Another tasting at Sardis Park VQA wine store, tonight's theme being some recent top BC Award winners.
Fort Berens 2012 Riesling
I haven't found many BC Rieslings that can match up to the best I've had from Europe; and while I wouldn't suggest this one measures up to the best from that "other" region of the wine world, it was not without intrigue. Not as dry as many BC Rieslings, with notes of lime and orange.
Church & State Coyote Bowl 2011 Chardonnay
Honey and vanilla on the nose, with a rich yet restrained palate. Lacks the intense buttery taste that I like in a big bold Chardonnay, but if you are a fan of Chardonnay with a lighter oak profile, you may enjoy this one.
Calona Artist Series Reserve 2011 Pinot Noir
A nice summer sipper; delicate, not overwhelming. Not the kind of Pinot Noir that I look for, but if you are into lighter reds at a reasonable price point, this might be for you.
Eau Vivre 2010 Pinot Noir
Notes of berries and a touch of spice give way to a touch of oak on the palate. Bright tannins suggest that this could improve with a couple more years in the bottle. Would probably pair nicely with a cedar planked salmon dish. Not a bad value at this price point.