Red Barn BC Pinot Noir a steal at $12.99

A good Pinot Noir can set you back a few dollars, so I was pleasantly surprised with the new BC Red Barn Pinot Noir off Black Sage Road. Soft strawberry and light cherry fruit followed by hints of floral and fresh herb. Easy drinking, lush and well balanced, an everyday Pinot that will match with pizza, pasta and Friday night chicken. I rate this Pinot Noir 88 points. A good buy at $15.99, but our friends at the Port Moody Private Liquor Store (#4- 2929 St. John’s Street at Williams Street) are featuring the Red Barn Pinot Noir at $12.99! beginning this Tuesday January 28. Call the store at 604-461-5550 for more information.


Wines like Breca are more common than you think

sold out wine

The success of Breca wine which was recently featured on this blog is largely due to Parkers’ 94 point rating and his rave review. Add the $23.99 price tag and you know that a wine like this will sell out in days. The bad news it’s all gone. The good news is that wines like this are available in BC year round and the team at West Coast Wine Education is committed to find the best wines at the best price and review them here on this blog. Every year wines are getting better and costing less but you have to know what to look for as there are over five hundred thousand new wines on the market each year. So stay tuned, the best value wine may be just around the corner.

94 point Parker Wine just arrived $23.95

Update: January 12th – This wine is sold out in BC now.

Bodegas Breca ,2010 , Spain

94 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The estate’s oldest vines are utilized for the 2010 Breca, also 100% Garnacha from vines that were planted between 1925 and 1945 in decomposed slate and gravelly clay soils. Yields were less than one ton of fruit per acre, and the wine was aged in old large French oak foudres. This is an amazing terroir of steep hillsides and ancient head-pruned vines. Black raspberry, truffle, kirsch, lavender and liquid rock-like characteristics emerge from this astonishing wine. Frankly, I was at a loss for words when I tasted it. It may be the most amazing wine I have ever tasted at this price in over three decades. The wine world is changing, and Jorge Ordonez and his associates deserve a huge amount of credit for producing something this remarkable at this price point. Consumers should fill their trunks with these beauties. Just when you think you’ve tasted the wine world’s greatest values, along comes the Bodegas Breca. Founded in 2005 by Jorge Ordonez, this bodegas has 650 acres, mostly old vine Grenache vineyards planted on hillsides at an altitude of 2,850 to 3,000 feet. All the vines were planted between 1925 and 1968, and yields average between 0.4 and one ton of fruit per acre. 

Limited qualities available email for more information.


Ode to single malts

There are few beverages in the world that invoke primordial aromas and tastes. One of them are Grand Cru Pinot Noirs with their earthy, forest floor scents and tastes that provoke the beginning of time when the earth was forming.distilery scotch

The other is single malt scotches with their heady scents of campfire smoke,leather,sea spray, florals, fruits and moss. Fine single malts are an experience to behold, one sip and waves of flavours roll through the tongue and onto the back of the throat, smooth, wistful or powerful depending on the style of the scotch.

There are many different types or styles of scotch from light and citrusy with just a hint of smoke to the peaty, smoky types that are bold and powerful. Many drinkers who have not tasted true scotch whiskey have this preconception that scotch is not for them, but many when finally tasting quality scotch are won over.

A little knowledge goes a long way, so West Coast Wine Education has put together an introductory scotch appreciation class on January 15 at the Port Moody Art Centre. For more information  please visit

Slowing down on New Year celebrations

I was working in the sparkling wine section of the wine store recently when I noticed a couple in their thirties remark that one bottle of bubbly was not enough that they should buy two for the evening. This made me feel rather old because I had just purchased a half bottle of sparkling for the evening for my wife and I. Half hour later a couple in their sixties comes in and pulls a mini bottle ( enough for one glass) from the shelf saying that this would be enough for them! Didn’t feel so bad after that. fb_old-couple-with-wine-300x200