#WineWednesday: West Coast Wine Love

By / Wine + Drinks / September 4th, 2013 / 2

Last week I was digging on some award winning Ontario wines and this week I thought I’d throw some love to the west coast: British Columbia.

Hats off to the BCers, they are the driving force behind the wish to open up provincial borders from coast-to-coast for wine from other provinces, and of course that benefits them too; heck it benefits us all.

BC-ites just love their wine.  You can’t walk into a British Columbia restaurant without seeing at least a few bottles on their menu … and why not they are making some beauties in all kinds of styles.  Here are three that caught my eye in the last 6 months.

Quail’s Gate 2011 Pinot Noir ($19.95)

Lots of raspberry and mocha notes along with some pleasant spiced cranberry on the finish.

Blue Mountain 2011 Chardonnay ($23.95)

Rich barrel notes of butterscotch and vanilla mix with lime, peach and citrus for a full on assault of the senses.

Sandhill 2010 Small Lot One ($35.00)

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Syrah from the Phantom Creek vineyard: leather and coffee along with toasty and smoky notes; palate is full of smooth dark fruit and great acidity for balance.

For more wine suggestions, see our other #WineWednesday posts.



Michael is an award-winning journalist: Promoting the Promoters Award Cuvée 2010 and Ontario Wine Awards Journalist of the Year 2012.  He is also a national and international wine judge - Ontario Wine Awards, All Canadian Wine Championships; Best of Riesling — Germany; Essencia do Vinho — "Top Wines of Portugal".  He is currently the President of the Wine Writers Circle of Canada and the wine columnist for Ottawa Life and Grand magazine as well as regular contributor to Tidings, and Grapevine ... his reviews have also appeared in the LCBO Vintages magazine. Michael has also added a YouTube channel to his activities where he reviews bottles of great Ontario wine on a weekly basis. In whatever he does, it is Michael’s desire to educate, inspire and encourage others to grow their own love and enthusiasm for wine – and to realize that it is their palate that ultimately makes the decision.

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