Wine Appreciation 101

WINE APPRECIATION 101Wine Appreciation 101 Tasting

October 16 at Monterey Recreation Centre in Oak Bay.

The group used a 100 points rating.

90+  = Solid wine. Well worth buying. You will like it.

80+  = Tasty and above average.  Recommended.

70+  = Simple, drinkable everyday wine.


Mission Hill Pinot Gris 2016

mission hill pinot gris wine




This is a very good example of Pinot Gris from our backyard, the Okanagan Valley. Very enjoyable.

Beaujolais Régnie Maison des Bulliats 2015

beaujolais regnie maison de bulliats




Rediscover Beaujolais with this delicious wine. Medium-bodied, pack with red berries, plums, well-balanced with a velvety finish. An interesting note: the first vines of Régnié were planted by Reginus, a Roman nobleman.

Rodney Strong Chardonnay 2014 and Christian Moreau Chablis 2014 – oak vs no-oak

rodney strong chardonnay and chablis







These two great producers are from very different corners of the wine making world, France and United States, yet they share a deep understanding of the art of ‘Chardonnay wine’.

Rodney Strong – Barrel fermentation in new and seasoned French oak offering toasty vanilla and spice. Full-bodied with a creamy palate, and sweet apple and pear flavours.

Christian Moreau – The winemaking and aging are all done in stainless steel vats. This is a  well-balanced, fresh, elegant young Chablis offering generous green apple and pear flavours.


Escorihuela Malbec 1884, 2016

Escorihuela malbec 1884 wine




This captivating and delicious red  was a favourite of the group because of the terrific quality/price ratio (under $20). Everything you would want from an Argentinean Malbec .

Serafino Shiraz 2014

serafino shiraz wine




This wine is rich and concentrated, with aromas of plums, blackberry, blueberry, spices, and soft tannins. Simply yummy!

Chateau Sergant, Lalande de Pomerol 2010 – Sterling Merlot, Napa Valley 2012 – France vs US

chateau sergant and sterling merlot wine






Chateau Sergant – This Merlot-based wine with a bit of Cabernet was smooth with cooked dark berries, hint of vanilla, and fruit cake flavours. Drink now.

Sterling – This easy drinking Merlot offers a plush mouthfeel with ripe red fruit,  toast and spice notes. A perfect Christmas gift.