Wine category: ROSÉ

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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.
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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 and French Rosé is always near the top of my list. Here’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. Lots of strawberries on the nose and palate with a hint of herbs and spice. A very pleasant summer sipper.

Price: $16.99 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

Okanagan Crush Pad Narrative Rose B.C. 2019

About six years ago I asked a B.C. wine insider what he thought was the dominant characteristics of our wine. He summed it up with just two words. Fresh. Juicy. Those words stuck with me and often when I’m tasting a B.C. wine I can’t avoid thinking…how bang on. The Narrative Rose from Okanagan Crush Pad is the latest. A pretty salmon pink in the glass this Rose is made from Pinot Noir. That gives you a lovely fruity aroma followed by a savoury, bone dry wine with good acidity and a long finish. You can pair this with almost any of your summer favorites. Right now you can grab it from the winery in the magnum size for $30.00. That works out to about $15 bucks each for the equivalent of two 750ml bottles. Keep checking back because there will be the standard size bottle released soon and when it hits retail outlets in Vancouver I’ll update my review. P.S. I love the new label.

Price: $30.00 (plus tax) 1.5l
Available: www.okanagancrushpad.com

SeaStar Blanc de Noir Rose 2019 B.C.

For the last four years this Rose has been one of my favorites. Introduced to it by the terrific wine team at Provence-The Wine Bar it never disappoints. The latest vintage follows that trend but for me this is a bittersweet review. An explanation will follow but first the wine. Made from Pinot Noir from vineyards on Pender and Saturna islands this vintage has a bit more depth than previous years. Still bone dry, fresh and with lip smacking acidity which explains my love affair with SeaStar’s rose. A lovely pale pink in the glass, flavours of strawberry with a touch of cranberry tartness. This is the real deal and clearly takes its cue from France. It always sells out so grab it while you can. I’d get some friends together and share a case!
Now the reason for my mixed emotions is the news that owner David Goudge has put the Winery up for sale! He’s decided that living on Pender Island is best enjoyed as a gentleman of leisure. Running a winery is simply eating up too much time. So thank you David for delivering some beautiful wines during your ownership. I’ll be reviewing more of SeaStar’s stellar lineup in the days to come.

Price: $25.00 (taxes in)
Available: Winery direct at www.seastarvineyards.ca
Price: $28.99 (plus tax)
Available: Marquis Wine Cellars on Davie street. However you must call the store to get on the list to buy the wine. Yes, it’s that popular!

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.

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.

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