I’m not a huge PG fan, but this one blew me away. It is clear, the colour of yellow Chartreuse. The nose has hints of watermelon and candy floss, but it mainlines warm baked apple. Very full-bodied, sweetish but still mouth-watering flavours of tropical fruits, peaches, and a bit of rhubarb. Serve with simple vegetarian fare and let the wine be the star.
Deep ruby. It is complex, with black fruits and liquorice. Oak is well integrated. Very full bodied with a velvety mouthfeel, yet firm and tight. Intense, warm long finish. Overall well balanced. 70% Cab Sauv plus Cab Franc.
Pale yellow. Wet wool, floral notes, ripe pear and apricot for a characteristic Chenin Blanc nose. Cutting acidity contrasting with the fat texture of the mid-palate. Seductive sweet fruit taste and a nice long finish.
Husband-and-wife team Kari and Clayton Stenson are making luscious ales out of their 2-year-old brewery in the windy town of Swift Current. Their milk stout is my favourite: made with 5 different types of malt barley, wheat and oats, this jet-black brew will shatter your misconceptions about dark beer being bitter and foreboding. Notes of dark chocolate, figs and plum, with a ribbon of creamy sweetness, ride on a smooth, silky body.
Made by the Methode Traditionelle to a slightly sweet finish, this bottle was mostly from the 2011 harvest, although not strictly a vintage wine. Medium-deep vermilion colour, with a medium-strong mousse. Nose of strawberry, with aspects of roses, peach, and a hint of rosemary. Likeable tastes of tangerine and strawberry with good acidity. Drink up.
Chinook, Simcoe and Citra provide the hops in this hazy, unfiltered IPA. Opening with green herbal and pine scents with fruity malt aromas and concentrated dried fruit, malt and pronounced hoppy bitterness carry through a very long finish.