2011 Spierhead Riesling $21.90

Grapes from Spierhead’s Gentleman Farmer Vineyard are used in the production of this clean, crisp wine. Aromas of peach, citrus, lime peel, honey and some floral notes jump from the glass. On the palate there are flavours of green apple, citrus notes, peach and some nice minerality. This will be a good wine for the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Desert Hills Unoaked Chardonnay 2009

#bcwine  $16.90 This unoaked Chardonnay has aromas of citrus fruit, green apple skin, nectarine with some herbaceous notes. On the palate it’s a clean, crisp sipper, with apple, fresh pear and some light nectarine.  A light finish with balanced acidity.  Perfect for seafood dishes.  Try it with a green apple mignonette atop some fresh oysters….

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…

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…

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…