What Jim’s Drinking: September

What Jim’s Drinking: September

Well, the cooler weather certainly arrived this month, so I am switching gears and slowly working my way back to red wines. There are three reds that I have tasted this month (some repeatedly!) that are really impressing me for their current drinkability and their value. I’ve also chosen wines that are easier to find, as I get a number of requests for vino that can be easily picked up ‘on the fly’, so all three of these are available at select government BC Liquor Stores. Read more

What Jim’s Drinking: Chilean Wine

What Jim’s Drinking: Chilean Wine

I really appreciate the input that you all give; it helps me to determine what is interesting to you and where we should be looking for new products. Based on numerous requests, I have put together a 6 pack case. No muss, no fuss – just some decent vino with a good price and delivery in the Greater Vancouver area included. Both of these are only available at a limited number of private retailers, so you won’t generally see them around; however, the Caliterra name is very well known for the initial partnership between Errazuriz and Robert Mondavi. Read more

What Jim’s Drinking: August

What Jim’s Drinking: August

It’s still summer and I am definitely enjoying lighter-style wines. The whites and roses are very chilled and I am even keeping my reds in the fridge – the reds sometimes lose a touch of their depth in flavour, however you gain a refreshing approach to a wine that you may already know. Try tasting the same wine at room temperature and then take that same red, chill it to 60 degrees (16 Celsius). We did this for our server at dinner last week and it literally surprised her in the difference – you gotta love ‘science projects’! So this month, I am looking at easy drinking red wines that are great slightly chilled (or not if you’re in a rush!) Read more

What Jim’s Drinking: July

What Jim’s Drinking: July

Well, we haven’t really seen the hot July that we all look for, however I am still thinking a lot about Rosé wines! Rosé’s until very recently, were seen as inferior wines, or only a woman’s drink (not my thought ladies…) and made as sweet, white zinfandel-type wines. Today’s Rosé wines are none of these; they are dry, fragrant, multi-dimensional wines that are perfect for summer foods. Rosé wines are made in many ways, however most are made from red grapes; wine makers start the initial fermentation with whole, red grapes, where the grape skins provide varying degrees of pink-ness, depending on the length of the grape skin contact and the grape variety or ripeness. This is why you will often see dark salmon-coloured rose’s sitting next to a bright pink rose – the colour is visually important to us, but it usually doesn’t tell the entire story about what’s in the glass. Read more

What Jim’s Drinking: June

What Jim’s Drinking: June

The Australian wine industry has taken a few ‘knocks’ in the past few years; people were getting tired of these over-the-top shiraz with tons of alcohol and fruit that burst from the bottle. There are still a few of these wines out there but increasingly, consumers are going back to a well- balanced wine with some strength certainly, but also with elegance and finesse.

Well, I’m on top of this and very proud of Bacchus’ new association with Australia’s Wakefield Wines. They are from the Clare Valley of Australia. The regionality for these wines is important here – hot days and cool nights are the secret, as is the wind that keeps pests and rot away from vines naturally. The climate allows the grapes some respite from the heat and keeps them from becoming over ripe jam-monsters. Wines from this region of Australia really are different…in a good way. I am currently drinking my way through three of Wakefield’s most popular wines and they really are my faves this month. Read more