Wine category: ROSÉ

Quails’ Gate Rose B.C. 2019

This marks a return to the tried and true for Quails’ Gate and their hugely popular Rose. Last year’s vintage was an outlier and not what I expected and frankly I didn’t enjoy it as much. Having just tasted the 2019 I’m a happy to declare Quails’ Gate is back. A beautiful pale pink with an aroma of summer flowers giving way to flavours of berries and a slice of watermelon. Crispy and dry with good acidity and a terrific finish. It’s also a great buy. This is a classic rose style and will be the perfect dinner companion all summer long.

Price: $17.99 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores
Price: $18.39 (plus tax)
Available: Save-On wines across B.C.

Rust Wine Co. Rose B.C. 2019

Many of us see Rose as the quintessential good time wine. Although I #drinkpink year round I still associate it with patios, summer parties and fun times with friends. Rust may just have nailed the good time Rose of the season. Winemaker Ryan de Witte acknowledged to my friend Kristoff Gillese that he wanted his Rose to be “gulpable.” Sounds perfect to me and I think he’s delivered with the 2019 vintage. This is a fruit bomb made with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and I love it. Quite a stark contrast to the pale pink, lighter bodied styles that dominate this wine category but don’t overlook Rust. It’s fruity and rich to the taste which might trick your palate into thinking it’s a sweet wine. That’s not what I taste but each of us will decide based on the first sip. It paired perfectly with Spicey Rib from Kosoo restaurant in the West End.

Price: $21.99 (plus tax)
Available: Everything Wine in North Vancouver, South Vancouver, South Surrey and Langley
Price: $22.00 (plus tax)
Available: Winery direct at www.rustwine.com

Winemaker’s Cut Rose B.C. 2019

One of the most enjoyable aspects of writing about wine is discovering a new winery that grabs your attention and your palate. Last year I tasted Winemaker’s Cut for the first time and was instantly impressed. I’m glad to be sharing this beautiful rose with my readers.
From start to finish this is a terrific wine. Pro tip: don’t overchill or you’ll lose the beautiful aroma of apple blossom. What made this rose standout for me is that it delivers a beautiful nose, an interesting mix of fresh fruit flavours, a medium body and good acidity. In other words it’s the complete package. This rose is 90% Cabernet Franc and 10% Syrah so expect good structure too. If you’re looking for a new rose to try this spring grab Winemaker’s Cut.

Price: $21.09 (plus tax)
Available: Save-On wines across B.C.
Price: $26.00 (taxes in)
Available: Winery direct at www.winemakerscut.ca
Price: $24.99 (plus tax)
Available: Swirl Wines in Yaletown

Black Hills Estate Winery Rose 2018 B.C.

I’ve been chomping at the bit waiting for this beautiful wine to be released since tasting it at a Black Hills event last year. Expectations are high for the winery that gave us Nota Bene and they’ve delivered big time. What stood out for me was the complexity. Master of Wine Ross Wise used three grapes for his rose. Pinot Noir 42%, Gamay 35% and Malbec 23%. A beautiful copper pink in the glass I picked up aromas of strawberry and watermelon. Strawberry dominates on tasting with a hint of rhubarb. This is a wonderfully complex rose with a long finish. I love the acidity and feel confident in saying Black Hills rose will pair with your favorite summer dish. The price is also lower than previous vintages which only adds to this being my best buy pick of rose season. Enjoy!

Price: $21.89 (plus tax)
Available: Save-On wines across B.C.
Price: $24.90 (plus tax)
Available: Winery direct www.blackhillswinery.com
Price: $24.99 (plus tax)
Available: Swirl Wines in Yaletown

Fort Berens Rose B.C. 2019

If there ever was a time to #drinkpink it’s NOW! Rarely does a rose fail to put a smile on my face and Fort Berens latest vintage is a great example. A pretty salmon pink in the glass hints at the style of this rose. Made from 100% pinot noir this is a lighter bodied, fresh take that has a lovely aroma of a summer bouquet. The taste is a fruit salad of cherries, strawberries and a nice tangy crab apple. This is further proof that Fort Berens continues to grow as a must try B.C. winery. Each vintage wins me over because you can taste the hard work and commitment to taking their place among the top tier of our province’s best. I paired this with a mild chicken curry and it lifted both the dish and the wine.

Price: $18.49 (plus tax) winery direct at www.fortberens.ca
Price: $21.00 (plus tax) at Save-On wines across B.C.

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

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