Wine Review – 2015 Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer

A fruity, fragrant, and intense Gewϋrztraminer from Alsace… This Gewϋrztraminer from Maison Pierre Sparr Successeurs in Alsace, France, a full-bodied, nicely balanced white, offered a concentrated bouquet of tropical and floral notes on the nose and an intense mix of sweet, ripe fruit, honey, lemon rind, as well as a hint of spice in the … Read more

Wine Review – 2011 Numanthia, Toro, Spain

A fantastic, intense expression of Tempranillo… We adored the intense aromas and tastes of this fantastic 2011 Numanthia from Bodega Numanthia in Toro, Spain. With outstanding balance and complexity, this Tempranillo offered a wonderful bouquet on the nose, including tobacco, leather, hickory spice, vanilla, anise, and grilled steak. In the mouth, more grilled steak emerged, … Read more

Wine Review – 2014 Viñalba Reserva

A bold, balanced, and sumptuous red blend from Mendoza… This Argentinian red blend, Viñalba Reserva, a combination of Malbec and Touriga Nacional, impressed us in terms of its balance, complexity, and structure. With an intriguing bouquet on the nose, including grilled meat, dark plums, and anise, it offered plenty of fruit in the mouth, combined … Read more

Wine Review – 2014 Meran Blauburgunder Riserva Zeno

A very good Blauburgunder from Sϋditrol-Alto Adige… This Blauburgunder (another name for Pinot Noir) offered a fruity, fragrant nose with a tart, vibrant mouth. The tannins came across as somewhat sharp, yet not over-bearing, and the high degree of acidity added a welcomed touch of crispness. We paired it with an Italian-style margherita pizza and … Read more

Wine Review – 2014 Le Vieux Pin Petit Rouge

A very good Bordeaux-blend with a twist… This Bordeaux-style blend, produced in British Columbia by Le Vieux Pin, impressed us in terms of complexity, ease of drinkability, and value. Similar to many blends produced on the Right Bank in Bordeaux, where Merlot dominates Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, the twist of Petit Rouge comes in … Read more

Wine Review Special – Putting Emilie to the Test: A Blind Tasting of Two Juicy Reds

In the end, the Spanish red blend took the honours in this blind tasting… Wanting to hone Emilie’s tasting skills, Ryan surprised her with an impromptu blind tasting on a gorgeous summer night. It was a good way to see if the skills she developed during the WSET Level 2 course in Wines & Spirits … Read more

Wine Review – The View Winery and Vineyard 2016 Pinotage Rosé

The View’s 2016 Pinotage Rosé combines a deliciously sweet nose with a crisp, tart mouth… We adored the vibrant crispness of this Canadian Pinotage Rosé made, interestingly, from a South African varietal. Contrary to what we have experienced with many wines, the label accurately described this offering, but we didn’t notice any cotton candy. Though … Read more

Wine Review – 2011 Gérard Bertrand La Clape Grand Terroir

La Clape Grand Terroir, another solid offering from Gérard Bertrand, one of our favourite producers in Languedoc-Roussillon… We enjoyed this Rhône-style red blend, which offered a nice balance of dark and red fruit, combined with earth, leather, and tobacco notes. Made in a classic, old-world style, La Clape Grand Terroir offers pretty much what you’d expect from … Read more

Wine Review – 2015 La Frenz Viognier

An off-dry, yet surprisingly salty Viognier from our friends at La Frenz… We have long enjoyed Okanagan wines and came across this La Frenz Viognier at one of our favourite wine shops in Vancouver. We appreciated the balance of this wine, despite the relatively high alcohol rating (14.7%). At the same time, we found the … Read more

Wine Review – 2013 Escudo Rojo

This Escudo Rojo blend could use more time in cellar… This Chilean red blend, a classy-looking offering bearing the heralded name of Baron Philippe de Rothschild, came across as bold, sharp, and a little aggressive, with green cedar notes and gritty tannins. And that was after having decanted it for a good hour. We’d recommend … Read more

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