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At the end of the day, vino is fun. Here is what I tried this weekend that titillated my taste buds:

2005 Qupe Ibarra – Young Viognier – $40.00 CDN from Marquis. This wine is from “Sideways” country. It is beautiful stuff with very little oak, pretty fruit flavours to go with your grilled summer halibut with a pesto crust (my dinner Friday night). This is expensive and it doesn’t have to be. See the previous blog to get a bit of an insight why it goes from around $20.00 USD to $40 bucks by the time it gets to the Great White North…

2005 Caymus Conundrum – $33.99 CDN, mass produced, from a family owned winery and it is yummy. Same folks who make the high end cabs I talked about in a previous blog. Can you guess what is in this blend? Probably some Viognier, Muscadet, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Riesling, who knows, but it all works very well.

2006 Township 7 Pinot Gris – $21.99 CDN, at Liberty Wine Merchants. Folks, the bottle says only $155ish cases produced. It is good, worth checking out. As a side note, Township 7 makes a fantastic Merlot for $25.00 and a single vineyard Merlot in the $45.00 range. This is one of the better BC owned properties.

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Kim CrawfordI know summer is almost over in Vancouver, but here are some lovely summer whites that I have tried this summer that are great. What is great about these types of wines is they tend to be consistent year in and year out.

D’Arenberg Hermit Crab – A blend of Viognier and Marsanne, you will think you are in the south of France when sipping this on your patio. PS, you have to go to Liberty Wine Merchants for this one.

Jackson-Triggs Proprietors Reserve Viognier – I have been having this by the glass at Earls, of all places. Goes great with Asian Cuisine.

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc – A consistent Kiwi producer that the Wine Spectator consistently rates as a top value and top 100 wine. Perfect with salads and chilled seafood.

Poplar Grove Pinot Gris Yes, it costs $30 bucks at Liberty and BC whites should not cost this much, but it is so good and BC does Pinot Gris so well. See also Kettle Valley as a good alternative. Does anyone know why the Kettle Valley version is a faint shade of Pink? Halibut, tuna, crab cakes, scallops all come to mind.

No chardonnays this go around. I love em’ but sometimes variety is the spice of life!