Being fabulously frugal means never having to sale I’m sorry, but I got this on sale. That is unless it comes to wine as I never make my choices based on what’s on sale that day but rather on what I like. That being said, when it comes to being on a budget, the wines I love that cost over $35 are only purchased for special occasions while those under $25 are to be sipped whenever the spirit moves me, which apparently depends on which way the wind blows.
So when it came to choosing what events I should attend at the Vancouver International Wine Festival as media, the “25 Wines Under $25”, hosted by James Nevison, The Province’s “Wine Guy” and author of the best-selling Had a Glass series of wine guides was at the top of my list as I am the frugalistisa. The 25 wines that I tasted at this event are as follows, but this post will only focus on the wines that I liked.
* Domaine Bousquet Malbec Organic 2012
* Peter Lehmann Wines Layers Red 2011
* Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2012
* Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Pinot Blanc 2012
* Burrowing Owl Winery Chardonnay 2011
* Haywire The Bub Traditional Method Sparkling Wine 2012
* Hester Creek Estate Winery Character Red VQA 2012
* Cono Sur Vineyards & Winery Single Vineyard Carmenère 2011
* Famille Bougrier Vouvray AOC – Famille Bougrier 2012
* Cave de Lugny Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé
* Marrenon Classique Luberon Rosé 2012
* Ogier Côtes du Rhône Heritages Blanc 2012
* Domaines Paul Mas Estate Malbec 2011
* Pfaffenheim Pinot Gris 2012
* Cave de Rasteau La Domelière 2011
* Fontanafredda Barbera Piemonte “Briccotondo” DOC 2012
* MASI Agricola S.p.A. Masianco 2012
* Vini Tonon Villa Teresa Organic Rose Frizzante
* Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
* Ramos Pinto Douro Vinho Tinto Duas Quintas Red 2010
* Nederburg Manor House Sauvignon Blanc 2013
* Bodegas Castaño Hecula 2011
* Nathalie Bonhomme El Petit Bonhomme Blanco 2012
* Concannon Vineyard Conservancy Petite Sirah 2009
* West Coast Wine Partners Lake Sonoma Russian River Chardonnay 2012
Domaine Bousquet Malbec Organic 2012: This Malbec is my go to wine when I’m in the mood for a great Malbec as it has silky tannins with ripe raspberries and cherries on the palate. At $15.99 I bet you won’t be able to stop at one bottle..
Peter Lehmann Wines Layers Red 2011: Made from Shiraz, Tempranillo, Mourvedre, Grenache and Barossa 2011, this wine does actually give you five layers of complex flavours chock full of purple fruit and violet aromas – $18.99
Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Pinot Blanc 2012: With peaches and honeysuckle on the palate, this is the perfect wine for a picnic on a summer day as it is light and refreshing or you can age this for four to six years to bring out more luscious flavours – $17.90
Haywire The Bub Traditional Method Sparkling Wine 2012: Made in method traditionnel, I rather liked this sparkling wine as it has lively medium bubbles oozing with green apple that wasn’t too dry like most Champagnes – $24.90.
Hester Creek Estate Winery Character Red VQA 2012: At first sip, silky elegant tannins make love to your palate and you’re thinking, “Did they make a mistake in the price tag?” at $19.95 a bottle. This blend of Italian Merlot, Syrah, Malbec, and Petit Verdot with cherry and plum notes is great with red meat.
Cave de Lugny Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé: With medium bubbles that are creamy on the palate with fresh strawberries on the palate, you’ll want to pop open a few bottles at $22.
MASI Agricola S.p.A. Masianco 2012: With tropical fruit and pear on the palate, this light blend of Pinot Grigio and Verduzzo grapes will be something you won’t need help drinking as it will go down easy – $17.99
Vini Tonon Villa Teresa Organic Rose Frizzante: With medium bubbles and strawberries on the palate, this sparkling wine will be hard to beat at this price – $17.49
Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013: I don’t normally like Sauvignon Blanc wines, but this wine with its well-balanced acidity and crispy structure that oozes with guava, lime and stonefruits is a real easy drink – $19.99
Bodegas Castaño Hecula 2011: With dark red ripe fruit on the palate with silk tannins, this is a good buy at $15.99.
Stay tuned as my next blog featuring the wines in the Acura Tasting Room will feature more wines under $25. Until then, happy sipping.