Wine category: ROSÉ

Gold medal winning B.C. Wines

The recently announced WineAlign National Wine Awards are further evidence of how far B.C wines have come. I shared four examples on Global B.C. Noon News that illustrate that point. The Coolshanagh Chardonnay 2016 is made from grapes grown just north of the Naramata Bench. Crafted by winemaker Matt Dumayne at Okanagan Crush Pad this is a wine I loved from first sip. A creamy flavour of apples and pears with great acidity, this is an Okanagan chard that can stand up to the world’s best. Available at coolshanagh.ca.
Rose is a massively popular wine category and Blue Grouse Estate Winery is fully deserving of the gold medal for their Quill Rose. Winemaker Bailey Williamson relies on Gamay grapes for his pink and the result is a knockout! Bone dry, juicy and fresh with a beautiful tartness and bracing acidity this Rose is the perfect partner for your favorite seafood. Blue Grouse is located in the beautiful Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island and the winery offers a warm welcome in their gorgeous tasting room. You can find Blue Grouse at Marquis Wine Cellars and Firefly Wines.
Singeltree Winery Pinot Noir offers more proof that B.C. is a great place to find a wide range of styles of Pinot. Located in the Fraser Valley, daytrippers from Vancouver take note, Singletree delivers a terrific wine for the price. This is a dark, intense Pinot with a lovely toasted finish that reflects eleven months aging in oak. At $22.00 this may be the best buy Pinot you’ll find for the price so jump in the car with your best #winelover and head to Singletree.
Time Winery Meritage 2016 is a wonderful wine to celebrate the late Harry McWatters. One of the true pioneers in B.C. wine, Harry played a leading role in bringing this style of red to our province. His final vintage is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Decant this beauty and take in the beautiful aroma of cherries and herbs. A deep and delicious red, loaded with rich flavour but soft on the palate and pairs beautifully with steak. Available at Save-On-Foods Wines across B.C.

Road 13 Honest John’s Rose 2018

For me, summer doesn’t officially begin until I open my first bottle of Road 13 Rose. Vintage after vintage delivers a style of Rose that seems to tickle my palate. The 2018 isn’t the very pale pink of the last few years. But have no fear, the taste is note perfect. When I drink pink I look for something similar to what France has made famous. So good acidity, minerality and juicy. Road 13 ticks all those boxes for me. I love the flavours of cherries, strawberries and watermelon. So whether you’re looking for the perfect patio sipper or to pair with a picnic or BBQ Honest John’s is honestly the right choice. It’s also easy to find for a last minute beach visit. Happy Summer Vancouver!

Price: $16.49 plus tax
Available: B.C. Liquor stores and Everything Wine in North Vancouver, South Vancouver, South Surrey and Langley
Price: $19.99 plus tax
Available: Save-On Foods Wines at Pemberton plaza in North Vancouver

Fort Berens Rose B.C. 2018

The massive growth in the popularity of Rose means there’s one for every taste. Fort Berens has crafted a Rose much in the style of France. Salmon pink in colour the Lillooet winery is using a blend of Pinot Noir (66%) and Gamay Noir (26%) with a dash of Muscat on the finish. Lots of summer berries on the nose. I tasted strawberry and cranberry with the latter adding a nice tartness to the finish. Good acidity in this medium bodied Rose too. An easy drinking wine on a warm day and I look forward to pairing it with grilled salmon too.

Price: $21.99 (plus tax)
Available: Save-On Wines at Pemberton Plaza in North Vancouver

Hester Creek Cabernet Franc Rose 2018 B.C.

If you needed more proof that Rose is a year round wine look no further than Hester Creek. Already known for the excellence of their Cabernet Franc they’ve given pink lovers another reason to enjoy their wines.
A darker pink than you’ll be familiar with if France is your country of choice for Rose. In this wine, the colour is a hint of what’s to come. A bolder Rose that your nose will pick up before first sip. I loved the aroma of fresh strawberries and the taste was medium to full bodied and quite intense. Paired with Brazilian BBQ it handled the sausage, chicken and beef with aplomb.
The winemaker described the wine as off-dry but i found it dry and very fruit forward. Another terrific B.C. rose to add to your list.

Price: $18.99 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores
Price: $19.47 (plus tax)
Available: Save-On Wines at Pemberton plaza in North Vancouver
Price: $19.99 (plus tax)
Available: Swirl Wines in Yaletown

Lot 185-Cafe and Wine Bar

When you’re a #winelover like me, the arrival of a new place to enjoy your favourite libation is a reason to celebrate. Lot 185 offers a cafe to start your day and a wine bar to wind down after work. It’s two levels on the west side of the Vancouver Convention Center beside Jack Poole Plaza. If you’ve been to the Vancouver International Wine Festival you’ll recognize the 2nd level as the former coat check location. It’s a bright and airy space that will offer patio seating next summer. For now you can enjoy breakfast sandwiches or pastries from the in-house bakery. Later in the day the 2nd level Wine Bar will offer a great place to drop in for a glass or two accompanied by interesting small bites. Check out my social media feeds for plenty of pictures. Pizza, duck confit sliders and and freshly shucked Kusshi oysters are just some of the choices. The wine list includes Burrowing Owl Pinot Noir, Quails’ Gate Dry Riesling and Culmina R&D Rose to name a few. You’ll also find wines from France, Spain, Italy and New Zealand so something for every palate. I’m told they hope to work with smaller B.C. wineries in the future. For example I’d welcome seeing Lock & Worth, Blue Grouse and Rust wines to help grow our exposure to newer and smaller wineries in our province. For now though I’m happy to see our city’s wine culture grow with Lot 185 Cafe and Wine Bar.

Location: Vancouver Convention Center with access from Jack Poole Plaza

Dirty Laundry Hush Rose 2017 B.C.

To the long list of top flight Rose produced here at home you have to include Dirty Laundry Hush. It shouldn’t be a surprise that this beauty is their top selling wine. For me this was love from first sip. A crisp, dry style that’s becoming the rule rather than the exception in B.C. Flavours of strawberries and a hint of watermelon with a balanced acidity that’s note perfect. It’s a blend of Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Merlot so there’s good structure in this pink. A fresh, food friendly Rose that will have you adding Dirty Laundry to your #drinkpink list.

Price: $17.49 (plus tax)
Available: Everything Wine in North Vancouver, South Vancouver, South Surrey and Langley
Price: $17.99 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores
Price: $19.99 (plus tax)
Available: Swirl Wines in Yaletown and Village VQA Wines in Kitsilano

Drink Pink!

There’s no place in Vancouver with a more impressive wine list than the dynamic duo of Provence Marinaside/The Wine Bar. Imagine having your pick of 240 different wines by the glass? You read right…two hundred and forty! The latest additions are more than forty Rose offerings to make your spring and summer special.
You can #drinkpink from the home of Rose, France along with B.C., Sicily, California, Germany and to my great surprise..England. No matter which pink pleases your palate there’s a Rose that’s a great fit.
Don’t feel overwhelmed because the gracious and informed Sommeliers lead by Wine Director Joshua Carlson can guide you through the choices. I’ve made The Wine Bar my second wine home because of the exceptional choices available at every price point. It was no surprise to me that the Vancouver International Wine Festival awarded Carlson and the Provence/Wine Bar team Gold for their wine program.
Did I mention the food? The judges at VanMag named Provence the best restaurant in Yaletown. So in addition to the dozens of red, white, bubbles and now Rose Wines on offer you can enjoy some of the best seafood in the city.
Make sure you check out their exclusive offerings too so you can boldly go where no Rose has gone before. This is where quality cuisine meets excellent wines. Need I say more? Drink pink!

Provence Marinaside and The Wine Bar overlook Yaletown Marina

Haywire Gamay Noir Rose 2017 B.C.

There’s as many styles of Rose emerging from B.C. as there are wineries. This Gamay Rose from Haywire is among the very best. When I first tasted the wine at the BCVQA spring release I sought out winemaker Matt Dumayne to offer congratulations. He’s crafted a beautiful Rose for those of us who favour the French style. It’s in NO way an attempt to copy Provence because this wine is true to B.C. As the name suggests it’s made entirely from Gamay grapes and that influences both the nose and palate. Plenty of red fruit in the glass with savoury herbs and a bracing acidity that’s just so right. A dry, medium body wine that carries its full flavour through to the finish. On its own this is a perfect patio sipper but pair it with charcuterie and invite wine friends over because this Rose deserves to be shared.

Price: $22.99 (plus tax)
Available: Swirl Wines in Yaletown
Price: $25.99 (plus tax)
Available: Kits Wines on 4th Avenue
Price: $26.00 (plus tax)
Available: Marquis Wine Cellars on Davie street
Price: $26.99 (plus tax)
Available: Everything Wine in North Vancouver, South Vancouver, South Surrey and Langley

Joie Farm Rose B.C. 2017

When I’m asked to name my favourite B.C. wineries Joie Farm is always on my list. There’s a confidence and a consistency to their winemaking that has me looking forward to each new vintage. Their Re-Think Rose is a sharp contrast to the style made famous in Provence. Joie Farm looks to the Loire Valley to influence their Rose. It’s 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Gamay so you’ll taste a more fruit forward style. Flavours of strawberries and cherries along with a hint of spice in a medium bodied wine. Rose remains one of the most food friendly wines and I’ve paired Joie Farm with everything from seafood to sticky ribs. It’s also a perfect sipper whether you’re on the patio or at the beach. The perfect companion for a Vancouver summer.

Price: $20.99 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores and Everything Wine in North Vancouver, South Vancouver, South Surrey and Langley
Price: $21.99 (plus tax)
Available: Swirl Wines in Yaletown
Price: $23.99 (plus tax)
Available: Village VQA Wines in Kitsilano

Bartier Bros. Rose 2017 B.C.

There’s as many varieties of Rose in B.C. as there are wineries. Until recently many were dark ruby red and loaded with fruit. The proverbial fruit bomb. From my exploration it seems now that many winemakers are favouring the French style. Don and Michael Bartier have crafted a Rose that would feel at home in Provence. It’s pale pink with a lovely, mild aroma of rose petals. The flavour seems to follow the less is best rule. Subtle, understated and delicious with a mild tartness that reminded me of cranberry. There’s a crispness to the wine and I loved the long, savoury finish. Hello spring!

Price: $17.99 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores