The Brouilly Bargain
Seriously. What more do we want from a $20 bottle of Cru Beaujolais?
Château de Pierreux's 2016 Brouilly integrates purple fruit and purple flowers, with a nice smattering of cardamom and a decent mineral backbone. Fresh, yet complex, it's juicy, highly-quaffable, and it'll hit these autumnal days well.
It kicks ass and it’s stupid-cheap. Here in Vancouver, it's 20 bucks at B.C. Liquor Stores, elsewhere around the world it's a similar price, and you can track it down on Wine Searcher.
Go get it.
Here in Vancouver the rainy season has begun.
Sure, sure - we'll still see a smattering of sunny autumn days, but once the clouds start to roll in regularly - it's on.
I just tried the 2016 CVNE Monopole Viura from Rioja as raindrops were pelting our windows, and it was as if the sun broke through on my palate.
Fresh-blooming jasmine, gardenia and elderflower fill the aromatics, with fresh-squeezed lime, pomelo, and blood orange carrying the palate along a mineral core and generous acidity.
If you're anywhere around the world where the rain or snow will fall hard over the next little while and you need respite from it all? In case of emergency: twist cap.
Here in Vancouver it's around 23 bucks at places like Marquis Wine Cellar and Everything Wine. Elsewhere around the world, give it a whirl on Wine Searcher.
Quaffable Côtes du Rhône
While "Cellier des Princes 'Les Vignes du Prince' Vielles Vignes Côtes du Rhône" may not exactly roll off the tongue with ease, the way the wine pleases the palate is effortless. Gobs of purple fruit, violets, and cardamom sail out of the glass with buoyancy and charm; hard to believe it packs a hefty 14.5% alcohol.
Here in Vancouver, it's well under 20 bucks at private stores like Legacy and Everything Wine. Elsewhere around the world, it's likely to be even less (he sighs, while swirling his glass).