Best Light White Wine
January 2, 2009
Australia $24.99 +291260
[ Best in Show ] Pikes is a heartwarming success story. It’s a family winery founded in 1984 and run by two brothers, one the viticulturalist, the other the winemaker. The winery is located in the isolated, idyllic Clare valley, an inland area north of Adelaide in South Australia where the growing conditions (cooler climate, slate soil) are perfect for Riesling. And although Clare Riesling is underappreciated in this part of the world, elsewhere it is recognized as one of Australia’s greatest wine styles—Pikes 2007 Traditionale shows why. Packed with minerally citrus flavour yet dry as a bone, it features stunningly fresh acidity that gives it an incredibly long-lasting, pure, clean finish. Clare Rieslings are built for the long haul (at least 10 years), but do not hesitate to enjoy this bottle now. It is the ideal partner for the Asia-Pacific cuisine we live on in Vancouver.
Chile $10.99 +566836
Killer value Viognier.
Argentina $11.55 +103416 (private wine stores)
Intensely floral, bone-dry Argentinean specialty.
France $11.99 +472555
Lovely Sauvignon from the south of France.
B.C. $14.99 +300301
Crisp, clean, and citrusy: B.C. to the max.
B.C. $16.99 +563981
Gorgeous peachy Okanagan fruit.
B.C. $16.99 +868067
Lively Gewurz with a fresh lime finish.
Italy $17.99 +213298
Exotic, fragrant Mediterranean white.
Germany $17.99 +914762
Fresh, juicy, and clean as a whistle.
B.C. $18.95 +414748 (private wine stores)
Textbook savoury South Okanagan Gewurz.
Germany $18.96 +599274
Mosel superstar strikes again.
B.C. $18.99 +450890 (private wine stores)
Serious Chenin from B.C.’s oldest vinifera vines.
Italy $19.99 +637520
Super-stylish Tuscan white.
New Zealand $19.99 +557538
Classic Marlborough with tropical fruit flavours.
Germany $19.99 +597997
Awesome value year after year.
New Zealand $19.99 +493619
Zesty grapefruit and gooseberry flavours.