My Top Picks from Cornucopia

I had the pleasure of going to Cornucopia this year, and along with that, comes a whole slew of new wines for all of you to try! When I’m tasting wine, my main focus is a) what is the price point? and b) do I like the taste? Once I have established that a wine is reasonable (well, there are definitely occasions for a special bottle here and there), and that I like the taste, that is when I start digging in deeper – where is the wine from? What is the winemaker’s philosophy?

I wanted to round up my top five favourite wines from one of my favourite events, Cellar Door Grand Tasting. Before I get into the nitty gritty, I have to tell you about my favourite wine tasting app, Delectable (fyi – this is not sponsored). You take a photo of the label, and it recognizes the wine you’re drinking. You can then rate it on a scale out of ten and add your notes. I use it to take notes when I’m tasting wine and I love how easy it is to use. Even if you are a very casual wine-tasterdrinker, it’s a great way to remember a bottle you want to buy at the liquor store.

Without further adieu, my favourite wines from Cellar Door.

Painted Rock Estate Grown Merlot ($34.69 at the BCL)- Painted Rock is a very consistent BC winery in my opinion. I haven’t had a bad wine from their line up, and their new tasting room looks like heaven on earth. This wine, in particular, had delicious notes of ripe berry and herbaceous undertones. Merlot is not usually the red grape I gravitate to, but this wine has changed those assumptions for me.

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Barossa Valley Estate Ebenezer Shiraz (34.99 at the BCL) – I met the Barossa Valley Estate reps at the Vancouver Internal Wine Festival earlier this year, and it’s no surprise that I fell in love with their wines all over again! This red is big and juicy, perfect with lamb or steak, and great curled up by the fire at this time of the year, avoiding the rain. This makes a great gift as it’s drinkable now, or storable for 5 years.

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Barrage Cellars Trifecta Merlot ($28 online) – Ok, maybe I was lying about the Merlot thing? Unfortunately, this isn’t available at BC Liquor Stores (don’t we just have the best liquor laws??), but keep an eye on this brand as they’re not going away anytime soon. What I loved about this Merlot was it’s rich and tannic nature, a lot more robust than many BC Merlots that I’ve tried. Also, isn’t the label pretty?

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Fort Berens White Gold Chardonnay (sold out) – I realize it’s really not fair of me to put up a wine here that is sold out. That being said, if you get the chance to try this wine, do it! Fort Berens is an incredibly versatile winery and I’ve never tasted a bad wine with their label. I’m not the biggest Chardonnay person, but this one changed my mentality. It’s aged for a year in American oak, and has a refreshing quality that California Chards just don’t possess. For their other whites, check here.

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Fort Berens Estate Winery BC VQA Pinot Noir ($24.99 online) – Yay! A Fort Berens wine that isn’t sold out. Double bonus? It’s affordable, and delicious. This wine is ripe with juicy berry flavour, yet has smokey and rich undertones which make it perfect with your holiday roast. Pinot Noirs are one of my favourite wines to start the evening with if you’re feeling red wine. They’re not too heavy yet they pack a bunch of flavour into a refreshing (yes, it’s possible for a red) glass.

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Did you get a chance to go to Cornucopia? They still have events this weekend, so it’s not too late!

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