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We're spending the next week in Vancouver and (mainly) Victoria. I haven't done any travelling within Canada for at least 15 years, so I'm out of touch with what wines are worth seeking out in BC. Anyone care to update my list...?

Burrowing Owl - Meritage or Merlot
Black Hills - Nota Bene
Dirty Laundry - one of their single vineyard Gewurztraminers
Laughing Stock - Portfolio
Cedar Creek - their platinum series
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The Wine Access 2010 Canadian Wine Awards just came out. Have a look at the Top 25 from the west here.

Jackson-Triggs Grand Reserve and Sun Rock series' are always strong performers. Sandhill has been picking up some awards lately. Nk'Mip has done really well at the CWA 2010. I have had Thornhaven's Pinot and Chard-Sauvignon Blanc blend and both are excellent QPRs at under $20, and their Gewürztraminer has won a few awards lately.
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Originally posted by Wine Canuck:
The Wine Access 2010 Canadian Wine Awards just came out. Have a look at the Top 25 from the west here.

Jackson-Triggs Grand Reserve and Sun Rock series' are always strong performers. Sandhill has been picking up some awards lately. Nk'Mip has done really well at the CWA 2010. I have had Thornhaven's Pinot and Chard-Sauvignon Blanc blend and both are excellent QPRs at under $20, and their Gewürztraminer has won a few awards lately.

Interesting to see that only the two bigger wineries (Burrowing Owl and Cedar Creek) made their top 25 list. Is my list so out of date?
Reds I like:

Burrowing Owl: Syrah, Cab Franc
Laughing Stock Portfolio
Cedar Creek Platinum Meritage
Ex Nihilo Night (their Bdx blend)

I'd agree with VanCity that Nota Bene is not even close to a buy.

I'd put all of these at 90-92 points, which is decent for the price point $25-$45.

I'm a fan of most Wild Goose whites, particularly their Gewurtz and Riesling.
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Originally posted by on the wine:
We're spending the next week in Vancouver and (mainly) Victoria. I haven't done any travelling within Canada for at least 15 years, so I'm out of touch with what wines are worth seeking out in BC. Anyone care to update my list...?

Burrowing Owl - Meritage or Merlot
Black Hills - Nota Bene
Dirty Laundry - one of their single vineyard Gewurztraminers
Laughing Stock - Portfolio
Cedar Creek - their platinum series

In Victoria make sure you see Larry Arnold at Spinnaker's Spirits and Wines at James Bay Shopping Centre. He and the staff will help you out. Merry (green) Christmas too.
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Originally posted by TheEngineer:
I would add to the list above already,

(1) Le Vieux Pin
(2) Blackwood Lane
(3) Osoyoos Larose (though not everyone would agree)
(4) Road 13 (Originally Golden Mile Cellars)
(5) Quail's gate
(6) Cedar Creek


Osoyoos Larose is gradually getting better as the vines mature. Stay away from the early vintages! The price is still close to reasonable, unlike Oculus. The second wine of Osoyoos, Petales d'Osoyoos, is very approachable and very much drinkable but is overpriced.
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Originally posted by on the wine:
what wines are worth seeking out in BC.



My list is fairly short:

2009 Thornhaven Gewurztraminer
2009 Wild Goose Gewusztraminer Mystic River
2009 Tantalus Riesling
2008 Tantalus Riesling Old Vines
2008 Quail's Gate Pinot Noir Stewart Family Reserve

Those are the only wines that I would go out of my way to seek out personally (other than ice wines).

Burrowing Owl Syrah and Cab Franc are very good, as are Poplar Grove Cab Franc and 2009 Camelot Gewurtraminer. I'm disillusioned with Blue Mountain other than the Striped Label Pinot Noir. I have not tried it, but I understand Tantalus made a very nice sparkling wine in 2010, and some private stores may still have it. That's my C2¢ worth.
Thank you for all the input. I find it interesting and somewhat humourous to see how different your suggestions are from my original (and obvious badly out-of-date) list.

Tonight was our first evening in Vancouver. The restaurant we chose for dinner had 2007 Burrowing Owl Cabernet Sauvignon as well as their Chardonnay. We ordered the Cab but I thought it was rather herbacious and lacking in fruit concentration. Reminded me of a Niagara cab! However, it wasn't mentioned by anyone as a wine to seek out, so I won't attach too much significance to this trial.

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