Holiday Wines

Red and White Wine on the WaterAbove all, make your season fabulous with stellar holiday wines. To help you out, 20 sparkling, rosé and white wines, plus 20 red wines, comprise our top 40 recommendations of wine for the holidays. Certainly, many of these holiday wines are special because of their high quality (and high price point). On the other hand, others are simply special good-value wines. Moreover, their prices range from an unbelievable $11 to $162. Most importantly, we suggest opening them during a quiet evening at home, pouring them for dinner guests, taking them to small holiday parties, or giving them as gifts. To sum up, read on for details. Continue reading

Thanksgiving 2022 Wines

Thanksgiving 2022 winesThe holidays are just around the corner, and as a result, we’re trying to decide which Thanksgiving 2022 wines to pour. Do you know yet? Perhaps you’re looking for a good pairing for your turkey feast or, on the other hand, a special bottle to take to a family dinner or an evening with good friends. If you love red wine, for example, some good bets are Pinot Noir, Syrah, Malbec, Zinfandel and Merlot. But if you prefer whites, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Pecorino, Albariño, Marsanne and Chardonnay work well. Likewise, Rosé is also a good option. Overall, some wines pair well with turkey or sides, and others are best at parties. Above all, there is no right or wrong! Similarly, here are 25 wines that we recently tasted or are in our cellar, which we are considering for our Thanksgiving festivities. Continue reading

Swirl Around BC

Swirl Around BCWe continue to increase our knowledge and excitement about BC wines. Last week, we drove to my hometown Vancouver to attend a Wines of BC tasting, Swirl Around BC. Coming on the heels of our recent, successful Okanagan trip, we looked forward to more BC wines to experience. We were not disappointed. More than 50 wineries poured new releases that showcased the diverse terroir in BC. Our favorite wine of the day: Black Hills 2020 Ipso Facto. Two sparklers also caught our attention: Tinhorn Creek Blanc de Blanc 2018 and Tantalus Blanc de Blanc 2019. Read on for more about these and other BC wines we appreciated.

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Luxury Brand

CheckMate Luxury Brand WineCheckMate Artisanal Winery, a luxury brand in British Columbia, crafts gorgeous, super-premium Chardonnay and Merlot in the Okanagan Valley. Regular readers know that neither of those two grapes is our first choice of wine. But wow, CheckMate had us hooked from the minute we walked into their beautiful Oliver tasting room last month. Their wines can proudly stand side-by-side with any world-class Chardonnay and Merlot. Read on for details of the spectacular wines, the winery, winemaker Phil McGahan, and our excellent visit. Continue reading