Holiday Sips From Near and Far

What to Sip this Holiday Season? Some Bubble, Grenache, Syrah or Nero D’Avola perhaps? We lined up and tasted a few more wines over the last little while and thought we’d share a few of our thoughts on these beauties because we are so very generous and you should have these on your to taste…

Haywire Lunar New Year White 2013

Another great wine for food with a touch of spice is the Haywire Lunar White in which the winery blends Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, and Viognier to create a harmonious bottle of noodle-worthy wine. You’ll find aromas of peach, tropical fruit, and floral notes and similar fresh flavours along with pink grapefruit, lychee and some zippy acidity. Great with seafood….

Haywire Lunar New Year Red 2012

We recently celebrated Lunar New Year with dim sum and sipped on this wonderfully paired Haywire Lunar Red. Made from Gamay Noir grapes and a touch of  Syrah, this wine has aromas of plum and raspberry along with some chocolate and spice. On the palate there is jammy raspberry and red currant flavours along with soft tannins, spice…

Boos for Halloween – Besieged Wine from Ravenswood

Winemaker Joel Peterson worked solo to collect the grapes for this spooky wine. As he picked, the story goes, ravens circled above, but instead of bringing doom, these birds brought good luck and became the totem for the winery. Now in Western Canada for the first time in limited release, Besieged will arrive on shelves just…

Jackson Triggs Entourage #12DaysJTEntourage

Looking for something to ring in the New Year or celebrate once it’s begun? JT Entourage Grand Reserve Brut is a classy number worthy of your drinking dollars at just $22.95. It’s been aged for three years and has aromas of yeast, apple and pear. On the palate it is a creamy with some minerality,…

Joie Farm Pinot Blanc 2012

An old-vine Pinot Blanc crafted from grapes grown on vines 25 years plus.  Alsatian in style, the Pinot Blanc has gorgeous aromas of apple, mandarin, and some citrus notes.  Good acidity with apricot, some tropical fruits and a slight minerality.  Very good with some fresh spot prawns!  Another bottle please.  

Saturna Island Family Estate Riesling 2011 ($16.99)

Saturna Island Family Estate Winery’s Winemaker, Homan Haftbaradaran, has made some welcome changes at Saturna Island winery; one being sourcing some of the grapes off-island to develop varieties not grown on the Saturna. Haftbaradaran sourced some of the grapes for the 2011 Riesling wines from Okanagan Falls and from the Similkameen’s Cawston from sunrise vineyards owned by…