Had a Glass: NV Fernando de Castilla Fino “Antique”


She says: “Rich” is not normally a word that comes to mind when drinking Fino sherry.

He says: What stands out most for me is how much character this Fino has.

Had a Glass: 2010 Elephant Hill Pinot Noir


He says: This is a solid Pinot Noir, but would it be worth the $40-50 CAD it’d be priced at in BC? Probably not.

She says: For me, this was a disappointment, especially at the £20 price tag.

Tawny: Port’s unsung hero


Who would want to drink anything but Tawny?

Uncovering the mystery of the Sherry Triangle

Surface-film flor in a sherry butt

No study for the WSET diploma fortified unit would be complete without a visit to Jerez de la Frontera, the home of Sherry. We discovered our love for Sherry whilst living in Vancouver and were excited to explore its origins. We visited three very different bodegas during our weekend getaway – Lustau, Bodegas Tradicion and Gonzalez Byass, all located in Jerez de la Frontera.

Mind the Gap

Big Ben, the London Eye, and the River Thames

We’ve relocated to London, UK, for a few years of work, but more importantly, access to wine regions. Although it was difficult to leave our friends & family in Vancouver, the promise of being a quick train ride away from France, or a budget airline flight to Italy, Spain, Portugal, etc., was too good to pass up.

Taste these! Wine picks for the 2012 Playhouse Wine Festival – Day 2

Source: http://playhousewinefest.com/

On Day 2 of the 2012 Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, we focused our sights on the Regional Theme of this year’s event: Chile. This is region that we don’t spend a lot of money on normally due to the tendency for most wines to bear that “Chilean funk” on the nose: a mix of green pepper, plaster, and rubber. However, what we found was that there were some definite categories of wine that we’d long overlooked.

Taste these! Wine picks for the 2012 Playhouse Wine Festival – Day 1

Source: http://playhousewinefest.com/

Here were our favorite wines from California Cruisin’. Look for them on the Tasting Room floor during the remainder of the Wine Festival sessions.

Wine truths

“I drink it when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes, I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and drink it if I am; Otherwise I never touch it - unless I'm thirsty.”
by Madame Bollinger

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.