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Red
1/13/2023 - deBare Likes this wine:
88 points
This wine has probably lost a step or two over the past ten years. While it’s still a decent bottle, it’s a little flat. It paired well with our steak dinner but I’ll need to open the other bottle soon.
White
1/6/2023 - deBare Likes this wine:
89 points
Quality Chardonnay from a great winery.
Spirits
9/2/2022 - deBare Likes this wine:
94 points
While not a hardcore fan of Gin and Tonic cocktails, I’m proclaiming this G&T the Summer Cocktail of ‘22! The 50/50 ratio of 3 ounces of Rhubarb Gin Liqueur with Canada Dry Tonic over ice with a full squeeze of quarter lime is truly amazing. It’s been the perfect drink in the sweltering heat of our new normal for temperatures in July and August. The BC distillery just outside of Victoria produces a half dozen gin variations. I’ve only tried this one but look forward to discovering the other infused flavours.
Cheers! 🍹
White
8/26/2022 - deBare Likes this wine:
90 points
Harry McWatters was the grandfather of BC wines. He started the industry in British Columbia more than 50 years ago but sadly died in June of 2019. The McWatters Collection was among the last vintages he released under the Time Winery brand.
deKerf and I had the pleasure of meeting the man, the myth, the legend once at a BC Wine Institute wine tasting event. Already nearing his 70s, McWatters was an irascible character - manning the tasting booth on his own for his last venture. This particular Chardonnay is a perfect example of his work - rich and elegant with well-balanced fruit and oak characteristics, alongside notes of pineapple, tropical fruit, hints of honey, lemon zest and buttered toast, leading to a long and lingering dry finish.
Sadly this was my only bottle of his collection so I drank it with a toast to the old man - still planting and harvesting grapes in the Great Vineyard in the Sky.
Cheers. 🍷
White - Sparkling
8/13/2022 - deBare Likes this wine:
90 points
A little on the sweeter side but still a nice aperitif for the evening meal. Good way to start a family dinner.
Red
4/10/2022 - deBare Does not like this wine:
84 points
Admittedly this basic red wine should never have stayed in my cellar for 10+ years since it’s drinking window was probably 2-3 years max. That said it wasn’t the worst wine I’ve ever had. It was tolerable with great steaks.
Cheers. 🍷
Spirits
4/2/2022 - deBare Does not like this wine:
80 points
Suitable for cocktail mixing if you’re looking for that spiced flavour.
White
3/29/2022 - deBare Likes this wine:
90 points
Who can top Hi.its.Don.4.Wine's review ... I'll leave all the words to him.
Cheers. 🥂
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PS. This wine was actually on Wine Spectator's Top 10 Value Wines of 2021 - finishing #10 - https://www.winespectator.com/articles/top-10-wine-values-of-2021
Red
2009 Van Westen Vineyards V Okanagan Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/27/2022 - deBare Likes this wine:
92 points
Another winner from Robert Van Westen ... almost 10 years after its release date in 2012, this blend of Merlot, Cab Franc, Malbec, Cab Sauv and Petit Verdot has aged well in the bottle. As other CT members have already noted in detail below, this is a remarkable wine from a humble winemaker, who describes himself as “just a farmer who learnt to ferment.”

I don't have much to add to their tasting notes ... except regrets that I didn't buy more bottles when I had the chance, and I never joined their Wine Club. I can't do much about the sold-out vintages but I can at least add my name to Van Westen's waiting list. Hopefully, a spot will open up one day soon.

Cheers. 🍷

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Red
12/20/2021 - deBare Likes this wine:
90 points
I met the winemaker selling his wines directly to consumers at the Costco in Seattle. We had a great conversation and I bought a couple of his wines (because you’re limited in what alcohol you can bring across the Canadian border from the USA).
This spontaneous purchase turned out to be a good one. After cellaring for 5+ years, Auclair Left Blend ended up to be a decent bottle. Good QPR.
Cheers 🍷
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Red
12/27/2021 - deBare wrote:
97 points
Sadly my last bottle … see previous tasting notes.
Red
11/20/2021 - deBare Likes this wine:
95 points
I was nervous pulling out this 2007 vintage for my wife’s birthday. Cellaring a BC wine for 10+ years seemed risky at best. Honestly I had just forgotten about the bottle on a bottom shelf where I keep the good stuff.
At the same time, having met winemaker Robert van Westen personally on a 2011 tour of his Naramata Bench winery, i was optimistic. He literally came out of his vineyards in his overalls to show us around and conduct a tasting. Robert was clearly passionate about his wines, even experimenting at the time with a small 45-bottle “Roman-style” red.
My optimism was rewarded by an outstanding Merlot that had aged beautifully in the bottle.
Van Westen’s notes: “Built for ageing with structured, ripe tannins and intensity and complexity. Aromas of cassis, damson plum, burlap, chocolate and orange lead to a full and rich palate of chocolate covered cherry, brown sugar, mineral, sage brush, coffee and cassis.”
The winemaker said it better than I can. My only regret in hindsight was not buying more bottles of Vivre la Vie.
Cheers 🍷
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White - Sparkling
3/6/2022 - deBare Likes this wine:
91 points
Very nice Prosecco - super smooth. Will definitely buy again.
Red
1/26/2022 - deBare Likes this wine:
90 points
Mollydooker wines have generally not been quite the same since the divorce between Sarah and Sparky Marquis … and his subsequent departure as the winemaker in 2017. However, The Boxer remains a solid go-to Shiraz for grilled steaks. It remains bold with tastes of spiced plum, blackberry jam and cherry fruit. And of course it’s always fun to do the Mollydooker Shake before pouring this red for family and friends.
Cheers 🍷
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Spirits
3/25/2022 - deBare Likes this wine:
86 points
While this is a basic tequila used most frequently as a base in cocktails, Espolon Blanco holds its own when sipped neat.
Are there better tequilas? Certainly. But if you’re looking for a lower cost tequila this bottle fits the bill nicely.
Cheers 🍹
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Spirits
3/25/2022 - deBare Likes this wine:
90 points
I love Mexican spices so I was intrigued by the idea of an Ancho Chile liqueur. I was not disappointed by this unique alcoholic beverage first created around the 1920s in the small town of Puebla de Zaragoza. While most imbibers apparently use it in cocktails to add a bit of depth and heat, I enjoy sipping it neat. The aromas of Mexico float up to the nose as cinnamon and cacao followed by the gentle bite and warmth of dried chillies on the tongue. It has a long smoky finish. Menjurje de Ancho Reyes is not for everyone but something to try if you like a little adventure in your mouth.
Cheers 🥃
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PS. Sadly it’s no longer available through BCLS so will have try to find another bottle in the private liquor stores.
White
3/25/2022 - deBare Likes this wine:
85 points
Utilitarian white wine that my wife enjoys because it’s cheap and unoaked. At $11 a bottle, this Australian Chardonnay fills a niche - which leaves the better red wines for me to drink 😏.
Cheers 🍷🥂
White
3/25/2022 - deBare Likes this wine:
87 points
Another inexpensive wine - this time a Pinot Grigio from Sicily - that pairs decently with Sicilian dishes like the lemony shrimp scampi spaghettini we enjoyed from Fresh Prep. The light-bodied dry wine needs food but its notes of citrus and summer fruits added to the overall enjoyment of this meal kit.
Cheers 🥂
Red
3/24/2022 - deBare Likes this wine:
85 points
Not every meal requires an expensive bottle of wine. That’s why a CBC (Canadian Broadcast Corporation for non-Canadians) radio show in 2018 on wines under $10 CAD intrigued me.
Wine Master Barb Philip suggested this wine among several others. I figured why not try a few since it’s not a particularly big investment.
This bottle ended up being a decent pairing tonight with a Chef’s Plate Spanish-Style Steak meal kit. It definitely needs the right food. The tannins cut through the rich spices. It has a very long finish with notes of cherries and plums.
Am I going to serve it to wine snob deKerf?!? Probably not. But this utilitarian wine served a purpose paired with an inexpensive dinner featuring tastes of Spain.
Cheers 🍷
White
3/8/2022 - deBare Likes this wine:
89 points
See Abjergren's and Genghis88's reviews - they say it all about this excellent Chablis.
Cheers. 🥂
Red
3/6/2022 - deBare Likes this wine:
90 points
Burrowing Owl and Merlot have always gone hand-in-hand for me. I still have fond memories of the Oliver winery’s 2003 vintage. As those bottles have attained mythic status in my mind, I keep going back hoping their current vintages come close. While subsequent years have certainly been good, none of them quite have replicated my recollections of the first Burrowing Owl Merlot I tried.

I would put the 2019 vintage in that category - close but not as great of the ‘original.’ That said, it’s still a classic Merlot, enjoyable with grilled steaks, sautéed mushrooms and smashed potatoes. With a nose of black and blue fruits with hints of chocolate, there is a blend of flavours of summer herbs and berries mixed with the graphite mineral terroir of the hillside vineyards where the burrowing owls dig their homes.

I will continue to chase the rainbow in future vintages … always hoping that one day my Merlot memories will be matched by that year’s bottling. And if I do, I will certainly buy a case or two.

Cheers. 🍷

PS. The winemaker suggests cellaring from 2022-2026 so it’s possible by drinking this bottle now I haven't given it the full chance to mature. So if anyone has 2019s in their cellars, be more patient than I was and wait another year or three before opening.
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Red - Fortified
3/12/2022 - deBare Likes this wine:
89 points
Burrowing Owl is certainly one of the premier wineries in British Columbia. We’ve enjoyed a lot of their different wine styles and vintages over the years.

To that long list, we’ve added their fortified port-style wine - Coruja - Portuguese for “owl” - now a family favourite.

The nose has many dark fruits followed by flavours of the tart and sweet berry pies that your grandma use to make. It is smooth, balanced and lingering. We serve it chilled to start so the palate enjoys a variety of tastes as the Coruja warms up in the aperitif glass over a leisurely after-dinner conversation.

Cheers. 🍷
White - Sparkling
3/12/2022 - deBare Likes this wine:
90 points
See TannicBeast's review for details - I don't have much to add except it's a great prosecco.
Red
See my comments on KillerJones' review. Cheers.
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Red
2017 Blasted Church Nectar of the Gods Okanagan Valley VQA Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/23/2022 - deBare Does not like this wine:
86 points
The wine consultant at a local private liquor store persuaded me to try this bottle which was on sale - $40 CAD off the regular price of $75 CAD. I was a little concerned about the deep discounting but she said the store owner had bought up the last several cases from Blasted Church and was just interested in moving the wines quickly.
She suggested I try one and I bit - figuring it might be a QPR 'steal.'
I blind taste tested it with deKerf so he had no information about the bottle's winey, vintage or cost. After drinking our way through the bottle over a couple of hours, we both came to the same conclusion - it was not worth the money - even at $35 CAD. It had a bitter aftertaste with high tannins that never mellowed even after lengthy decanting.
I was hoping for so much more ... even planned to buy additional bottles if it had lived up to its name - Nectar of the Gods - but it was not a heavenly experience.
Cheers. 🍷
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Spirits
10/8/2021 - deBare Likes this wine:
87 points
Though my current favourite gin is Ryan Reynold's Aviation, Beefeater's London Dry is fine for a cocktail like the classic Negroni. Any 'rough' edges are hidden by the Campari and Vermouth. It is what it is.
Cheers. 🥃
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White - Sparkling
10/2/2021 - deBare Likes this wine:
85 points
This a great ‘mixing’ Prosecco for spritzers. It’s a little too sweet to drink straight up … unless you enjoy that flavour profile. Cheers 🥂
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Red
9/9/2021 - deBare Likes this wine:
89 points
I have fond memories of sharing great steak dinners with 2003 Burrowing Owl Merlots as our centre stage wines. I was very sad to drink the last bottle in 2015. So every bottle of newer vintages from this fine winery is always held up against that stellar vintage.
While the 2018 doesn’t quite live up to those distant recollections, it’s still a very pleasant smooth merlot that works well with any red meat. The texture is bright with medium acidity. There are notes of mulberry, licorice and blackberries to go with hints of cocoa, tobacco, and stoniness. I’ve been drinking these last few bottles at a local restaurant and don’t have any in my cellar at this point. If I come across any bottles, I will definitely add a couple to my cellar to hold for a few years.
Cheers. 🍷
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Spirits
8/2/2021 - deBare Likes this wine:
90 points
As Italy's first distillery - established in 1779 - B. Nardini continues to produce my favourite Grappas - which sadly seem impossible to find in BC. (When the border finally re-opens, hopefully I’ll be able to make a trip to Esquin Wine Merchants in Seattle to stock up again).
Although, I prefer the pure colourless Grappa Bianca, this amber Riserva is fragrant and delicate with complex nuances and colour added during its three years in Slavonian oak casks. The result is a smooth yet intense elegant after-dinner spirit to conclude an evening of eating delicious Italian dishes and drinking Super Tuscan wines. Drink neat at room temperature.
Cheers.
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Spirits
8/2/2021 - deBare Likes this wine:
91 points
Grappa is very much an acquired taste - don't get me started on the long-standing Italian debate on aquavit vs grappa - since quality can vary dramatically from distiller to distiller. This particular spirit is derived by Strega Alberti’s master distillers from selected pomace of the Aglianico vine of ancient Greek origin - widespread in the southern region of Benevento (where myths suggest it was the meeting place of witches from around the world).
Grappa di Aglianico is indeed bewitching - offering pleasant memories of time well spent eating and drinking in Sicily and Campania. If you do get a chance to pick up a bottle, do it … and to the only other CT member - mchapde - to still have a bottle … treasure it.
Cheers.
White - Sparkling
8/2/2021 - deBare Does not like this wine:
86 points
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So it is with this particular award-winning Prosecco. It draws high praise from a number of wine critics, who generally place it near the top end of the scale. For me not so much.
While the straw-coloured sparkling wine has the classic aroma and flavour profiles of tree fruits and melons, it ends with a sour bitterness. That short assertive finish can be disguised with the addition of either Aperol or Elderflower to create a spritz cocktail but I generally prefer to enjoy my Prosecco in its natural state.
There are many other great Italian choices so I probably won’t be buying this particular one again.
Cheers. 🥂
Rosé
2020 Oyster Bay Rosé Marlborough Pinot Blend, Pinot Noir (view label images)
7/17/2021 - deBare Likes this wine:
89 points
Oyster Bay continues to make the most of its Marlborough growing region in New Zealand with this award-winning Rosé blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals. It has notes of summer blossoms and strawberries, highlighted by citrus flavours for the perfect wine for the sunshine.
Cheers. 🥂
Red
6/5/2021 - deBare Likes this wine:
91 points
While there are always great new wines coming every year, occasionally you still wish you might have bought a few more bottles of a vintage when they were available. The 2010 Trapiche Gran Medalla is one of those vintages - rated 92 points by Wine Spectator with decent QPR.
This Argentinian Cabernet Sauvignon has a nose of dark berries and balsamic. It’s full-bodied with fine tannins and a smooth texture. There are notes of ripe cherries, raspberries, and cassis with a long finish. There were surprisingly few cases imported so I’m glad I got several bottles when I had the chance.
Cheers. 🍷
Spirits
7/10/2021 - deBare Likes this wine:
88 points
Definitely a different flavour profile from traditional Scotch whisky - very clean and bright with a slightly sweet and spicy finish. Its clear gold colour has a nose of basil, green apple and honey. The silky-smooth texture has hints of grapefruit, green grapes, peppermint, and thyme. It has a medium finish of vanilla, white pepper, and ginger.
For those who find traditional single malt Scotch a bit too much, this is a less complex spirit that might be a great entry drink to the world of whiskies.
Cheers. 🥃
Spirits
6/19/2021 - deBare Likes this wine:
90 points
Spirit of the Bear is one of a trio of duty-free Highland Park exclusives you could pick up while travelling in 2018. A number of distilleries use this same marketing strategy - which probably made sense pre-CoVid - but seems short-sighted when no one was flying or crossing borders.
All that said, I'm glad I was able to pick up a bottle at the Vancouver International Airport. Part of the attraction is the gorgeous designs of the bottles and their packaging. Highland Park definitely puts some effort into the aesthetics of their marketing - creating tributes to the Vikings who ruled over Scotland some 600 years ago. Warriors would wrap themselves in bearskins before a battle to inspire them to fight with resilience and strength.
The Scotch itself uses a higher proportion of Orkney peated-malt that ages in a combination of first-fill sherry seasoned European and American oak casks. The smouldering peat bricks infuse the single mail with rich smokiness as the barrels add additional notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, and orange zest.
This is an enjoyable light nightcap after dinner - though hopefully, it doesn't inspire you to go out and act like a Viking warrior. However, if you like lighter Scotches and happen to be back in a duty-free shop, you might want to buy a bottle. I'll be looking for my next one when I get a chance.
Cheers. 🥃
Red
7/18/2021 - deBare Likes this wine:
93 points
This vintage of The Boxer is one of the last from the well-known winemakers Sparky and Sarah Marquis before their acrimonious split in 2015. In the resulting settlement, Sarah took over the winery ... and I'm not sure Mollydooker’s maintained the same quality of wines in this intervening years. But I digress.
I’m definitely a fan of the 2014 vintage - the best Boxer I’ve enjoyed to date. It deservedly received 93 points from Wine Spectator. The Shiraz opens to notes of licorice, various berries and dark chocolate. The flavours offer other accents of spices, cigars and even a hint of mint.
While the alcohol content is high at 15.5%, there is still a balance of tannins and fruit that has a long finish. It pairs beautifully with spiced steaks and gourmet burgers.
Sadly this was my last bottle with little prospect of finding another one. Oh well … another great wine is always waiting.
Cheers.🍷
Red
6/9/2021 - deBare wrote:
86 points
Pleasant enough cabernet merlot but not a memorable wine from an apparently discontinued label from Peller Estates. I have no idea of how I acquired this bottle (maybe a gift?) and won't be looking for another unless someone else gives me one ...
Cheers. 🍷
Red
7/31/2021 - deBare Likes this wine:
91 points
Our family enjoyed this 2018 Napa-style Cab Sauv - highly recommended by deKerf - with a steak dinner. It was double-decanted enabling aromas of cherry, plum, and blackberry. The taste was similar with hints of black pepper and cassis. The sediment-free result was an inky full-bodied wine with a silky texture and long finish. The acidity was a perfect match for the seasoned tenderloins and potatoes.
Sadly I’m down to one bottle unless I persuade deKerf to sell me another. 😏
Cheers. 🍷🥩🥔
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White
6/13/2021 - deBare Likes this wine:
87 points
This Sicilian white may not be an award-winning Pinot Grigio but still has decent QPR at $10 a bottle. The dry un-oaked wine pairs nicely with shellfish and seafood as well as vegetarian dishes, such as cheese pizza, white sauce pasta and salads. It can also serves as a tangy pre-dinner aperitif with charcuterie and cheeses.

Pinot Grigio is more commonly associated with northern Italy, even though Sicily is the oldest winemaking region in the country. This relatively new winery Barone Montalto (founded in 2000) manages close to a thousands acres throughout the island. Their “Watercolour” series come from vineyards near Santa Ninfa in the heart of the Belice Valley. The terroir is dark alluvial-based soils of medium texture and organic matter with a mix of limestone and sand.

The result is an exotic example of Pinot Grigio with its straw-like, pale gold colour. The nose has fresh notes of pear, green apple and which peaches. The palate follows closely with balanced acidity plus hints of coriander and lime notes. The extended finish is crisp with surprising depth. This complexity suggests that Pinot Grigio can be much more than simply an easy-drinking lightweight white … not bad for a very inexpensive wine.

Cheers. 🥂
Fruit/Vegetable Wine
7/23/2021 - deBare Likes this wine:
90 points
It might seem painfully obvious but this cider has a mild sweet apple aroma when you crack open the can/bottle. The initial taste is smooth with a semi-sour/tart flavour profile which includes hints of dark fruits like blackcurrants and blackberries. I tend to drink it straight from the container but others suggest it’s best served over ice to cut the carbonation and intensity. It has a frothy beer-like taste with a dry lager-like finish.
Cheers. 🍎🍏🍺
White
7/22/2021 - deBare Likes this wine:
88 points
During the recent heat dome in the Pacific Northwest, this was the perfect chilled Pinot Gris to take the temperature down a notch. The straw-coloured 2019 white has notes of citrus and melon with spicy flavours of gooseberry and nectarine. It’s has a smooth medium finish and pairs nicely with grilled chicken and summer salads. It’s probably only available in BC but worth a try if you live in this province.
Cheers. 🥂
Red
2015 Clos du Soleil Signature British Columbia VQA Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/6/2021 - deBare Likes this wine:
89 points
Honestly, it doesn't seem as good a vintage as the 2014 (but I can't find a 2016 to save my life) so I ’settled’ for this 2015. It’s still a good wine with notes of currants, blackberries, and minerals. And I agree with Canoehead that it could use more time in the cellar as I continue my hunt for the elusive 2016 bottles.

Cheers. 🍷
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Spirits
N.V. Capel Pisco Sour Light Elqui Valley Torontel, Torrontés (view label images)
7/1/2021 - deBare Likes this wine:
87 points
Added some fresh lime juice to give these Pisco Sour Lights even more tanginess. It remains a great summer cocktail drink - especially during this current heat wave. Cheers.
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White
6/29/2021 - deBare Likes this wine:
89 points
For its price point, this is an exceptionally versatile Chardonnay that won’t break the bank if served more often with everyday dinners. We enjoyed our bottle with steelhead trout - prepared two different ways - as a perfect pairing. The Ardèche, named after a French river valley of clay and limestone soils - has a pale yellow colour with aromas of peaches and almonds. Not surprisingly, given its terroir, this unoaked Chardonnay has flavours of chalk as well as hazelnut and tart apples. It pairs well with cheeses and charcuterie - great QPR. Cheers.

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PS. I really wish more wineries took the ‘archival’ approach to their vintages that Maison Louis Latour does. Their website - http://ardeche.louislatour.com/en/wines/ - features a detailed description of every wine they’ve ever produced dating back to the 1990s. It’s amazing to be able to get this level of information for each bottle - perfect historical use of the Internet as it should be.
Red
6/10/2021 - deBare Likes this wine:
88 points
This Spanish bottle was a Christmas gift from a couple of years back - obviously pre-CoVid - that finally rose to the top of my ‘drink now’ wines.
The intense inky blend of Monastrell (75%), Syrah (18%) and Garnacha (7%) offers aromas and tastes of black berries and cherries with hints of toast and pepper. The texture was leathery with a medium finish.
Bodegas La Purisima ages these varieties in French oak for a year (Crianza) and 16 months (Reserva). It was certainly a pleasant bottle - though a free bottle always tastes better since it’s got the perfect QPR.
Cheers. 🍷🍷
Red
3/20/2021 - deBare Likes this wine:
93 points
This 2013 vintage was a lovely gift from my son-in-law. Perhaps we opened the Nebbiolo red a touch early (based on several professional reviews) but it was still an enjoyable Barolo during a family celebration - paired with roast turkey dinner.

The pure delicate expression of the Cannubi cru opens with aromas of wild berries, roses, and tobacco. It offers a palette of sour cherry, pomegranate, and a touch of anise. It has a long complex finish, ending with a dry, chalky sensation. It opens up nicely after decanting.

According to Robert Parker, “This is one of the most popular and important wines made by Marchesi di Barolo.” So for CTers fortunate enough to have 370+ bottles in their cellars, it’s worth leaving this red in the bottle for several more years.

Cheers. 🍷
Red
5/22/2021 - deBare Likes this wine:
88 points
Everyone needs a few bottles in their cellar that they can pull out for less sophisticated palates. This Sicilian wine fits the bill perfectly. It's stupid cheap for $12.50 CAD (great QPR) yet is an earthy, well-rounded Italian red that drinks well with beef and pork dishes. It's been well-received at a variety of (small) family gatherings underway now as we emerge from CoVid restrictions.
The colour is dusty garnet with a nose of grilled root vegetables, demi-glace, and dried cherries in honey. It offers a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length marinated strawberry, clove, and black tea with forest fruit finish with medium tannins and moderate oak overtones.
As you hopefully return to a normal summer of backyard barbecues, having a couple of bottles of the current vintage of this wine on hand will serve you and your guests well.
Cheers. 🍔 🥩 🍷
Rosé
5/22/2021 - deBare Does not like this wine:
85 points
This Spanish wine is a light and crisp rosé with delicate flavours of raspberries, strawberries and watermelons. My wife is a fan - me not so much - suitable to serve as an aperitif or with light appetizers.
Cheers. 🍓 🍉
Fruit/Vegetable Wine
5/24/2021 - deBare Likes this wine:
90 points
If you enjoy apple ciders, Strongbow offers a classic dry flavour profile that's perfect. Apparently, it's made from 50 different culinary varieties of apples grown in England and France. It makes a great summertime drink.
Cheers. 🍏🍎
Spirits
N.V. Capel Pisco Sour Light Elqui Valley Torontel, Torrontés (view label images)
5/15/2021 - deBare Likes this wine:
87 points
Tangy mixed Chilean cocktail made from Capel Pisco and lemon juice. Admittedly, pisco itself - in this case, a blend of Muscatel and Torontel grapes - is an acquired taste that I've learned to enjoy. It's probably not for everyone but worth trying if you want something a little different for a summertime drink.
Cheers. 🍹
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