My second agent portfolio wine tasting for September is by Andrew Peller Ltd and Andrew Peller Import Agency. Through both branches they show off our local BC wines, and the wines the represent from around the world. It was a great sunny day, and they had their wines out for us on a patio. Greeting me was Howard Soon, senior winemaker for Andrew Peller Ltd. Always a friendly and gracious man, he is a wealth of information about BC wine making. I always enjoy speaking with him. Maybe he would let him interview him for an article? Howard are you available?
Let’s get into the wines that I enjoyed and recommend for you to try.
My Favourite Wines
White and Sparkling Wines
Sandhill Wines Viognier 2014, BC ($16.99) – Really ripe stone fruit, especially apricots on the nose. Medium minus body, dry with a mineral edge. Tasty stone fruit and some honey, followed by spice. Tasty. Rating:
Champagne Henriot Blanc de Blancs NV, France ($73.99) – Made from 100% Chardonnay grapes, this dry sparkling wine had a light, flinty nose. Higher acidity, with flavours of apples, apricots, and toast. Very small creamy bubble. Elegant. Rating:
William Fevre Petit Chablis 2013, France ($24.99) – Melon on the nose and on the palate. Light body, and along with the melon there was also stone fruit and honey flavours. Low acidity made this a soft, understated wine. Rating:
Babich Wines Black Label Sauvignon Blanc 2015, New Zealand (SPEC $19.99) – Light asparagus aroma. Fruity making it tasty almost off-dry. The asparagus continues onto the palate. Green herbal on the finish. Not overboard with acidity. A wine nice to sip on its own, and I’m sure would go well with seafood. Rating:
Staglin Family Vineyard Estate Chardonnay 2010, California (SPEC $79.99) – Ripe tropical fruit and vanilla aromas in the glass. Medium body, round with a heavier mouthfeel. Tropical fruit, oak and sweet spices. A wine of very good quality, but you must like oak and spice in your Chardonnay. Rating:
Beronia Reserva 2010, Spain ($21.99) – This wine is made from Spain’s favourite Tempranillo grape. It has a very nice nose, with aromas of red fruit, vanilla and cedar. Medium body, quite fruity with flavours of sweet cherries, red fruit, vanilla and cedar. Medium tannins. A really nice price for this wine. Take to a party and impress your friends. Rating:
Wow, I didn’t realize that I gravitated to white wines at this tasting. Trust me they do have red wines, but I was too preoccupied with the whites on this day.