Wine Review – Waterbrook Syrah 2014

A vibrant, complex Syrah from Walla Walla Valley in Washington State… This Syrah from Waterbrook Winery in Walla Walla Valley, a region located to the south of the Columbia Valley in Washington State, impressed us with its combination of vibrancy and structure. It offered an aromatic bouquet of dark currants, red currants, vanilla, and cedar … Read more

Wine Review – Cristom Estate Viognier 2015

A very good Viognier from Willamette Valley, Oregon… Name: Estate Viognier Vintage: 2015 Producer: Cristom Vineyards Region/Country: Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA Grape Varietal(s): Viognier Consumed: At home on a gorgeous, early summer evening Recommended By: Received it as a gift as part of a Wine Collective package Cost: $65 CAD Bottle Presentation: A … Read more

Wine Review – 2016 Anew Rosé

A Rosé that’s sweet in the nose, dry in the mouth, and fantastic in the hand… Name: Anew Rosé Vintage: 2016 Producer: Anew Winery, under the Château Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’ group Region/Country: Columbia Valley, Washington, USA Grape Varietal(s): Syrah (93%) and Grenache (7%) Consumed: At home Recommended By: Picked it off the shelf at … Read more

Wine Review – 2013 McPrice Myers Beautiful Earth

This red McPrice Myers emphasizes the “S” in GSM… Name: McPrice Myers Beautiful Earth Vintage: 2013 Producer: McPrice Myers Region/Country: Paso Robles, California, USA Grape Varietal(s): Syrah (79%), Grenache (13%), Mourvèdre (8%) Consumed: At home Recommended By: Received it as a gift as part of a Wine Collective package Cost: $66 CAD Bottle Presentation: Simple, … Read more

Wine Review – Meiomi Pinot Noir 2015

Not a typical Pinot Noir, but well worth a look… Name: Meiomi Vintage: 2015 Producer: Meiomi, Constellation Brands Region/Country: A blend from Monterrey County, Sonoma County, and Santa Barbara County, California Grape Varietal(s): Pinot Noir Consumed: On a Mediterranean cruise Recommended By: Vintages Wine Bar sommelier  on the cruise ship Cost: $27.95 CAD at the … Read more

Wine Review – Pinot Noir Blind Tasting – December 2016

The following reviews were part of blind tasting focusing on Pinot Noir. The three wines included, touted as typical representations of their terroir/location, took us to the Bourgogne region of France, the South Island of New Zealand, and the state of Oregon in the United States. The tasting proved eye-opening, revealing how this varietal can … Read more

Wine Review – Mark West Pinot Noir Vintage 2013

A light yet flavourful Pinot Noir that goes well with many dishes… Name: Mark West Pinot Noir Vintage 2013 Vintage: 2013 Producer: Mark West Region/Country: California, USA Grape Varietal(s): Pinot Noir Consumed At: Milestone’s Restaurant, Cambie Stree, Vancouver, BC Recommended By: Restaurant wine list choice Cost: $46 (restaurant list price) Bottle Presentation: Classic, but nothing … Read more

Wine Review – Sweet Cheeks Pinot Noir 2013

For a new world Pinot Noir, it is worth trying. Name: Vintage Pinot Noir Vintage: 2013 Producer: Sweet Cheeks Winery & Vineyards Region/Country: Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA Grape Varietal(s): Pinot Noir Consumed: At home Recommended By: Mom, who purchased it while in Oregon Cost: Unknown Bottle Presentation: Busy and somewhat overdone. Not sure how the … Read more

Wine Review – Mer Soleil Santa Lucia Highlands Reserve Chardonnay 2013

One of the best chardonnays I have tasted… Name: Mer Soleil Santa Lucia Highlands Reserve Chardonnay Vintage: 2013 Producer: Mer Soleil Vineyard Region/Country: Rutherford, California, USA Grape Varietal(s): Chardonnay Consumed: At home Recommended by: A colleague Cost: 34.95 CAD Bottle Presentation: Colourful, distinct yellow label. Stands out on the shelf. Appearance: Nice golden colour. Nose: … Read more

Wine Review – Joel Gott Alakai Grenache 2012

New world all the way… Name: Alakai Vintage: 2000 Producer: Joel Gott Wines Region/Country: California, USA Grape Varietal(s): Grenache Consumed: At home Recommended by: SAQ Cost: $25.05 CAD Bottle Presentation: Classic, easy to read label Appearance: Medium-dark ruby red Nose: Initially, very fruit forward (sour cherries) with some bacon, but after a good decant, more … Read more

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