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Pesquera Crianza


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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

Petit Verdot Pirramimma


 Petit Verdot Pirramimma - the wine detective


Pirramimma was founded by Alexander Campbell Johnston in 1892 and has been owned and operated by the Johnston family ever since. The winery is located just a short distance south of the small township McLaren Vale, South Australia. Researched for eleven years before the release of the first vintage in 1994, the Piramimma Petit Verdot vineyard was the first and is now the largest in Australia.
Piramimma Petit Verdot is an award winning wine from an established Aussie winery. This wine is made of 100% Petit Verdot, a grape that is used traditionally in Bordeaux blend. Full-bodied, rich, harmonious with  black cherry, chocolate, and delicate violet notes on the nose. Palate exhibits spicy blackberry, cherry, Santa Rosa plum, and a long finish. Best matched with a rack of lamb or venison.
SKU #608216
Shelf Price: $29.99 + tax.
Available at Signature BC Gov’t Stores and at selected private stores.

Cabernet Sauvignon – Lake Sonoma Alexander Valley





738401_0California wines end up being quite expensive in British Columbia because of the taxes and mark-ups. Lake Sonoma Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 is a rare exception. Lake Sonoma Winery is a new business venture by Quails’ Gate CEO Tony Stewart and Napa Valley’s Dan Zepponi, who are also partners in Plume wines of Napa Valley. The Lake Sonoma label was established in 1977, but the Valley of the Moon estate and winery Stewart and Zepponi purchased is over 150-years-old (1863) – a true piece of California history. The grapes for the wines are all sourced from sub-appellations of Sonoma, in the case of this Cabernet, the northerly Alexander Valley, which sits above the Russian River Valley and Dry Creek. Expect cassis and blackberries, baking spice and mocha on the nose, rounded out with vanilla and mint. It has a supple palate and plenty of luscious fruit; cassis, black plum, spiced mocha and mint echo the nose. It has good length, a firm tannin structure to enjoy now and for years to come. This rich Cabernet is the ideal partner for grilled and roasted meats.
Appellation: Sonoma Valley
The mid-nineteenth century was a hugely important era for the United States wine industry, and it was in this period when Sonoma Valley was first used as a wine region. The earliest wineries which made the wide and flat valley floor their home recognized the potential the region had, and noted the fantastic climate Sonoma Valley received. Alongside this, they understood the importance of the mineral rich volcanic soils and geothermal springs of the region, which would go on to provide nutrition for millions of grape vines over the next century and a half. Today, Sonoma Valley is one of California’s premier wine producing regions, and it is widely agreed that many of the state’s finest red and white wines hail from this beautiful area.
Price: $26.99