BC Liquor Wine Buyer Barbara Philip Shares her Gift Guide for Wine Lovers

At MONTECRISTO, our contributors have written about wines from B.C. and around the world this year, about the UBC Wine Library, hybrid grapes, organic farming, and a remarkable Chilean vintage. To top it off this season, we asked Barbara Philip, wine buyer for BCLC and the first Canadian woman to be named a wine master, to recommend her favourite bottles for the wine lover in your life.

Los Bermejos Listán Negro, Canary Islands, Spain

This Lanzarote red is crunchy, quaffable, and unique.

Istine Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy

Exciting and new-to-market Chianti Classico with lovely morello cherry fruit, sweet herbs, and minerals.

Township 7 Polaris Sparkling, Okanagan Valley, Canada

Some of the most exciting wines coming out of anywhere right now are the traditional method sparklers from B.C. The Polaris has a good balance between yeasty-toastiness and crisp fruit.

Melnikon Sveti Vrac Keratsuda 2019, Kresna Canyon, Bulgaria

Savoury, wild, and delicious orange wine from an indigenous Bulgarian variety.

Blue Mountain Reserve Pinot Noir 2019, Okanagan Falls, Canada

Blue Mountain is known for high-quality and focused wines, but the 2019 reds take it to the next level. The Pinot Noir Reserve is serious wine with both depth and freshness. It will be even more delicious after five to eight years in the cellar.

Domaine Thibert Père et Fils Pouilly-Fuissé 2018, Burgundy, France

Rich and taut at the same time. Baked apple, stony minerality and toast make this a great roast chicken match.

La Grange Tiphaine Côt Vieilles Vignes Touraine Amboise 2018, Loire Valley, France

Precise and pure malbec from somewhere you might forget to look for it.

Doyard Champagne Cuvée Vendémiaire Brut, Champagne, France

This grower Champagne is new to the B.C. market. I love the precision and depth on the nose and the exceptional length.

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Post Date:

December 6, 2021