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Australia’s coming to Vancouver!

There’s no more enjoyable week for a  wine lover than the annual Vancouver International Wine Festival. Where else can you try so many wines, share so many tips, pick up the hot buzz and make new wine friends? This year’s festival celebrates the wines of Australia. With that in mind I’m recommending you warm up for…

Wine Wednesday

One of the best things about writing about wines is the people you meet…..wine makers, retail staff, other writers and just, plain wine lovers. That’s often where I get my best tips and recommendations for wines priced in the $25 and under range. So today’s Wine Wednesday pick comes with a big thank you to…

Another winner from Kim Crawford

Kim Crawford is a nationally recognized wine maker largely because of the very popular Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. So naturally I was interested in trying Kim’s Pinot Gris to see if their success extends to this varietal. I’m happy to report it does. My yard stick for Pinot Gris is the superb wines produced…

Wine Wednesday from southern France

When I first started developing an interest in wine I learned that the Languedoc region is a great go-to place when you’re looking for good value table wines. About six months ago I had an opportunity to try my first wine from the Languedoc’s most honored wine maker, Paul Mas. I’ve recommended his Syrah and Viognier…

Spain’s wines deliver great value

It’s been less than a year since I started compiling a broad selection of wines for my site www.cheapandcheerful.ca. The goal is always to find a wine that overdelivers for the price. The Alceno 12 Messes from southern Spain is a case in point. It’s a dark ruby red blend of the Monastrell grape (Mourvedre…

Wine Wednesday with RonWilsonVan

I’m always on the lookout for good table wines that qualify for CheapandCheerful.ca and this new red from Australia fits the bill. The Forbidden Red Blend from Urban Myth doesn’t disclose what grapes they use but I’m sure I tasted the fruit of merlot and the pepper of shiraz. It’s a delicious medium bodied wine with…

Don’t Miss Out on this Bargain!

Who doesn’t like to save a few dollars on a bottle of wine? Particularly when it’s a great value wine already! Crios Syrah Bonarda is a beautiful red blend from Argentina. Wine critics are in love with Crios wines because they taste a lot more expensive than the price. This blend is a case in…

Wine Wednesday review by RonWilsonVan

As the guy behind www.cheapandcheerful.ca I don’t think I’d have content without wines from South America. No better example then this red blend. Santa Carolina B Blend is a rich combination of Carmenere, Grenache and Merlot. The nose is loaded with dark fruit as you’d expect and this full bodied blend has plenty of spice…

Paul Mas Viognier France

My first taste of Paul Mas wines came last Thanksgiving when Marquis Wines picked their Syrah as one of Marquis’ Wines of the Week. I tasted it and was blown away by the quality and the price and quickly sent out a Twitter blast telling my followers this was the perfect match for their turkey…

California Sunshine

There are times during a grey Vancouver winter when you need to channel summer. Usually that means a flight to Mexico, Hawaii or Palm Springs. The cheaper alternative is buying a wine that brings back memories of the patio and a steak on the BBQ. How fortunate I was to recently join friends in Kits for a…

Try something new from Spain

It’s always a treat as a wine drinker to try something that you’ve never had before and like it. That was the case for me when I dropped into Marquis Wines on Davie Street to try their Wines of the Week. Christine recommended Dominio de Tares Mencia Baltos and I’m a fan. Deep red in…

A Friend for the Turkey

Every turkey that’ll be carved and enjoyed on Christmas Day needs a good friend that goes with white or dark meat, dressing and cranberries. The Mt. Boucherie Family Reserve Gamay Noir is a perfect choice in my humble opinion. This gold medal winning red is a mouth watering, basketful of summer berries and currants. It’s…

Perfect for holiday dining

For years my Joie Farm favorites were Noble Blend and Rose. Now I’ve added Chardonnay and the beautiful red blend PTG. Short for Passe Tout Grains. This is a delicious blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay and is familiar if you were visiting Burgundy. Joie has a deft touch as evidenced by their popularity and…

Have a Heart!

There’s an interesting back story to this very drinkable red blend from California. Winemaker Daryl Groom created it with his son Colby who’s a volunteer with the American Heart Institute to raise money for cardiac research. It’s a pleasing blend of cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel, shiraz, merlot and petit syrah. I always enjoy a well made…

Wine Pairing #Taste of Thursday Burrata recipe

My mouth was watering as I imagined myself with Chef Chen as he prepared this salad. With the creamy buratta, the nuts and balsamic I couldn’t think of a better pairing than Valdo Prosecco. Short for Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore. The creamy flavour in this wine will work wonderfully with this salad. Even better its on…

Add pop to your holiday parties

I love champagne. Sadly my budget doesn’t allow me more than a few bottles a year. Winemakers around the world get that and the result is an ever growing list of sparkling wines that fill our need for bubbles. The Pares Balta Cava Brut is one of Canada’s most popular sparking wines and one taste will tell…

Lunar New Year Wines

Leave it to the creative minds of Okanagan Crush Pad to come up with a B.C. wine to celebrate an important milestone for many in the lower mainland. Vancouver is home to an ever growing Asian community and 2015 will usher in the Year of the Sheep. The Haywire red and white were specifically crafted to…

Time to give Chardonnay a break

There was a time that A.B.C. (otherwise known as Anything But Chardonnay) was a full fledged movement. Wine drinkers were turned off the most popular white wine in the world and with good reason. But that was then and this is now. B.C. is making some great examples of what Chardonnay should be and here’s…

Wine Wednesday Buy!

In fifteen years of enjoying wines from B.C. the improvement in quality and consistency has been remarkable. Quails’ Gate is a case in point. Their wines are reliable and great value for the price. If you’re looking for a white wine to keep on hand that you can sip on its own or serve with…

A Food Friendly wine

WinOne of my favorite wines to pour with appetizers or salads or even a main course like roast chicken is Sauvignon Blanc. This gorgeous Santa Carolina Reserva is one of the best white wine buys I’ve had this year. If I had tasted this blind I would’ve thought it was from New Zealand. It has…

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