Wine

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General Comments About Wine

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Varietals

Varietals
Ones I Like
White Red
  • Chardonnay (heavily oaked - the more the better)
  • Gewürztraminer
  • Ehrenfelser
  • Chenin Blanc (eg. French Vouvray)
  • Off-Dry Riesling (eg. German Spätlese or Auslese)
  • Pinot Gris / Pinot Grigio
  • Trebbiano / Ugni Blanc
  • Vidal Blanc
  • Blends that identify all the grapes and do not include the ones that I do not like, (see below)
  • Ice Wine
  • Asti (Italian off-dry sparkling)
  • Zinfandel (California)
  • Shiraz (Australian heavily oaked New World style)
  • Malbec
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Zweigelt
  • Blaufrankisch (Austria) / Lemberger
  • Pinot Noir
  • Baco Noir (Canada)
  • GSM Blends (Australia)
  • Petite Sirah
  • Petit Verdot
  • Tempranillo (Spain) / Tinto del Pais (Spain) / Tinta Roriz (Portugal) / Aragoñez (Portugal) / Aragonês (Portugal)
  • Nebbiolo
  • Nero d'Avola (Italy)
  • Pinot Meunier
  • Marechal Foch
  • Grand Noir (Portugal)
  • Trincadeira Preta (Portugal)
  • Blends that identify all the grapes and do not include the ones that I do not like, (see below)
  • Ice Wine
  • Ruby Ports
  • Sparkling Shiraz (Australia)
Ones I Don't Like
White Red
  • Chardonnay (un-oaked or lightly oaked)
  • Kerner
  • Dry Riesling
  • Sauvignon Blanc / Fumé Blanc
  • Sémillon
  • Blends that identify all the grapes and include any of these ones that I do not like, no matter how small the percentage
  • Blends that do not identify what grapes are included, (eg. most French wines)
  • Sherrys
  • White Ports
  • Champagne
  • Carmenère
  • Merlot
  • Primitivo (Italy)
  • Syrah (Old World style)
  • Blends that identify all the grapes and include any of these ones that I do not like, no matter how small the percentage
  • Blends that do not identify what grapes are included, (eg. most French wines)
  • Tawny Ports
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Wines

Wines (* = favorites)
Whites I Like
Wine Region Country AB
Product
Locator
Label
Image
Bottle
Image
Price
Range
Comments
Bellingham Old Vine Chenin Blanc *
(oaked)
Coastal Region South Africa 742261 $25 - $30 Vines (Riverbend)
Fantastic oaked Chenin Blanc
Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay Napa Valley, California USA 393926 $25 - $30  
Burrowing Owl Chardonnay Okanagan Valley, BC Canada 510933 $30 - $35 Creamy buttery oak in recent years
Byron Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley, California USA 728674 $30 - $40 The 2005 ranked #30 in Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2008
Cassini Reserve Chardonnay * Okanagan Valley, BC Canada   $30 - $35 Fantastic creamy buttery oak
Only available in BC
Cedar Creek Ehrenfelser Okanagan Valley, BC Canada 306332 $20 - $25  
Cedar Creek Gewürztraminer Okanagan Valley, BC Canada 240978 $20 - $25  
Cono Sur 20 Barrels Chardonnay Casablanca Valley Chile 716263 $20 - $30  
Gallo Laguna Ranch Chardonnay Russian River Valley, California USA 544981 $35 - $45  
Gray Monk Gewürztraminer Okanagan Valley, BC Canada 321588 $15 - $20  
Guy Saget Vouvray
(Chenin Blanc)
Vouvray, Loire Valley France 707653 $15 - $20  
Jackson-Triggs Gold Series Chardonnay
(renamed from Proprietor's Grand Reserve)
Okanagan Valley, BC Canada 988342 $20 - $25 Proprietor's Grand Reserve older vintages still available with shiny gold label
La Frenz Reserve Chardonnay * Okanagan Valley, BC Canada 726496 $40 - $45 Fantastic tropical fruit / oak
Bin 104 (Calgary Trail)
Wine & Beyond (Windermere)
Lammershoek Chenin Blanc Swartland South Africa 736957 $20 - $25 Fantastic oaked Chenin Blanc
Martini & Rossi Asti
(Off-Dry Sparkling)
Asti Italy 1875 $10 - $15  
Mt. Boucherie Gewürztraminer Okanagan Valley, BC Canada 602086 $15 - $20  
Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc Western Cape South Africa 718870 $20 - $25 Nicely oaked Chenin Blanc
NK'MIP Qwam Qwmt Chardonnay * Okanagan Valley, BC Canada 985671 $25 - $30 Fantastic oak
Pfaffenheim Grand Cru Steinert Gewürztraminer * Alsace France 1078779 $25 - $30 Liquor Select (149 St)
Quails' Gate Chenin Blanc Okanagan Valley, BC Canada 391854 $15 - $25  
Quails' Gate Gewürztraminer Okanagan Valley, BC Canada 585745 $15 - $20  
Quails' Gate Family Reserve Chardonnay Okanagan Valley, BC Canada 639641 $30 - $35  
R.H. Phillips Toasted Head Chardonnay * California USA 594341 $25 - $30  
Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains, California USA 1071561 $45 - $55 The 2005 ranked #2 in Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2007
Fantastic oaky & nutty flavors
Road 13 Jackpot Chardonnay Okanagan Valley, BC Canada   $35 - $45 Buttered popcorn
Rodney Strong Reserve Chardonnay Russian River Valley, California USA 723624 $55 - $65 The 2006 ranked #25 in Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009
Rombauer Chardonnay Carneros, California USA 720650 $45 - $50 The 2005 ranked #39 in Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2007
Rustenberg Five Soldiers Chardonnay Stellenbosch South Africa   $35 - $40 Vines (Riverbend)
Spy Valley Chardonnay Marlborough New Zealand   $25 - $30  
Spy Valley Gewürztraminer Marlborough New Zealand 717170 $20 - $25  
Summerhill Pyramid Ehrenfelser Okanagan Valley, BC Canada 440016 $20 - $25  
Tawse Robyn's Block Chardonnay * Niagara Peninsula, ON Canada 735880 $35 - $40 Fantastic oak
Aligra (WEM)
Therapy Chardonnay Okanagan Valley, BC Canada 284711 $20 - $25  
Tinhorn Creek Gewürztraminer Okanagan Valley, BC Canada 530675 $15 - $20  
Upper Bench Chardonnay * Okanagan Valley, BC Canada   $25 - $30 Fantastic fruit / oak
Only available in BC
Villa Maria Private Bin Gewürztraminer East Coast New Zealand 718258 $15 - $20  
Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay Arroyo Seco, Monterey, California USA 403220 $15 - $25 Chardonnay with a splash of Gewürztraminer
Superstore
Bin 104
Wild Goose Gewürztraminer Okanagan Valley, BC Canada   $15 - $20 Only available in BC
Wolf Blass Gold Label Chardonnay *
(heavily oaked)
Adelaide Hills Australia 713079 $20 - $25 Fantastic oak
Liquor Select (149 St)
Keg n Cork (99 St)
Reds I Like
Wine Region Country AB
Product
Locator
Label
Image
Bottle
Image
Price
Range
Comments
Alexander Valley Vineyards Temptation Zin Alexander Valley, California USA 709149 $20 - $30 Friday
Alexander Valley Vineyards Sin Zin Alexander Valley, California USA 709150 $25 - $35 Saturday
Alexander Valley Vineyards Redemption Zin * Alexander Valley, California USA 722021 $35 - $45 Sunday
Bodega Catena Zapata Catena Malbec Mendoza Argentina 660118 $20 - $25 The 2007 ranked #69 in Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009
Bodegas Tritón Tridente Tempranillo * Castilla y Leon Spain 189852 $20 - $25 Blockbuster
Similar to an Aussie Shiraz
Keg n Cork (99 St)
Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon
(organic)
California USA 342428 $20 - $25 Organic
Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Chile 1093306
1093307
1093308
1093309
1093310
$50 - $70 The 2005 ranked #12 in Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2008
The 2003 ranked #4 in Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2006
The 2001 ranked #4 in Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2005
The 2000 ranked #26 in Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2004
Fox Creek JSM Shiraz Cabernet Franc McLaren Vale Australia 702768 $25 - $35  
Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin California USA 297929 $15 - $20  
Kaiken Ultra Malbec * Mendoza Argentina 723333 $20 - $30 Only the Ultra version
Liquor Select (149 St)
Michael & David Earthquake Zinfandel * Lodi, California USA 717198 $30 - $35 Dark, creamy, smooth & rich
Michael & David Petite Petit * Lodi, California USA 414946 $25 - $30 Dark, creamy, smooth & rich
Mollydooker "The Boxer" Shiraz * McLaren Vale Australia 1080396 $30 - $45 Fantasticly smooth blockbuster Shiraz
Penfolds Thomas Hyland Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia Australia 634113 $20 - $25  
Quails' Gate Family Reserve Pinot Noir Okanagan Valley, BC Canada 639658 $25 - $50  
Rancho Zabaco Dancing Bull Zinfandel California USA 714516 $20 - $25  
Robert Biale Zinfandel (various) California USA 1071882 $50 - $70 Incredible smooth Zins
Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel (various) California USA 524264 $25 - $50 The Sonoma 2007 ranked #10 in Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2008
Incredible Zins
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Edmonton

Wine in Edmonton
Better Wine Stores
Name Address Phone
Aligra Wine & Spirits 8882 - 170 Street NW
#1423 West Edmonton Mall
(west end, street level, entrance 58)
780-483-1083
Baseline Wine & Spirits #172 - 11 Athabascan Avenue, Sherwood Park 780-449-4448
Bin 104 5454 Calgary Trail NW 780-436-8850
Campbell Liquor 3 Curial Drive, St. Albert 780-419-3444
City Cellars 10505 - 123 Street NW 780-420-1650
Color de Vino 9606 - 82 Avenue NW 780-439-9069
Crestwood Wines 9658 - 142 Street NW 780-488-7800
deVine Wines & Spirits 10111 - 104 Street NW 780-421-9463
Everything Wine & More #25 - 100 Broadview Drive, Sherwood Park 780-417-3356
Grapes & Grains - South 2349 - 111 Street NW 780-440-2071
Grapes & Grains - West 9500 - 170 Street NW 780-444-2121
Hick's Fine Wines #109 - 150 Bellerose Road, St. Albert 780-569-5000
Keg n Cork 3845 - 99 Street NW 780-461-0191
Liquor Select
(aka Fines Wines by Liquor Select)
8924 - 149 Street NW 780-481-6868
Sherbrooke Liquor Store 11819 St. Albert Trail NW 780-455-4556
Sublime Wines #104 - 160 Broadway Blvd, Sherwood Park 780-467-9463
Sunterra Cellar 10150 Jasper Avenue NW
(Commerce Place, 2nd floor)
780-426-4441
Un-Wined Wines Edmonton
#203 - 10205 - 101 Street NW
780-421-0015
St. Albert
#2 - 512 St. Albert Trail, St. Albert
780-458-4777
Vines 2331 Rabbit Hill Road NW 780-434-9444
Wine & Beyond Windermere
6276 Currents Drive NW
780-439-5130
MacTaggart
5962 Mullen Way
780-432-2258
Emerald Hills
#300 - 7000 Emerald Drive NW, Sherwood Park
780-417-2821
Wine Cellar, The 12421 - 102 Avenue NW 780-488-9463
Wine Gallery 10930 - 119 Street NW 780-757-6891
Wine Bars
Name Address Phone
Bar Bricco 10347 - Jasper Avenue NW 780-424-5588
Bothy Wine & Whisky Bar, The South
5482 Calgary Trail NW
780-761-1761
North
10124 - 124 Street NW
780-760-8060
Cavern, The #2 - 10169 - 104 Street NW 780-455-1336
Cured Wine Bar 2307 Ellwood Drive SW 780-756-3722
Privada Wine+Tapas #100 - 21 Perron Street, St. Albert 780-569-5479
Tapa Vino 11011 Jasper Avenue NW 780-705-1101
TZiN Wine & Tapas 10115 - 104 Street NW 780-428-8946
Wine Room, The 10525 Jasper Avenue NW 780-756-7666
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Okanagan

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Niagara

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