Wine category: ROSÉ

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

Quails’ Gate Rose 2016 B.C.

I know the sunny weather will arrive at some point in this dreary spring so here’s my antidote to the grey skies. A glass of Okanagan summer from one of B.C.’s most reliable wineries. From the beautiful pale pink colour to the last sip in my glass I can’t say enough about the current Quails’ Gate vintage. This Rose is 70% Gamay (which won me over quickly) 20% Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Gris. It’s a bone dry wine loaded with strawberry jam and beautiful lip smacking acidity. It’s impossible to stop after one glass. I’m recommending Quails’ Gate Rose as a prime example of a wine that really overdelivers for the price. Always keep a couple of bottles on hand to share with friends or to pair with anything and everything. Food meet Rose. You’re a perfect match.

Price: $16.99 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores and Everything Wine in North Vancouver and South Surrey
Price: $17.52 (plus tax)
Available: Sutton Place Wine Merchant on Burrard street
Price: $17.99 (plus tax)
Available: Village VQA Wines in Kitsilano

Road 13 Honest John’s Rose 2016 B.C.

As the B.C. wine industry matures I’ve noticed continued improvement in both quality and consistency. That means you can develop your own list of favourites that always deliver year in and year out. Road 13 has been on my list for a decade. If you would like an introduction to their wines pick up a bottle of the Rose. It’s a delicious blend of Merlot, Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir, Viognier, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. A deeper pink in colour than other examples of this popular wine I think it’s a hint of what to expect in the glass. It’s more complex while retaining familiar flavours of cherries and strawberries. It’s a mouthful of southern Okanagan summer that pairs well with all of your favourite patio dishes. From burgers to seafood, salads to BBQ ribs this is a food friendly wine. Drink Pink!

Price: $16.49 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores and Everything Wine in North Vancouver and South Surrey
Price: $18.39 (plus tax)
Available: Village VQA Wines in Kitsilano

La Vieille Ferme Ventoux Rose France

This is one of the most beautiful rose wines in the glass. A pretty salmon pink that delivers a classic, dry and tasty rose that everyone should keep on hand. The aroma of flowers will make you think spring. The flavour of fresh fruit, a hint of spice along with a good balance of acidity reminds me why rose is my go to food wine. I paired it with wild sockeye salmon burgers and what a match. This is an absolute bargain for the price and I’m going to enjoy it year round. Drink pink!

Price: $12.49 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores

Chewie’s Happy Hour

I’m on a mission that speaks to the winelover in me. Find restaurants and bars where their Happy Hour wine offerings are front of mind and not an afterthought. Chewie’s is one of those places. On a recent visit to the Coal Harbour location their white wine was Lock & Worth Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and the red was The Hatch Pinot Noir. Both are relatively new entries to the B.C. wine scene but they should be on your radar. Given that Chewie’s Happy Hour has some of the freshest oysters available in the city the Lock & Worth white is the perfect choice. The food options reflect the restaurant’s Cajun inspired menu. I also tried the crab cakes and the house made sausage which is not to be missed. The Hatch Pinot Noir worked so well with the sausage. Their Kitsilano location was pouring different B.C. Wines but they too were quality choices. What also caught my wine eye was the modest mark-up on premium pours like Nota Bene, Caymus Zinfandel and Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin. No 150% gouging that’s commonplace at many restaurants. That reflects a wine forward approach that I support. I like saving at Happy Hour so I can go back on special occasions and splurge. Chewie’s makes that option less expensive too. Well done!

Chewie’s Steam and Oyster Bar in Coal Harbour and Kitsilano
Happy Hour daily from 3-6 p.m.

Provence/The Wine Bar “Tappy Hour”

There’s a very good reason for the playfully named “Tappy Hour” at The Wine Wine Bar which is adjacent to Provence Marinaside. The restaurant and wine bar have dozens of wines on tap including the largest list by far for Happy Hour. Many are on tap, just like beer, hence “Tappy Hour.” Equally important for the quality of the wine you’ll enjoy is the relationship building of Rachelle Goudreau who runs the wine program. She works with some of B.C’s best wineries to create blends unique to The Wine Bar. The white wine pictured on this review comes from Evolve. It’s a delicious blend of Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Absolutely note perfect with the chilled seafood salad. That’s just one example of how “Tappy Hour” raises the bar in Vancouver. Each of the wines on offer are $5.00 a glass. The accompanying bites are $5.00 or $6.00. For variety, quality and taste of wine and food I think The Wine Bar at Provence Marinaside is, in my opinion, the best Happy Hour of the dozens I’ve visited in YVR.

The Wine Bar/Provence Marinaside
Tappy Hour 3-5 daily

Monster Vineyards Rosie B.C.

The amount of rose wine being produced and purchased in B.C. grows year after year. No surprise really. It’s easy to drink, affordable and pairs with anything and everything. Now Monster Vineyards has added a new twist to their lineup with Rosie. Essentially a sparkling rose. It’s absolutely the perfect wine for your next party or reception. I love the strawberry aroma in the glass. The taste of strawberries carries through with your first sip and there’s also a touch of cranberry. Grab this fizzy pink and let the fun begin!

Price: $19.12 (plus tax)
Available: Swirl Wine store in Yaletown
Price: $23.39 (plus tax)
Available: Marquis Wine Cellars

Jules Bistro Happy Hour

It’s been less than two years since B.C. allowed bars and restaurants to offer Happy Hour promotions. The results have been decidedly mixed. As much miss as hit. For the record a cheap highball and deep fried pickle is NOT my definition of a proper Happy Hour. Jules Bistro in Gastown gets it with classic French cuisine paired with three quality wines. A white, red and rose. The three wines are pictured in this review. At $5 a glass these wines are what I expect from a restaurant that takes wine seriously. I’ve been a fan of Jules Bistro’s food for years. For Happy Hour you can enjoy classics like Moules and Frits or Beet Salad with warm goat’s cheese at $8 each. Don’t miss the cheese plate. Quality and value make this Happy Hour a Cheapandcheerful pick.

Jules Bistro
216 Abbot Street
Happy Hour daily 3:30-5:30