Hester Creek Pinot Gris was $18 now $12.99

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Hester Creek Pinot Gris is grown on both the east and west South Okanagan benches. The Estate Vineyard on the east-facing Golden Mile Bench provides fresh floral, apple, and pear flavours and the west facing Black Sage vineyard (with rare limestone soil) adds a mineral backbone and a spicy lemon finish. Overall the combination of minerality and orchard fruit is unique and delicious. This is no wimpy Gris it displays good mouth feel and a long finish ideal with salmon, salads, seafood and pasta with cream sauce. 88 points.

This wine sells for $18 at Government Stores and the Winery but Maple Ridge Private Liquor and Port Moody Private Liquor Store are featuring it for $12.99 limited time offer.
http://www.portmoodyliquor.com or http://www.mapleridgeliquor.com for more information.

Two booths worth visiting at Wine Fest

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There are so many booths to visit at the Vancouver Wine Festival that it is hard to choose which ones to visit. If you enjoy Argentinian and Italian wines don’t miss out on visiting these booths with some excellent and unique choices.

BOOTH # 66: Bodega Vistalba, from Mendoza, Argentina, Multi-Awarded Corte A SPEC SKU:915702 $54.99, Corte B SPEC SKU:194340 $29.99, Corte C LISTED SKU:12070 $19.99 & Arido Malbec SPEC SKU: 27409 $14.99,
BOOTH # 125: Monte del Fra Winery, from Veneto, Italy, Multi-Awarded Ca de Magro SKU:216077 $19.99, Bardolino SKU:283648 $16.99 & Amarone SKU:216085 $79.99 (selected from 780+ wines to pour at VIWF Gala Dinner!), Corvina Veronese SKU:892687 $15.99 & Ripasso SKU:883314 $26.99

Pink Bub a great addition for Valentines Day

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This is a perfect Valentine’s surprise bottle of sparkling blush wine. A blend of 51% Pinot Noir and 49% Chardonnay from the Oliver region made in the true Champagne tradition of secondary fermentation in the bottle. Crafted by Haywire Winery it has a dry, crisp palate with citrus, apple, sour cherry and strawberry aromas. Lemon lime on the palate and surprisingly good length.88 points. There are only 100 cases made so check with your local private wine store. Strawberries and chocolate fondue for two please!

Sandhill Cabernet Merlot quality outstanding for the price

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At $21 in Government Stores the Sandhill 2011 Cab/Merlot is an excellent price. This is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc with a touch of Barbera. The most talented winemaker in the valley, Howard Soon has crafted a wine brimming with black and red berries, yielding tannins, and a deft touch of acidity. Add layers of cinnamon, clove, tea and slight smoke to the mix and you have a wine to build a meal around. 90 points.
This wine is now on sale for the incredible price of $15.99 at the Maple Ridge and Port Moody Private Liquor Stores. http://www.mapleridgeliquor.com or http://www.portmoodyliquor.com

These wines are easy on the wallet

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Winter is still around and the holiday bills are rolling in, so the budget for a bottle of wine to help make it to spring is restricted. But have no fear — there are some terrific wines that are easy on the wallet and deliver an abundance of flavour.

As is the usual case, these wines hail from regions that consistently deliver value wines. Value wines are selections that over-deliver on quality for a lower price than other wines in their category.

The four regions include three that consistently deliver on value, and one upstart that has been added to the list. The three top value regions are Spain, Argentina and Chile. The other region is the Rhone Valley in France, where there have been a number of blends that have hit the B.C. market that are showing great promise.
To assist you in finding these gems, wines from each region were reviewed and tasting notes, along with the prices, have been included. All wines are readily available in B.C.

Domino de Punctum, 2012, Viento Aliseo Viognier, $13.90 (Spain)
This white wine has some interesting peach, tropical pineapple and lemon-lime characteristics. The palate is balanced and soft yet has a crisp finish. Viognier wines of this quality are usually closer to the $20 mark and influential wine critic Robert Parker rates this wine at 90 points.

Los Vascos, 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, $12.99 (Chile)
Many consumers dislike New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc because it is too acidic and tart. This white, however, has delightful tropical notes and a soft, mellow taste. Aromas such as pear, peach, apple and chive notes fill the air. With good body and a surprisingly long finish for a $13 wine, it’s an excellent match for seafood, salad and most vegetarian dishes.

Arnoux & Fils 2011 Cote du Rhone ‘“Vieux Cloucher,” $16.99 (Rhone Valley, France)
This blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mouvedre shows red berry fruit, dried herbs, spice and a wonderfully smooth finish. It would pair well with any sausage or beef dish.

Argento, 2012 Bonardo, Argentina, $12.99 (Argentina)
Not many consumers are aware of the native Argentinean grape called Bonardo. It produces lush and ripe tasting wines, and this example is outstanding for the price. Cherry, blackberry, juicy plum and cedar flavours mingle with hints of vanilla and spice. It’s great for drinking a glass on its own or you could try it with barbecued ribs.

These wines may not have a familiar brand name or much marketing behind them, but that means most of the investment is in the bottle. This shows in the outstanding quality-to-price ratio. You don’t have to spend a lot to savour a fine wine these days, so stock up and enjoy.