BC Wine

BC Wine glassesMost people know I’m from Vancouver. And when I moved to the United States 26 years ago – I have to be frank – BC wine was not awesome. Sure, some brands, varieties and vintages had their moments. But would I go out of my way to buy a bottle? No. Fast-forward to today, and that’s exactly what I’m doing: crossing the border to buy some awesome BC wine. Read on for details.

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Summer White Wines

summer white winesOur enjoyment of summer white wines increases every year. Until recently, our palates preferred Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris/Grigio. But these days, we also appreciate the refreshing, wallet-friendly Turbiana grape from Lugana, Italy and Marsanne from here in Washington state. Most importantly, there are so many wonderful summer white wines. For example, here are 25 that we have enjoyed from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Italy, France, South Africa and New Zealand. Most of them are everyday, good-value porch pounders or deck wines, but a few shine with an elegant meal.

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Acrobat

Acrobat Pinot Gris and Pinot NoirIn late May, during Oregon Wine Month, we raised our glasses to 2021 Acrobat Pinot Gris and 2019 Acrobat Pinot Noir. Using sustainable practices, these wallet-friendly wines are sourced from grapes from three Oregon AVAs. In addition, both these Pinots are food-friendly and very approachable during informal meals and gatherings with family and friends. As a result, we would toast these wines, and the winery, any time of year.

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Cantine Ermes

Cantine Ermes WinesOur exploration into the wines of Cantine Ermes continued last week, as we opened five wines from their Vento di Mare and Quattro Quarti collections. We previously tasted three Ermes wines last Thanksgiving. Cantine Ermes is one of the biggest organic wineries in southern Italy. Their wallet-friendly, tasty wines drink above their price point (from $12-$18) and are available in the U.S. Read on for details. Continue reading