Monster Vineyards Rose 2016 B.C.

I know the weather is cooler and wetter but what better time to embrace summer’s signature wine? I’m a year round rose kinda guy because it helps me chase away the dreary fall and winter seasons. Monster makes the perfect Rose for sunshine challenged days. Using a blend of Malbec, Syrah and Merlot the winery has crafted a medium bodied wine that’ll stand up to any hearty cuisine. There’s an aroma of watermelon that gives way to flavours of red berries, grapefruit and the slightest hint of cranberries that adds a subtle tartness. I really enjoyed the mouth watering acidity in this Rose which makes it so food friendly. Plus the price is so affordable you now have your everyday pink whether it’s January or July!

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

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Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut B.C.

Blue Mountain has earned much acclaim for their bubbles and the Gold Label is the perfect introduction for sparkling wine lovers. From the glass full of tiny bubbles to the toasty, crisp flavour this is a delicious wine that delivers on every level. The aroma of berries and lemon draws you in but the mouth feel will capture your taste buds. It’s creamy, medium bodied and with great acidity and a lingering finish. A complex wine made in the traditional method found in Champagne but at a fraction of the price. A perfect companion for celebrations of all kinds or pair it with seafood.

Price: $26.01 (plus tax)
Available: Sutton Place Wine Merchant on Burrard street
Price: $28.99 (plus tax)
Available: Liberty Wine (various locations)
Price: $29.00 (plus tax)
Available: Kits Wine Cellar on 4th avenue

Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon Argentina

Here’s more evidence that Argentina is more than Malbec. This is a meaty, earthy Cabernet Sauvignon that impressed both the palate and the pocketbook. A beautiful aroma of blackberry and tobacco leads you to a full bodied, juicy cab. It’s loaded with flavours of dark berries and cocoa and has a long, lingering finish. This is a perfect companion for grilled veggies or your favourite meat off the BBQ. Plus it’s on sale until the end of September. Sounds like a win/win to me.

Price: $12.49 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores

Calliope Sauvignon Blanc 2016 B.C.

The Wyse family helped put B.C. on the wine map with their award winning Burrowing Owl wines. They’re also aware that many a winelover is price sensitive so they added Calliope wines to their portfolio. This is a perfect example of quality meets value. Wines meant for every day drinking at a great price. The Sauvignon Blanc is a steal at less than $16.00 a bottle. You’ll love the aroma of passion fruit and lime and expect more of the same when taking your first sip. This wine is loaded with fruit while keeping the crisp, dry style that makes SB such a fave for many of us. Keep a couple of bottles on hand to share with friends or take it to a party and spread the word of Calliope.

Price: $15.90 (plus tax)
Available: Village VQA Wines in Kitsilano
Price: $16.99 (plus tax)
Available: Kits Wine Cellar on 4th Avenue

Moraine Riesling 2016 B.C.

It seems B.C. is fast becoming the home of world class Riesling. From Tantalus to Synchromesh and Orofino to this gem from Moraine Estate Winery on the Naramata Bench. Wine judges are in love with this Riesling. Bestowing medal after medal on this remarkably well priced white. The aroma is subtle and suggests a dryer style of Riesling. But the flavour is true to the varietal, crisp and balanced, citrus notes with a lovely sweetness that’s entirely natural. While you can enjoy Moraine Riesling on its own you’ll find it’s a perfect match for your favourite spicy dishes.

Price: $19.96 (plus tax)
Available: Sutton Place Wine Merchant
Price: $21.00 (plus tax)
Available: Village VQA Wines in Kitsilano

Michel Torino Cuma Torrontes Argentina

Argentina is hoping Torrontes will become the white wine equivalent of Malbec…the massively popular red that’s everyone’s favourite pizza wine. My experience with this palate pleasing white is that we should all add it to our wine list. The reason I find Torrontes so enjoyable is the obvious from the first sip. It’s bright and fresh and loaded with tropical fruit flavour. Mandarin orange is what jumped out for me. I like the depth and balance in the wine particularly at this price. It’s a steal! Pair it with spicy cuisine and you’ll find Torrontes is a great match.

Price: $12.79 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores and Everything Wine in North Vancouver, South Vancouver and South Surrey

La Mascota Cabernet Sauvignon Argentina

When a winelover searches for a country that delivers quality and value many choose Argentina. The enormous popularity of the country’s most famous wine, Malbec, is proof positive. But Argentina is much more than a one wine country and this Cabernet Sauvignon is a great example. I absolutely love this wine. It’s full bodied, earthy and smooth as silk. Delicious flavours of cherries and plums with a touch of mocha. A complex, well made cab that’s an absolute steal for the price. Pair it with pizza, pasta or your favourite grilled meats.

Price: $16.99 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores and Everything Wine in North Vancouver. River District in South Vancouver and South Surrey

Haywire Switchback Vineyard Pinot Gris B.C.

I’m introducing a new feature to my website and I’m calling it “splurge.” With all the money you save by buying wines I review on CheapandCheerful.ca you deserve a reward. So these wines are above my $25 limit but worth every penny. The first “splurge” pick is this beauty from Haywire. I love seafood and this Pinot Gris is the perfect companion. It’s a complex, medium bodied wine with depth and polish. Flavours of peach and apple plus a touch of tropical fruit that’s enhanced by aging in the concrete tanks at Okanagan Crush Pad. There’s a lot to this white which reflects quality winemaking. Add in the creamy finish and it means each sip is a treat on so many levels.

Price: $26.99 (plus tax)
Available: Kits Wine Cellars on 4th Avenue
Price: $28.99 (plus tax)
Available: Everything Wine in North Vancouver, South Vancouver and South Surrey
Price: $30.65 (plus tax)
Available: Legacy Liquor in Olympic Village

Wild Goose Vineyards Autumn Gold 2016 B.C.

Don’t let the name fool you. This gorgeous white blend is perfect for any season. Wild Goose Autumn Gold will be a welcome sipper on the patio in the dog days of summer. It’s also a great match come the holiday season when you’re looking for a white wine to pair with your turkey dinner. This is a blend of Pinot Blanc, Riesling and Gewürztraminer. A beautiful aroma of orchard fruit gives way to flavours of apple, lemon and lime. Add in a hint of spice and honey and you’ll understand why this Wild Goose blend won gold medals at two major wine competitions. Plus if you shop at B.C. Liquor stores it’s on sale until September 2nd!

Price: $16.99 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores
Price: $19.92 (plus tax)
Available: Sutton Place Wine Merchant on Burrard street
Price: $19.99 (plus tax)
Available: Swirl Wine Store in Yaletown
Price: $20.00 (plus tax)
Available: Village VQA wines in Kitsilano

Moraine Syrah 2014 B.C.

The more B.C. Syrah I taste, the more impressed I am. One sip of Moraine and I was heading to the patio to fire up the BBQ. It’s everything I enjoy about this varietal. Rich and juicy with a hint of spice and pepper that makes Syrah such a crowd pleaser. Loaded with the flavour and aroma of dark fruit, think plums and cherries. A full bodied red that needs decanting to release all of its potential. Pair this with any grilled meat and you won’t find a better match.

Price: $23.50 (taxes in)
Available: Village VQA wines in Kitsilano
Price: $25.17 (plus tax)
Available: Sutton Place Wine Merchant on Burrard street