Easter weekend is coming up for many people around the world. There are many traditions besides the Easter celebrations among different faiths but enjoying meals with family and friends is a big part of each of them. Here are 6 BC VQA white and 6 BC VQA red wines that I reviewed from Fall 2022 till now that I think will nicely complement fish, poultry, and/or pork dishes. Look for these wines at a BC Liquor Store or at a private shop like Save On Foods or Everything Wine for the largest selection. If you are near any one of these wineries, you could drop by their Tasting Room to buy a bottle(s).
White and Sparkling Wines
Blue Mountain Vineyards and Cellars 2018 Brut Rosé R.D. (BC $39.90) – Sparkling wine. Medium-intensity aromas of crisp red apple and red fruits. Dry, medium-plus body and medium-sized creamy bubble. Red apple and apple skin on the palate. A touch of pepperiness. Medium acidity. Light tannins. Medium-plus length with mouthwatering acidity. Red fruit flavours on the finish.
Hester Creek Estate Winery Old Vine Brut 2019 (BC $34.99) – Sparkling wine. Medium intensity lemon green colour in the glass, with quite active fine bubbles. Medium-minus intensity aromas of stone fruits, orange and a hint of coconut. Off-dry, round with a light mouthfeel. Very fine creamy bubbles. Crisp red apples, peach and blossom flavours on the palate. Some grape stem bitterness. Medium-plus length finishing with peach, crisp apple, and some bitterness.
Liquidity Wines Chardonnay Reserve 2020 (BC $55) – A deeper, bright golden colour. Medium-minus intensity aromas of pears and vanilla. Dry, medium-plus body round and smooth with a thicker mouthfeel. Medium acidity. Ripe pears with a touch of vanilla and some pepperiness on the finish. Quality.
Seaside Pearl Farmgate Winery Sam & Isaac Pinot Gris 2021 (BC $22) – This wine entices you with aromas of lemon, toast, pineapple and a hint of flora. Medium body, round with stony minerality. Light acidity and stone fruit flavours. Plus some grape stem tannins. Medium-plus length.
foxly Pinot Gris 2021 (BC $24) – medium intensity citrus and green fruit nose. Smooth with green fruit, green chile and minerality. Medium-plus acidity. Fresh and bright flavours.
Township 7 Provenance Series Chardonnay 2020 (BC $25.97) – Medium-minus intensity lemon-straw colour. Medium-intensity aromas of stone fruits, apples, hints of honey, oak and orange. Dryish, medium-plus body, smooth and round. Nice acidity. Pineapple, citrus, and apple on the palate with a touch of toast. Medium-plus length.
Maverick Estate Winery Chardonnay 2021 – Medium-plus lemon colour. Light but rich tropical fruit aromas, plus vanilla and butterscotch. Full body, smooth and round with lower acidity. Buttery. Ripe pineapple, butterscotch and light toastiness on the palate. Delicious. –
Rosé and Red Wines
Haywire Gamay Rosé 2021 (BC $27.99) – A bright orange salmon colour. Medium-intensity aromas of red fruits and toast. Slightly off-dry, medium body, round. Bright red fruit flavours, red cherries, and some stony minerality. Medium-plus length. –
Liquidity Wines Pinot Noir Reserve 2020 (BC $60) – A medium intensity, clear garnet colour. Medium-intensity aromas of smoky toasty red fruit with red cherries in the background. Dry, smooth, and round with a medium-plus body. Medium acidity and tannins. Deeper, ripe black cherry flavours to the finish. Quality.
Hester Creek Estate Winery Old Vine Cabernet Franc 2020 (BC $27.99) – A medium-plus dull garnet colour. Medium-intensity aromas, mainly juicy berries with lesser amounts of cedar, capsicum, floral, and tea leaves. Dry, lighter body, with a lean mouthfeel. Red berries, red fruit, raspberries, candied red fruit, floral, and light oak flavours. Medium-plus length.
Stag’s Hollow Renaissance Pinot Noir 2020 (BC $42) – A pretty Pinot Noir, that is quite hard to describe with its wonderful transparent, limpid flavours. Lighter aromas of red fruit, light toastiness, sweet spices, oak and red cherries. Dry, medium body, smooth, but not mouth-filling. Red cherries and red fruit, along with touches of sweet spices, oak and some smokiness on the palate. Medium-plus length. –
Chronos Cabernet Franc 2020 (BC $39.99) – A deeper, dull garnet colour. Lighter aromas of sweet spices, sweet red fruits, juicy red cherries and a touch of cedar. Dryish, medium-minus acidity, and a lightly round mouthfeel. Red fruits, plums, and raspberries along with a touch of sweet spices. Tannins firm up toward the end. A medium-plus length.
Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery Modest Wines by Jove 2020 (BC$29.99) – made primarily from the Sangiovese grape with 5% Merlot and Cabernet Franc blended in. Aged in Hungarian and American oak barrels. It has light aromas of cinnamon red fruit and capsicum. Medium body, dry, with a roundish mouthfeel. Medium intensity acidity and tannins. Red fruit, floral, candied red fruit and a touch of black fruit flavours. medium length. Tannins firm up on the finish.