Monday, October 15, 2012

Eleven Wines for Autumn

I had my Introduction to Wine Appreciation for Burnaby Continuing Education at the beginning of this month (October).  Here are my notes on what we uncorked and unscrewed.


Dr. L (Loosen) Sparkling Riesling, Mosel Germany
12%                 $18.99

For over a decade I have enjoyed serving the still version of this Riesling and in the past year or so, the sparkling edition has graced our shelves. It is a Sekt, which is what the Germans call a sparkling wine which is made by a different process than Champagne and is thus more budget friendly.  Apples and peach on the nose and palate with a sweetness of 2/10 to balance the crisp acidity, and ending on a long citrus finish.  Light, elegant, but flavourful.  A wunderbar apertif for the holiday season just around the corner and perfect for roast pork, bbq rib dishes, baked ham, duck and turkey!

Stoneboat 2011 Chorus (six grapes in the blend), Okanagan VQA BC 11.5%              $17.99

From Oliver comes this off-dry Germanic white made from six grapes including the aromatic peaches and apricots of Kerner, Schoenburger, and Muller Thurgau with some orange Viognier, against the mineral background of Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc all singing in harmony. We have lots of fruit for you. I prefer their drier Pinot Gris.one of the best of the Okanagan with lots of minerality to balance the fruit. Yum.  

The Ned 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough New Zealand   13%                 $15.99

Mention New Zealand and I automatically think of Sauvignon Blanc.  The Ned is an affordable SB at $16 and delivers the gooseberry and guava fruitiness complemented by green beans and grassiness we expect from the vineyards of Marlborough down in the cool South Island.  And there is plenty of bracing acidity to f curried mussels into a delectable duo of flavour flavour. Also beaut with goat cheese.  Try the ones from Salt Spring, Kelowna, and Agassiz.


Chateau de la Roulerie 2010 Chenin Blanc, Loire France   13%                 $21.99

From an off-dry white such as Chorus, we go to bone dry Chateau de la Roulerie.  The Loire valley is famous for their Sauvignon Blancs, their Chevre Cheese, and their Chenin Blanc.  This Chateau region of France produces a wide range of styles of Chenin Blanc, from driest of dry (like the de la Roulerie, to sweet and sparkling wines of class.  It has a regal golden colour, unlike most two year old whites that are often straw coloured.  This is an elegant and flavourful wine of quince, good acid, and pedigee. Enjoy with prawns in a curry sauce.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Chardonnay, Washington State     14%                 $19.99

If you drive north of Seattle on your way back to BC, its well worth a sidetrip to Woodinville and Chateau Ste. Michelle.  A French Chateau nestled in a park like setting in the Pacific Northwest lwhere in the summer you can purchase wine and picnic goodies and enjoy the lay of the land, and also attend outdoor concerts on the estate where Paul Simon and Joan Baez just to mention a few have played.  And did I mention how delicious Chateau Ste. Michelle wines are? This Chard is a delicious combo of apples, vanilla, toasted hazelnut, with the oak pleasantly balanced with the the fruit and the crisp acidity.  A leaner style of Chardonnay that Pacific Northwest wineries usually make, but with plenty of personality, just more restrained than the overly oaked versions you can still get from California and Australia. I would love some lobster with that, if you don't mind!



  1. Stoneboat 2009 Duet, Okanagan VQA BC
13.6%              $19.99

  1. Razor’s Edge 2008 Shiraz-Grenache, McLaren Vale South Australia
14.5%              $14.99

8. Tatty Road 2012 Shiraz, South Australia
13.5%              $14.99

9. Morse Code 1010 Padthaway Shiraz, South Australia
$14.5%            $13.99

      10. Concha y Toro 2011 Trio (three varieties), Chile
14%                 $14.99

      11. Oro Osborne Pedro Ximenez (sweet sherry), Jerez Spain
15%                 $15.99