Vancouver wine: The Love/Hate list

With Mr. Winecouver being a born & bred Vancouverite, he’s had his blinders on regarding the Vancouver wine scene. Upon meeting Miss Winecouver, his horizons were progressively widened due to her well-traveled viewpoint on what a great wine city should have to offer, as well as trips together to France & Australia (to drink at

2009 Domaine Lafond Tavel Roc-Epine

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He says: This is probably one of my favorite Rosés ever, and at $24 it’s a steal.

She says: All my favourite things in one sexy, slender bottle… A great introduction to Rhône Rosé and its distinctive style.

2008 M. Chapoutier Tavel Beaurevoir

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She says: Interestingly the winemaking notes referenced malolactic fermentation. Does this mean the savory notes and lack of freshness make sense? Not for me.

He says: Way too much money for an average wine that you could find a cheaper comparable for.

2007 Château Gaudrelle Vouvray

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He says: This is only a few dollars more than most BC-based Chenin Blanc, and well worth it.

She says: Overall, a well balanced and good value Vouvray that will lure me back for more.

2006 Domaine de la Taille aux Loups Vouvray Sec Les Caburoches

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She says: Riper, richer tropical fruit flavours that translated to a seemingly fuller body although this lacked the balance of the other wine.

He says: A solid wine, but not outstanding for the price…

2007 Serafino Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale

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She says: More ripe, sweet fruit on the palate than the Kangarilla Road although it still lacked any complexity.

He says: Unless they’re selling at $10/bottle, I’d steer clear of buying McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2007 vintage. I want my $30 back.

2007 Kangarilla Road Cabernet Sauvignon

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He says: This bottle is a prime example of an underipe harvest – too tart, aggressive tannins, not enough intensity or length, and almost the opposite characteristics of what you’d expect from this grape. Avoid.

She says: A disappointing example of McLaren Vale.

Wine truths

“Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of good wine.”
by St. Thomas Aquinas

Wine Ratings

★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.