Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Summer Wines.

The rains have arrived in British Columbia's lower mainland. The falls colours so magnificently displayed. Which means it is time to look back at some of the more enjoyable wines of the summer.

We stayed close to home this year experience many of the fine wines offered in the Fraser Valley. We visited the Bacchus Bristo at Chaberton a few times and did a special tasting with winemaker Andrea Lee. Andrea has knocked it out of the park with her cellar of wines. The Reserve Bacchus 2015 was astonishing. We can also recommend the Gamay Noir 2016

Among our memorable visits was Backyard Vineyards. Excellent hospitality and an amazing 2015 Gewürztraminer. Among memorable visit was our three visits to Seaside Pearl Farmgate winery. try their Charlotte Estate Petit Milo.

Summer means Pizza and we enjoyed visiting the good folks at Blackwood Lane Estate Winery with their new patio and pizza oven. Tasting their Chardonnay 2014 and 2016 Viognier was a delightful experience. One can never forget their Reference!

Not all of our wines we purchased this summer was from the Fraser Valley. A wonderful wine comes from Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery. Their 2015 Récolte Blanche is perfection plus!

Representing the Okanagan we enjoyed Fashion Estates 2016 Appliqué. Try it you will like it!

From St. Catharines, Ontario we really appreciated Kings Court  Pinot Grigio. Aso the Estate Chardonnay 2014 from Hidden Bench.

Back in the Fraser Valley we had a wonderful tasting experience with Jason at Township Seven. WinemakerMary McDermott has created quite the cellar. the 2016 Viognier was fantastic.

Fruit Wines - both Ripples and Krause Berry farm have raised the bar for impressive wines.

For more on our Wine selections please see Robert's Selections
Watch the website for  The Best Wines of 2017

Friday, October 6, 2017

A good Chile Wine

Discovering that our cellar was running low on red wine and Everything Wine was having their big sale we made their way to their South Surrey location.  Needless to say it was not easy to find a parking spot. The store was quite busy. Cases of imported wines were stacked everywhere.

Caseloads of wine were heading out the door.  The Majority of these wines under $14.00 I made my way to the British Columbia wines, they were not on sale and the majority of the wines were over $20.00. I explored the wines reading the new brand put out by various wineries, as Barbara completed her selection of reds.

I came across a huge display of Ochagavia Wines a Chilean winery, located in Macul, Santiago. An employee was the stacking the wines. I spotted the price tag $8.99. "Why not I said to myself"

I selected the white wine Espuela. Took it home and drank it a week later. It was surprisingly good. A wonderful aroma.with soft citrus notes. Fresh tropical fruit flavours to finish.

It is not often we purchase wines outside of Canada but gee whiz when Canadian wines run 30 to 60 % higher in price what choice do I have!