White Wine Reviews

Non-Vintage 

Barefoot Moscato - [California]

Honey and peaches, a big fruity smell that gives a good indication of the sweetness to follow.  A very sweet taste with tons of residual sugar.  Sweet peach nectar flavour.  This wine lacks a little depth as the sugar tends to mask and overpower the rest of the wine.  A good wine for a novice drinker, this reminds me of the style of wine I used to enjoy when I was just starting to learn about wine.  73/100 $9.99 [BC Liquor Stores] (November 12, 2010)

 

Barefoot Pinot Grigio – 13% alc/vol [California]

A nice delicate nose with a little bit of summer herb and cantaloupe.  A very light body with a bit of crispness.  A good balance of acid and sugar with the flavours of soda and lime.  94/100  (October 6, 2010)  $9.99 BC Liquor Stores

 

 Bear Flag White Wine Blend #1 – 13.0% alc/vol [California]

Smells like a backyard bbq, with grass and warm air and a big bowl of fruit salad – oranges, mango, peaches next to fresh cut flowers.  A pleasant dryness with a little tang – nice melon and orange aftertaste.  $13.09 (BC Liquor Stores)   90/100 (Mar. 27, 2010)

Copper Moon Sauvignon Blanc – 12.5% alc/vol [Canada]

A grassy nose with some tropical fruits – pineapple and mango.  An easy drinking wine with a tart sting and light sweetness, there are flavours of lime and mandarin.  Nice with fresh crab or smoked salmon.  88/100 $8.29 [BC Liquor Stores] (December 3, 2010)

 

Fish Hoek Sauvignon Blanc  - 12.5% alc/vol [South Africa]

A curious nose with some tropical grass, burnt oranges and a sting of citrus.  Flavours have a nice sharpness with lemon and tart orange rind.  Not overtly sweet and finishes with a short clean burst of chalk.  88/100  $10.49 [BC Liquor Stores] (March 29th, 2011)

Full Press Vineyards Chardonnay – 12.5% alc/vol

The nose has several layers, with warm fresh smells of lemon meringue, orange zest and field hay.  A nice palate of flavours that show a good balance between sweetness and acidity.  Showcasing nice pineapple and citrus.  Easy to drink alone or to match with coastal seafood dishes.  90/100 $12.99 [BC Liquor Stores] (May 5, 2011)

Naked Grape Unoaked Chardonnay – 12.5% alc/vol [Canada]

Orange and lime fruit with a hint of tropical breeze.  Simple flavours of green apple and lemon zest easy drinking and pairable with a wide variety of dishes.  Overall a good value.  88/100  $8.49 [BC Liquor Stores] (March 21st, 2011)

Sokol Blossor Evolution – 12.0% alc/vol [Oregon, USA]

Pineapple and mild citrus notes with a buttery backbone.  A small amount of effervescence that gives a nice bright, refreshing palate.  Very clean taste.  A great seafood wine that can compliment the citrus and buttery elements of the meal.  84/100 (June 14, 2010)  $20.99 (BC Liquor Stores)

Aromatic nose and an off dry style.  Nice perfumey scents that showcase orange and watermelon and cantaloupe.  A bit of residual sugar that hits the palate first, bringing honey, apricot and flower petal flavours upfront with a finish of fresh herbs.  92/100  $20.99 [BC Liquor Stores] (October 22, 2010)

 

Two Oceans Sauvignon Blanc

Kind of a flinty nose with some tropical fruits and grassy breezes; a dry taste with green apple and lime zest.  A very easy wine to like.  88/100 $10.49 [BC Liquor Stores] (November 11, 2010)

 

2010 Vintages 

Douglas Green The Beach House 2010 – 12.5% alc/vol [Western Cape, South Africa]

A blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes; a full nose with scents of bright tulips and green grass alongside popping fruits of pineapple and honeydew melon.  A slightly sweet start on the palate with a clean lemon juice finish.  Lovely all on its own or with poached whitefish.  Showing very well for such a young vintage – this is a good value.  94/100  (December 7, 2010)  $10.99 [BC Liquor Stores]

 

Obikwa Sauvignon Blanc 2010 – 12% alc/vol [South Africa]

A little dusty with mild hints of grass and beachy lemons.  A very light flavour, with subtle citrus and a bit of green apple.  There is a short finish, and a bit of unbalance in this wine – a bit of tangy sweetness that seems out of place.  80/100  $8.99 [BC Liquor Stores] (January 9th, 2011)

 

2009 Vintages

Arrogant Frog Ribet White 2009 – 12.5% alc/vol [France]

Fresh cut grass and a mixture of popping tropical fruit, expect a fresh cool palate with a slightly tart and tangy lemon flavour.  What makes this wine is the flinty hints make the olfactory senses intense with clean clear smells.  The mango and rough pineapple scents are hints for a perfect pairing – try this with a fresh halibut cheeks and a simple pineapple and mango salsa mixed with a little cilantro and rice wine vinegar.  $12.99 (BC Liquor Stores)  93/100 (Apr. 22, 2010)

 

Blasted Church Gewurztraminer 2009 – 14.4% alc/vol [B.C.]

A sweet nose with an indication of what is to come in terms of flavours; honey, florals and some ripe melons fill out the bowl of the glass.  Oranges and pears are more pronounced in the mouth.  84/100 (August 24, 2010)  $37 (Crest Hotel)

 

Cono Sur Viognier 2009 – [Chile]

A perfumey nose that gives initial floral punches followed swiftly by tropical fruits like pineapple and tangy mango.  A mild flavour to this wine with a bit of citrus and some apricots.  84/100  $10.49 [BC Liquor Stores] (November 1, 2010)

 

Deinhard Riesling 2009 – 12.5% alc/vol [Germany]

There is some green apple and fresh cut grass in the front of this nose with a background of body sweat that really pronounces itself at the end.  Taste wise, there is a great balance of sugar and acidity – a nice tang that cuts nicely through food to cleanse the palate.  Perfect for pork dishes or a nice scallop ceviche.  83/100 $10.99 [BC Liquor Stores] (February 5th, 2011)

Donini Trebbiano Chardonnay 2009 – 12.5% alc/vol

A really pretty nose that shows off some butter, orange rind and key lime.  The flavours are fairly simple and mild; dry white pepper and bitter lemon peel.  A nice wine for delicate chicken dishes and white sauces.  85/100 (June 24, 2011)

Fuzion Chenin / Torrontes 2009 – 13% alc/vol [Argentina]

A mild nose with a bit of lime and some florals.  The mouth has a very light taste, clean citrus fruits with a rind flavour.  A very easy to drink style that pairs well with citrusy cream sauces or sautéed onions and peppers.  91/100  (September 1, 2010)  $8.99 BC Liquor Stores

 

Graffigna Reserve Pinot Grigio 2009 – 13.5% alc/vol [Argentina]

A strong aroma of lemon peel and white teachers chalk.  Tang fruit and flavours of soda fill out this wine.  A dry style that is easy to enjoy by itself and could pair nicely with grilled Panini sandwiches or hummus and pita.  80/100 $11.99 [BC Liquor Stores] (May 1, 2011)

KWV Chardonnay 2009 – 14.0% alc/vol [South Africa]

A mild nose that shows a bit of light oaking next to limes and lemons.  The flavours are juicy and full of acidic citrus balanced with a light touch of sweetness.  Very nice for the price.  92/100 (December 7, 2010) $7.99 [BC Liquor Store]

 

Obikwa Chardonnay 2009 – 13% alc/vol [South Africa]

Newly released, this new vintage is tasty.  A clean zesty nose with a bit of lemon rind and summer hay.  A touch of bite to this wine – some structure, but the acidity is noticeable.  Very comparable to previous vintages – showing nicely.  88/100 $ [BC Liquor Stores] (March 3, 2011)

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2009 – 13.0% alc/vol [Australia]

A flinty fresh scent of pineapple and grass.  A nice amount of acidity on the tounge that almost feels like your sipping a sparkling.  The flavours are gentle and not too overwhelming, a bit of apple and sweet orange.  Great for grilled vegetables and lightly dressed salads.  84/100  (June 7, 2010)  $17.99 (BC Liquor Stores)

 

Spier Chenin Blanc 2009 – 13.5% alc/vol [South Africa]

Orange blossom and honeysuckle dance around on this fresh nose.  A very nice taste with a bit of crisp acidity to start.  There are gentle herb and grapefruit flavours, a better match for a rich dish – avoid trying this with a heavily dressed salad.  88/100  (August 20, 2010)  $13.95 BC Liquor Stores

 

Undurraga Sauvignon Blanc 2009 – 12.5% alc/vol [Chile]

Very nice nose of pineapple and lime with a hint of flinty minerality.  A very dry, refreshing palate with a good amount of acid.  The flavours fall a little short, with a taste that reminds me of lemon soda water.  78/100  $12.99 (BC Liquor Stores) (May 26, 2010)

 

2008 Vintages

Bellingham Sauvignon Blanc / Chardonnay 2008 [South Africa]

A light fresh scent of dried apricots, green grass and some island pineapple.  The palate on this wine is dry with tart citrus on the finish.  A very light body.  75/100  $12.99 (BC Liquor Stores) (June 16, 2010)

 

Blasted Church Hatfields Fuse 2008 – 13.5% alc/vol [Okanagan Valley, B.C.]

Sweet, sweet smell on the nose – fresh husked corn, oranges and flowers.  A bright popping nose that layers these smells.  A dry taste with citrusy notes and a nice aftertaste that lingers.  Tried this with a medley of seafood and couldn’t have been more pleased with the combination.  82/100  $17.99 (BC Liquor Stores) (May 20, 2010)

 

Cats Pee on a Gooseberry Bush Sauvignon Blanc 2008 – 12.5% alc/vol

Ahh, the ever delightful and appetizing scent of cat’s pee!  Umm, what?!  While the name is a little distasteful for some and hilarious to others, it is hardly an accurate representation of the aroma of this New Zealand bottle.  A musty citrus and hint of diesel are the backbone of this wine, with dry crisp flavours of tart lemon and straw.  Try this with soft shell crab cooked in sea water with drawn butter on the side, also great with simple pastas dressed in olive oil and fresh herbs prepared with mild vegetables like zucchini, blanched spinach and snap peas.  $16.00 (BC liquor stores)

 

Cedar Creek Proprietor’s White 2008 – 13.8% alc/vol [VQA Okanagan Valley]

A clean green nose with the scents of bright young citrus with some pollen flowers in the background.  There is a sweet flavour upfront with some peach and orange flower flavours; some bitter citrus closes out the finish on this wine.  93/100  (October 6, 2010)  $12.90 BC Liquor Stores

 

Domaine de Chaberton Bacchus 2008 – 13.4% alc/vol [Fraser Valley, B.C.]

Floral notes surround a pleasant scent popping with fruit and it reminds me of fuzzy peach candies.  Sweet sugar on this palate, a great wine if you want bright stone fruit flavour, peaches and pears with a bit of lemony tartness.  95/100  $26 (Breakers Pub) (May 25, 2010)

 

Domaine de Chaberton Cuvee Blanc 2008 – 12.5% alc/vol [VQA B.C.]

The sweet floral nose suggests that this blend contains some of the estates beautiful signature Bacchus grape variety.  Pink lemonade is another aroma that jumps out of this wine.  A well balanced palate with tart citrusy flavours and a medium finish that mellows out and has some oaky characteristics.  94/100  (September 30, 2010)

A pleasant nose of early flowers, dried apricots and fresh squeezed grapefruit.  I taste sour peaches, orange zest and a bit of green flavour that is a bit herbaceous.  There is a tart finish which really dries the palate – it is in contrast to the juicy, sweet flavour that first hits the tongue.  88/100 (December 1, 2010)

Fish Eye Chardonnay 2008 – 13% alc/vol [California]

A refreshing nose that pops with mandarin orange, pineapple flesh and potted flowers.  The wine has a brightness when it hits the tongue matched with a smooth, full flavour of oaky citrus and toasted corn.  Enjoyable by itself or would be an elegant touch to many meals – try this with a nice roasted chicken or for lunch with a turkey BLT.  91/100 $9.99 [BC Liquor Stores] (April 22, 2011)

Flat Roof Manor Pinot Grigio 2008 – 12.0% alc/vol [South Africa]

Lime and grapefruit appear very delicate on the nose.  The palate is a refreshing dry citrus style, with limes once again dominating, a tangy aftertaste.  80/100  $12.99 (BC Liquor Stores) (May 18, 2010)

 

Forty Nine North 2008 – 13% alc/vol [VQA Okanagan Valley]

Macintosh apples and a mild mixture of other citrus that leaves you wanting a bit more.  The sting of crisp acid on the front and the tang of citrus rind that lingers on the finish; slightly unbalanced for my taste but still enjoyable.  76/100 $21 [Crest Hotel] (April 7th, 2011)

Gehringer Brothers Classic Riesling 2008 – 13.0% alc/vol [VQA Okanagan Valley]

A little bit of apricot and nectarine mixed with some honey smells.  A sweet flavour with some initial freshness followed by a faint bitter finish.  A perfect match for bbq’d pork tenderloin lightly rubbed with spices.  80/100 (August 9, 2010)  $12.99 (BC Liquor Stores)

 

Gray Monk Gewurztraminer 2008 – 12.9% alc/vol [VQA Okanagan Valley]

A beautiful flowery nose with the smell of sweet orange, over ripe bananas, wild flower petals and honey.  There is a bit of crispness to start followed by some delicate sweetness and sugars.  The classic spice of the gewürztraminer is found in the first crisp bite of this wine, like a sprinkling of black pepper complimented with tart peach flavours.  A truly excellent wine.  95/100  (October 10, 2010)  $16.99 BC Liquor Stores

 

Gruner Veltliner – Grooner Niederoesterrich 2008 – 12% alc/vol [Austria]

Crisp acidity that leads into a dry style wine with a tart lemon finish.  Mild scents of pear and some green herbs are also present.  Competes nicely with buttery dishes and mild spices.  A nice minerality alongside the light flavours.  89/100  $16.99 [Austria] (October 22, 2010)

 

Inniskillin Pinot Blanc 2008 – 12.5% alc/vol [VQA Okanagan Valley]

A pleasant nose with some orange and other citrus, there is also a hint of leafy green smell.  A very delicate taste that is dry, gentle and finishes with more citrus hints.  85/100  (September 22, 2010) $13.99 BC Liquor Stores

 

Kendell Jackson Chardonnay 2008 – 12.5% alc/vol [California]

A bouquet of young oak, cigarette smoke and lemon peel.  There is a bit of an initial hot sting on the tongue from this wine, but clean flavours do shine through; a bit of oak, oranges and limes.  84/100  (September 23, 2010)  $17 for a half bottle in Las Vegas

 

Lorch White Label Riesling 2008 – 12% alc/vol

This is a very nice example of a German Riesling that is very typical of what you would expect from the region.  A good amount of residual sugar in this wine keeps a sweet palate that rates between a 2 and 3 for the sugar count.  Expect the classic Riesling flavours out of this wine, sweet mandarin, honey and apricots.  This is beautiful with roasted sausage and scalloped potatoes.  $18.01 (BC liquor store)

Obikwa Chardonnay 2008 – 13% alc/vol [South Africa]

Bright, pretty smells oozing from this wine.  A little orange juice, lemon rind and hay.  The palate has some similarities to the nose.  A mellow flavour with a short grassy finish. 88/100 $9.99 [BC Liquor Stores] (March 2nd, 2011)

  Okanagan Vineyard Gewurztraminer2008 - 12% alc/vol

At under $12 this is a great buy for someone who likes a gewürztraminer that is a bit more sweet than spicy.  Mild honey and fresh mandarin flavours contrast the lemony herbaceous nose.  A perfect pairing for wonton soups dressed with green onions or a Thai style dish with a bit of heat and gingery flavours.  Residual sugars in this wine and the muted spice notes leave this wine with a sugar count of 2.  I recommend picking a few of these up while they are still such a great value.  $11.99 (BC liquor stores)


Piesporter Treppchen Riesling 2008 – 9.5% alc/vol [Mosel, Germany]

Not much to the nose of this wine, only a smell of tart citrus.  The flavour is an interesting balance of sweetness, tartness and acidity.  Flavours of juicy peach, dried apricots and orange tang.  A great pairing for asian influenced dishes or for a spicey Indian curry.  88/100 (June 5th, 2011)

Prospect Winery Ogopogo’s Lair Pinot Grigio 2008 – 13.0% alc/vol [B.C.]

Slightly herbaceous nose with a bit of mild fruit, a mix of pear and citrus.  There is a good amount of acidity with some effervescence.  The flavours are a dry combination of limes and fresh cut grass.  81/100  (June 8, 2010) $14.99 (BC Liquor Stores)

 

Red Rooster Bantam 2008 – 12.5% alc/vol [British Columbia]

Zesty citrus with soft lemon and a touch of grassiness.  The palate is slightly tart with a touch of minerality.  This is a great wine next to mild flavours that are also highlighted with citrus.  $13.99 (BC Liquor Stores)   81/100 (Apr. 11, 2010)

 

 Roberts Rock Chenin Chardonnay 2008 – 12.5% alc/vol [South Africa]

Simple, mild, light citrus and apple, not extremely aromatic.  Light bodied with a medium finish, this doesn’t offer much on the palate.  Pleasant taste with mild apple flavour.  $7.99 (BC Liquor Stores)   83/100 (Mar. 23, 2010)

Rudolf Muller Liebfraumilch 2008 – 8.5% alc/vol [Germany]

A mild nose of honey and some pears.  A very sweet palate that competes very well with spicey dishes.  Great fruity flavours of juicy peaches and candied apricots.  A lot of residual sugar, save this for someone who really likes sweet wines.  82/100 (August 26, 2010)  $12.49 BC Liquor Stores

 

See Ya Later Ranch Riesling 2008 – 13.0% alc/vol [British Columbia]

The crisp clean scent of a cool climate Riesling.  A touch of pear, a nice gentle palate lacking the harsh tang of may Rieslings.  Some honeyed sweetness and a pleasant amount of residual sugar that would be nice to match with a dish with medium heat.  $16.99 (BC Liquor Stores)   76/100 (Mar. 29, 2010)

A nice flinty smell with some honey and oranges.  Crisp acidity with a slight touch of sweetness. This wine is still a dry style but with lots of fruit character.  A finish on the palate of fresh juicy peaches.  91/100  (October 9, 2010)  $16.99 BC Liquor Stores

 

Snap Dragon Chardonnay 2008 – 13.5% alc/vol [California]

Buttery oak with some bright lemons on the nose, the clean wood notes are quite refreshing.  An easy drinking style with flavours of lemon and citrus rinds.  A great bread and butter wine that would be ideal for baked chicken dishes.  82/100  (September 22, 2010)  $11.99 BC Liquor Stores

 

Voga Pinot Grigio 2008 – 12% alc/vol [Italy]

An interesting nose on this wine with some pineapple and basil.  The flavours of this wine are also uncommon, with mild herbs upfront and the aftertaste of a classic mojito.  This would be nice with fresh salads or chicken fajitas.  77/100  $15.99 [BC Liquor Stores] (October 20, 2010)

 

White Bear Sauvignon Blanc 2008 – 13.5% alc/vol [Okanagan, B.C.]

A modest nose that doesn’t have much power; a balance of ripe melon and breezy grass.  This wine has a bit of a short finish, leaving you wanting more.  A sweet part of thiswine is knowing that 15% of the profits are donated to sustaining the Northern B.C. rainforest.  A nice wine that is perfect with a B.L.T.  $12.99 (BC Liquor Stores)   80/100 (Apr. 18, 2010)

 

2007 Vintages  

French Rabbit Chardonnay 2007 – 13.0% alc/vol [France]

Packaged in a 1 litre tetrapak; this wine has mild citrus and grassy notes, the clean aroma is fresh and seems oak free.  There is a nice balance of acidity and sugar, leaving a nice refreshing wine.  Similar flavours on the palate as the nose, a bit of citrus with a slightly bitter finish.  79/100  $13.99 (BC Liquor Stores) (May 15, 2010)

 

 

Larch Hills Gewurztraminer 2007 – 12.0% alc/vol [British Columbia]

Apricot and polleny floral notes.  Fair amount of sweetness with melony and honeysuckle flavours.  What this wine lacks is a bit of acidity that might help it balance better with food.  A mossy wood and trampled leaves scent.  $19.95 (Cow Bay Spirits)   75/100 (Mar. 30, 2010)