Wine category: ROSÉ

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

Road 13 Honest John’s Rose 2017 B.C.

The Honest John tier of wines are aptly named. For years they’ve represented an honest return on your money. This Rose is a case in point. The 2017 vintage begins with a beautiful aroma reminiscent of a warm day in an orchard. Beautiful scent of berries that hints at what awaits once you take the first sip. The darker pink colour of the newest vintage hints at the intensity of the flavours too. It’s a rich and enjoyable mouthful of cherries and strawberries that’s terrific on its own but with enough body to handle any summer dish. In fact you’re missing out if you don’t drink this wine year round. It’s a terrific companion no matter the season.

Price: $16.49 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores and 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

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

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