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This wine is a blend of Viognier, Gewurtztraminer and Pinot Gris so you know the aromatics are going to be huge – a big nose of peach, tangerine, myer lemon, rose petal, lychee and a hint of honey immediately impresses. On the palate this wine is bone dry with a crisp, refreshing acidity; great balance. Flavours of stone fruit, citrus and green apple with a clean streak of minerals leave you with a long fresh aftertaste. You’ll taste this one for a long time after it’s gone.

We had this with panko crusted cod fillets – wich was delicious – but we immediately thought the big aromatics on this would play well with something with a bit of heat.  Thai or earthy Mexican dishes would be an ideal match.

8.8/10.0 $24.00

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The renamed and fully rebranded Moon Curser Vineyards (formerly Twisted Tree) may throw a few looking for their old favourites with the complete rebrand, but rest assured the wines in the bottle are just as good.  The name “Moon Curser” is a reference to gold miners who used to smuggle gold across the boarder under the cover of night to avoid the watchful eyes of customs agents.  A bit of an ironic image given the “border crossing” debate in the Canadian wine industry of late (more on this later).

The 2010 Afraid of the Dark is a blend of Viognier (43%), Roussanne (42%) and Marsanne (15%), but the Viognier seems to steal the show a little more than in Twisted Tree’s previous Viognier/Roussanne and Viognier/Marsanne blends.  This wine has all the aromatics you would expect from a blend of these Rhone varietals – peach, apricot, citrus and ripe melon jump out of the class.  On the palate, the style is typical of some of the excellent leaner styled Viognier’s coming out of the South Okanagan recently (looking at you Black Hills) as opposed to the (largely) high octane versions being produced in California and Australia.  The fresh acidity with a moderate alcohol content (for Viognier) of 14.1% makes this amazingly well balanced and food friendly.  Flavours of stone fruits pull through from the nose, along with pink grapefruit and a hint of under-ripe pineapple.  The finish is all grapefruit and goes on and on.

The quote on the back of the bottle intended to reflect the history of the “Moon Curser” – “Damn you moon for lighting my run tonight.  This gold is mine and no border agent is going to tax me” – seems especially fitting for a bottle of BC these days with the ongoing discussions (and finally some political traction) on Canada’s antiquated interprovincial shipping laws that these days exist only to ensure provincial liquor authorities are able to slap their own taxes on wines shipped from another province.  For more information on the inter-provincial shipping debate check out

Pair this liquid gold with a little a nice bowl of fresh West Coast mussels – we like ours done simply with white wine, butter, shallots and fresh herbs (sometimes a little chorizo if you are looking form some spice).  Other seafood or ligher fare will work as well, but this is not a Viognier to be treated like a red wine as many often try to given the high alcohol, ripe versions being produced in California and Australia.   To set the mood for this one, we recommend the West-Coast-tinged Americana vibe of The Decemberists’ The King is Dead (we swear this is an unintentionally anti-taxation sounding title, but hey, some times things just work out).

 7.9/10         $22     


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