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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 list too!

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Narrative XC Method from Okanagan Crush Pad $25

Tis definitely the season for bubble and this is one that stands out from the crowd. It’s a blend of traditional champagne grapes, 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay; the secondary fermentation took place in the wineries unique charmat tanks; designed to lie on their sides in contact with lees for 90 days, hence the XC in the name. Love sipping on this one around the fire (fake or real) or serving it up as guests arrive. It’s nice and crisp, with green apple, citrus and toast aromas and flavours and a nice length. Quite dry with just a touch of sweetness on the finish.


99986Vaporetta – Prosecco Brut No 8 – $17.50

Venturing over to Italy we find this rather fruity and floral bubble with some orchard fruit and honeysuckle aftertastes. A marvelous wine with light seafood dishes and sushi!







645655 0Rasteau – Cave de Rasteau du la Domeliere $21.99

Hailing from the Côtes du Rhône, this GSM blend comes from older vines and has some nice black cherry and licorice aromas along with some cherry and plum notes and a fairly lengthy palate with silky tanins. Great with pulled pork sliders I say!






144923Sicilia Nero d’Avola – Feudo Maccari SALE $16.50

This is a very flexible wine, one for after yoga perhaps, but what I really mean is that it could pair with a number of dishes and flavours that appear on the table at this time of year. A fuller bodied wine with dark cherry and blackberry flavours and a noticeable minerality on the finish. I am thinking about roast pork here, or perhaps a wine for that turkey dinner.






Laughinglaughing stock Stock Syrah $33.99

Syrah grows well in the Okanagan and this wine proves it. 2014 was a warm vintage and this Syrah benefited. Partly fermented in French oak puncheons and tanks, smothing out any rough edges, this wine is full of blueberry, blackbery, plum and spice and would be perfect with lamb.


Bottles of Holiday Bliss – A Few Wines on Sale at the BC Liquor Store

Steals and Deals at the Liquor Store

We were blessed with some decadent wine tasting last week and thought we’d share some of the deals we found on wines that could make great hostess gifts, pair with a holiday meal, be left out for santa, or consumed home alone if you need to drown your holiday sorrows, or merely escape for a night.

mionetto spumante doc treviso 750mlMionetto Treviso +86256 – On sale on Dec 4th $2.00 off at $15.99

Bubble is a nice way to start a party and with this sparkle you can pop a few bottles without blowing your holiday budget. It’s dry with lots of fruity and floral aromas and stone fruit, citrus and a little nuttiness on the palate. Please pour me a glass if you’re having one.



Santa Rita Secret Reserve – +348870 –  Until Dec 3 $2.00 off$11.49

A blend of cabernet sauvignon with merlot, syrah, petit verdot and carmenère, this fruity, friendly wine is perfect for a lively party, and is such a great value, you can have that party every day.

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Brotte La Fiole – +194498 – Until Dec 3 Off $2.00 to $15.49

Count on this Cote du Rhone to deliver some plum, pepper, herbaceous and smoky flavours with a descent wack of acidity. A Grenache Noir-Syrah blend, this is a great gift for your brother in law who BBQ’s all winter. Also works with lamb chops should you be serving some.


Louis Latour Gamay +822809 – Until Dec 3 Off $2.00 to $20.99

Lots of floral, raspberry, plum and earthy aromas, this nice light fruity wine has soft spice notes and would make a great pairing for the holiday turkey, or perhaps a roast duck.

Villa Antinori  +104885 – Until Dec 3 Off $2.00 to $22.99

Over to Italy for a sassy red with lots of cherry, strawberry and spice aromas, followed by lots of red fruit, hints of vanilla and leather and some soft tannins. Great for a fancy burger night, and over the holidays why not perfect that beef wellington.


Tomaresca Trentangeli – +675843 – Until Dec 3 Off $2.50 to $16.99

Another super deal from our Italian friends, this wine has some darker fruit aromas, an earthiness and a hint of spice. There’s some pretty cool layers as you sip this one with some thought and you’ll find ripe fruit and a jammyness that just sings it’s time for a celebration. Now you know Puglia, and this blend of 70% Aglianico, 20% Cabernet and 10% Syrah.



Father’s Day Last Minute Gift – Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Shiraz with Bison Carpaccio

Father’s Day Pairings – Pick Up some Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Shiraz and Whip Up Bison Carpaccio

Whether he’s a wine or scotch lover –(or, the perfect gift if he loves both!) – pick up a bottle of the new and innovative Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Shiraz and wow Dad this Father’s Day.

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Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Shiraz is the first of its kind to undergo a unique aged scotch whiskey barrel finish. The outcome? Additional layers of complexity and smoothness, which combine beautifully with the rich plum, sweet red fruit and dark chocolate notes of Barossa Shiraz.

Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Shiraz is a full-bodied wine that offers bold, smoky flavours with an elegant finish, and pairs beautifully with meat-focused, bold BBQ dishes AND this carpaccio

Pair your gift of Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Shiraz with an equally delicious and bold dish, recipe courtesy of Vancouver’s-own Chef Dan Tigchelaar from The Bottleneck restaurant:

Bison Carpaccio
1 Bison eye of round
¼ cup coriander seed
¼ cup black peppercorn

Pickled Beet
2 Medium sized Beets
2 cups Rice Wine Vinegar
1 cup water
1 Tbsp black peppercorn
1 Tbsp fennel seed
½ cup sugar

Truffle Aioli:
1 cup Aioli or store bought mayonnaise
2 Tbsp Truffle paste

For Garnishing Final Product
1 cup of croutons
¼ cup chiffonade Italian parsley
Pinch of smoked salt


  • Toast spices for the carpaccio and then coarsely grind
  • Roll Bison eye of round in the ground spice mix until completely covered
  • Season with salt and sear the outside of the eye of round in a very hot pan
  • After searing the outside place in the fridge and cool completely
  • After bison is chilled through wrap tightly with saran wrap and place in freezer overnight
  • While still frozen slice the bison as thin as possible and place overlapping on desired platter

For the Pickle:

  • Slice beets on a mandolin and place in container
  • Bring spices, vinegar, water and sugar to a boil and pour over the beets
  • Place in fridge and leave until completely cool
  • Once cool beets can be used to garnish carpaccio along with the truffle aioli and brioche croutons


Haywire Lunar New Year White 2013

Haywire-LunarWhiteAnother 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.

pH: 3.66 | TA: 5.90 | RS: 4.70 | Alc %: 12.9
SKU: 538793 | Price: $19.90

Haywire Lunar New Year Red 2012

Haywire-2012LunarRedWe 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 and juicy acidity.

pH: 3.92 | TA: 5.50 | RS: 10.0 | Alc %: 12.6

SKU: 738781 | Price: $22.90


Boos for Halloween – Besieged Wine from Ravenswood

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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 in time for Halloween night. I just saw it tonight at West Broadway and Arbutus. In the bottle there is a blend of Petite Sirah, Carignane, Zinfandel, Syrah, Barbera, Alicante Bouschet and Mourvèdre, all from Sonoma, California’s North Coast, Central Coast and Lodi winegrowing regions.

The wine is deep red and has aromas of blackberry, black cherry, dried plum, spice, tobacco and vanilla. It’s richly flavoured and full of black cherry, chocolate, and has a length finish. Enjoy in the company of witches and goblins perhaps with some blood sausage!

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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, good body and a lengthy finish.
VQA Okanagan Valley

Best with oysters, crab and good friends!






Saturna Island Family Estate Riesling 2011 ($16.99)

Saturna Island Family Estatsaturnae 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 the Gidda Family.  The wine is full of quince, grapefruit, lemon, lime and has some hints of guava.  The acidity balances the residual sugar nicely.  Very good with fatty cured meat such as salumi or some dried chorizo with manchego and quince paste.

**please note that in 2009-2010 I was the Marketing and Sales Manager for Saturna Island Family Estate Winery, but I have currently have no affiliation with and receive no financial compensation from the winery.