Celebrate Europe Day, May 9 With BC Liquor Stores

I didn’t know May 9 was Europe Day, but now I do.  BC Liquor Stores is showing off some very interesting European wines to help you celebrate Europe Day on May 9 as well as throughout the month of May.  Here is their announcement. Cin cin.

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The EU Chamber of Commerce in Canada-West, together with BC Liquor Stores and local wine importers, is organizing during the month of May the second edition of “Emerging Wines of Europe” in-store promotion of selected European wines in 30 BC Liquors Stores.
Celebrate May 9th Europe Day savouring “Old World” wines during the entire month of May! Explore a dozen of delicious European wines – recently emerged and gaining popularity in BC Liquor Stores – selected for us by a Master of Wine, Barbara Philip.
The promotion comprises special displays and features in 30 selected BC Liquor Stores and advertising on BC Liquor Stores, EUCCCW websites and in social media channels.
Please find below more details, including the names of wines, tasting notes and the list of participating stores.
Rueda Verdejo
SKU#: 28100
Vintage: 2018
Winery: Menade
Varietal: Verdejo
Region: Rueda
Country: Spain
Price: $22.99
Tasting notes
Brimming with white fruits on the nose. The palate is a sea of citrus, lime, mango and nectarine in a medium-rich style. Think of this as an upscale Sauvignon for the senses with the perfect yin and yang for the palate. 


EM BIO Mavrud & Rubin
SKU#: 169436
Vintage: 2016
Winery: Edoardo Miroglio Ltd. Varietal: Mavrud 75%, Rubin 25% Region: Thracian 
Valley
Country: Bulgaria
Price: $18.99
Tasting notes
A certified organic wine from Bulgaria, made from indigenous grapes of Mavrud and Rubin. Aromas of cherry and eucalyptus, with flavours of tart cherry, cranberry and pomegranate. 
Chateau Dereszla – Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos 2013
SKU#: 285643
Vintage: 2013
Winery: Chateau Dereszla
Varietal: 75% Furmint, 25% Harslevelu
Region: Tokaji
Country: Hungary
Price: $48.99
Tasting notes
This pale gold dessert wine displays notes of honey, ripe pear, apricot and spice. The palate is smooth with intense flavours of honey, peach, lemon, dried apricot and orange zest. With a long, mouth-watering finish, the Tokaji Aszu has refreshing, lively acidity to balance the sweetness.
 
Monograph Assyrtiko by Gaia Nemea  
SKU#: 214120   
Vintage: 2018
Winery: Gaia
Varietal: Assyrtiko    
Region: Nemea
Country: Greece
Price: $ 21.99
Tasting notes
A youthful, intensely fruity 100% Assyrtiko, with a bouquet of honeysuckle and citrus fruit and a refreshing acidity on the palate. A classic pairing with fresh seafood. Unoaked. 
Bollicini Sparkling Rose
SKU#: 155116
Vintage: NV
Winery: Bollicini
Varietal: Glera ( Prosecco)
Region: Veneto
Country: Italy
Price: $19.99 Retail
 
Tasting notes
Crisp and fragrant notes of strawberry and red berry. Delicious on its own or with appetizers, shellfish, salads, grilled veggies, or fruit desserts. 
Tokaji Muscat Late Harvest
SKU#: 057802
Vintage: N/A
Winery: Grand Tokaj Zrt
Varietal: Yelow Muscat
Region: Tokaj
Country: Hungary
Price: 18.99
Tasting notes
Black locust and fresh flowers with a hint of botrytis on the nose. Smooth citrus and floral taste with botrytis notes and apricot with mint appearing at the end. 
 Finca Cuarta Mencia
SKU#: 30000
Vintage: 2018
Winery: Prior de Panton, MGH Wines Group
Varietal:  Mencia
Region: Ribera Sacra, Galicia
Country: Spain
Price: $21.99
Tasting notes
Intense aroma of red fruit on a backdrop of complex toasted notes of wood aging. Smooth and well-structured on the palate with hints of coffee and ripe red fruit followed by a long finish.
 
 Vinho Verde Maria Bonita
SKU#: 185986
Vintage: 2018
Winery: Maria Bonita
Varietal:  Loureiro
Region: Vinho Verde
CountrY: Portugal
Price: Whl. $11.20 – Ret. $14.99
Tasting notes
This is a dry style of Vinho Verde, attractively perfumed with a herbal edge. The wine has a touch of spice that highlights the smoky citrus flavors. The wine is crisp and intense and has a long lingering finish.
 
“Labrusca” Lambrusco
SKU#: 030163
Vintage: NV
Winery: LINI910
Varietal:  Lambrusco
Region: Emilia-Romagna
Country: Italy
Price: $21.99
Tasting notes
Dry and tangy, with ripe black cherry fruit, candied current, balsamic and spice box notes. Enjoy this dry Lambrusco chilled with rustic Italian food like pizza, pasta, antipasti, & charcuterie.
 
Teodosio Aglianico del Vulture
SKU#: 783498
Vintage: 2015
Winery: BasIlisco
Varietal:  Aglianico
Region: Basilicata
Country: Italy
Price: $21.99
Tasting notes
A full bodied and textured wine with soft fruit aromas of plum and Morello cherry. Well balanced and full bodied with a long-lasting finish.
Laurenz V. Singing Gruner Veltliner
SKU#: 458034
Vintage: 2017
Winery: Laurenz V.
Varietal: 100% Gruner Veltliner
Region: Kremstal, Weinvertel
Country: Austria
Price: $18.38 Whls, $23.99 Est. Retail
Tasting notes
A very attractive fruit bouquet yields apple, peach and citrus aromas along with a typical Veltliner spiciness and a touch of white pepper. The soft and juicy palate is supported by fine acidity. It sings on the palate!
 
Stina Cuvee Red
SKU#: 997742
Vintage: 2018
Winery: Stina
Varietal: Plavac Mali and Merlot
Region: Brac
Country: Croatia
Price: $18.09
Tasting notes
Dark red in color, the wine is dominated by spicy notes and red and black fruits. Supple tannins, it also offers notes of dried plums and cherry. 
Find these wines at the following participating
BC LIQUOR STORES
 
50 Sidney
76 Richmond Brighouse
77 Northgate
79 Kam. Columbia Pl
90 Jericho Village
98 Tsawwassen
102 Dunbar
107 Westview
 111 Commercial Drive
117 Broadway & Maple
120 Richmond Ironwood
125 Victoria Westshore
129 Alberni & Bute
148 Kel. Mission Park
158 Langley
 160 39th & Cambie
163 Westwood Centre
167 Kel. Orchard Park
175 Caulfeild
177 8th & Cambie
179 Whistler Market Pl
181 Broadmead Village
183 Peninsula Village
191 Yaletown
208 Squamish
218 Fort Street
224 Solo
228 Park Royal
233 Robson Street
247 Lynn Valley

La Stella Mosto Cotto and Olive Oil – Premium Foodie Products

You may know of Le Vieux Pin and La Stella wineries as high quality French and Italian style wines coming from the Okanagan. But you may not know that they also provide olive oil and now Mosto Cotto from Italy!

What is Mosto Cotto?

La Stella Mosto Cotto

Well you probably have heard of Balsamic Vinegar.  Mosto Cotto isn’t the Balsamic Vinegar that you normally get in the grocery store.  According to Wikipedia Balsamic Vinegar is “…is made from a reduction of pressed Trebbiano and Lambrusco grapes. The resulting thick syrup, called mosto cotto in Italian, is subsequently aged for a minimum of 12 years in a battery of seven barrels of successively smaller sizes. The casks are made of different woods like chestnut, acacia, cherry, oak, mulberry, ash, and, in the past, juniper. True balsamic vinegar is rich, glossy, deep brown in color and has a complex flavour that balances the natural sweet and sour elements of the cooked grape juice with hints of wood from the casks…”  This reduced grape syrup, Mosto Cotto can be enjoyed on it’s own rather than further process/age it into top quality Balsamic Vinegar.

I was fortunate today to sample some La Stella Mosto Cotto on it’s own.  It was deep orangy brown in colour.  A very intense molasses nose which with air, added a dill component. Quite sweet and sour at the same time on the palate.  Medium minus body with  burnt sugar / caramel flavour. The higher acidity of the Mosto Cotto keeps it lively in your mouth.  Long lasting finish.   The grapes to produce their Mosto Cotto are biodynamically farmed and certified.

What would you serve with Mosto Cotto? I was told by Rasoul from Le Vieux Pin and La Stella wineries that in Italy he has seen the Mosto Cotto dissolved in soda water as a drink, and put on shaved ice.  It could be drizzled onto vegetables and polenta. If you are more ambitious you could take the jus from a roast beef, add some mosto cotto and reduce this down and serve on the roast beef.  Mosto cotto is very versatile.

La Stella Olive Oil

La Stella Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil Intensivo

I was first introduced to the La Stella Olive Oil last year, but by that time it was completely sold out.  This year the olive oil has just arrived, so there is time for me and you to purchase a bottle. It is also organically produced.

The oil was deep lemon in colour. It had an artichoke, grassy, mineral nose. Very full bodied and round on the palate with a very spicy finish.  Their olive oil is called “Intensivo” and yes I agree that it really is intensive.  Use sparingly as a condiment as it really is quite peppery.  This would be wonderful drizzled on vegetables, or in dishes where the oil would not be overcooked or competing with too many other spices.  You really want to enjoy the flavour of this olive oil.

Where can you buy these two products?  There will be a small allocation to some specialty grocery stores in the Vancouver area.  The easiest way would be to order these through Le Vieux Pin / La Stella. Email info@lastella.ca