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Valentine WINE Favourites!

Just in time for the weekend, we thought we would help you out a little and list a few of our juicy rich + sweet favourites we think you should pick up your loved one to celebrate this Valentines weekend!

With over 3,000 wines in stock, we know that it can seem a little overwhelming. Where to begin? What will the wine I select taste like? What food should I pair with this wine? We have simplified the process for you and have come up with a little guide to assist you this weekend! From dinner wines, to collector wines, here are just a few of the fantastic finds we currently have in stock!


Finca Valdemoya Rosé


Reg $16.99

This is a beautiful rosé arriving just in time for Valentines Weekend! This Spanish gem is made from Tempranillo grapes, where the winemaker left the red skins to ferment just long enough to give this wine its exquisite, soft pink hue. On the nose are livley aromas of sweet strawberries, cherries and wild berries. It's dry on the palate with a crisp & refreshing, beautiful long finish of ripe cherries.

Food Pairing Notes

A perfect wine to accompany appetizers, grilled chicken salad & fresh wild salmon! Or simply pour a couple glasses to sip on with your loved on this weekend!

 

Cubo Tempranillo, 2011 - 90pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate!

Reg $17.99

This juicy Tempranillo is one of our best selling wines this year, and if you haven't tried Cubo Seleccion before, this is the perfect weekend to enjoy a bottle! It is made from 100% Tempranillo grapes that are aged in French and Bulgarian oak barrels for 11 months and 5 months in the bottle. Cedar, fragrant berries, and incense compose the bouquet of this tasty red. In the glass, a hint of milk chocolate and vanilla adds a note of complexity. Smooth, savoury and well-balanced, it will deliver enjoyment this weekend and could be cellared for another 4-5 years.

Food Pairing Notes

Tempranillos are generally versatile when it comes to pairing with food and Cubo is no different – Try a creamy mushroom risotto while you warm up in this chilly weather. Also delicious with hamburgers and steaks! Don’t forget the garlic mashed potato!

 

Les 5 Vallées Viognier

Reg $16.99

Brand new to our stores and made with 100% Viognier grapes, this is a livley Viognier we know you'll love! The nose is rich and elegant with a quintessence of dry fruits, peach and floral (violet) aromas and hints of vanilla/ honey notes. The palate is rich, fresh and mellow with a long persistent finishing on toasted notes. In terms of cellaring, in the first five years you will enjoy its fruit aromas which will then turn into more matured aromas. This is a wonderful wine that we panel tasted with our team 6 months ago, and everyone agreed that this was an outstanding French wine that we know our customers will love!

Food Pairing Notes

We recommend that you serve this at 10 to 12°C to pair with seafood and fish dishes, curry, white meats, blue cheeses, tarts and fruit desserts. This wine will also be very enjoyable alone as a relaxing drink. Try something new today!

 

Ballard Lane Merlot

Reg $19.99

Have you ever tried wines from the Paso Robles County in California? It's an up and coming region producing some of the most interesting wines in the state, and our Ballard Lane Merlot is no exception. This Merlot has cassis, plum, and earthy aromas, with a little spice, good structure, firm tannins, and a lingering finish. Sharp in acidity but fruity, this blend has cherry, red currant and licorice flavours. It’s an elegant wine that is ready to enjoy this Valentines Weekend!

Food Pairing Notes

Try this with a hearty slow braised beef stewed, or with Sautéed Sausages with Balsamic Glazed Onions, and Roasted eggplant with chiles and mint.

 

Perrin Vinsobes Red Blend, 2011

Reg $23.99

This is a stunning wine for the French Wine Collector! Coming from the infamous House of Perrin in France, this gorgeous wine is made from a blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah grapes with 35% of the juice aged in French oak. It has a spicy peppery nose with lots of black fruit flavours. While it may be enjoyed now it will improved over the next two years and will keep for five. The impressive, deep, rich Vinsobres Les Cornuds comes from high elevation (400 feet) vineyards. Decant a bottles to enjoy this weekend or grab a few bottles and cellar them through to 2022!

Food Pairing Notes

Pairs well with steaks, beef stew, chicken and aged cheeses. A simply stunning French wine at a fantastic price!

 

Tarima Monastrell, 2012 - 90pts Stephen Tanzer!

Reg $22.99

Stephen Tanzer said it best - "Powerful aromas of blueberry, blackberry, violet and Indian spices. Displays vibrant flavours of smoky dark berries, bitter cherry and candied flowers, with a peppery overtone. The sweet, fruit-driven finish repeats the smoky note and hangs on tenaciously. I’d drink this wine young for its extroverted fruit character. To call it a value is an understatement." - Stephen Tanzer

A beautiful wine that's been a customer favourite at our Tasting Bars at all three Everything Wine stores. We're quite confident you'll love this juicy Monastrell - Try something new this Valentines!

Food Pairing Notes

Fill your shopping bag with bell peppers, tomatoes and garlic, buy saffron and paprika, and you have Spain on your culinary GPS. Some of the dominant aromas and flavours of the Monastrell wines in our tasting were smoke, earth and spice, bound by a decided meatiness suitable for all kinds of lusty food.

 

Doña Paula 1100 Red Blend - 94 points Decanter Magazine!

Reg $29.99

Give the gift of decadence with this limited edition, multi-award winning juicy red blend from Argentina! Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are combined to produce this complex and balanced wine that is intensely purple in color. On the nose, aromas of flowers like violets and sweet briar, which come from Malbec, can be perceived. Syrah adds spicy notes, good volume in the mouth and silky tannins. Finally, Cabernet Sauvignon provides great structure to this blend.

Food Pairing Notes

The best Reds from Argentina have a bold backbone that demand dishes and cheeses that can match them step for step. It’s no surprise that a country renowned for its steak grows wine grapes destined to fill glasses by the grill. Charred skirt steaks and sirloins pair perfectly. Another great meat option is lamb. The earthiness in Braised Lamb Shanks!

When choosing a cheese for an Argentine Red, pair strong to strong. Salty, semi-hard cheddars rise up to meet the tannins, then give room for these proud Reds to finish in their own style. Blue cheeses also do well – Cambozola Black, a gently-veined blue with a delicate but nicely persistent flavour, encourages Achaval Ferrer’s Malbec-Cabernet Sauvignon Blend to darkly-fruited mahogany heights.

 

Louis Massing Reserve Champagne

Reg $45.99

Valentines Day is the perfect occasion to treat your loved one to a glass of Champagne, and at this incredible price, the Louis Massing is our go-to value Champagne this weekend! Light in colour with a generous amount of mousse, this bubbly has a beautiful nutty flavour. Loaded with complex flavours of biscuit and toast with a hint of lemon on the palate, this medium-bodied Champs is lively with a long finish. An outstanding Champagne for the value!

Food Pairing Notes

Pair this stunning bubbly with breakfast mimosas and strawberries! It's literally the best priced bubbly from Champagne in the Province, and we know you'll love it as much as we do - Cheers!

 

Sandeman Vau Vintage Port, 2003

Reg $54.99

This port is the definition of decadence and is the ultimate Valentines dessert treat! It is deep ruby in colour with a gorgeous garnet hue. On the nose it explodes vibrant aromas of raisin, prune, fig, kirsch, dark chocolate and vanilla. On the palate, it is sweet and luscious with flavours that repeat the aromas and has a long lingering finish. Bottled in 2003, this 12 year old Port is ready to enjoy today!

Food Pairing Notes

Best paired with a creamy blue cheese, dark chocolate, or simply on its own!

 

So there you have it - just a few of the many AMAZING wines that are currently in our stores, perfect for entertaining, taking along to dinner party, and most importantly, to celebrate with someone special this Valentine's Day. Questions or concerns? Email us at info@everythingwine.ca or stop by one of our three Everything Wine locations to chat with a member of our exceptional sale's team!
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

The BEST of our Holiday Gift Wines 2014

The season of GIVING is here!



And we have our best selection of holiday gift-giving wines ever! Here are just a few of the many amazing accoladed wines we searched the globe for this year - you won't be disappointed!


Cubo Seleccion Tempranillo, 2011 - 90 POINTS ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE!

Reg Price $17.99

Back by popular demand after two years, we're extactic to let you know that we have been able to bring back Cubo for all of our fans our there! It's dark red in colour with rich cedar and black berry aromas. While medium-bodied, Cubo has a slight toasted coffee flavor with a hint of milk chocolate, and a delicious smooth vanilla finish. Grab a case of this staff and customer Spanish favourite today!



Famille Perrin Cairanne Red Blend, 2011 - 90+ POINTS ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE!


Reg Price $23.99 - The perfect gift for the French Rhone wine collector!

Robert Parker said it best in his review of this gorgeous French collector wine! “This is an outstanding blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. The wine has wonderfully sweet cherry fruit with some blacker currants, dusty, loamy soil notes, garrigue and licorice. It is full-bodied, rich and certainly one of the best Cairannes I’ve tasted.” - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

The Cairanne is showing juicy acidity and excellent overall purity, it has outstanding potential and will deliver the goods over the coming 6-7 years. Drink 2014-2020. More details here!


Dona Paula 1100 Red Blend, 2012 - 94 POINTS TIM ATKIN, Master of Wine


Reg price $29.99 - Outstanding limited edition Red Blend from Argentina!

When we first tasted this wine with a panel of employees from the company last Spring, this was one of our "must have" items we couldn't wait for you to try! Master of Wine, Tim Atkin, says “Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are combined to produce this complex and balanced wine that is intensely purple in colour. In the nose, aromas of flowers like violets and sweet briar, which come from Malbec, can be perceived. Syrah adds spicy notes, good volume in the mouth and silky tannins. Finally, Cabernet Sauvignon provides great structure to this blend.” Make sure you get yourself a couple of bottles before it's too late! Details here.

Secateurs Badenhorst Family Wines Red Blend, 2012 - 93 POINTS DECANTER MAGAZINE

Reg Price $28.88 - Gold Medal Winner Decanter Wine Awards, trying something new from South Africa today!

Have you ever tried South African wines before? Because you're missing out! The aromas from this Red Blend are perfumed, peppery, spicey, smokey and exhibit ripe red fruit notes. As always the palate texture of this style of wine is supple, smooth on the entry but with enough grip to end dry and refreshing. In the mouth the texture and fineness of fruit tannin and drinkability of the wine is immediately evident. Looking for a gift for the wine-geek in the family? Take a long a bottle of this multi-award winning wine today!


Vineyard 29 Cru Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 - 91 POINTS ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE


Reg Price $57.99 - The ultimate wine for the Napa Cab Collector!

When if comes to California Napa Cabs, this one of our go-to recommendations! And it's a favourite of Robert Parker's as well! -  “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Cru is soft, seductive and opulent with a dense ruby/purple colour, considerably more fruit and richness than the 2011, medium to full body and good ripeness… it offers explosive fruit, a consumer-friendly style and 10-12 years of aging potential.” Looking for the perfect gift to give your boss this Christmas? This is it!


Penny's Hill Crackline Black Shiraz, 2012 - 94 POINTS JAMES HALLIDAY!


Reg Price $33.99 - Deep, dark, rich & delicious, give this wine to you Aussie Wine Fan!

Penny's Hill Cracking Black Shiraz continues to be what all McLaren Vale Shiraz should be. Deliciously intense, with all its components looking their best and beautifully synchronised. There is lengthy concentrated blackberry fruit, liquorice and pepper. This wine is best paired with peppered steak or lamb shanks, or simply enjoyed by the glass, wrapped up in a blanket sitting next to the fire on a cold winter's evening. More details here!
These are just a few of the amazing 90 point wines that we've brought in for the holiday season. Be sure to check out our 90+ POINT WINE SECTION on the home page, too! Let us help you find the perfect gifts to give this holiday season at Everything Wine. We're quite proud to say, this is our best selection of wines in our almost 8 years of business, and we can't wait for you to try them! If you have any questions about the wines featured here today, please feel free to contact me directly at cboyle@everythingwine.ca

Here's wishing you all a Safe & Happy Holidays as we make your gift giving that much easier this year!

Cheers!

- Craig

Two Kings of Spain Master Class at Morgan Crossing

As a new member of the team at Everything Wine Morgan Crossing, I was fortunate to attend the ‘Two Kings of Spain’ master class on March 28 with Jordan Carrier.  The focus of the class was on the Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions, which are both known for their Tempranillo-based wines.  To start the class, we learned about the history of winemaking in Spain and sipped on Jaume Serra Cava.  Mmm bubbles!  To accompany the wines we had a wonderful selection of Spanish Tapas nibbles, prepared by Alistair from Tap Restaurant.

The first flight of wines was a selection of three wines from Rioja, which is located in north central Spain, and divided into three regions.  The most important for high quality wines are Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa.

Our first wine was Vina Bosconia Rioja Reserva 2002 ($56.99).  It is from the Rioja Alta region, which produces classic Rioja wines made in the old world style.  It is a blend of 80% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, and the remainder consists of local grape varieties.  This wine was an excellent example of a traditional Rioja.  It had a high acidity and is already showcasing aged characteristics.  The shorter growing season in Rioja Alta helps retain the high acidity in the grape and this will contribute to the long aging potential that this wine possesses.  The term Reserva implies that this wine has been aged for at least three years, with a minimum of one year in oak before it is released for sale.

Next up was El Pundito Rioja 2003 ($85.99), which is from the Rioja Alavesa region.  This was the class favourite from the Rioja flight because of its rich and intense palate.  The Alavesa region produces wines that are much fuller in body, have higher tannins, and appeal to the new world market.  This 100% Tempranillo had warm wood and leather notes on the nose, a rich mouth feel, and lovely balance of acidity and tannins.

The last of the Rioja’s was Artadi Vinas de Gain Rioja 2006 ($50.99).  This wine was a compromise between the two previous wines.  It was nowhere near as intense as the El Pundito, nor did it have the classic high acidity like the Vina Bosconia.  It was medium in body with dark cherry fruit flavours and paired perfectly with a nibble of fennel.  It wasn’t the most exciting in the line-up, but a great representation of the wines from Rioja, especially for the price.

The Ribera del Duero region was next, which is located south west of Rioja, and despite its long winemaking history, was an overlooked region.  The area is planted with predominantly Tempranillo, but also has a variety of French vinifera varieties.

We had Aalto Ribera del Duero 2006 ($82.99) to start off this flight and it was incredible!  Made by the previous winemaker of Vega Sicilia of 30 years, this wine was complex and despite its drinkability now, it has excellent aging potential.  On the palate it was rich with concentrated flavours of plum, cassis, oak and coffee.  Delicious!

Next was Cameron Hughes Ribera del Duero Gran Reserva 2002.  Don’t be fooled by this negociant’s modern label, this is an excellent wine!  Gran Reserva classification means the wine has been cellared for at least 5 years, including a minimum of 18 months in oak and 36 months in bottle before release.  This wine was the driest of the six, but the tannins softened and it had a long length.  With flavours of licorice, oak, and spice, this wine needs time but you can see where it is heading.  It paired beautifully with a lamb ragù stuffed pepper!

The final and most exciting wine was Vega-Sicilia “Unico” Ribera del Duero 2000 ($413.99).  This iconic wine is something many wine geeks dream of tasting.  It was the most unexpected and unique wine in the line-up.  We all expected something big, rich, and powerful, but instead it was elegant and feminine.  It was soft with flavours of cherry, date, and dried fruits.  It had smooth tannins and a fresh acidity.

What a great way to taste through these two Spanish regions, I learned a lot and can’t wait to attend another master class!

French Wines Don't Bite!

It is so clichéd to say that I almost hasten to write it, but it’s the truth so it must be said.  The more wine I drink from around the world, the more French wine stands out as an amazing source of quality wine.

The more that one studies wine, inevitably, France becomes more in the spotlight.  Part of the reluctance for the North American market is the labeling.  No grape names, no indication as to what the wine will taste like.  You have to keep in mind that France has been making wine since near the beginning of wine making itself and at that point, the different grapes had not been classified.  When a wine was made from Burgundy for example, the grapes that went into it were the grapes from Burgundy.  Plain and simple.  Now that we have defined Burgundian grapes to fall into the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay fields, it is now up to us to know that this grape comes from this region.   So while confusing at first, instead of skipping French wine, ask your local wine shop for tips on buying.

Back to France being a constant source of enjoyment.  I first became aware of my growing love of the wines from this beautiful country when I was at a wine tasting comparing Pinot Noir wines from around the world.  There were excellent new world examples from California, BC, and New Zealand, but the three wines that stunned me by having an extra layer of depth of flavour all turned out to be French!

I’ll be the first to admit that I cannot afford the big names in the French world.  Can barely even look at the bottle without my knees started to quiver thinking about what my VISA bill would look like after a purchase, but contrary to common thinking, there is amazing value in France.  Look at Cotes du Rhone, Loire Valley, Beaujolais, and the south of France for your next dinner party.

Cotes du Rhone – Grenache, Syrah, and Mouvedre are the three big red grapes here and most wines will be a blend of all three.  Search out the Patrick Lesac Bouquet.  This winemaker consults for different properties all over the country, but his own label from the Cotes du Rhone stand out for me.  These are not your light, simple wines.  Both examples at EW are full of dark fruit and a spice filled backbone.  Structure and depth that will pair nicely with a beef roast or a rack of lamb.

Loire Valley – Don’t overlook the strong showings of Cabernet Franc from the Loire, but here I want to talk about the whites from the Muscadet region.  The grape is Muscadelle Blanc, not well known outside of this area, but producing wines full of citrus and minerality.  These are like New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs with less grass and more textures.  Eating shellfish tonight?  Try the Andre Vinet Muscadet or the Domaine de la Louvetrie Muscadet

Beaujolais – Can’t afford Premier Cru Burgundy like me?  Look to it’s oft overlooked south end, Beaujolais.  The region is coming off two of the best vintages (2009 and 2010) that they have ever seen and the wines are tasting mind boggling well.  Gamay Noir is the grape here and I recommend spending a couple of extra dollars and buying the Joseph Burrier Morgon Grand Cru.  This is the wine that surprised me in the blind wine tasting.  Cherries, earth, and spices and a perfect wine for Christmas turkey dinners.

 

South of France – This is a broad term for everything in the Languedoc and Provence region.  If there is a “new” wine region from France, this is it.  Winemakers here have fewer restrictions on what they have to grow and must conform to.  In an effort to attract the lucrative North American market, many of these wines will show the varietal on the label.  And lo and behold these are some of the cheapest wines on the market!  One wine in particular that stunned me for how good it was at under $15 was the Ormarine Picpoul de Pinet.  High acid and simple lemon citrus flavours, but a minerality and smooth mouth feel that served chilled makes me think eating a plate of mussels while overlooking the Mediterranean … sigh …

Open your mind and explore French wine today without breaking the bank!

Broadening Your Wine Horizons Tasting

I was lucky to attend the “Broadening Your Wine Horizons” with Kady Smith on September 26 at Everything Wine in North Vancouver.  The tasting featured 8 wines and was designed as an opportunity to try varietals and wines that may often be overlooked in the shop.

As we sat down to our first wine, n/v Maupertuis Pink Bulles, a small production sparkling wine from Auvergne, I knew this tasting was going to be fun!  This was a cool wine to begin with.  It had a pinky orange hue and was not filtered so it was cloudy and very chalky on the pallet.  The sweet cherry fruit was overshadowed by a slight sweetness and a gamey, chalky mouth feel.  Very unique bubbles that went down way too easily!

Next up was a Gruner Veltliner from Austria.  This one was the 2010 Fred Loimer “Lois”.  While it was not as full of the characteristic white pepper flavours as the wines I tried in my Gruner post (read here), this was a smooth, easy wine combining flavours of peach and lime with a healthy dose of acidity.  Good wine to branch out of the Sauvignon Blanc craze.

Next up was my favourite white: The 2009 Terras Gauda Albarino from the Rias Baixas region in Spain.  This region is on the northwestern coast of Spain, a cool region full of unpredictable precipitation.  We can relate to that quite easily here in Vancouver!  As such, the Albarinos from this region vary from year to year, but this ’09 Terras Gauda is fantastic.  A beautiful gold colour, the flavours danced through the spectrum of lychee, fresh apples, honeysuckle, pineapples, and ginger.  On the pallet the fruit salad mix continued with a viscous mouth feel and steely minerality.  This is what Albarino should taste like.  Wow.

Onto the reds we went with a wine from a region I never thought about seeking out.  The 2009 Musar Jeune Red Blend from Lebanon is a blend of Cinsault, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon from the cooler hills surrounding the capital of Beirut.  There is serious history in this region, with the Middle East often being touted as the birthplace of wine.  This wine smelled like a cherry reduction poured over Christmas cake.  The delicate body had a textured mouth feel that finished with a sour dried prune taste.  The style reminded me of a wine I would find from Italy.  Not sure if that is characteristic of the region, but I would be willing to explore Lebanon wines a little more.

Onto Portugal we went, but not for a fortified port.  The 2009 Quinta do Crasto Duoro Tinto is a dry red wine made from Portuguese varietals like Tinto Roriz and Touriga Nacional.  The nose was Grenache-like showing mulberry and vanilla, the pallet focused on sweet raspberry and schist notes.  This wine was simpler than many of the others in the tasting but worth it if you are looking for a light bodied party red.

The entry from Greece was very unique to say the least.  The 2008 Alpha Estate “Axia” Syrah Xinomavrosurprised me with its gamey flavours, dried fruits, and wet pine wood notes.  The pallet had a lot of grip to it and again had a strong peppered meat flavour finishing with raisin and tar.  This was very different than wines that I have had in the past and was a key driver for me coming to this event.  I am still unsure if I would buy this in the future, but put a traditional Greek spit roast in front of me and I am sure this wine would pair well.

The 2009 Bernard Baudry La Croix Boissee from the Loire Valley in France blew me away.  Cabernet Franc is the red grape grown in the region of Chinon and if they all taste like this I need to make a trip out there!  This wine had a little bit of everything going on.  The rich cherry gave way to a full bouquet of violet flowers that then dissipated to a steely minerality.  This Chinon has depth of flavour and even though the tannins were high, the chalkiness of them created a smooth, full mouth feel.  Need to buy me a Christmas present this year?  Look no further than this wine!

Speaking of Christmas, the last wine was a n/v Chateau d’Orignac Pineau des Charentes which would pair perfectly with a pre or post Christmas dinner treat!  Often drank as an aperitif, this Charentes has an intense nose of burnt sugar, amaretto, oranges, cloves, and wood.  The medium sweet body was balanced by high acid and allowed the citrus, caramel, and butter toffee notes to show.  Talk about intensity and depth of flavour.  At 18% this wine packs a punch, but after the first sip you don’t notice the alcohol and a glass of this would disappear before dessert was even brought out.

With another great, exciting Everything Wine tasting in the books, I can look forward the next big event, theFall Festival.  Tickets on sale now, but selling fast.
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