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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.
Tempranillo
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

PETIT VERDOT PIRRAMIMMA, McLAREN VALE, AUSTRALIA

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.

Anjou Chenin Blanc – Chateau de Fesles La Chapelle

Chateau de Fesles La Chapelle

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Chateau de Fesles La Chapelle

A Wonderful Example of Loire Chenin Blanc Wine

The Chateau de Fesles La Chapelle is located in the heart of the appellation Anjou in the Loire region. The vineyards being converted to organic farming, hand picked and manual grapes sorting bring a special care to this wine.

A dry white wine with a beautiful youth and elegance. This Chenin Blanc is refreshing and dominated by lime blossom, green apple, and ripe pear aromas. In the mouth it is well balanced with a light touch of oak and gentle spice.

Enjoy as an apéritif, pair nicely with chicken entrees, or rich cheeses.

Price: $25.99 + tax
Available only at selected private wine stores.

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Riesling – Cono Sur Single Vineyard Rulos Alto Block 23

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368936The Cono Sur Single Vineyard Rulos Alto Block 23 Riesling was trophy winner in 2013 AWoCA competition. The Annual Wines of Chile Awards is the Chilean wine industry’s single most important event of the year. Nine top judges from Chile´s main export markets plus 3 top judges from Chile gather in Santiago during a week in November to taste and judge the country’s finest wines.
This bright yellow Riesling with touches of green displays elegant aromas of citrus fruits and quince with hints of white flowers. In the mouth are grassy notes with soft, fruity flavors and great mineral complexity. It is balanced and full with a strong personality, and is ideal as an aperitif. Selected for its extreme southern origins and cold climate, the Rulos del Alto (No Irrigation) Block is part of the Quitralmán Estate and contains the oldest vines planted in the Bío-Bío Valley. Experiencing some of the lowest average temperatures during grape ripening, along with its red clay soil, add to this Riesling´s freshness and impressive minerality. Aged for 4 months in stainless steel tanks.
An excellent wine for serving with caviar, foie gras, smoked salmon, shell-fish and white meats. Also Riesling is great with vegetarian and oriental dishes, ideally Thai, as well as any sweet and savory recipes that include fruit. Great companion for mild cheeses such as Colby, Edam, and Gouda.
Find this wine at BC govt liquor stores $19.99  — Also available at Marquis Wine Cellars $21.99
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CHENIN BLANC – MORESON HOITY TOITY MISS MOLLY

 

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Moreson Hoity Toity Miss Molly

Another great value wine from South Africa. 85% Chenin Blanc, 15% Viognier. Splash of oaked Viognier adds interest to fruity and smooth white.Fruity and biscuity nose with hints of butter. The well-balanced sugar/acid ratio ensures a full, round palate with typical citrus flavours. Miss Molly, the beautiful Môreson Weimaraner, is the love of all the lives on the Môreson farm. During the afternoon Miss Molly is most often found sunning herself in our finest leather wingback chair. Here she devotes her time to relaxing – receiving visitors, love and adoration at her leisure. Hoity Toity is designed to capture the taste of Miss Molly’s lazy, sun-filled afternoons.

Price: $14.96

Find this wine at BC govt liquor stores and EverythingWine stores.

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Cabernet Sauvignon – Lake Sonoma Alexander Valley

lake-sonomaCABERNET SAUVIGNON – LAKE SONOMA ALEXANDER VALLEY

 

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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