gris 750ml Pinot Gris $19.99 More information about Lang Vineyards Pinot Gris 750ml
Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Pinot Gris 750 mL Pinot Gris $18.99 More information about Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Pinot Gris 750 mL
Nichol Pinot Gris 750ml Pinot Gris $23.99 More information about Nichol Pinot Gris 750ml
Pentage Pinot Gris Pinot Gris 750 mL Pinot Gris $24.99 More information about Pentage Pinot Gris Pinot Gris 750 mL
Poplar Grove 2008 Pinot Gris 750 mL Pinot Gris $24.99 More information about Poplar Grove 2008 Pinot Gris 750 mL
Red Rooster Pinot Gris 750 mL Pinot Gris $17.99 More information about Red Rooster Pinot Gris 750 mL
Saltspring Vineyards Pinot Gris 750 ml Pinot Gris $19.99 More information about Saltspring Vineyards Pinot Gris 750 ml
Sperling Pinot Gris 750 mL Pinot Gris $23.99 More information about Sperling Pinot Gris 750 mL
Thornhaven Pinot Gris 750 mL Pinot Gris $21.99 More information about Thornhaven  Pinot Gris 750 mL
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Pinot Gris 750ml Pinot Gris $16.99 More information about Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Pinot Gris 750ml
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Pinot Gris 750ml Pinot Gris $18.99 More information about Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Pinot Gris 750ml
Township 7 Pinot Gris 750ml Pinot Gris $23.99 More information about Township 7  Pinot Gris 750ml
Van Westen Vino Grigio Pinot Gris 750 mL Pinot Gris $23.99 More information about Van Westen Vino Grigio Pinot Gris 750 mL
Wild Goose Vineards Pinot Gris 750 mL Pinot Gris $21.99 More information about Wild Goose Vineards  Pinot Gris 750 mL

I’ve talked about some of these wines and/or wineries in the past on www.mywinepal.com or on my blog. The Van Westen Vino Grigio Pinot Gris, Thornhaven Pinot Gris, and Black Widow Pinot Gris are a few I’d like to select out as ones that I have enjoyed in the past.
Thornhaven Pinot Gris 2008: Very aromatic. Apple, peach and spice on the nose. Apple and other fruits. Spicy. Quite full bodied.

Van Westen Vino Grigio Pinot Gris 2007: Medium straw colour. Aromas of apple and spice. Citrus and spice on the palate. Full mouthfeel and good acidity.

Black Widow Pinot Gris 2008: Light lemon colour. Nice tropical fruit aroma with light oak. Good acidity. Apple, plum and spice on the palate.

So raise a toast to the start of summer and enjoy some BC Pinot Gris! Cheers.