Tag Archives: 2014

Monastrell, Goru, Organic, Vino Ecologico, Jumilla DO, Spain, 2014, 14% abv. C$20

This is a red wine made from 100% Monastrell in the Jumilla DO southeast of Madrid between the Castile-La Mancha region and the Spanish Mediterranean coast. Monastrell is also known as Mourvèdre (in France) and Mataro (in Australia) and 85% … Continue reading

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Brio, Glenterra Vineyards, Cobble Hill, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, 2014, 13% abv. C$25

Kudos.  Serious kudos. You’ve got to give Glenterra credit.  Dry farming grapes in Cobble Hill on Vancouver Island in a sustainable manner is no easy feat and can’t be for the faint of heart.  They’re located in a tiny micro-climate, … Continue reading

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Sauvignon Blanc, Waters & Banks, Haywire, Okanagan Valley BC VQA, Canada, 13% abv, 2014

Love. Haywire wines are consistently gorgeous.  It doesn’t get much better than this on the BC wine stage. When you’re committed to using organically grown grapes, and providing little intervention in the cellar – no additives or oak, indigenous yeasts … Continue reading

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Pinot Noir, The Princess and the Peasant, Signal Ridge Vineyard, Alexander Valley, Sonoma, California, 2014, 13.9% abv.

We’ve been to Napa and Sonoma before and for sure, they’ve got the storied, now chi-chi vineyards – all buttressed by the legacy of that 1976 double blind Judgement of Paris tasting that introduced California to Europe.  They have their … Continue reading

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Blanc de Pacs, Parés Baltà, Organic, Penedes DO, Spain, 2014, 11.5% abv, C$21++

I often go to Everything Wine because of their always impressive selection of easy-on-the-pocket-book, unusual varietal Spanish wines.  My most recent trip didn’t disappoint. The Parés Baltà bodega produces wines from 100% guaranteed organic grapes grown on its Demeter certified … Continue reading

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Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Au Bon Climat, Santa Maria Valley, California, 2014, 13.5% abv, US$25

So, there I was, standing in the American wine aisle at Tamura’s in Lahaina, Maui.    I know what you’re thinking – “Who goes to Maui to buy wine!?”  I hadn’t really intended to, but there I was, trying to … Continue reading

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Semillon, The Last Block, Tyrrell’s, Hunter Valley, Australia, 2014, 11.5% abv. C$15++

The story with this entry level Semillon is that in 1993, the winemaker actually forgot about a block of it.  When they realized they’d missed picking it, they eventually harvested the block and then made a much more accessible, ‘do … Continue reading

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