Wine category: WHITE

Calliope Sauvignon Blanc 2016 B.C.

The Wyse family helped put B.C. on the wine map with their award winning Burrowing Owl wines. They’re also aware that many a winelover is price sensitive so they added Calliope wines to their portfolio. This is a perfect example of quality meets value. Wines meant for every day drinking at a great price. The Sauvignon Blanc is a steal at less than $16.00 a bottle. You’ll love the aroma of passion fruit and lime and expect more of the same when taking your first sip. This wine is loaded with fruit while keeping the crisp, dry style that makes SB such a fave for many of us. Keep a couple of bottles on hand to share with friends or take it to a party and spread the word of Calliope.

Price: $15.90 (plus tax)
Available: Village VQA Wines in Kitsilano
Price: $16.99 (plus tax)
Available: Kits Wine Cellar on 4th Avenue

Moraine Riesling 2016 B.C.

It seems B.C. is fast becoming the home of world class Riesling. From Tantalus to Synchromesh and Orofino to this gem from Moraine Estate Winery on the Naramata Bench. Wine judges are in love with this Riesling. Bestowing medal after medal on this remarkably well priced white. The aroma is subtle and suggests a dryer style of Riesling. But the flavour is true to the varietal, crisp and balanced, citrus notes with a lovely sweetness that’s entirely natural. While you can enjoy Moraine Riesling on its own you’ll find it’s a perfect match for your favourite spicy dishes.

Price: $19.96 (plus tax)
Available: Sutton Place Wine Merchant
Price: $21.00 (plus tax)
Available: Village VQA Wines in Kitsilano

Michel Torino Cuma Torrontes Argentina

Argentina is hoping Torrontes will become the white wine equivalent of Malbec…the massively popular red that’s everyone’s favourite pizza wine. My experience with this palate pleasing white is that we should all add it to our wine list. The reason I find Torrontes so enjoyable is the obvious from the first sip. It’s bright and fresh and loaded with tropical fruit flavour. Mandarin orange is what jumped out for me. I like the depth and balance in the wine particularly at this price. It’s a steal! Pair it with spicy cuisine and you’ll find Torrontes is a great match.

Price: $12.79 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores and Everything Wine in North Vancouver, South Vancouver and South Surrey

Haywire Switchback Vineyard Pinot Gris B.C.

I’m introducing a new feature to my website and I’m calling it “splurge.” With all the money you save by buying wines I review on CheapandCheerful.ca you deserve a reward. So these wines are above my $25 limit but worth every penny. The first “splurge” pick is this beauty from Haywire. I love seafood and this Pinot Gris is the perfect companion. It’s a complex, medium bodied wine with depth and polish. Flavours of peach and apple plus a touch of tropical fruit that’s enhanced by aging in the concrete tanks at Okanagan Crush Pad. There’s a lot to this white which reflects quality winemaking. Add in the creamy finish and it means each sip is a treat on so many levels.

Price: $26.99 (plus tax)
Available: Kits Wine Cellars on 4th Avenue
Price: $28.99 (plus tax)
Available: Everything Wine in North Vancouver, South Vancouver and South Surrey
Price: $30.65 (plus tax)
Available: Legacy Liquor in Olympic Village

Wild Goose Vineyards Autumn Gold 2016 B.C.

Don’t let the name fool you. This gorgeous white blend is perfect for any season. Wild Goose Autumn Gold will be a welcome sipper on the patio in the dog days of summer. It’s also a great match come the holiday season when you’re looking for a white wine to pair with your turkey dinner. This is a blend of Pinot Blanc, Riesling and Gewürztraminer. A beautiful aroma of orchard fruit gives way to flavours of apple, lemon and lime. Add in a hint of spice and honey and you’ll understand why this Wild Goose blend won gold medals at two major wine competitions. Plus if you shop at B.C. Liquor stores it’s on sale until September 2nd!

Price: $16.99 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores
Price: $19.92 (plus tax)
Available: Sutton Place Wine Merchant on Burrard street
Price: $19.99 (plus tax)
Available: Swirl Wine Store in Yaletown
Price: $20.00 (plus tax)
Available: Village VQA wines in Kitsilano

Gray Monk Pinot Gris 2015 B.C.

Gray Monk was one of the first B.C. wineries I visited as a wine tourist in 1999. It remains a consistent and reliable source for well made, well priced wines. Apparently others think so too because their Pinot Gris is the best selling Gris in B.C. What’s not to like? A fresh, easy drinking white with aromas and flavours of peach and apple orchards. There’s really nice depth to the wine and a lovely finish. It’s a classic example of what B.C. wines offer and Gray Monk has been a go-to choice for me since the first taste. Pick up some suishi on your way home from work and Gray Monk will take care of the rest.

Price: $16.99 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores
Price: $19.55 (plus tax)
Available: Village VQA wines in Kitsilano

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