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Tasting Notes

Tastings: August 2018

13 August 2018

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Black Hills Carménère 2016

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaRoasted meats opens and carries this fleshy carménère, one held at an amazing 12.1%. The soft, soupy, ripe body belies that moderate figure, what with all its smoky meats, peppery spicing, medicinal black cherry, raspberry compote, thorny cassis and green cedar hewn Carmenere-ness. This carries a flush of warmth on the finish, as well as a dollop of ripe sweetness, imparted partially by time in 90/10 French /American oak, one third of which was new. I'd love to see this tightened in the future, though would easily and handily suit roast beef now.Prices: BC 59.90 Producer: Black Hills Estate Winery
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Sea Star Maréchal Foch 2017

Pender Island, Southern Gulf Islands, British Columbia, CanadaI reckon this will be the lightest, freshest, juiciest maréchal foch you've ever tasted. Pender Island grown, this teinturier (red fleshed grape) is whole cluster pressed and the juice sees nil to lil contact with skins. It's this paler medium cherry hue all on its own. Light, fresh and jubilant, with strawberry, cherry, wild raspberry on a soft, gossamer palate. There's a swell of effortless acidity that carries this light red to a crash of white / pink peppercorn spices that linger on the palate. Tannins? Well, there's a light nub of siding to house the fruit, but this plummy, easy drinking red is pitch perfect as what it is: a balanced, bright, easy, local, and light smashable red to chill (if you like) and drink (oft) this summer. Thank you, Sea Star, for showing us another version of maréchal foch.Prices: BC 23.00 Producer: Sea Star Estate Farm and Vineyards
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Clos de la Roilette Fleurie 2016

Beaujolais, Burgundy, FranceFragrant rapsberry, floral cherry blossoms, strawberries are seasoned with light spice and supple, fine tannins. The middle is a bit muddled, right up to the pink peppercorn kick on the finish. This young Fleurie, from three lieu dit and granite, clay and manganese soils, will age well over the short term. #GoGamayGo.Prices: Producer: SCEA Coudert Père et Fils
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09 August 2018

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Yalumba Viognier The Virgilius Eden Valley 2016

Eden Valley, South Australia, AustraliaWe missed you Virgilius. This is our first meeting since 2012. The Virgilius is the flagship viognier at Yalumba, initially released in 2003 and the culmination of decades of research. This outstanding white is hand-picked, whole bunch pressed, wild fermented in French oak barriques before spending ten months under battonage. Even then, only the finest barrels make the cut. What I like most about Virgilius is that it continues to drop weight and power for finesse and aromatics. The 2016 is mouth-filling without being cloying. Apricot, mango, marmalade os flecked with citrus and gingersnap spice to a creamy lime pith finish that dances on palate, leaving it clean and ready for yet another bite of pasta or clams or a favourite vegetarian entrée.Prices: Australia 74.99 Producer: Yalumba Wine Company
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Rocky Creek TLC 2017

Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, CanadaTLC is a frizzante style prosecco wannabe which explains its popularity at the winery. Its an orchard fruit blend containing viognier, albariño, Madelaine sylvaner, siegerrebe and ortega. Just when you think its going to be too sweet and floral it tightens up and keeps the sugar in check abetted by the sparkle leaving a delicate, if simple. summer sipper.Prices: BC 22.00 Producer: Rocky Creek Winery
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Laughing Stock Vineyards Viognier +10/10 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaRestraint isn't for everyone. Or every wine. If you're in that camp, you probably love viognier, a hedonistic, lush grape. It well suits Laughing Stock's style, showing ripe peach, apricot, honeydew and sweet salami. Split time between French oak, stainless and concrete eggs ups the texture, as does ample lees work. There's a wash of ginger ale that warms the finish, and welcomes food.Prices: BC 24.99 Producer: Laughing Stock Vineyards
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The Hatch B Yanco 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe B. Yanco is mostly pinot blanc (85 percent) from West Kelowna with a splash of viognier (15 percent) from Osoyoos-based Monarch Vineyard. The style is off-dry and floral, with ripe yellow apple and a squeeze of lime pith. Not as refreshing as we would like, but would be well-suited to more substantial spicy fall dinners. For summer drinking, try it with some avocado toast drizzled with freshly squeezed lemon juice.Prices: BC 15.99 Producer: The Hatch
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Hester Creek Character Pinot Gris Gewurztraminer 2017

Golden Mile Bench, Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaI've been consistently impressed with the direction seen in the current releases from Hester Creek: tighter, fresher, dryer, while still maintaining wide appeal. Winemaker Mark Hopley is doing an excellent job of steering a freighter towards the future. Character white is a great example. What has been a bloated, sweeter, overripe white in the past now is showing snappy appeal. Yellow apple, pear, gooseberry, is blanketed with an ample (unnecessary) dose of RS at 9g/l, but thankfully met with a bright spark of acidity to counter. This results in a fresh, juicy, aromatic Okanagan white worthy of sharing.Prices: BC 17.95 Producer: Hester Creek Estate Winery
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Stoneboat Pinot House Gravelbar Chorus 2017

Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaNo substantial changes here with this aromatic orchard of fruit stuffed into the glass. I find melons, peaches and red apple with just enough acidity and even some minerality to hold your interest. The fruit is old, dating a back to 1984. Each variety is picked and fermented separately with a long, cold fermentation lasting three weeks. Clean and fresh, it’s a teriffic summer patio wine or a winter shellfish partner.Prices: BC 17.90 Producer: Stoneboat Vineyards
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Harper's Trail Field Blend White 2017

Kamloops, British Columbia, CanadaRiesling and chardonnay is a dance of weight and density with freshness. In this case, the 2017 is leaning more toward the chardonnay with a fatter, softer entry and a heavier riper fruit. The riesling is hard to notice. The finish is clean and boasting a bump of residual sweetness that will work with spicy dishes. Best well chilled and served on the patio. Fair value.Prices: BC 15.90 Producer: Harper's Trail Estate Winery
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Anselmo Mendes Muros Antigos Escolha 2017

Vinhos Verde, Northern Portugal, PortugalNew vintage, same story. Anselmo Mendes is a Vinho Verde icon from the Monção and Melgaço sub-regions, areas the French would call Cru quality. The secret is the steep sloping granitic hillsides that seem to simply take over the wine on the palate. Fresh, herbal, mineral and stony, this is a stunner in texture and electricity, all the while displaying subdued notes of juicy pears, sea salts and the brightest acidity. Precise is the descriptor. Oh, and you can pair it with anything and keep it forever. Real wine. Stupid value.Prices: BC 18.49 Producer: Anselmo Mendes
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08 August 2018

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Zuccardi Q Malbec Paraje Altamira and Vista Flores 2016

Valle de Uco, Tunuyán, Central Region, Mendoza, ArgentinaDecant this or open in advance, as it has a wave of reduction that is helped with airtime. From high altitude (980-1100m) sites in Uco Valley's Paraje Altamira and Vista Flores, this malbec is soft and generous on the palate, native fermented and spent 20 days on skins before concrete and oak aging. Deep purple / blue hued, this potent wine pulls fresh figs, ripe blueberries, blue plums, on a soft, cushioned palate. There's a nice detailing to the structure, though the overall feel is soft. Tannins are smoothed and nubby, and acidity is moderate, making this an easy choice for someone looking for a well made Uco malbec.Prices: NS 21.00 QC 20.00 NF 22.00 BC 27.99 Producer: Familia Zuccardi
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Pascual Toso Limited Edition Malbec 2016

Maipú, Northern Region, Mendoza, ArgentinaSoft, downy plum, blackberries fills the cushy palate of this malbec, one drawn tight around the sides with a squeeze of tannins. Espresso coats the palate, one kept juicy with black jube jubes, to the drying, warming finish. Pour alongside grilled sweet potatoes or beef for best result. Simple, easy, drink now red.Prices: BC 18.99 ON 16.25 QC 17.55 SK 19.00 YK 20.40 NS 22.00 Producer: Pascual Toso
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Pascual Toso Malbec 2016

Mendoza, ArgentinaThis simple, entry level malbec carries warm black fruits, roasted coffee and a kiss of violet florals to a short finish. Tannins are a touch powdery, but primed to meet your grilled root veg or ground beef dishes.Prices: BC 15.49 ON 14.00 QC 14.00 YK 17.20 AB 13.00 Producer: Pascual Toso
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Valle Las Acequias Malbec Oak 2013

Mendoza, ArgentinaSourced from 90-year-old vines from the Don Angelino estate in, Medrano, Mendoza, this dense, malbec is threaded with sunbaked red fruits and leather, fine dusty spices and bound by sticky tannins. Though the word 'oak' is on the label, and this indeed spent ten months in wood, it's barely noticeable in this wine, lending some much needed boning to the velveteen, ripe and concentrated palate.Prices: BC 23.99 AB 16.00 YK 24.00 Producer: Luis Segundo Correas
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Los Cardos Doña Paula Malbec 2017

Mendoza, ArgentinaAs the label alludes, this is filled with the perfume of thistle, which overrides (to a degree) the reductive notes stewing underneath (air is this wine's friend). From El Alto Vineyard, in Ugarteche, Luján de Cuyo, this vineyard rests on sandy clay loams at 1050m. Big, punchy plum, blueberry and blackberry fruited, with a fine peppery spice and tautly gritty tannins to a warming finish. This is a kicky youthful wine, 13.5 degrees, and for drinking now with grilled pork or empanadas.Prices: BC 12.99 AB 12.95 Producer: Doña Paula Estate
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Masi Tupungato Passo Doble 2015

Valle de Uco, Tunuyán, Central Region, Mendoza, ArgentinaThis malbec/corvina blend was made in the apassimento style, using dried corvina grapes with fresh malbec juice, resulting in a clash of soft and harsh on the hotter palate. Ripe, downy red and purple fruits is framed with bitter cocoa tannins and finishing with a twist of bitter espresso on the dried out finish.Prices: BC 14.99 NS 17.00 QC 17.00 ON 14.00 NF 18.00 AB 16.00 MB 15.00 PEI 19.00 YK 18.00 NB 19.00 Producer: Masi Agricola
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Escorihuela 1884 Estate Grown Malbec 2017

Mendoza, ArgentinaPerfumed violets, blackberry, sweet wood and ample smokey spice take over this plush malbec, sourced from higher altitude vineyards in the Andean foothills. Eight months in 70/30 French/American oak have certainly left their impression on this wine, with roasted coffee, cedar spice, grilled meats, and a lingering bitter dark chocolate. Drink now, with grilled burgers or ribs.Prices: BC 17.99 YK 18.85 Producer: Bodegas Escorihuela Gascon
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Paz de Finca Las Moras Malbec 2016

Pedernal Valley, San Juan, ArgentinaFrom the Pedernal Valley and sourced from malbec at 1350m, this approachable malbec spent fifteen months in new American and French barrels, which is felt in the spiciness of this generous, big red. Cedar, cherries, raspberries, blackberries are framed with dense, sweet tannins that dry out quickly on the snappy, peppery finish. Up front, and ready for consumption now, especially with grilled beef, pork or mushrooms.Prices: AB 16.00 BC 17.99 Producer: Finca Las Moras
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Catena Malbec High Mountain Vines 2015

Mendoza, ArgentinaThe High Mountain Vines tips us off to the freshness to be found here, which works to carry the sunned red fruits and leathered mid along a lengthy palate. Sourced from four vineyards ranging from 920m - 1450m, and across various soil types, this carries cherries, wild raspberries, dark cocoa dusted tannins along a stream of acidity to a satisfyingly lingering, smokey finish. This vintage has really opened up, though still benefits from a decant.Prices: BC 23.99 AB 19.95 ON 19.95 NS 24.00 NB 23.29 PEI 24.00 SK 27.40 NF 23.90 Producer: Bodega Catena Zapata
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Ben Marco Malbec 2016

Mendoza, ArgentinaMalbec from Uco Valley's Vista Flores and Los Chacayes, harvested around 1100m, makes up this youthful, balanced and enjoyable wine. Black liquorice, leather, wild blackberry, violets fill the juicy, affable wine, one seasoned with dark chocolate dusted tannins and fine stony textures, upping the interest here. A warming swell of pepper trails the finish. Excellent approachable and well-made malbec for enjoying now.Prices: ON 18.00 NS 23.00 BC 25.49 QC 20.25 AB 25.00 NS 23.25 Producer: Dominio del Plata
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Vaglio Selección Regional Malbec 2014

Valle de Uco, Tunuyán, Central Region, Mendoza, ArgentinaVaglio is a project by José Lovaglio, legendary Argentine winemaker Susana Balbo's son. These wines are meant to exemplify Argie terroir, not winemaking. Plush, dusky dark red fruited, this malbec is sourced from different areas in Mendoza's Uco Valley, and from sites that José works with for his single vineyard wines. The whole is scented with dark perfumed blooms, the tannins worked soft, and the finish trails with a find medicinal edge. Though fleshy on the palate, this is held to a reported respectable 13 degrees, and ideal for drinking now with lusty grilled ribs.Prices: Producer: Vaglio (B-72597) (B-88906)
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Vaglio Aggie Malbec 2014

Gualtallary, Tupungato, Central Region, Mendoza, ArgentinaFrom a single vineyard in Gualtallary, Uco Valley, this is the project of legendary winemaker Susana Balboa's son, José Lovaglio Balbo. José focuses on single vineyard wines, from different sub regions of Northern Mendoza and varying soil types, all sharing vinification with minimal intervention and oak contact. This vineyard was planted in 2008 on sandy, stony loams at 3800 ft altitude. That freshness is apparent right off, with alluring perfumed black plums, black raspberries and cracked peppercorn. Tannins are tuggy, hugging the fruit through a stony, lifted finish. Though alcohol reads 14 degrees, the inherent freshness here is unmistakable. This charming young red is ready for drinking now, but will hold in cellar short term. Planted in 2008Prices: BC 23.49 Producer: Vaglio (B-72597) (B-88906)
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Finca Decero Malbec Remolinos Vineyard 2016

Agrelo District, Luján de Cuyo, Northern Region, Mendoza, ArgentinaSourced from the 3500 foot Remolinos Vineyard in Agrelo, named for the whirlwinds (remolinos) that keep this site dry, fresh, and pristine. Red florals, black raspberries are bedded with pork belly, scented with ample camp smoke and thorns, and housed with cushy, oak plumped tannins that work well to support. Though there is a vein of freshness, this big red requires BBQ meats to match property. Decant.Prices: BC 23.99 AB 22.00 ON 22.00 Producer: Finca Decero
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07 August 2018

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Renacer Milamore 2015

Luján de Cuyo, Northern Region, Mendoza, ArgentinaRetasted nine months along, and the fruit, as sweet and dusky as it ever was, is now pinched with a twinge of balsamic, which tightens, squeezes and lifts this bigger Amarone-style red. This is a blend of malbec, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and bonarda. After harvest, the grapes were placed on drying racks outside, where wind and the elements dried the berries and concentrated the flavours and sugars. Grapes lost approximately 30 percent of their weight in this process. After wild yeast ferment and MLF in French oak barriques, this wine aged for 12 months in new French oak. Alberto Antonini consults on this project, one run by winemaker Pablo Sanchez.Prices: BC 36.99 AB 29.99 Producer: Bodega Renacer
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Zuccardi Tito Zuccardi 2015

La Consulta, Valle de Uco, Tunuyán, Central Region, Mendoza, ArgentinaFrom a single site in Uco Valley's Paraje Altamira, this malbec (plus ten percent cabernet sauvignon and ancellotta) was grown at 1100m on alluvial / calcareous laced soils. After native ferment, this sat on skins for 20 days before transfer to concrete and barrels for MLF and a rest prior to bottling. Perfumed and flush with purple florals, blueberries, blue plums, blackberries, the medium-bodied, tight palate is scratchy with texture and studded with stones. Tannins are gritty and acidity is edgy; all in check with the bright fruit and weight (a welcome 13.6 degrees) of this new wave Argentine red.Prices: BC 35.00 Producer: Familia Zuccardi
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Lamberti Santepietre Pinot Grigio 2016

Veneto, ItalyNo changes here. The nose is a mix of green apple, cardboard, nuts, lees, lemon oil, pear skin. The attack is soft and round with hint of sweetness via honey and baked pear and a touch of freshness throughout the nutty, citrus flavours. Simple, ready to drink and fair value. Try with pasta and clams.Prices: BC 13.99 QC 14.50 ON 12.00 NS 18.00 AB 15.00 NB 15.00 Producer: Lamberti S.C.A.R.L
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The View Pinot Gris 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis was a pleasant surprise, offering up attractive orchard fruits aromas with notes of peach, pear and even a nutty almond trace. The attack is dry with a fresh citrus, almond, peach base and crisp clean mineral finish. Very well made and tasty.Prices: BC 19.95 Producer: The View Winery & Vineyard
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Screaming Frenzy Pinot Gris 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis gris hails from Kurkjian Vineyard in East Kelowna. Twelve hours of skin contact gives it a slightly more natural edge, as well as less obvious fruit in exchange for a little more texture and dimension. The friar of flavour, as it’s known internally, reflects its location near Father Pandosy’s original vineyard site. The attack is a mix of fresh apple and twang-like acidity with a hint of almonds, earth, and a spicy undercurrent. Not your average fruit bomb, this is a food-friendly gris with dusting complexity. Think mushrooms, eggplant, seafood or cheese.Prices: BC 19.99 Producer: The Hatch
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Tinhorn Creek Pinot Gris 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThere’s something likeable about this pinot gris that opens with peach yogurt, lemon curd, pear and banana notes boasting a boisterous tropical theme. The palate is ripe and plump, similar to 2016 but with a little better acid. Certainly a crowd pleaser but could ascend even higher with a little tightening. Best now with a favourite curry or spicy sushi rolls. Fine value.Prices: BC 17.99 Producer: Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
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Stoneboat Pinot House Pinot Gris 2017

Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaBright and ripe with a candied citrus nose before sweet pear juice mixed with red apples and a squeeze of honey, not unlike last year. The attack is round and soft with more sweet orchard fruit dominating. An easy-sipping gris that is best served with spicy appetizers.Prices: BC 18.90 Producer: Stoneboat Vineyards
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River Stone Pinot Gris 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaI liked last year, but this may be better. I love the rich, intense sun-ripened pear with a squeeze of citrus over peach and cantaloupe in this Oliver-based gris. There is also a floral, rose-scented mineral foundation and a touch of lees that keeps this gris on path through the finish. Impressive effort and more than your average bottle. Try this with grilled fish tacos.Prices: BC 20.90 Producer: River Stone Estate Winery
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Harper's Trail Pinot Gris Thad Springs Vineyard 2017

Kamloops, British Columbia, CanadaJust a hint of colour marks the ’17. The nose remains bright and fragrant with a slightly riper style this year. The attack is both rich and juicy and packed full of sweet pear, quince and ripe nectarine flavours. This is ready to drink and dry enough to suit a variety of foods. We think a chicken salad or pasta in a cream sauce would be fine matches.Prices: BC 19.90 Producer: Harper's Trail Estate Winery
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Mt. Boucherie Estate Pinot Gris 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaClean and ripe with a noticeable reserve of sugar on the round, soft palate that will appeal to many. More baked pear, yellow apple, quince paste on the fleshy, warm palate. There’s a whiff of acidity holding it together, but it could be tighter. Try this with spicy appetizers to help knock down the sweetness on the palate – spicy sushi tuna roll.Prices: BC 18.00 Producer: Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery
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05 August 2018

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Domaine Vacheron VdF Le Rosé XVII 2017

FranceThis Vin de France pink is an all pinot noir rosé. The colour is extremely pale. Love red fruit and blood orange notes, the minerality, and sea salt notes that waft from the glass. The attack is tangy with full, intense, orange and cherry fruit flavours but all in balance. The finish is clean and peppery calling for a rich Mediterranean charcuterie plate of cheese, meats and olives. Not cheap.Prices: BC 47.99 Producer: Domaine Vacheron
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04 August 2018

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Hester Creek Rosé Cabernet Franc 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis juicy rosé brings quenching pink grapefruit, strawberry, cranberry, and rhubarb to the snappy, glycerol-lined palate, seasoned with cinnamon and sweetened off-dry by the sun and a light bump of RS. A two-day cold soak and gentle pressing of this cabernet franc bled off the medium pink hue, while a cool ferment in stainless preserved the bright acidity in this medium bodied wine, lined with a bed of sunny glycerol. Impressed by the fresher, brighter direction that Hester Creek has been taking of late, with this rosé being a prime example.Prices: BC 19.95 Producer: Hester Creek Estate Winery
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The View Pinotage Rosé 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe View makes two pinotage-based rosés, though this one is 100 percent of the transplanted South African grape. Youthful raspberry, strawberry on a jammy palate, with orange silky siding and juicy fruit mid palate. Fine spices land on the finish. Chill this and enjoy this just-off-dry pink this summer.Prices: BC 20.95 Producer: The View Winery & Vineyard
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Silver Lining Estate Rosé 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaSmooth strawberry and cherry glides across the silky palate of this estate rosé. Though the packaging relies more on kitschy marketing, as is The View's M.O., the wine is a solid choice for those looking for a silken, sweeter, aromatic rosé. This year blends pinotage with gewürztraminer, riesling, ehrenfelser, baco noir and pinot noir. In addition to the gobs of strawberry and cherry, expect candied pear, apricot blossoms and a snap of spice on the finish. Chill and enjoy this summer.Prices: BC 19.95 Producer: The View Winery & Vineyard
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Clos du Soleil Rosé 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaI’m partial to this drier pink that comes with a subdued wild strawberry nose, and sweetness tempered by a note of rhubarb jam and perfumed raspberries. This is a blend of cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon from the home estates in Keremeos and Cawston. The grapes were soaked for 20 hours on skins before a quick press and cool ferment. I love this understated Similkameen style that makes me think of fresh cheese, pork kabobs, chicken salads and more. Well done, again.Prices: BC 21.90 Producer: Clos du Soleil Winery
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Liber Farm & Winery Rosé 2017

Cawston, Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis Similkameen winery labels this rosé as Okanagan Valley, leading me to believe they sourced at least some of the organic cabernet(s?) and / or merlot making up this wine from the neighbouring Okanagan Valley. Deeper pink with orange flecks, this is a round, glycerol-lined and warming (14%) pink, with strawberry jam, raspberry jam, candied red fruits to a shorter, snappy finish. Simple pink that's ready to drink this summer.Prices: BC 22.00 Producer: Liber Farm & Winery
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Mission Hill Terroir Collection No.19 Early Morning Brigadier's Bluff Rosé 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaWinemaker Darryl Brooker continues to expand the Terroir Collection, designed to showcase the Okanagan Valley's unique microclimates. Only the top 3 percent of estate fruit is used in the collection. In the case of Brigadier’s Bluff, honouring the fur traders known as brigadiers who traversed the trails of the Okanagan Valley in the late 1800’s, the result is a delicious dry rosé with million-dollar pale Provençal pink colour. The palate is juicy and the flavours a perfectly subdued watermelon and wild strawberry affair. There is an elegance here that seems counter-intuitive to its robust 85/10/5 blend of merlot, cabernet franc and syrah. And it's dry. Well done.Prices: BC 30.00 Producer: Mission Hill Family Estate
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Rosé 2017

Columbia Valley, Washington, United StatesA lighter color appeals on pouring. Ripe raspberry jam, candied rhubarb, sweet melon and lemon pastry previews an off-dry palate that tightens up in the back end. It’s all syrah less two percent merlot (why, we don’t know). This should have wide appeal as it straddles the bone dry / super sweet market with some aplomb. Chill this down and serve on the patio with candied salmon.Prices: BC 19.99 Producer: Chateau Ste. Michelle
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Mare Magnum Crudo Organic Rosato 2016

Salento, Puglia, ItalyLovely salmon orange hue, this is an organic Negroamaro rosé, filled with bergamot, juicy raspberry, fine strawberry spices that wrap around a pure-fruited and alluring campari core. This is elegantly shaped with a lovely streamlined flow that lingers and encourages another, and another glass. Impressive packaging and menu suggestion (we concur).Prices: BC 16.95 Producer: Mare Magnum
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Screaming Frenzy Rosé 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaMedium pale in hue, this is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, gamay and riesling. Pale, juicy, raspberry, this is threaded with bergamot, and has alluring fine tea tannins through the finish. Impressive use of gamay and riesling to bring freshness and acidity to a cab sauv base.Prices: BC 19.99 Producer: The Hatch
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Jason Parkes Customs Gobsmacked Flipping the Bird Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

British Columbia, CanadaThis year's Flipping the Bird is an equal blend of cabernet sauvignon and gamay - unlikely partners, to be sure. Juicy cool strawberry, cherry fills a silken, pear, mandarin, red apple palate, off-dry but in pitch perfect balance. Acidity is ample to carry the fruit to a quenching, lightly spiced finish. Partial proceeds from this wine benefit Parrot Island, a non-profit sanctuary for abandoned and abused exotic birds in Peachland. The facility was founded by The Hatch partner Jason Parkes' parents.Prices: BC 21.99 Producer: The Hatch
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Stoneboat Pinot House Rosé 2017

Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaGlowing deep pink, this is a juicy, sweet blend of estate pinot noir and pinotage. Strawberry and raspberry jam is flushed out with gushes of orange-lined acidity, finishing short and snappy. Sweet, hot, simple pink, ideal for the ice bucket or ice cubes.Prices: BC 18.90 Producer: Stoneboat Vineyards
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Les Ligeriens Rosé d`Anjou 2017

Anjou, Loire, FranceLes Ligeriens is grown and made in Anjou. The colour is a pinkish red, and the style is demi sec, or off dry, but in a good way. Fresh picked strawberries would be a good description, along with a slice of ripe watermelon. This is best served well chilled, but perfect with any light spicy summer foods from vegetarian pakoras to spicy tuna rolls or poke dishes. Good value too and ready to drink. The blend is roughly 50/50 gamay/grolleau. Grolleau is a red grape grown primarily in the Loire Valley whose name is derived from the word grolle, meaning "crow" and is said to reflect the deep black berries of the grolleau vine.Prices: BC 18.99 Producer: Les Vignerons des Terroirs de la Noelle
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Harper's Trail Rosé Thad Springs Vineyard 2017

Kamloops, British Columbia, CanadaOff dry and strawberry jam slicked, this medium-hued rosé is all juicy pear, raspberry and mandarin filling the bright palate. The finish snaps closed with a shake of spice. Chill well and enjoy this summer on a patio.Prices: BC 18.90 Producer: Harper's Trail Estate Winery
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River Stone Malbec Rosé 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis malbec rosé was sourced the South Okanagan, including the winery's estate River Rock vineyard. The destemmed fruit saw 60 percent left whole berry, with the rest gently crushed before a cold soak for 1-2 days prior to pressing. The juice undergoes fermentation in stainless, where it ages further for three months on fine lees. Punchy and bold, as in previous years, with blackberry, tayberry, cherry fruit. This had some sweetness added back, to leave it off-dry at the finish, a move I think is unnecessary. Pour with burgers or pork ribs.Prices: BC 22.90 Producer: River Stone Estate Winery
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Haywire Gamay Noir Rosé Secrest Mountain Vineyard 2017

Summerland, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaHaywire acquired the well-tended 36ha Secrest Mountain Vineyard this year, so you can expect even more from its impressive alluvial, gravel, calcareous soils. Look for a medium coloured pink with a distinctive strawberry nose mixed with citrus, mineral stony bits with a dusting of violets. Leesy, textural, weighty, salty fruit extends through the finish. Flavourful enough to work with a variety of foods. Ready to drink.Prices: BC 22.90 Producer: Okanagan Crush Pad Winery
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Mt. Boucherie Rosé 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaMedium red pink, ‘zweigelt’ colour. Expect an aromatic, candied nose lined with dried herbs and spicy cinnamon notes. There is a line of citrus to keep it all fresh, but this is a bit busy and boisterous and remains best served well chilled and solo on a warm patio.Prices: BC 22.00 Producer: Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery
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Tania Vincent Carême Terre Brûlée 2016

Swartland, Coastal Region, South AfricaA rare glimpse into authentic South Africa red wine sold in BC. Vincent Carême is a well-known Loire producer situated in Vouvray at Domaine Vincent Carême, but his wife Tania is from South Africa and where the couple has a 10-acre vineyard planted over decomposed granite in Swartland. The Terre Brûlée Le Rouge is a 60/40 syrah/cinsault blend. The viticulture is sustainable, the fruit is handpicked and partially destemmed prior to a stainless-steel ferment using indigenous yeast before ageing in stainless steel vats. The wine is medium bodied with a red raspberry fruit thread throughout and juicy fresh character too. We like the texture and balance here and the soft tannins with touch of pepper in the finish. Stylish and food-friendly. A classy barbecue red.Prices: BC 22.99 AB 22.00 MB 23.00 Producer: Vincent Carême
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Summerhill Pyramid Winery Alive Organic Red Vegan 2016

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis organic red also utilizes biodynamic practices, and you can feel the brightness and lightness on the palate of this mix. Since we last saw this wine, the maréchal foch has been dropped to excellent effect, adding cabernet franc to merlot and syrah and fermenting it in all in wood tanks before ageing in neutral oaks for eight months. The delicate, juicy black and red fruit flavours punch well above their weight. Tannins are powdery smooth and light. Impressive local organic option for your roasted root vegetables or mushroom burger.Prices: BC 23.00 Producer: Summerhill Pyramid Winery
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Domaine Guisset 2016

Roussillon, South of France, FranceThe 2016 blends 66 percent syrah with 20 percent carignan and 14 percent grenache, turning out a scant 5800 cases. The vinification is traditional from destemmed stalks to daily dump and reload of the fermenting fruit at the halfway point. Post fermentation maceration is 7-10 days followed by 8 months in stainless steel for the carignan and grenache and one and two-year-old barrels for the syrah. The colour is dark, the nose complex and inviting with an electric red fruit demeanour followed by a stony, mineral finished wrapped into garrigue. A charcuterie plate, grilled beef or lambchops would be a fine match for this real wine, as would a decade in your cellar.Prices: BC 19.99 Producer: Domaine Guisset
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JP Azeitao Tinto 2017

Alentejo, Central and Southern Portugal, PortugalSoft plum, raspberry, blackberry on the sweetish, easy palate, with tannins wicked away and a cushion of soft lees supporting to the short finish. This is a simple blend of syrah, castelão and aragonez (aka tempranillo) that is best drunk now, with beef or mushroom burgers.Prices: ON 9.00 MB 10.50 AB 12.00 BC 10.79 Producer: Bacalhôa Vinhos de Portugal S.A.
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Ortas La Domeliére Rasteau 2016

Rasteau, Côtes du Rhône Villages, Southern Rhone, Rhone Valley, FranceThere is something spicy and savoury about Rasteau that makes it a very inviting red wine for a robust dinner. La Domelière is planted to a commune hillside over chalky-limestone terraces covered with pebbles. The mix is on average 40-year-old grenache (70), syrah (20) and mourvèdre (10). The spice permeates its red fruit flavours, flecked with liquorice and garrigue. The palate is jammy with meaty fruit flavours with a peppery, fresh finish. Love the value here and it will improve over the short term in bottle. Try with pork, or chicken or pair with fresh goat and sheep cheeses.Prices: BC 21.99 MB 18.04 ON 15.95 Producer: Cave de Rasteau
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Père Anselme La Fiole Côtes du Rhône 2015

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhone, Rhone Valley, FranceIn its wonky curved bottle, La fiole is a familiar Côtes du Rhône on shelves. Its familiarity and friendliness, not to mention price, has made it an easy choice. Soft, perfumed strawberry, raspberry, some stewed cherries and subtle tannins to the short finish. This is a simple, inoffensive red to pour with casual fare.Prices: BC 17.49 ON 16.00 Producer: Père Anselme
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Sunrock Vineyards Illumina 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaA one-of-a-kind Okanagan blend mixing 64 percent zinfandel with 36 percent shiraz, this is not for the timid. Mouthfilling, spicy and rich, it’s done a fair job of soaking up the oak it was aged in without tipping the scales. The palate is a fresh, spicy raspberry affair with enough acidity to take on the power and weight of this jammy blackberry, vanilla and chocolate finish. Best with barbecue ribs or any braised or roasted beef dish.Prices: BC 29.99 Producer: Sunrock Vineyards
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