Wine category: WHITE

Nichol Pinot Gris 2016 B.C.

This has been a reliable wine friend for many years and Nichol never disappoints. I still remember thinking that someone mislabeled this wine because the salmon pink colour had me fooled. It must be a Rose said I. My first taste told the true tale. This is a quintessential B.C. Pinot Gris. Beautiful aroma of apricots and peaches. There’s lots of citrus to taste in this beautifully balanced, fresh white with lively acidity. A great patio sipper but Nichol really shows off its Pinot Gris pedigree when you pair it with seafood. I loved this wine with cedar plank salmon. Or prawns, or scallops or anything with fins.

Price: $19.91 (plus tax)
Available: Sutton Place Wine Merchant on Burrard street
Price: $22.99 (plus tax)
Available: Everything Wine in North Vancouver and South Surrey

Fort Berens Riesling 2016 B.C.

There’s so much to enjoy about B.C. Rieslings and if you haven’t tried Fort Berens you need to add it to your list. This is a polished and complex white that grabs your attention with first pour. There’s a lovely citrus aroma which shouldn’t be missed. It foreshadows the taste of tropical fruit with a great balance of sweetness and acidity. I absolutely loved the finish which lingers and demands a second glass. The 2016 vintage won gold medals at the Los Angeles and Pacific North West wine competitions. The Fort Berens Riesling is easily among the top examples of this varietal made in our province. It’s also a great food wine. I loved it with a spicy Thai Gado salad and it’ll be a good match with your favourite seafood dish too.

Price: $19.99 (plus tax)
Available: Swirl Wine Store in Yaletown
Price: 19.49 (plus tax)
Available: Village VQA wines in Kitsilano

Quails’ Gate Chasselas Pinot Blanc Pinot Gris 2016 B.C.

I’ve been a fan of this white blend long before I learned that the home of the Chasselas grape is Switzerland. Introducing that grape to this B.C. wine was a stroke of genius. While I may have known nothing about Chasselas I love how it compliments the Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. This is a well balanced and aromatic white that is full of flavour. Fresh and juicy with apples and lemon to savour. There’s much to enjoy here whether you’re looking for an after work sipper or to pair with your favourite summer salad or seafood. I bet you won’t stop at just one glass.

Price: $17.99 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores
Price: $18.99 (plus tax)
Available: Village VQA wines in Kitsilano

Road 13 Honest John’s White 2016 B.C.

I’ve been enjoying Honest John’s White blend for years and their latest vintage is another example of quality and consistency. The blend includes Chardonnay (54%), Pinot Gris (24%), Kerner (10%), Chenin Blanc (7%) along with a splash of Viognier and Orange Muscat. This is a wine that is truly the sum of its parts. The aroma and flavour is loaded with fruit from a B.C. orchard…apples and pears with a touch of citrus. It’s a medium bodied white that’s perfect for patio sipping or pair it with your favourite summer appies. This is one of my favourite B.C. wines because it’s easy drinking and easy on the wallet. If you’re hosting friends or family this summer this is the perfect wine to serve your guests.

Price: $15.99 (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

Wild Goose Vineyards Pinot Gris B.C.

Here’s a home grown hero that was chosen as the best in show at the Cascadia Wine Championships. That’s an impressive achievement given the excellence of wines produced in the Pacific Northwest. I was drawn in by the beautiful aroma of flowers and stone fruit. The flavours of peaches and pears with a subtle spicy undertone is complimented by a long, lingering finish. If Pinot Gris is B.C.’s signature grape this is one of the best examples. Easy to see why the judges chose Wild Goose as best of the best. Pair with all your favourite seafood dishes or on its own with family and friends.

Price: $17.99 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores
Price: $18.00 (plus tax)
Available: Village VQA Wines in Kitsilano
Price: $18.25 (plus tax)
Available: Swirl Wine Store in Yaletown

Gray Monk Pinot Auxerrois B.C.

I’ve posted reviews of Pinot Gris (Grigio), Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir but rarely do you see Pinot Auxerrois. Gray Monk has produced this varietal for years but most white wine fans have never opened a bottle. If you’re looking for something fresh and fruity give this wine a try. It’s such a versatile white. I enjoy Auxerrois on its own while curling up for a night of Netflix. It’s a great patio sipper on a hot summer day. Plus it’s a great companion with your favourite salad or appies. It’s also a terrific buy at less than $15!

Price: $14.79 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores and Everything Wine in North Vancouver and South Surrey
Price: $16.99 (plus tax)
Available: Village VQA in Kitsilano

Louis Bernard Cote du Rhone Blanc France

I’ve often pointed out that wines from the Rhone Valley are some of the best buys on the planet. Here’s another example from the Vancouver International Wine Festival. This is a blend of five grapes and it’s much more complex than you’d expect for a wine that’s less than $15. The aroma is a bouquet of flowers and the taste is apples and peaches. The finish is impressive and lingers in a way that’s more common in expensive wines. Whether you enjoy this as your everyday sipper or as a go to table wine at a dinner party I promise you won’t be disappointed. An absolute bargain!

Price: $13.99 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores

Tinhorn Creek Gewürztraminer B.C.

Although I’m a latecomer to Gewürztraminer I am now a fulsome supporter of this delicious varietal. Credit Tinhorn Creek with turning a sceptic into a fan. This is the 3rd vintage I’ve tasted from the south Okanagan winery and I think it’s the best yet. 2015 was a very hot summer and you always wonder if it’ll be too hot for some grapes. The answer as far as this wine is concerned is “absolutely not.” Once again the floral aroma draws you in and make sure you savour the moment. The taste is that heady mix of lychee, peaches and mango that seems even more luscious with this vintage. It’s deep and intense with a long, lingering finish. A perfect match with spicy butter chicken. Tinhorn Creek also brings this wine in at a very good price which is another reason to enjoy this Gewürztraminer.

Price: $15.99 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores

Uber Riesling Kabinett Germany

For those who like a milder Riesling this is your wine. Some Rieslings are, to me, cloying in their sweetness or the petrol aroma can almost overwhelm. Uber strikes a nice balance with aromas and flavours of lemon and lime and a hint of honey. It still has the right acidity I expect in this varietal. A very quaffable sipper to be enjoyed with company or pair it with everything from soft cheeses to blackened chicken. A very well priced wine.

Price: $12.99 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores

Bartier Bros. Gewürztraminer B.C.

Lunar or Chinese New Year is a wonderful celebration in the lower mainland and what a feast of flavours. Luckily B.C. produces some perfect wine pairings. To celebrate the Year of the Rooster here’s a gem from one of our province’s best winemakers, Michael Bartier. Gewürztraminer is one of my go-to picks for spicy Asian cuisine and Bartier Bros. nails it with this wine. The aroma signals what you’ll enjoy with first sip. Plenty of tropical flavours….mango, pineapple and grapefruit bring a beautiful cooling influence to the heat of the dish. In my case it was Sichuan beef and green beans and it worked so well. When a spicy dish is on the table you’ll find Bartier Bros. is a welcome guest.

Price: $18.24 (plus tax)
Available: Swirl Wine Store in Yaletown