Haywire Secrest Mountain Pinot Noir 2015 B.C.

One of my favourite wines to pour on a hot summer day is this beautiful Pinot Noir. Whether you chill it slightly or not is entirely up to you but rest assured you’ll enjoy each and every sip. This Pinot puts to rest any idea that the varietal can’t be rich and full flavoured. Haywire has crafted a wine loaded with fruit, textured and so true to its Okanagan roots. The aroma is authentic and sets you up for a wonderful wine experience. The long, lingering finish is note perfect. What better way to enjoy a summer evening on the patio or deck. Add grilled salmon to the evening and you’ll be inviting Haywire back again and again.

Price: 23.99 (plus tax)
Available: Everything Wine in North Vancouver, the River District in South Vancouver and South Surrey
Price: $25.11 (plus tax)
Available: Marquis Wine Cellars on Davie Street
Price: $25.13 (plus tax)
Available: Sutton Place Wine Merchant on Burrard street
Price: $25.99 (plus tax)
Available: Swirl Wine Store in Yaletown

Monte Creek Ranch Rose 2016 B.C.

There’s so much Rose being produced in B.C. and so much is easy drinking. What’s noteworthy is that the wineries are putting their own unique twist into a varietal that’s exploded in popularity. Monte Creek Ranch near Kamloops using a hybrid grape developed in North America called Marquette. What you’ll notice on the nose is the aroma of fresh berries and a little rose petal. The berry influence carries through in the taste but I also noted a touch of cranberry. That added a tartness to the wine which I really enjoyed. It’s the only B.C. Rose I’ve had this year with that flavour profile. Good on Monte Creek Ranch for going their own way. This is the perfect patio wine and being Rose you can pair it with all of your favourite dishes.

Price: $20.00 (plus tax)
Available: Coal Harbour Liquor store
Price: $23.05 (plus tax)
Available: Legacy Liquor store in Olympic Village

Noble Ridge Meritage 2014 B.C.

Meritage is usually reserved for B.C.’s most expensive wines. The beautiful Bordeaux style blend that’s full bodied and typically priced at $35 and then goes up from there. So imagine my delight when I first tasted the Noble Ridge Meritage and discovered it costs far less. This blend is dominated by Merlot (81%) with lesser amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Perit Verdot. This is a wine that needs to be decanted to get the full Meritage experience. The aroma is beautiful with blackberry and coffee notes. It’s loaded with rich flavours of black fruit and hints of chocolate and I loved the long, lingering finish. This is the perfect match for steak or ribs off the grill. Or head to the patio and pour it with your favourite charcuterie. An absolute steal for the price!

Price: $19.91 (plus tax)
Available: Sutton Place Wine Merchant on Burrard street
Price: $24.99 (plus tax)
Available: Village VQA Wines in Kitsilano
Price: $25.95 (plus tax)
Available: Legacy Liquor at Olympic Village

Gray Monk Odyssey Rose Brut 2015 B.C.

I’ve always believed Gray Monk Winery has been a leader in delivering great bang for the buck. There’s no better example than this beautiful pink bubbly. This is a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunière which delivers a solid, easy drinking sparkling wine that’s good to the last sip. This is filled with the flavours of the Okanagan….strawberries and cherries in a smooth, creamy wine that’s clean and crisp. Pour with any occasion, parties, weddings, on the patio or with suishi and you’ll discover an approachable B.C. bubbly that keeps on giving.

Price: $19.99 (plus tax)
Available: Swirl Wines in Yaletown and Village VQA Wines in Kitsilano

Nichol Pinot Gris 2016 B.C.

This has been a reliable wine friend for many years and Nichol never disappoints. I still remember thinking that someone mislabeled this wine because the salmon pink colour had me fooled. It must be a Rose said I. My first taste told the true tale. This is a quintessential B.C. Pinot Gris. Beautiful aroma of apricots and peaches. There’s lots of citrus to taste in this beautifully balanced, fresh white with lively acidity. A great patio sipper but Nichol really shows off its Pinot Gris pedigree when you pair it with seafood. I loved this wine with cedar plank salmon. Or prawns, or scallops or anything with fins.

Price: $19.91 (plus tax)
Available: Sutton Place Wine Merchant on Burrard street
Price: $22.99 (plus tax)
Available: Everything Wine in North Vancouver and South Surrey

Fort Berens Riesling 2016 B.C.

There’s so much to enjoy about B.C. Rieslings and if you haven’t tried Fort Berens you need to add it to your list. This is a polished and complex white that grabs your attention with first pour. There’s a lovely citrus aroma which shouldn’t be missed. It foreshadows the taste of tropical fruit with a great balance of sweetness and acidity. I absolutely loved the finish which lingers and demands a second glass. The 2016 vintage won gold medals at the Los Angeles and Pacific North West wine competitions. The Fort Berens Riesling is easily among the top examples of this varietal made in our province. It’s also a great food wine. I loved it with a spicy Thai Gado salad and it’ll be a good match with your favourite seafood dish too.

Price: $19.99 (plus tax)
Available: Swirl Wine Store in Yaletown
Price: 19.49 (plus tax)
Available: Village VQA wines in Kitsilano

Haywire Secrest Mountain Gamay Noir Rose 2016 B.C.

It seems to my palate that with every vintage Haywire Rose sets a higher bar. There’s so much to enjoy with this pink. First and foremost, it’s from the Gamay grape which is a personal fave but also one of B.C.’s unsung heroes. While the colour seems a dark pink in my bottle picture, it’s a lighter pink in the glass. There’s a beautiful aroma of fresh fruit which sets you up for the flavour. I tasted a rich, deep, savoury mix of berries that’s layered with herbs and a subtle tartness that just added to the experience. You expect some earthiness with a Gamay Rose and Haywire delivers in this delicious pink. I poured it with grilled prawns and scallops and loved that pairing. There’s quite a price range on this wine as you’ll see on my post so shop around!

Price: $21.99 (plus tax)
Available: Swirl Wine Store in Yaletown
Price: $25.99 (plus tax)
Available: Kits Wine Cellar on 4th Avenue
Price: $26.00 (plus tax)
Available: Marquis Wine Cellars on Davie street
Price: $27.99 (plus tax)
Available: Liberty Wines on Commercial Drive

Evolve Cellars Rose 2016 B.C.

When I’m asked to recommend wineries that deliver a lot of bang for the buck Evolve Cellars is always on the list. From their sparkling wine portfolio to the Cab/Merlot blend and their Rose I’m a big fan. This Rose is unique from the many I’ve tried this year because of the beautiful watermelon aroma. You’ll also taste that with first sip but give your nose some love too. The melon flavours are mixed with cherries and strawberries so essentially it’s a fruit basket in a glass. A crisp and dry wine that I paired with BBQ spareribs and it was a terrific match. Make sure you check out Evolve Cellars wines. Your palate and wallet will say thanks.

Price: $15.99 (plus tax)
Available: Village VQA wines in Kitsilano
Price: $17.65 (plus tax)
Available: Denman Liquor on Denman street
Price: $17.95 (plus tax)
Available: Firefly Liquor on Cambie street

Quails’ Gate Chasselas Pinot Blanc Pinot Gris 2016 B.C.

I’ve been a fan of this white blend long before I learned that the home of the Chasselas grape is Switzerland. Introducing that grape to this B.C. wine was a stroke of genius. While I may have known nothing about Chasselas I love how it compliments the Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. This is a well balanced and aromatic white that is full of flavour. Fresh and juicy with apples and lemon to savour. There’s much to enjoy here whether you’re looking for an after work sipper or to pair with your favourite summer salad or seafood. I bet you won’t stop at just one glass.

Price: $17.99 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores
Price: $18.99 (plus tax)
Available: Village VQA wines in Kitsilano

Road 13 Honest John’s White 2016 B.C.

I’ve been enjoying Honest John’s White blend for years and their latest vintage is another example of quality and consistency. The blend includes Chardonnay (54%), Pinot Gris (24%), Kerner (10%), Chenin Blanc (7%) along with a splash of Viognier and Orange Muscat. This is a wine that is truly the sum of its parts. The aroma and flavour is loaded with fruit from a B.C. orchard…apples and pears with a touch of citrus. It’s a medium bodied white that’s perfect for patio sipping or pair it with your favourite summer appies. This is one of my favourite B.C. wines because it’s easy drinking and easy on the wallet. If you’re hosting friends or family this summer this is the perfect wine to serve your guests.

Price: $15.99 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores and Everything Wine in North Vancouver and South Surrey
Price: $18.39 (plus tax)
Available: Village VQA Wines in Kitsilano