Casa Dea – Oct 2016

Casa Dea – Oct 2016

2015 Dea’s Cuvée – $18.95 – **** – This is one of the best value wines in the province bar none. You will hear me talk about “Just Because” Sparkling wines with my meals and get-togethers, this is one of those wines. There is a hint of sweetness in the glass but the bright crisp acidity helps keep the wine in check. There are nice aromas of rising bread and the flavours are lime and…

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Nyarai Cellars – The Virtual Winery You Should Know About

Nyarai Cellars – The Virtual Winery You Should Know About

2015 Nyarai Viognier – **** – $22.95 – When I talk about wines that drink “dangerously easy” I am talking about a wine that tastes so good your guests will finish the first glass before you can put the bottle down. This is one of those bottles. Aromas and flavours of bright, crisp golden delicious apple, peaches, and a hint of wildflower. If you really close your wine … and take a minute to savour…

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Sep 30 – 2015 Coffin Ridge Bone Dry Riesling – 2010 Henry of Pelham Estate Pinot Noir

Sep 30 – 2015 Coffin Ridge Bone Dry Riesling – 2010 Henry of Pelham Estate Pinot Noir

2015 Coffin Ridge Bone Dry Riesling – Vintages 232744 – $17.20 – **** – This is a solid Riesling that even though it’s called bone dry you still get a slight sense of sweetness on the mid palate. The bright crisp acidity keeps your mouth in anticipation for the next sip. The nose is honey, green apple and citrus with flavours that match. The finish is clean with a nice mineral note. This will make…

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Red Rooster – July 2016

Red Rooster – July 2016

Red Rooster is a label that many people might be familiar with from BC. They offer affordable bottles with great quality. They have a large portfolio but across the board the wines are solid. 2014 Gewurztraminer Reserve – ****+ – $19.00 – There is all kinds of tropical fruit in this bottle. Lychee and Passion fruit with nice Rose Petal balanced in the glass. The finish has nice balanced acidity to it. 2015 Riesling –…

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Laughing Stock – July 2016

Laughing Stock – July 2016

One winery that was high on my list to visit in BC was Laughing Stock. I have had the opportunity to exchange emails with owner Cynthia Enns in the past. But, I have never had the opportunity to taste any of the wines. In April I reviewed the 2013 Portfolio and I knew that I had to go out of my way to stop by this winery. When you drive up Naramata Road and arrive…

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Tantalus – July 2016

Tantalus – July 2016

I had the pleasure of visiting Tantalus at the end of August. It was just the beginning of veraison. I got to walk the vineyards and pick out the few berries that had started to turn red. It was clear that the Okanagan valley had gotten an early start on their growing season. While I was on a mission in BC looking for some amazing Red wines I was impressed with the White wines in…

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Sperling Vineyards (July 2016)

Sperling Vineyards (July 2016)

One of my first stops in the Okanagan was to Sperling Estates. I have long been a fan of Ann Sperling’s work at Southbrook. So, as soon as I knew I was heading out west my first point of order was to make sure I got a chance to visit Ann’s family winery. I had a chance to taste through the portfolio with Rickard Branby. He is the Assistant Winemaker and Vineyard Manager for Sperling….

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Icewine and Fried Chicken

Icewine and Fried Chicken

Let’s just say this is a continuation of my attempt to indoctrinate everyone about the proper way to drink Icewine. Can we all say it together now … Icewine does not belong with dessert. Earlier this summer I had the opportunity pair up Riesling Icewine with one of my favorite recipes for Fried Chicken. When you go homemade it’s juicy, decadent and a huge step up from fast food fried chicken. The way I see…

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2013 Stratus White – 2015 Charles Baker Ivan Vineyard Riesling

2013 Stratus White – 2015 Charles Baker Ivan Vineyard Riesling

2013 Stratus White – $38.00 – ****1/2 – The 2012 version of this wine was one of the most memorable wines I tasted through last year. I opened this bottle with great anticipation. I was not disappointed. This is a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Viognier. Stratus White is the definition of complexity. You can enjoy this wine now without regrets or enjoy having it develop in your cellar over 5-7 years either…

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Aug 5 – 2015 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling – 2013 Fielding Red Conception

Aug 5 – 2015 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling – 2013 Fielding Red Conception

2013 Fielding Red Conception – Vintages 189183 – Price $18.95 – ****+ – Once again Fielding brings us a wine that has the ability to sit in a cellar for a few years and maybe improve. But, this is a perfect wine for anyone looking for a premium bottle, but someone who doesn’t have the patience to wait to build a collection. This is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The…

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