When you are broke but still want to drink wine…

So, your tastes and your bank account don’t seem to really jive? You have more wants than George Washingtons (sorry, but I couldn’t come up with a loonie link). You still like finer wine but your debit card says you need to stick to ramen and ice cubes.

Sigh, me too.

I really do wish I could be sipping $25 bottles of wine on Wednesdays. Or, pop out for drinks on Friday and pay more for a glass than I do for a bottle. Alas, that is not how I roll.

So, you have little extra cha-ching but you don;t want to drink junk. Good on you! Me either. So, I do have four labels that I think you can rely on, that are good, good value!

These four wineries deliver consistently across their varietals and are drinkable for even the most discerning wine lovers that watch the bottom line as much as the grape vine. Ready? Write these down…

Cono Sur… This is just good wine. I’ve never had a bad one yet. It is ridiculously affordable and very drinkable.

Cono-Sur-Bicicleta-Viognier-640x640.pngWayne Gretzky.. This is a little pricier but it always delivers. And I have never found another ‘celebrity endorsed’ wine that I liked. Period. This one wins all the games!

wgFinca Los Primos.. Again, great wine that is well priced and consistently delivers. Made for the new-world wine drinker, you can’t go wron


Jacob’s Creek… These wines run sweet but are well priced and if you are new to wine, or like barefoot or naked grape wines, you will like these too!


So, there you have it. Bookmark this post and open it the next time you are at the liquor store! If you lack the funds to go on a high-falutin’ hoe down but still want to be swanky this weekend, give one of these a spin!

Happy sipping!




wine of the week – Narrative Red 2015

Oh, age… you are such a funny lady.

Sometimes, as things get older, and they begin to show their age, you start to see the cracks in their foundation. They get a little weaker, a little more tired and a little less than they were.

And sometimes, as time marches on, things only grow into themselves and get stronger and better and more. This wine is a perfect example of what age does right.

Now, this bottle isn’t that old. It’s the latest vintage of this blend. But I tasted it this Summer and was not as happy with it as I was the 2014 version. The 2014 was bright and bold and zingy and very, very BC. This one was darker and almost ashy back when I first tried it. I bought a bottle anyways as I am sure (and you can wander back to the Summer postings to check on me) that I thought it would get better the longer it sat.


Winner!!  Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!

When I’m right, I’m right (about 25% of the time at least).

This wine is already nice, just a half a year later. Let me try to lay it out for you.

Do you like jam?


Doesn’t that look good? It is pretty indicative of the flavour you can expect from jam. Many red BC wines are fruity. We grow fruity grapes here. This wine is a blend of Cab Franc, Gamay and Syrah, so it’s going to be fruity. That Syrah? Do you know what it does? It turns jam into this…



Those a oven roasted cherries. Have you ever tried them? They are sweet, smokey, deep and rich. And this wine is all about those deeper, darker, richer notes. But because it’s got the lighter grapes as a base, it’s still drinkable and easy going. It’s like your well heeled cousin.. actually, I can do better than that. It’s like Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama! Early on in the movie when she is still all fancy but really, she’s still a sweet, down home gal. This is her.. but in a red wine!

Regardless of whether that makes any sense to you or not, the verdict is that you need to buy and try this wine! The 2014 sold out. So, crack-a-lack. Or she’s going to go back to New York with the Mayor’s son and you will be out of luck! Find it here Narrative Red

Friday funny on Monday…

Happy New Year to you!! I am resolving to do a better job posting regularly! This will include friday funnies, wine of the week on Wednesday, I am going to renew the virtual wine club and include links to the Kamloops This Week articles.

I promise! In the meantime, here is Friday’s post on Monday. Way to start off the resolutions, right?


See you on Wednesday with a wine review!!


a little price throw down.. save on vs bcl

I was curious to see how the prices at Save On compared to the BC Liquor store.Will having another wine retailer change the price of the BC VQA wine we can purchase here in Kamloops?

So, being curious, capable and a bit sneaky, I set out today to do a little spy work. And what I found was surprising!

I checked five BC VQA wines at random at the Signature Liquor Store in Sahali. Then, I walked across the parking lot and checked the same five wines at Save-On.

Here are my results. I have laid them out very professionally and using high tech methods, as you can see…

See? Super flashy, right? The pictures are from the Government store and the fancy, orange writing are the prices at Save On Foods today. The skinny of it is that in all but one instance, Save On was cheaper than the liquor store. Both of those prices exclude the tax and bottle deposit.

Will Save On stay cheaper? That remains to be seen. And they always have their case deal on top of these prices.

The verdict? Having another wine retailer is good for Kamloops grape lovers!

The Sips Wine List is updated!

I have finally got around to adding 30 bottles that are hit or miss to the wine page! Here is the link…

wine shopping list

This is just a quick list that is literally a buy it, skip it, try it snapshot of wines we have tried.

It’s meant to help you when you are out trying to find a wine. Bookmark it and take it to the store with you. Every wine on the list can be searched and a full review can be found on here as well if you would like more info. The first 30 are up and the next 30 are on deck…

I promise to keep it more updated for you!


halloween wine for one

So, what to get this Halloween?

If you are going to a party this weekend and you want to bring wine, you better do a good job picking a theme wine. There are a lot of choices for Halloween.

I saw a great one called The Raven, but it was a 01 on the sweetness scale, so it wouldn’t do.

There are lots of creepy labels and spooky pictures on wine, but that is a little cliche.

So, what do you drink when you want to creep yourself out? What do you serve your guests if you want them to be a little nervous about their safety on all hallows eve?

I say, you scare them with a movie reference…

Nothing scares the shit out of me like Silence of the lambs.


Look at that guy! Have you watched the movie in the last 10 years? If not, watch it again. You have forgotten how terribly scary it is. So, in honour of Hannibal Lecter, I say you serve your guests a nice Chianti to go with your dinner. If you end up eating someone’s liver later then you are all set.

So, since I have no luck with Chianti, I decided to throw caution to the wind and pick at random. I came up with this…


And, surprisingly, it’s better than liver!

To really enjoy your Chianti there are a few things you can do to enhance it.

  • Plan to eat dinner while you drink it
  • Decant it
  • Share it

This wasn’t a bottle to covet. (seriously, that was awesome) You will probably enjoy a glass then be ready to move on to another wine. I drank it over two days. The second day it was better. I decant wine by leaving it open… health Canada be damned!

This dry wine is nice and flavourful. It is medium-bodied and smooth. It’s actually really smooth considering it was under $14. Perhaps it’s so smooth because the grapes use lots of lotion? (bam! another one)

This is your uncle’s wine. It’s classic old world fare and a great example of Chianti for the new world drinker.

Regardless, this is my top pick for Halloween 2016! Enjoy!


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