Wednesday, July 22, 2009

What wines we're drinking this week

Back trying to be more rigorous about posting my top wine picks instead of just savoring them and doing nothing!

An old friend of a wine I hadn't had in a little while was a welcome reminder of how good a bottle under $20 can really be.

Peter Lehmann makes some fabulous wines and is always good value for money but the 2005 Clancy's Barossa Red is truly an awesome bottle for $17.99!

A blend of 35% shiraz, 34% cabernet sauvignon, 26% merlot and 5% cabernet franc, this wine has consistently scored 89 points and more at the Wine Spectator in previous vintages - including four Top 100 Wines of the Year awards - and this should be no exception.

Loads of blackberry, plum, dark fruit and chocolate, with nicely balanced tannins makes for an imminently delicious wine!

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The heat of the summer is one of the best reasons to drink cold wine - and when you get tired of the same old chardonnays and pale whites, go for the pink!

Another excellent rose available in BC is Domaine Houchart's Provence Rose, retailing for $17.

A beautiful salmon pink wine, it tastes of strawberries with some citrus nose as well.

Refreshing and it goes well with almost any food.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

What wines we're drinking this week

Wines we enjoyed this week - finally an update after a long delay - sorry about that!

We loved a great 2006
Cedar Creek Estate Select Chardonnay - for just under $20 - great classic California chardonnay tastes but from BC.

Lots of tropical fruit, butterscotch and buttery oak - you gotta like it and at a lower price than anything similar from south of the border.

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If you haven't tried Old River Road - a great California organic winery - their
2005 Cabernet Sauvignon is killer. With a 76% cab sauv and 24% cab franc blend, this one has lots of dark fruit and the French oak aging to make it last.

It may be hard to find - it was a special listing for the Playhouse International Wine Festival, but try private stores or check the
winery website.

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If you have a bit of spare change, you can't go wrong with
Rocca delle Macie's 2003 Toscana Roccato - a super Super Tuscan wine.

Wine Spectator gives it a 90 point rating and if anything, I'd give it 92-93 points. A huge, layered wine with lots of blackberry, plum and chewy fruit, this wine is made for Italian food.

And that's exactly what we did - enjoyed it immensely at the marvelous La Buca restaurant in Kitsilano this week - watch for a review here of that fine food establishment soon.

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Rose anyone? If you are thinking Mateus and the 1970s, I say get over it!

Today's excellent roses are dry, dry, dry and top quality wines.

This week I tried one of my favourites again - the
Domaine Lafond Roc-Epine from the Tavel region of the Cotes du Rhone. It's not cheap - $24 in BC - but it's worth every penny.

Bone dry, beautiful strawberry colour and fabulous strawberry and raspberry flavours as well as a touch of spice. Will pair nicely with just about anything you want - from grilled meat to appetizers.