Author Archives: Ronald Wilson

Evolve Spontaneity B.C. 2020

Welcome to the new look AND this new wine from Evolve called Spontaneity. The makeover is part of a comprehensive series of changes in both labels and names that are all part of the Time Family of Wines. In my opinion Evolve has always punched above its weight. Offering great value and consistency. This new white blend continues that trend. It’s 50% pinot gris, 30% sauvignon blanc and 20% Ortega. This is an easy drinking wine that opens with a pleasant nose of summer blossoms and has hints of lemon and nectarines. A slightly off dry finish adds up to a tasty sipper that could be the perfect house wine. I liked the acidity too and I think it would make this wine a good fit with grab and go suishi.

Available: Save-On-Foods wines across B.C.
Price: $19.49 plus tax until October 4th
Available: Winery direct at timewines.ca
Price: $21.99 plus tax

In-house Wine Tasting

There’s nothing I enjoy more than introducing winelovers to something new and seeing their instant reaction. We’re all curious about adding to our individual wine lists and I like pouring something new to an appreciative audience. It’s one of my major goals at www.cheapandcheerful.ca. Many clients and friends are keen on discovering something new from B.C. Others like to sample the world or find a selection of great wines at a great price. If that sounds like you please get in touch. I’d love to pour for you.
Email: ronaldkwilson52@gmail.com
Phone: 604 842.0750

Arrogant Frog Rosé France 2020

One of the best deals in French Rosé just got better because it’s on sale. The 3litre Arrogant Frog is priced at $32 plus tax until September 3rd. The grapes originate in the sun kissed Languedoc region that hugs the Mediterranean coast. This is classic pink with rich fruit flavours, crispy and dry and a great finish. Its calling out for a backyard BBQ or a day at the beach. Once you pour the first glass the winemaker suggests you finish the box within two weeks. Just have some friends over and polish it off in one evening.

Price: $32.00 plus tax
Available: B.C. liquor stores across the province

Foxly Rosé B.C. 2019

Among the host of premium B.C. wineries, Foxtrot on the Naramata Bench has earned a reputation for very well made Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. They’ve also branched out with a second label called Foxly to meet the lower priced tier. My first experience is with this Rosé. The grapes come from the Okanagan and the wine is made at Foxtrot. This pink is a blend of Pinot Gris with a splash of Austria’s pride and joy…Zweigelt. The latter gives a nice salmon colour to the wine. On the nose I picked up stone fruit and tasted flavours of peaches and strawberries in a fruit forward, dry style of rose. Good acidity and a creamy finish made this wine very enjoyable. This is the 2019 vintage which is for sale in Vancouver while the 2020 vintage is available winery direct.

Price: $25.00 plus tax
Available: Save-On-Foods wines across B.C.
Price: $27.40 plus tax
Available: Legacy Liquor at Olympic Village

Les Fleurs du Mal Rosé France 2020

I love Rosé. The only thing I like better is when it’s on sale! You have until the end of July to grab this classic French Rosé for $15.99. Hear’s what to expect. A beautiful pale pink in the glass, dry as rosé was intended and good acidity that sure works well when pairing it with charcuterie. Lot of strawberries on the nose and palate with a hint of herbs and spice. A very pleasant summer sipper.

Price: $15.99 plus tax
Available: B.C. Liquor stores

Haywire Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris B.C. 2019

This my fellow winelovers maybe the perfect summer daily double. A white and a red that’ll make your backyard get together absolutely sing. The Pinot Noir is subtle, aged in clay amphoras which creates a unique and fresh flavour that has quickly become a favorite for me. There’s several layers you’ll discover which speaks to quality winemaking. Flavours that include black cherries and a lovely, savoury finish.
I drink the Pinot Gris year round…often paired with grab and go suishi. But with abundance of seafood in our province this white can be a reliable partner with a summer BBQ. I love the fresh, lush, lemon flavour, balanced acidity and hint of herbs. Haywire wines always deliver quality and consistency which is why i recommend them so often.

Pinot Noir Price: $25.00 plus tax
Available: Save-On-Foods wines across B.C.
Price: $28.00 plus tax
Available: Marquis Wine Cellars on Davie street
Pinot Gris Price $23.00 plus tax
Available: Save-On-Foods wines across B.C. and Marquis Wine Cellars on Davie street

Wolf & Grouse Light Aperitif B.C.

I love when imaginative people come up with a new idea yet it retains a B.C. ethos. The Wolf & Grouse Aperitif has Blue Gouse Winery at its core. Their delicious Quill White Blend that I’ve reviewed earlier this year. But then add flowers, fruit and roots and suddenly you’re transported from the Cowichan Valley to a piazza in Italy. You can make it your own by adding a splash of your favorite gin, sparkling wine or tonic water. What you’ll discover is a remarkably fresh aperitif with Italian aromatics that’s also low in alcohol. Perfect as a starter before dinner or as a backyard sipper on a summer’s day. If you’re visiting Vancouver Island drop into the winery for a taste.

Price: $34.00 plus tax
Available: Winery direct at Blue Grouse Estate Winery

Fort Berens Rosé B.C. 2020

B.C. is producing more and more top shelf rosé and one I look forward to each year is the pink from Fort Berens. The new vintage is 80% Pinot Noir, 16% Cabernet Franc and 4% Merlot. This is a rosé that’s notable for it’s pale pink colour, lovely nose and juicy taste. Modeled in the French style, it’s a dry, medium bodied wine loaded with flavours of freshly picked raspberries and a hint of watermelon. So you’ll notice more fruit on the palate than a rosé from Provence. This is consistently a summer favourite for me and I think once you taste it you’ll be adding this wine to your #drinkpink list too. I paired it with chicken skewers as recommended by the winery and loved every bite and sip.

Price: $19.99 plus tax
Available: Winery direct www.fortberens.ca

Price: $22.99 plus tax
Available: Save-On-Foods wines across B.C.

South African Chenin Blanc

I don’t know if I can think of better value wines for the buck than these two whites. Both are under $15 and while that warms my frugal heart, I’m equally impressed by the taste. Rarely will you find as much flavour in your glass at this price.
Chenin Blanc’s home is France but full credit to South Africa for making it their own. For centuries winemakers in S.A. have crafted a tasty, crispy white that’s gulpable on your patio or as a companion for grab and go suishi. Chenin has certain characteristics that make it one of my go-to white wines. Flavours of peaches, grapefruit or tropical fruits are what you can expect along with zippy acidity and a touch of lemon. At this price you can grab a couple of bottles, give them a chill and get your friends together for a picnic at the beach.

The Wild Olive Old Vines Chenin
Price: $12.99 plus tax
Available: B.C. Liquor stores
Spier Chenin Blanc
Price: $13.99 plus tax
Available: B.C. Liquor stores

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!