What Jim’s Drinking…Bordeaux Edition

What Jim’s Drinking…Bordeaux Edition

I am taking a departure from my regular column and adding a ‘bonus edition’ this month. I will still be sending out my regular column; however, lately there has been some keen interest in a great back vintage program to purchase older bottles of Bordeaux BY THE BOTTLE! My Bordeaux supplier, Yvon Mau, is one of the largest Bordeaux negotiants in the world. Outside of their regular Bordeaux business, they have a company that purchases finished wines from many of the important producers, lays them down in their own cellars (hoping the price will rise, not drop), then sell them to their importers years later. There are some great benefits to this; Yvon Mau has the proper humidity and temp control to ensure good storage of the wines, and they package and sell these wines to me in cases of one bottle if I like. No one else that I know of has this level of service. On our side, we import the wines using temperature blankets over the shipment and ensure the wine is delivered as close to sailing date as possible, so they don’t sit in a warm warehouse in France. Read more

What Jim’s Drinking – Pinot Grigio!

What Jim’s Drinking – Pinot Grigio!

Casal Thaulero Pinot Grigio 2013 – Italy #87932 $13
When you go down the Italian wine aisle, you are bombarded by Pinot Grigio; some are good, a lot are mediocre and there are a few…….
Our friends at Casal Thaulero produce this good one from grapes grown in Sicily. It’s hot there, so they have to pick the grapes very early to retain the crisp acidity and freshness. They do this very well and this wine has all that plus an added measure; the sun there gives a richness to the grapes that cooler climates simply don’t get. This adds an extra layer of flavour that makes it an absolute go- to! Also, an insider’s tip; we JUST moved to the 2013 vintage. You may still find the 2012 on the shelf (it’s still brilliant) but the 2013 is pretty fantastic too. At $13….really? Buy a case! It’s available at BCLDB stores.

Santa Julia [+] Pinot Grigio 2013 – Argentina #239301 $14
When we think of Argentine wine, we normally think big reds, but they do some incredibly under- valued whites as well. And if you think the reds are a bargain, the whites are insane value! This wine is a fantastic food wine; it has more of that warm pineapple and apple thing going on so has more richness, less acidity. In a blind test, I would peg this as a +$20 wine- really, it’s that under- valued! This is a wine that you can drink on the patio and then still take it inside for dinner. Think about it, less wine glasses to clean! This one takes Pinot Grigio up a notch.

Dunavar Pinot Grigio 2013 – Hungary #438119 $11
With the 2013 edition of this perennial fave new on shelves last month, I couldn’t wait to try it against the last vintage. There is a new winemaker at Dunavar; in reality, it’s the original winemaker that made Dunavar great in the mid-2000’s, but he is back and 2013 is his vintage. Man….is he back! Lots more flavours in the new vintage- the 2012 wasn’t bad, but the style was quite different. The fruit flavours are more rounded and offer a bit of length that gives some richness in the mouth. Think pears and apricots here. Hungary produces some absolutely wonderful white wines. We see very few of them here and Dunavar has been at the forefront of providing consistent quality. With this 2013 edition, they really got it right. Available at every BCLDB store.