Category Archives: Vino

Invivo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc – 2011

From 100 per cent Marlborough Fruit this pale yellow wine has aromas of grass, gooseberries, citrus and tropical fruit.  On the palate the wine has concentrated tropical notes, citrus, minerality and noticeable but balanced acidity.  It’s a richer style of Sauv Blanc produced with lees stiring.  I love pairing with oysters, grilled scallops and ceviche, or sipping solo thinking of the ripening vineyards.



Joie Farm Riesling 2012

I love a good Riesling whether it by bone dry or on the sweeter side as long as the wine has a balanced acidity.  This number is what’s considered off-dry, or spatlese in Germany, containing 19 grams of residual sugar.  The wine is impressive; the vines used have an average age of 31 year, and most importantly it is well made, tasty and has balanced acidity.  On the nose you’ll find tropical fruit, mango, light peach and a bit of minerality.  On the palate there’s juicy guava, ripe peach, citrus and a finish of crisp acidity and a decent length.  I’m having this at the moment with a mustard, honey and thyme glazed pork roast, but this is a great wine for Thai or any Asian with a bit of spice, or as a brunch sipper with big slabs of bacon and maybe some fruit salad.



2005 Backsberg Family Reserve Red

This family run winery based in Paarl, South Africa has over 200 hectares under vine. This red is a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz and Malbec.  The wine isn’ made every year, only in those that produce the best fruit.  On the nose there’s lots of ripe red berry, cassis, plum, and tobacco.  This savoury number is drinking well now as the tannins have softened and the cedar, vanilla and plum are all present as you sip a mouthful.

This is a great match for venison, lamb and roasts and would make a great holiday gift for the particularly nice people on your list.

$34.95 Marquis Wine Cellars

Wines of Argentina Top 5

The Wines of Argentina came to town and while I would have liked to have a bit (actually a lot) more time in the tasting room, I did, however, manage to source out a few favourites that would be welcome additions to your fall tasting line up.






2010 mapema Sauvignon Blanc CSPC 618959 Spec $17.99

Mapema is produced by Jose “Pepe” Galante, previously the head winemaker of the well known Catena winery, and Mariano Di Paola, a previous to assistant to Galante.   Grown at 3900 feet in the foothills of the Andes in Tugungato, this Sauv Blanc is a delicate wine full of floral, tropical and citrus aromas and some vanilla.  On the palate there is a zesty acidity,  melon, pink grapefruit and a creamy complex finish.  Try with sushi or sablefish.



2009 Urraca Chardonnay not yet in market suggested $21.50

Urraca’s Vineyards are in Mendoza at the foot of the Andes.  The winery is currently in its design phase, but promises the project will be “integrating old world tradition with state-of-the-art technology”.

The Chard is aged 6 months in new French Oak and is full of apple, vanilla, mango and toasty aromas.  On the palate this elegant number shows well integrated oak and flavours of orchard fruit, and some melon.

Urraca Wines is looking for an agent in Vancouver. – warning – annoying website.





2009 1884 Escorihuela Reservado Malbec 770925 Specialty $16.99

The 1884 name of this wine comes from the year the winery,Bodegas Escorihuela, was established in Mendoza.  Aromas of plum, dark cherry, tobacco and mocha are present.  A sip of this great value number offers more dark berry, and savoury spicy notes.  Try with pastas, grilled meats and roasts.

Bodegas Escorihuela







2007 Finca Decero Syrah 157396 Spec $22.99

Named in the “Top 10 Producers of Argentina” in Decanter Magazine in July 2011, Finca Decero produces constantly great wines.  In the appellation of Argrelo, in Mendoza, the Syrah is grown in the Remolinos Vineyard which takes its name from “remolinos” – the whirlwinds which keep the grapes dry before handpicking. Aromas of ripe plum, blackberry and spice are echoed on the palate.  Complex, meaty and well worth the $22.99.

Finca Decero 






2009 Bodega Renacer Enamore 2009 114165 $??

A Joint Project From The Bodegas Renacer In Mendoza And Allegrini In The Veneto, this Amarone Style Malbec will ruin you for all other Malbecs if you start with this bottle in a tasting. The vines have an average age of over 50 years and are hand harvested at less than 6 tonnes per acre. You’ll find a mouthful of ripe juicy fruit, cassis, figs, coffee, chocolate and spice. A well balanced wine that has smooth tannins, and a lengthy finish.

Bodega Renacer


Desert Hills Viognier 2010

#bcwine $24.90

This estate grown Viognier from the hot hills of Desert Hills Osoyoos vineyard has ripe floral aromas of primrose, peach, with a  bit of musk and star anise.  On the palate there is a soft acidity, typical of the grape, and perfumey notes of honeysuckle, apricot, peach and some roasted pink grapefruit.  Would work well with mildly-spiced Asian foods such as coconut curries, and as a pre-dinner sipper.



Herdade Paço do Conde 2007 (Portugal Red)

Herdade Paço do Conde 2007 (Portuguese Red)

PRODUCER – Sociedade Agrícola Encosta do Guadiana

REGION – Alentejo

GRAPES – Aragonez ( Tempranillo) 40%, Trincadeira 40%, Alicante Bouschet 10% and Cabernet Sauvignon 10%

SOIL TYPE – Clay loam.

VINIFICATION – Total removal of the stalk. Fermented in stainless vats under controlled temperature at 26/27ºC. 2 weeks maceration.

AGING – 3 months new French oak, 8 months in stainless vats; 2 months in bottle.

TASTING NOTES – Beautiful Ruby color. Ripe red fruit aromas with light toasted notes, combining in an intense aromatic complexity. In the mouth it shows itself smooth and structured, ending softly, with a lovely warm finish.

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***Please note this is part of the Good Life Libations Portfolio – I will receive commission if this wine is sold.


Blasted Church Chardonnay Musque 2010

Much more than just a funky name and charming label, this winery is crafting some refreshing summer whites. The Chardonnay has aromas and flavours of orchard and tropical fruit with some citrus and mineral notes, this wine is fresh with some good acidity on the finish.

Pairs well with seafood, try with Halibut, Mussels or Oysters.


Double Gold – All Canadian Wine Championships 2011
Gold – All Canadian Wine Championships 2010
Gold – OWFS Fall 2010
Gold – All Canadian Wine Championships 2005
Best of Category – OWFS Spring 2010
Best of Category – All Canadian Wine Championships 2004
Silver – Canadian Wine Awards 2010
Silver – OWFS Fall 2009
Silver – OWFS Fall 2008
Silver – Meritage Made in BC 2000
Silver – Liberty Wine & Oyster Festival 2000
Bronze – Canadian Wine Awards 2008
Bronze – Canadian Wine Awards 2006
Bronze – Canadian Wine Awards 2004
Bronze – Canadian Wine Awards 2002
Finalist – OWFS Spring 2008

Mission Hill Five Vineyards Rose 2010

#BCWine $15 @missionhillwine

An easy sipper from the Five Vineyards Collection of Mission Hill Winery made from Merlot, Cab Franc, and Shiraz.  Aromas and flavours of strawberry, raspberry, pomegranate and summer punch predominate. Some perceived sweetness makes this a good wine for Asian dishes, or just simply unscrew the cap and sip at your next picnic.

Mission Hill Family Estate Winery