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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

Wine – But Not As We Know It

orkney wineWine But Not As We Know It

Wine is defined by the European Commission as the ‘fermented juice of grapes’. This definition excludes many types of wine such as ancient Chinese rice wine. A recent addition to the multitude of world wine is Chinese fish wine. The wine, for which the official Chinese news agency Xinhua claims orders have already been received from a number of neighbouring countries, is said to be nutritious and contain low alcohol.
In 2001, the Orkney Wine Company was established in Scotland after getting grants from the local council and the Highland Fund. The plan was to make wine with fruit and vegetables; a whisky and carrot blend was the first planned for commercial consumption. All their wines and liqueurs are made in the traditional way using fruit, flowers and vegetables, which are fermented whole resulting in high levels of anti-oxidants and maximum flavours. Only the finest natural ingredients are used, with as much as possible grown in Orkney. Turnip wine anyone?

How To Keep An Open Bottle Of Wine


FaLaLa… Tis’ the season of festive parties. Wine will be served, and what to do with the left over?

left over wine


I am asked the question, frequently. Left over wine has never been an issue in my house. A Bacchus commandment “Thou shall finish an open bottle of wine”.  In the event that you have some wine left at the end of your party, here are some tips on how to seal your open bottle and where to store it to get an extra day out of your left over.
  • „White wines will last 1 or 2 days depending of the style.
  • „Red wines will last about 3 days depending of the style.
  • „Full-bodied wines will retain flavour and freshness better than lighter wines.
  • „Younger wines will retain flavour better than older wines.
  • „Refrigerate, left over wine, will help to preserve its lifespan. You should refrigerate white and red. Don’t forget to pull out red wine about 30-40 minutes before serving.
  • Reduce the amount of oxygen in the bottle by putting left over into a smaller bottle. Use an air tight closure, it helps slow down oxidation.



Try a wine saver gadget. The 2 most popular ones are:
1 – VACUVIN ( a vacuum sealer ) from $18.00 to $22.00
2 – PRIVATE PRESERVATIVE ( gas) from $16.00 to $20.00





How about freezing left over wine?  The experiment had good results according to the ‘Shopping Bag’ and a few other web sites. The wine tasted as good as the one day left over wine. They said that the wine tasted fine. Unfortunately, they don’t talk about the type of container used for the experiment. Have fun doing your own experiment, and let me know the result.


Using a bit of wine in sauces and stews enhance flavours. In restaurants, we use cheap wine for simmering dishes such as lamb shanks, and we use quality wine for sauces. I always have a bit of left over white and red in my fridge. The left over will last about 2 months. You can freeze wine in an ice tray. It is really practical, you take only as many cubes as you need. You can keep chicken and beef broth the same way.

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.

Keeping Wine In The Refrigerator



Wine Tips

Putting wine in a refrigerator for a few hours to chill is alright. It is not recommended to store wine in the fridge for days or weeks because it draws moisture from the cork which increase the possibility of oxidation. Also, the constant motor vibration is not the ideal condition for the wine.

A bottle of wine ’breathes’ so don’t put it close to a strong smelling product because the smell can permeate through the cork. Store the wine away from the fridge light bulb. Remember, keeping bottles upright will allow any sediment to settle.

Wine Almanac – December


December, the season of frosts and new activity in the vineyard as pruning begins, and of tasting in the cellar of both the new and the older wines. Apart from a few very late picking of grape for iced wine or late harvest styles. The vines will now be bare and looking very bleak and grimy in most areas. Depending on the regions, pruning begins in the second half of the month where you can find a bunch of people working away with clippers.

Every region has its own distinctive style of pruning, usually related to the grape variety grown as certain grapes respond to being cut hard (back to one shoot) while others do better with two or more. Very abbreviated pruning is known as spur pruning to form the ‘goblet’ shape of the vine and is the areas where the vines are not grown against wires or poles. Cane pruning allows the vine to grow fairly high against a support of wires or poles. Cane pruning allows the vine to grow fairly high against a support of wires or poles with one or two long spurs for next year’s fruit.

Talking about practicalities brings the question of planting the vines. The traditional gap between vines used to be about four feet, but this distance is being increased to cope with machine ploughing, spraying, and even harvesting. For machine harvesting the vines must also be allowed to grow taller. Vineyards are usually ploughed in December to break up the ground before the frosts come. Regions which specialize in very light, fruity wines will prepare some bottling by Christmas to keep the intensity of fruit flavours. Bur, remember that all wine should rest for a short while after bottling.




Riesling – Cono Sur Single Vineyard Rulos Alto Block 23

Wine Of The Week

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



Wine Of The Week


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.


The Correct Wine Storage Temperature



The Correct Wine Storage Temperature


The first requirement is that the wine be kept at a reasonably even temperature. It should not be too warm or to cold, but somewhat below room temperature. The optimum temperature for storing wine is 11°C ( 52ºF), but anything between from 6ºC to 18ºC ( 42ºF – 64ºF ) will do no harm as long as there are no short term high fluctuation. High temperature will age the wines prematurely. Slow and moderate fluctuation in temperature will not harm the wines.  High Rise – When storing wine, remember that heat rises.



Early Brand Name In Wine


Early Brand Name In Wine

Chateau Haut-Brion was founded in 1533, and was the oldest and smallest of the four First Growth properties in the famous 1855 classification. Samuel Pepys extolled the virtues of one particular claret after tasting it at the Royal Oak Tavern in London. His diary note for 10 April 1663 “Off the Exchange with Sir J. Cutler and Mr. Grant to the Royall Oak Tavern, in Lumbard Street, where Alexander Broome the poet was, a merry and witty man, I believe, if he be not a little conceited, and here drank a sort of French wine, called Ho Bryan, that hath a good and most particular taste that I never met with.” In London in the seventeenth century, Haut Brion fetched 7 shillings a bottle, 3.5 times the price of Spanish wine. The place to drink it was a restaurant called The Pontac’s Head, named by and for Francois-Auguste de Pontac, a wine entrepreneur, whose business flourished in London from 1666, selling the products of his father’s estate, Pontac, and in the words of one wine writer turned Haut-Brion into the world’s first cult wine. It was the first wine to be referred to by name of the château rather than the generic name ‘claret’. But how did Haut Brion maintain its consumption demands and sales in England when every other day they were or were not at war? A bit of smuggling. Of course a blind eye would be turned for the most famous tavern in London so image and status could be maintained for its patrons. It was common to sell the wine to a country not at war with England to get the goods through. Of course smuggling also avoided the hefty taxes and there are invoices for small French and Channel islands habitants supposedly consuming absurd amounts of wine that would easily kill a human in a week.