Wine category: WHITE

Monte Creek Chardonnay B.C. 2020

There’s much to admire when you taste the wines from the Thompson Valley and my introduction to this region was Monte Creek Winery. I’ve always thought their wines delivered great value. My opinion was reinforced again when I tasted the 2020 Chardonnay. This is a delicious white that benefits from spending time in stainless steal tanks and oak barrels. The taste of pears grabbed me at first sip but then you’ll notice citrus flavours and a light toasty finish. The quality of the fruit is allowed to shine but the oak adds complexity that’s normally found at higher priced chards. Monte Creek is a winery to be taken seriously and I recommend you try their wines because there’s much to enjoy from the Kamloops region.

Price: $21.50 plus tax
Available: Select Save-On-Foods wine stores across B.C.

Spier Chenin Blanc 2021 South Africa

I’m always on the hunt for a good buy and year after year South African Chenin Blanc delivers the goods. In spite of its youth this offering from Spier surprisingly has more than enough body for a reliable summer sipper. There’s plenty of apples to taste along with hints of pear and tropical fruit. Good acidity along with lemon gives you a lot of wine for a great price. Pair it with seafood, appies, a summer salad or just pour a glass while lounging on the deck. If you aren’t familiar with Chenin you need to give it a try. I’m willing to bet you’ll become a fan.

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

Haywire Switchback Pinot Gris B.C. 2019

In a province awash in Pinot Gris this beauty from Okanagan Crush Pad stands out. The name Switchback refers to the organic vineyard where this wine began its life. The dirt truly is reflected in what you’ll taste in the glass. It has the traditional Pinot Gris characteristics of citrus and stone fruit but what really grabs my attention is the more subtle notes of herbs and minerality. There’s also a hint of salinity too that just adds to the complexity of a well made wine. I paired it with lemon chicken and you’ll also want to pour this Pinot Gris with your favorite seafood dishes.

Price: $29.00 plus tax
Available: Select Save-On-Foods wines stores across B.C., Marquis Wine Cellars on Davie street and Winery direct at www.okanagancrushpad.com

Evolve Spontaneity B.C. 2020

Welcome to the new look AND this new wine from Evolve called Spontaneity. The makeover is part of a comprehensive series of changes in both labels and names that are all part of the Time Family of Wines. In my opinion Evolve has always punched above its weight. Offering great value and consistency. This new white blend continues that trend. It’s 50% pinot gris, 30% sauvignon blanc and 20% Ortega. This is an easy drinking wine that opens with a pleasant nose of summer blossoms and has hints of lemon and nectarines. A slightly off dry finish adds up to a tasty sipper that could be the perfect house wine. I liked the acidity too and I think it would make this wine a good fit with grab and go suishi.

Available: Save-On-Foods wines across B.C.
Price: $19.49 plus tax until October 4th
Available: Winery direct at timewines.ca
Price: $21.99 plus tax

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

Haywire Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris B.C. 2019

This my fellow winelovers maybe the perfect summer daily double. A white and a red that’ll make your backyard get together absolutely sing. The Pinot Noir is subtle, aged in clay amphoras which creates a unique and fresh flavour that has quickly become a favorite for me. There’s several layers you’ll discover which speaks to quality winemaking. Flavours that include black cherries and a lovely, savoury finish.
I drink the Pinot Gris year round…often paired with grab and go suishi. But with abundance of seafood in our province this white can be a reliable partner with a summer BBQ. I love the fresh, lush, lemon flavour, balanced acidity and hint of herbs. Haywire wines always deliver quality and consistency which is why i recommend them so often.

Pinot Noir Price: $25.00 plus tax
Available: Save-On-Foods wines across B.C.
Price: $28.00 plus tax
Available: Marquis Wine Cellars on Davie street
Pinot Gris Price $23.00 plus tax
Available: Save-On-Foods wines across B.C. and Marquis Wine Cellars on Davie street

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

Roche Pinot Gris B.C. 2020

I’m like many B.C. winelovers when it comes to Pinot Gris. It can be the best of times or the worst of times. Some P.G. seems to lack substance, more an afterthought rather than a wine that gets your attention. Roche is NOT that kind of gris. I loved this wine from aroma through tasting. Lots of Granny Smith apples to my nose leading to a lovely, luscious style loaded with apples and pears and a lemony finish. Good acidity too which just enhanced the experience. It’s medium bodied and the perfect match for seafood or pasta in a cream sauce. Roche is celebrating their 10th anniversary too so what better time to explore their wines. Congratulations on your 10th!

Price: $23.99 plus tax.
Available: Everything Wine in North Vancouver, South Vancouver, Langley and White Rock

Fort Berens Camels Red&White B.C.

We’d all like to be able to drink high end wine but most of us don’t have that big of a wine budget. I love it when wineries focus on creating a “house” white and red too. Fort Berens has done just that with their two Camels. Both are easy drinking blends that are very well priced.
The red offers a burst of red cherries off the hop thanks to the Pinot Noir while the two Cabs add good structure and Merlot adds a taste of blackberries. Perfect for burgers.
The white leads with Pinot Gris and smaller portions of Pinot Blanc, Gruner Veltliner and Riesling. A beautiful aroma in the glass in what is a full bodied wine. I tasted citrus from the PG but also some orange and apple. A lovely backyard sipper that’s a great companion with summer salads.

Price: Camels White $17.19 plus tax
Camels Red $18.49 plus tax
Available: Save-On-Foods wines across B.C.

Blue Grouse Estate Winery Quill White 2019 B.C.

It’s always a good day when you can find a favorite wine in your own backyard. Blue Grouse Estate Winery has twice been named winery of the year on Vancouver Island. Now you can taste for yourself and see why I’m such a big fan of what’s going on in the Cowichan Valley. The Quill White is a magical blend of Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Schonburger and Siegerrebe. There’s a delightful fragrance on this off-dry white and flavours of lemon, peaches and orange peel. In a world awash in white blends this offering from Blue Grouse really stands out for being balanced and delicious. It is a lovely sipper on its own or pair it with your favorite seafood dish. I bet you’ll be pouring a second glass…the true test of wine enjoyment.

Available: Save-On-Foods wines across B.C.
Price: $19.99 plus tax
Available: Swirl Wines in Yaletown
Price: $21.99 plus tax