Category Archives: red wine

Red Cuvée, Stina, Dalmatia, Croatia, 13% abv, C$20++

Put this Dalmatian gateway wine on your to drink list and get ready to visit your nearest BC liquor store. Those are words you should rarely  – if ever – expect me to write (the BCLB part).  But, I would … Continue reading

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Pinot Noir, Haywire, Secrest Mountain Vineyard, Okanagan Valley VQA, BC, 2015, 13.5% abv.

Another delicious wine from Haywire.  Why are they so consistently good?  Less is literally more – quality fruit, careful harvesting, and minimal intervention during the winemaking process allows the wine to speak for itself.  Translucent ruby with aromas of black … Continue reading

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Barolo, Riserva, Bel Colle Montvigliero, Barolo DOCG, Italia, 2004, 14% abv

We opened this wine at 12 years old on November 2016, at the end of its recommended drinking window (2010-2016). Although initially worried we’d missed the boat, we were relieved to find an elegantly developed drink. Winner of a bronze … Continue reading

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Faro, Bonavita, Superiore, Faro DOC, Messina, Italia, 14.5% abv, 2012, US$38

Bonavita is located on only 2.5 ha of land in northeastern Sicily near Messina and owned by Giovanni Scarfone – one winemaker determined to bring back the use of local grapes that have almost become extinct. This wine is comprised … Continue reading

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Ca’ Di Pian, Barbera d’Asti, La Spinetta, Catagnole Lanze DOCG, Italia, 2010, 14% abv.

Made from the Barbera grape in Piedmonte, northwestern Italy, this is a wine showing deep garnet with a nose of purple Italian plum, black fruit, herb and star anise. The palate is dry with softly ripe, velvety tannins, slightly high … Continue reading

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Stickleback Red, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Dolcetto, Lagreine, Langhorne Creek and Limestone Coast, Southern Australia, 2009, C$17

Available in BC at your local government liquor store, here’s an interesting blended table wine. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz offer structure, the Dolcetto brightness and acidity and the Lagreine spice and tannin.  This wine is made from grapes that … Continue reading

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