Every Rose Has Its Thorn


We attended a tasting last month where the highlight of the night was a 7-year vertical of one of BC’s most celebrated red blends: Osoyoos Larose’s Le Grand Vin. Unfortunately, the tasting ended up being an anti-climactic car wreck of unbalanced wines that left us regretting the roughly $350 worth of wine on the table before us.

Had a Glass: 2006 Château La Maroutine


He says: It’s hard to find a good bottle of Bordeaux for $20, and this bottle might just be the answer.

She says: Overall a good value-for-money Bordeaux.

Had a Glass: 2008 Château Vieille Tour La Rose


He says: A disappointingly unbalanced wine that looks good, smells nice, but tastes like shit.

She says: It’s not how you start but how you finish that counts…

2007 Tinhorn Creek 2 Bench Oldfield Series


She says: …had a much better balance on the flavour profile with juicy black fruit and hints of mineral, chocolate and almost a touch of saltiness.

He says: Highly recommended at this price point!

2007 Laughing Stock Vineyards Portfolio


She says: Whilst this was my favourite wine of the tasting, it didn’t ‘wow’ me like it has on occasions past.

He says: There is depth and elegance to this wine, but it has yet to reach the complexity we find in Old World favorites, which is no surprise.

2007 Fairview Cellars The Bear


She says: More of a teddy bear than a black bear.

He says: I’d love to try this in a few years to see what secondary characteristics develop.

2007 Black Hills Estate Nota Bene


She says: The name, “Nota Bene,” is Latin for ‘note well’ or ‘take notice’, and I am not sure it quite lives up to its name.

He says: Don’t buy this wine.

Wine truths

“I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day.”
by Frank Sinatra

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.