Tastings are back!

Now that B.C. has entered Step 2 it means that I’m free to pour again. The pandemic shut down wine tastings over a year ago but the new protocols have allowed me to “free the grapes!” If you’re interested in a backyard or patio tasting I’d be happy to help create the winelist that suits both your taste and budget. Whether it’s BC wine or wines from another region I can find quality and affordable bottles that overdeliver for the price. You can email me at ronaldkwilson52@gmail.com. Cheers!

Roche Pinot Gris B.C. 2020

I’m like many B.C. winelovers when it comes to Pinot Gris. It can be the best of times or the worst of times. Some P.G. seems to lack substance, more an afterthought rather than a wine that gets your attention. Roche is NOT that kind of gris. I loved this wine from aroma through tasting. Lots of Granny Smith apples to my nose leading to a lovely, luscious style loaded with apples and pears and a lemony finish. Good acidity too which just enhanced the experience. It’s medium bodied and the perfect match for seafood or pasta in a cream sauce. Roche is celebrating their 10th anniversary too so what better time to explore their wines. Congratulations on your 10th!

Price: $23.99 plus tax.
Available: Everything Wine in North Vancouver, South Vancouver, Langley and White Rock

Fort Berens Camels Red&White B.C.

We’d all like to be able to drink high end wine but most of us don’t have that big of a wine budget. I love it when wineries focus on creating a “house” white and red too. Fort Berens has done just that with their two Camels. Both are easy drinking blends that are very well priced.
The red offers a burst of red cherries off the hop thanks to the Pinot Noir while the two Cabs add good structure and Merlot adds a taste of blackberries. Perfect for burgers.
The white leads with Pinot Gris and smaller portions of Pinot Blanc, Gruner Veltliner and Riesling. A beautiful aroma in the glass in what is a full bodied wine. I tasted citrus from the PG but also some orange and apple. A lovely backyard sipper that’s a great companion with summer salads.

Price: Camels White $17.19 plus tax
Camels Red $18.49 plus tax
Available: Save-On-Foods wines across B.C.

Finca El Origen Cabernet Sauvignon Argentina 2018

From the land that popularized Malbec comes this wine that’s a not to be missed, terrific buy. From start to finish it delivers a full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with a lovely nose and flavours of blackberry that reminds me of cassis. There’s good acidity, lush mouth feel and a balanced finish that had me reaching for a second glass. The perfect companion for a backyard BBQ when steak is on the grill. Keep this wine in mind when we’re allowed to have friends over again because you can’t beat the price.

Price: $16.99 plus tax
Available: B.C. Liquor stores

Bartier Bros Rosé 2020 B.C.

The reason I look forward to tasting Bartier Bros Rosé every spring is because it’s a unique take on pink wine. Always provides a little surprise that I don’t find elsewhere. A beautiful pale pink, dry and medium bodied with a lovely rhubarb tartness in the flavour. It’s a blend of Chardonnay, 56%, Gewurtzraminer, 42% and a splash of Merlot. That alone makes the wine stand out and with Michael Bartier’s deft touch it’s a delicious Rosé. I love how it rolls across the tongue. Whether you’re sipping a glass on your deck or pairing it with a summer salad or seafood this is a wine to add to your list.

Price: $17.99 plus tax
Available: B.C. Liquor stores
Price: $18.17 plus tax
Available: Marquis Wine Cellars on Davie street
Price: $21.99 plus tax
Available: Swirl Wines in Yaletown

Luigi Bosca Malbec Argentina 2018

Years ago when Argentinian Malbec made its debut it was the quintessential cheap and cheerful wine. A little rough around the edges but the perfect red to pair with Friday night pizza. Now you’re just as likely to discover the polish and finesse of a fine wine. Luigi Bosca is a perfect example. This juicy wine is loaded with red fruit, medium bodied with a hint of blueberries and liquorice. It’s a balanced, well made tribute to the excellence of the wines of Argentina. Fire up the BBQ and pair this Malbec with everything from burgers to steak or ribs.

Price: $23.99 plus tax
Available: B.C. Liquor stores and Everything Wine in North Vancouver, South Vancouver, South Surrey and Langley.

Escorihuela 1884 Malbec 2019 Argentina

Tasting this wine was another reminder of how young our B.C. wine industry is when compared to this Argentine Malbec. Escorihuela was founded in 1884 which explains the label on this quaffable red. Fruit forward, medium bodied with soft tannins and the perfect companion for firing up the BBQ. You can’t beat the price on this red and it’s readily available too which makes it a popular choice. Meet your new house wine! I’ve recommended this Malbec to many wine friends and clients and it always gets a big thumbs up.

Price: $17.99 plus tax
Available: B.C. Liquor stores
Price: $17.99 plus tax
Available: Marquis Wine Cellar on Davie Street

Road 13 Rose B.C. 2020

It’s spring so time to drink pink! Once again Road 13 delivers a very drinkable rose at a terrific price. The nose jumps out of the bottle like a basket of fresh fruit. Flavours of cherries and strawberries with a balanced acidity and a lively finish. Rose goes with everything and I’ve already enjoyed this wine with taco salad and a mixed grill. Load up this month because it’s on sale!

Price: $17.99 plus tax
Available: B.C. Liquor stores
Price: $18.79 plus tax
Available: Save-On-Foods wines across B.C.
Price: $22.99 plus tax
Available: Swirl Wines in Yaletown

Winemaker’s Cut Syrah 2017/18 B.C.

If ever a new vineyard hit the ground running it would have to be Winemaker’s Cut near Osoyoos. I was captured by their Sauvignon Blanc at first, then their Rose and now I’m blown away by their Syrah. I tasted two vintages and as you’d expect the more mature of the two had more polish and finesse but both are equally delicious. This is another example of the excellence to be found in B.C. wine. Syrah of the quality of Le Vieux Pin, Black Hills and C.C. Jentsch. Decanting allowed the Winemaker’s Cut to really express everything in the bottle. A beautiful aroma of black fruit with a hint of pepper. The taste of plum and currents with beautiful acidity and a lovely spicy finish. This wine benefits from winery owners Martina and Michal Mosny’s love of the black earth that feeds the vines. Depending on where you shop you’ll find different vintages.

Price: $27.79 plus tax
Available: Save-On-Foods wines across B.C.
Price: $31.00 plus tax
Available: Marquis Wines on Davie Street and Swirl Wines in Yaletown

Gold Hill Cabernet Franc B.C. 2016

There’s a regular debate among winelovers to identify the quintessential B.C. wine. Some choose Pinot Noir, others opt for Riesling while another group goes for Cabernet Franc. A healthy debate because we have such a healthy wine industry in our province. Although I’ve been tasting B.C. wine for more than twenty years I have never opened a bottle of Gold Hill. Until now. All I can say is….”what took me so long?”
Their Cabernet Franc is a winner! A medium to full bodied red that offers a well made, polished take on this varietal. Flavours of blackberry and a touch of plum with some lovely notes of herb and coffee. It’s a juicy wine with a good finish and will pair with anything from grilled meats to a hearty stew.

Price: $28.00 plus tax
Available: Save-On-Foods wines across B.C.
Winery direct at www.goldhillwinery.com