Wine category: ROSÉ

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

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.

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!

Bartier Bros Rosé 2020 B.C.

The reason I look forward to tasting Bartier Bros Rosé every spring is because it’s a unique take on pink wine. Always provides a little surprise that I don’t find elsewhere. A beautiful pale pink, dry and medium bodied with a lovely rhubarb tartness in the flavour. It’s a blend of Chardonnay, 56%, Gewurtzraminer, 42% and a splash of Merlot. That alone makes the wine stand out and with Michael Bartier’s deft touch it’s a delicious Rosé. I love how it rolls across the tongue. Whether you’re sipping a glass on your deck or pairing it with a summer salad or seafood this is a wine to add to your list.

Price: $15.99 plus tax until July 31st and then $17.99 plus tax
Available: B.C. Liquor stores
Price: $18.17 plus tax
Available: Marquis Wine Cellars on Davie street
Price: $21.99 plus tax
Available: Swirl Wines in Yaletown

Road 13 Rose B.C. 2020

It’s spring so time to drink pink! Once again Road 13 delivers a very drinkable rose at a terrific price. The nose jumps out of the bottle like a basket of fresh fruit. Flavours of cherries and strawberries with a balanced acidity and a lively finish. Rose goes with everything and I’ve already enjoyed this wine with taco salad and a mixed grill. Load up this month because it’s on sale!

Price: $17.99 plus tax
Available: B.C. Liquor stores
Price: $18.79 plus tax
Available: Save-On-Foods wines across B.C.
Price: $22.99 plus tax
Available: Swirl Wines in Yaletown

Homer Street Cafe Happy Hour

Dining out at your favourite restaurant or cafe was one of the first casualties of the Pandemic. It seems Vancouver has managed the impact much better than elsewhere in Canada. I’ve noticed Happy Hours have returned and decided to check out the offering at Homer Street Cafe. They’re following the direction of Dr. Henry with Covid-19 protocols in place. Contact tracing, staff wearing masks, appropriate spacing which I found reassuring. It’s important to remember your dining companion must be part of your individual bubble! The wine offering for HH is a reliable trio of French red, white and rose from the Languedoc. At $6 a glass you can pair that with everything from steak tartar to brussel sprouts bagna cauda and charcuterie. Service was excellent and prices affordable which encouraged me to seek out other options to add to my website. Stay tuned!

Homer Street Cafe Happy Hour is from 2:30-5:30 daily.