Feteasca Alba Jidvei Sec

Feteasca Alba Jidvei Sec – The Wine Of The Week


feteasca alba jidvei sec wineFor The Avid Wine Explorers

The Feteasca Alba wine is ideal to be enjoyed at any occasion, especially with friends and family at home or in the city with barbecue food and picnic. This wine is full-bodied, fresh and has aromatic characters.

Feteasca Alba Grape
This is an ancient Romanian grape with more than 2000 years of history. The Feteasca Alba (White Maiden in English) is grown especially in Banat, Moldova and Transilvania. The wines are either dry or semi-dry, with a balanced alcohol content (11.5-12%), good acidity, and feature a velvety, natural finesse. It is the most popular Romanian grape variety, over 23000 hectares of land being cultivated with it.

Jidvei is the most famous Romanian producer of premium dry and medium dry white wines. Based in the heart of Transylvania, Jidvei’s vineyards spread on more than 2500 hectares alongside the Tarnave River, which gives its wines their Denomination of Controlled Origin. Situated at an altitude between 300 and 500 meters above sea level, most of the plantations have a Southern exposition, thus the sun rays and chalky soil, make up the perfect conditions for vine-growing.

Area Of Production: Romania, D.O.C Tarnave
In the heart of Transylvania, at Jidvei, there is an ancient castle, built between 1570 and 1580, that became the symbol of some of the best Romanian D.O.C (Denomination of Controlled Origin) white wines.

Shelf price: $12.99 + tax (price may vary) – Now on sale for $10.49 until Sept 5th.  – BC#410845  &  Available at BC Gov’t liquor stores.

Santé! Cheers! Salute!

G.S.M. – The Strapper Yalumba Barossa Valley

Wine Of The Week

g.s.m. the strapper yulumba barossa valley wineG.S.M. The Strapper Yalumba Barossa Valley, 2015, Australia

Barosa Valley

The Barossa Valley was formed by the North Para River and was named by Colonel William Light in 1837. The area of Barossa Valley, often referred to as the valley floor, is approximately 13 km long and 14 km wide and stretches from Williamstown in the south almost to Kapunda and Truro in the north. It averages less than 400 metres above sea level. Within Barossa Valley, there are numerous unofficial sub-regions: from north, south, east and west they include Gomersal, Williamstown, Lyndoch, Rowland Flat, Barossa foothills, Vine Vale, Light Pass, northern Barossa Valley, Greenock, Seppeltsfield and Marananga. The red brown soils in Barossa Valley are more fertile than Eden Valley, rainfall is up to 50% less and temperatures are up to 2 % warmer.

Yalumba Winery

Yalumba is a winery located near the town of Angaston, South Australia in the Barossa Valley wine region. It was founded by a British brewer, Samuel Smith, who emigrated to Australia with his family from Wareham, Dorset in August 1847 aboard the ship ‘China’. Upon arriving in Australia in December, Smith built a small house on the banks of the River Torrens. He lived there less than a year before moving north to Angaston where he purchased a 30-acre (120,000 m2) block of land on the settlement’s south eastern boundary. He named his property “Yalumba” after an indigenous Australian word for “all the land around”. In 1849 Samuel Smith, along with his son Sidney, planted Yalumba’s first vineyards, beginning the Yalumba dynasty. Today Yalumba is Australia’s oldest family-owned winery. (via wikipidia)

Tasting Notes

The GSM Strapper blend is a stalwart of the Barossa. The three red varieties have been planted in the region for nearly 170 years, and in the past were commonly blended to make fortified ‘tawny port’ style wines. After World War II the same blend started to become popular in table wines. ‘Grenache Shiraz Mataro’ is a bit of a mouthful – hence the birth of the colloquial ‘GSM’.Garnet red in colour, this wine leaps from the glass with strawberry compote, potpourri, nutmeg and fennel seed. The palate has juicy raspberry, ironstone and a long savoury line that finishes with talc like tannins.

Seek & Sip!

Shelf price $23.99 +tax SKU# 354050 – LTO of $4 at BC liquor store until July 27th.

Available at BC liquor Stores and private stores.

Games Of Thrones Wines



A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge.”  Tyrion Lannister





Small Gully Mr Black Little Book Shiraz, Australia 

Full-bodied, easy drinking style. SKU #556100  –  $19.99 + tax

That’s what I do, I drink and I know things.” Tyrion Lannister





Amarone Classico Negrar 2015, Italy 

For people who like big wine. SKU #44784  –  $44.99 + tax

Everything is better with some wine in the belly.” Tyrion Lannister

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Gruner Vetliner Domaine Wachau Terraces, Austria

Med-bodied, aromatic with rich texture.  SKU #583955  –  $19.99 + tax

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who doesn’t read lives only one.” Jojen Reed

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Cabernet Sauvignon Games Of Thrones, California

A rich, juicy mouthfull of dark berry flavours. SKU #55759  –  $33.99 + tax

A wise man once said that you should never believe a thing simply because you want to believe it.” Tyrion Lannister





Bonarda Chayee Bourras, Argentina

Delightful flavours and pleasantly easy to drink. For wine lovers who like something different.  SKU #772897  –  $25.99 + tax


Kuei Hua Chen Chiew – Feng Shou – Chinese Happy Wine

Kuei Hua Chen Chiew – Feng Shou – Chinese Happy Wine

Kuei Hua Chen Chiew - Feng Shou - Chinese Happy Wine

Happy Wine – Dessert Wine

A wine lover is not satisfied with drinking the same wine every day, no matter how expensive and precious it is. Variety is the spice of life! I am a wine explorer, I like to sample products that are not main stream and that  I never heard of, and sometimes you can find some unusual, surprising, and enjoyable wines… Kuei Hua Chen Chiew Feng Shou –  Chinese Happy Wine. It is a dessert wine infused with the Osmanthus flowers.  It is made from the indigenous Longyan grape variety grown in the  Zhuolu County in China. It has an interesting light, bright orangy/pinkish colour.  The nose is fragrant with sweet apricot, peach, and a hint of flowery Jasmine from the Osmanthus flowers with some minerally notes. On the palate, it offers a mix of sweet and bitterness mouthfeel, ripe dried apricot flavours with good acidity. It is simple, unique, enjoyable, and fun!  Enjoy it chilled after the end of a nice meal. This wine is well-suited as an apéritif cocktail such as a ‘Happy Spritzer’. Recipe: fill a wine glass halfway with ice cubes, pour 3oz of Happy Wine and top-up with 4oz of soda water, et voilà!

SKU #897397  –  $10.99 + tax – Available at BC Liquor stores and selected private stores.


Longyan Grape

It is a late ripening variety. Its firm pulps and steady stems mean that berries won’t fall off that easily during storage. Due to this reason, in ancient China, when the storage conditions of fresh fruits were not as satisfactory as today, Longyan was favoured by producers and consumers. Similar to Gewurztraminer, when Longyan grape matures, its skin turns a shade of red. The average weight of each berry is 7 to 8 grams (5 times heavier than that of Cabernet Sauvignon) with a good sugar and acid balance that gives Longyan grape a pleasant taste as a table grape. This variety is widely planted and easy to source, in 1979, China Great Wall Wine (which belongs to COFCO) chose Longyan to produce the very first dry wine in China, the ‘Great Wall Dry White’. The wine was produced in Huailai, Hebei Province, which is an important producing region for the grape. Excerpt  from China Decanter emag. For more information visit ChinaDecanterMag page.

China has emerged on to the global wine scene with unprecedented speed in recent years, both in terms of production and consumption. Currently, it is one of the top 10 wine-producing countries in the world, both in terms of area under vine and of volume produced. It is a good time to explore and discover the wide range of Chinese alcoholic beverages.


Protea Chenin Blanc

Protea Chenin Blanc – Western Cape – South Africa

protea chenin-blanc - western capeThis is one of the most popular wine from the region. A great quality wine for the price. The Protea Chenin Blanc has a pale lemon colour, and shows aromas of fresh, crisp fruit. On the palate, you’ll find hints of pear, green apple, and honeysuckle. This Chenin Blanc is created in a dry light style to be an accessible  wine for everyday drinking enjoyment.
SKU # 777953
Shelf Price: $14.49 + tax
Available at BC gov’t stores, EverythingWine stores, and selected private wine stores.

Pesquera Crianza


Wine Of The Month

1088239xPasquera Crianza, Ribera Del Duoro, Spain

In the mid-eighties, few people outside Ribera Del Duero had ever heard of the viña Pesquera wines of Alejandro Fernandez. Enter an American merchant and some influential American wine writers, one of whom compared viña Pesquera to a fine Bordeaux, ‘…and the rest, as they say, is history.’ Today, it has become one of the most prestigious bodegas in Spain, and is appreciated worldwide. Tinto Pesquera crianza is made of Tempranillo grapes. It is a dark ruby-coloured that exhibits fragrant plummy-tobaccoey, violet, cherry, and spice on the nose and palate with excellent concentration and length.
Spain’s best native red grape is grown widely over the northern and central parts of the country. Tempranillo (also known as Ull de Llebre, Cencibel, Tinta del Pais and several other synonyms) is a black grape variety widely grown to make full-bodied red wines. Tempranillo is an official variety of the DO of Ribera del Duero. Tempranillo grapes are very low in the enzymes that help to cause oxidation (browning and spoiling of juice) so the grapes are easy to handle at harvest time. The wines also keep well, and are very suitable for ageing in oak barrel.
Price: $32.99 + tax.
Find this wine at BC govt liquor stores, and selected private stores

Mariana Herdade Do Rocim, Alentejano Portugal


mariana herdade-do-rocim white wineWine Of The Month – Mariana Herdade Do Rocim, Alentejano Portugal

Herdade Do Rocim

Herdade do Rocim is an estate located between Vidigueira and Cuba, in the Lower Alentejo region of Portugal. Rocim sits on the Vidigueira fault, a natural landmark which marks the border between the Upper and Lower Alentejo. The East-West facing escarpment of around 50 kilometers in length defines the climate of Vidigueira, and despite its deep-lying southern location, makes it one of the most temperate sub-regions in the Alentejo. This facitlitates the domaine’s goal of showcasing the region´s terroir while producing fresh, elegant, and mineral driven wines.

Click here for the story of the wine’s namesake; 17th century Franciscan nun Mariana Alcoforado.

Tasting Notes

Medium-bodied and lightly aromatic. This lovely white offers hints of flowery notes, citrus, pear, melon whith a smooth mouthfeel finish. Overall easy drinking, uncomplicated style. Perfect for drinking without thinking.

Alentejo Region

As a wine-producing country, one of Portugal’s great strengths is its diversity. The Algarve may be Portugal’s top holiday destination, but for wine lovers, the Alentejo is Portugal’s go-to southerly region. Today, Alentejo is renowned for red blends, which are as warm, generous and easy-drinking. Between 1995 and 2010 the number of producers exploded from 45 to 260. Traditional Portuguese grape varieties dominate the region, but newcomers such as Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon are beginning to make inroads, often blended with the local varieties. Some white wines are made in the Alentejo, but it’s the reds that are forging the region’s reputation. Demand for Alentejo wines, with their ripe fruit and full-bodied character, has been such that vineyard land here is among the most expensive in the whole country. Because many of the estates are fairly large and the climate is so reliable, economies of scale mean that Alentejo wines can combine quality with affordability, which is more of a challenge in Portugal’s more northerly regions.

SKU #388165  –  Shelf Price $19.49 + tax

Available at BC Liquor Stores.

1000 Stories Zinfandel


Wine Of The Month

1000 stories zinfandel wine

1000 Stories Zinfandel Mendocino, California

1000 Stories is made – like craft spirits and beer – in small lots, each unique and expressive of Winemaker Bob Blue’s interpretation of the fruit, vineyards and barrels whose singular qualities came together to create something new. Each batch offers an opportunity for discovery. Maturing 1000 Stories in new and used bourbon barrels from some of America’s finest bourbon distilleries lends nuance and enhances Zinfandel’s signature red fruit and spice notes. Zinfandel ultimately is a hearty red grape whose structure and flavors successfully stand up to – and riff on – the intensity of bourbon barrels. For 1000 Stories, fruit from heritage Mendocino Zinfandel vines dating to the 1880s is enhanced in the blend by Zinfandel from some of California’s most exciting emerging AVAs for the variety.

Flavours Profile

A harmonious balance of aromatic red fruit scents, and complex dark fruit flavours. A touch of Petite Syrah adds bold black and white pepper spice. Rounded out with a pleasing layer of smokiness derived from the bourbon barrel aging. Pair with pork sausage or grilled meat. It is a ‘Love At First Sip‘ kind of wine.

SKU#149636 – Shelf price $29.99 + tax ( $2 off until March 3 )

Available at BC Liquor stores, EverythingWine stores, and selected private stores.


Painted Wolf ‘Guillermo’ Pinotage

Wine Of The Month


Painted Wolf ‘Guillermo’ Pinotage, Swartland, South Africa

Painted Wolf ‘Guillermo’ Pinotage - The Wine DetectivePainted Wolf Guillermo is very much a handmade wine. Guillermo is the most exciting Pinotage that I have tasted in a few years! It has a deep garnet colour, and it is full-bodied. The wine is rich, and intense with good ripe blueberry, dried fruit, exotic spice, and soft vanilla notes. It has ripe but manageable tannins and a long lingering finish. Enjoy with or without food, you decide. Suitable for cellaring for 2 to 3 years. Pair with roasted venison.


The first grape developed in South Africa, a crossing of Pinot Noir and Cinsaut. It was created by professor Abraham Perold in 1925, and the first commercial plantings were made in 1943, but became widely accepted only in the 60s. The name Pinotage is a combination of its two parents, as Cinsaut was then known in South Africa as Hermitage.

Listing Price: $28.99 + tax

SKU# 813881

Availabe at EverythingWine stores in BC and Britannia Wine Merchants store in Calgary .