Lang Vineyards – Pinot Gris (2013)

Origin: Naramata Bench, Okanagan BCLang Pinot Gris


Year: 
2013
Alcoholic %: 13.2
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Price: $10-$20  

Appearance: It definitely has a pink hue to it.
Nose: It smells of subtle, sweet lychee.
Palette: A great combination of sweet and citrus!
Would Drink Again: Definitely.

5 out of 5.

A great wine from a great winery! Lang Vineyards was the first Farm Gate Winery in B.C, which essentially means that they were the first to implement the ‘Farm Gate Winery’ license that was created in ’89. This license permits smaller growers to start their own operations. Lang Vineyards is a trailblazer in this regard!

Frontera – Carmenere

Origin: Chilefrontera carmenere 2013


Year: 
2013
Alcoholic %: 12.5
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Price: <$10 

Appearance: Black cherry
Nose: bold and fruity
Palette: Smooth, smokey with a hint of spice.
Would Drink Again: Sure, I’d take it to a dinner party.

3 out of 5.

Look for Frontera Carmenere at your local specialty store.

Therapy – Freud’s Ego (2010)

Origin: Naramata Bench, British ColumbiaTherapy_Freuds-EgoSIZED

Year: 2010
Alcoholic %: 13
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Price: $10-$20  

Appearance: Rasberry jam.
Nose: Juicy and plumy. Blackcurrant comes through, as does a slight spice.
Palette: This secret proprietor’s blend is delicious on the palette. Velvety and full-bodied, a great combination
Would Drink Again: Definitely, every day if I could.

5 out of 5.

 

Bench 1775 – Gewurtztraminer (2012)

Origin: Naramata Bench, British Columbia

2012_Gewurtz (for website)Year: 2012
Alcoholic %: 12.7
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Price: $10-$20  

Appearance: Cloudy.
Nose: Floral and tropical notes.
Palette: Less sweet and more floral than most Gewurztraminer’s. The wine profile notes hints of nutmeg, and you can definitely taste this subtle flavour. It’s a party in your mouth.
Would Drink Again: Definitely, every day if I could.

5 out of 5.

 

Eau Vivre – Malbec (2011)

Origin: Cawston (Similkameen Valley) British Columbia

malbecYear: 2011
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Price: $20-$30

Appearance: Dark ruby red.
Nose: It smells full of earthy flavours – the dark cocoa notes come through.
Palette: A delightful synergistic combination of the enchanted forest floor and a smokey finish.
Would Drink Again: Definitely, every day if I could.

5 out of 5.

I chose this wine on Malbec World Day. There are only two malbecs available at the VQA and I went with this one – sure happy I did. It was so good and what a bonus – it’s organic!

Cono Sur – Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere (2012)

Origin: Valle Central, Chilleorganic-cono-sur-cabernet-sauvignon-carmenere


Year: 
2012
Alcoholic %: 14.0
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Price: $10-$20  

Appearance: Cherry red, medium bodied
Nose: subtle, earthy
Palette: Slightly dry, smokey
Would Drink Again: Sure, I’d take it to a dinner party.

3 out of 5.

Cono Sur takes pride in their commitment to the environment. The Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere is a tasty organic wine.

Root: 1 – Cabernet Sauvignon (2012)

Origin: Colchagua Valley, Chille

root 1 cabYear: 2012
Alcoholic %: 13.5
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Price: $10-$20  

Appearance: Cherry red, light-medium bodied
Nose: Lots of fruit flavour, sweet like jello.
Palette: Tannic and earthy, I can practically taste the tree roots.
Would Drink Again: Sure, I’d take it to a dinner party.

3 out of 5.

Red Barn – Barn Owl Red

Origin: Okanagan Valley, BCRed Barn - Barn Owl Red

Year: 2011
Alcoholic %: 13.0
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Price: $15-20 Prices may vary at your local specialty wine shops.

Appearance: medium-dark cherry
Nose: Oak and cherries
Palette: Simply delicious. A little dry with spicy cherry flavours.
Would Drink Again: Yes, I would take it to a dinner party.

4 out of 5.

Circus – Malbec (2013)

Origin: Argentinacircus

Year: 2013
Alcoholic %: 13.5
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Price: $10-$20

Appearance: High viscosity, long rails, purple.
Nose: It’s difficult to pick out a dominant fruit flavour – definitely a mosaic of berries.
Palette: At first sip it has a good level of sweetness and body. However it tastes high in tannins and has a bitter aftertaste.
Would Drink Again: Maybe, if it was free.

2 out of 5.

James Mitchell – Cabernet Sauvignon

Origin: Lodi, CaliforniaJames Mitchell Cab Sav

Year: 2010
Alcoholic %: 13.8
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Price: varies depending on your local specialty wine shop

Appearance: Deep cherry
Nose: Oak
Palette: Full bodied, cherry light oak flavour with a subtle smooth after taste
Would Drink Again: Yes, I would take this to a dinner party and share.

4 out of 5.

See Ya Later Ranch – Ping (2011)

Origin: Okanagan Falls, BCseeyalaterping

Year: 2011
Alcoholic %: 13.0
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Price: $20-$30

Appearance: Dark cherries.
Nose: A nice subtle spice aroma comes through.
Palette: This wine is a blend of Cab Sav, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. It is definitely a mouthful. A full-bodied taste and very enjoyable.
Would Drink Again: Yes. I’d bring it to a dinner party!

4 out of 5.

Sandhill – Syrah (2011)

Origin: Kelowna, BCsandhill_syrah_-_wo_vintage_-_5_inch

Year: 2011
Alcoholic %: 13.0
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Price: $20-30

Appearance: Deep purple.
Nose: I could immediately smell the vanilla, cherries and blackberries
Palette: Simply delicious. For a dryer, medium bodied wine, it is packed full of flavour.
Would Drink Again: Definitely. Every day if I could!

4 out of 5.

Saint and Sinner – Shiraz Cabernet

Origin: Oliver, BCSaint and Sinner

Year:
Alcoholic %: 12.5
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Price: $10-20

Appearance: Dark, ruby red colouring
Nose: Fermentation
Palette: There was a thickness that reminded me of drinking brandy. It seemed a little bland to me.
Would Drink Again: Never, you couldn’t pay me enough.

1 out of 5.

Sandhill – Pinot Blanc

Origin: Kelowna, BCsandhill_pinot_blanc-no_vintage-screw_cap-5inch

Year: 2011
Alcoholic %: 13.0
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Price: $10-20

Appearance: Light yellow, straw-like.
Nose: You can smell the pineapple.
Palette: Clean and fresh with a full mouth-feel. Fairly rich and full of flavour.
Would Drink Again: Delicious, I would drink it everyday if I could.

5 out of 5. It’s delicious.

Rodney Strong – Cabernet Sauvignon

Origin: Sonoma County, CaliforniaRodney Strong Cab Sav

Year: 2010
Alcoholic %: 13.5%

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Price: $20-40

Appearance: deep black current colouring.
Nose:  Spicy. Rich.
Palette: First taste is spicy and woody. The taste lingers.
Would Drink Again: Yes, I would bring it to a dinner party.

4 out of 5

J. Lohr Wildflower – Monterey Valdiguie

Origin: CaliforniaJ. Lohr Wildflower

Year: 2011
Alcoholic %: 12.5
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Price: $10-20

Appearance: Lovely blackberry colouring.
Nose: Fresh with berries
Palette: Floral
Would Drink Again: Delicious, I would drink it everyday if I could.

5 out of 5. You will most likely need to visit a specialty wine shop to find this amazing wine. It will be worth it!

Smashberry – Red Wine

Origin: Santa Maria, CaliforniaSmashberry

Year: 2012
Alcoholic %: 13.9
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Price: $10-20

Appearance: Deep burgundy colouring
Nose: Rich smokey berry scent
Palette: First taste is bold and intense. Smooth rich blackberry aftertaste
Would Drink Again: Yes, I would take this wine to a dinner party.

4 out of 5

Pepperwood Grove – Old Vine Zinfandel

Origin: Napa, CaliforniaPepperwood Grove Zinfandel

Year: 2012
Alcoholic %: 14
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Price: $10-20

Appearance: Garnet, deep and clear.
Nose: Fruity with a hint of rich cherries.
Palette: First taste is filled with cherries which lingers on your tongue. It’s a party in your mouth!
Would Drink Again: Yes, I would bring it to a dinner party!

4 out of 5. Great Value. Perfect for a picnic.

Smoking Loon – Cabernet Sauvignon

Origin: California,smoking_loon09

Year: 2011
Alcoholic %: 13.5
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Price: $10-20

Appearance: Clear raspberry colour.
Nose: Subtle blend of plums and cherries.
Palette: First taste is a strong raspberry taste with light after taste.
Would Drink Again: Yes, I would bring it to a dinner party.

4 out of 5

Road 13 – Honest John’s Red

RD 13 Honest Johns redOrigin: Oliver, BC

Year: 2011
Alcoholic %: 13.5
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Price: $10-20

Appearance: Bright purple and plum, lots of legs.
Nose: A synergistic combination of sweet cherries and plums.
Palette: Full bodied, very nice on the palette considering there are 7 different wine varieties
Would Drink Again: Definitely, every day if I could!

5 out of 5

Caricature – Cabernet Sauvignon Zinfandel

Origin: California, USA

2010-Caricature-Red

Year: 2010
Alcoholic %: 14.2
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Price: $10-20

Appearance: Deep cherry red. Beautiful legs.
Nose: Hint of rich cherries. Rich and robust.
Palette: First taste is fruity and oak. Delicious full bodied wine.
Would Drink Again: Definitely everyday if I could.

5 out of 5

Bouchard Aine & Fils – Pinot Noir

bouchard-aine-fils-heritage-du-conseiller-pinot-noir-vin-de-france-10567577Origin: France

Year: 2011
Alcoholic %: 13
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Price: $10-20

Appearance: Perfectly plum. Thin and clear around the edges.
Nose: Fruity, cherry and a hint of chocolate.
Palette: Very easy to drink, slightly earthy, medium bodied.
Would Drink Again: Yes, I’d bring it to a dinner party.

4 out of 5

The People’s – Sauvignon Blanc

Origin: Marlborough, New ZealandThe_Peoples_SauvBlanc_Web

Year: 2010
Alcoholic %: 13.5
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Price: $$

Appearance: Pale yellow, with a hint of sunshine. Thin and clear.
Nose: Surprisingly buttery, slightly crisp.
Palette: Light and refreshing, lasts long on the palette.
Would Drink Again: Definitely, every day if I could

5 out of 5