A Value-Priced BC Wine List That Any Restaurant Could Have – Part 1

 I’ve heard a bit lately about wine lists and prices at restaurants in B.C.  Most of it has been around the usual complaints i.e. too big a mark up on the wines, either too big or too little selection, “price gouging” for wines by the glass, etc.

That got me thinking about what my idea restaurant wine list would be! In putting this together, I had a couple of simple rules:

  • all BC wines – with all the great wine produced here, there is no reason not to have a BC-heavy wine list
  • maximum mark up of 100% – I know many restaurants go further than that (some hotel restaurants can get up to 300%), but that seems not only ridiculous but unnecessary; if you can find value priced wines (and I have), volume purchase increases should more than cover for the reasonable mark up prices
  • all wines served by the 4.5 oz glass – at these prices, there is no reason the wines shouldn’t be available by the glass. And they will “move” quickly, so there should be no fears of wasted wine.
  • only wines made in sufficient quantities – while I would love to put wines like the Kettle Valley Hayman Vineyard Pinot Noir or Blue Mountain Reserve Pinot Noir on the list, those wineries just don’t make enough of it; so let’s be realistic
  • it doesn’t have to be “War and Peace” – value and selection trump quantity, in my books, so short and simple is the approach; 10 whites and 10 reds, with a couple of sparklers and sweet wines

Alright, with the ground rules set, here we go with Pa rt 1 – Sparkling and White Wines:

Sparkling Wines Description $/bottle $/glass
NV Brut

– Blue Mountain

Classic Cava style, great bubbles, crisp and dry

50

8

Allegria Rose

– Zanatta

Vintage Rose in champagne-style; big body, like a red wine

55

9

Fatima Brut

– Zanatta

Also vintage, a dead ringer for real Champagne at a fraction of the price!

55

9

       
White Wines      
Alexandria

– La Frenz

Based on Muscat, incredibly fruity and fresh, but not sweet

36

6

Sauvignon Blanc

– La Frenz

Bone dry in the French Graves-style, crisp, touch of oak

44

7.50

Semillon

– Township 7

A touch less oak and more citrus 

30

5

Semillon

– La Frenz              

Similar in style to the T7 but bigger in body

44

7.50

Viognier

– La Frenz

Best in Canada, a medium bodied wine with classic flowers and ripe fruit

44

7.50

Riesling

 – La Frenz

Another “best wine”,  just a touch sweet but classic German flavour profile

38

6.50

Riesling

– Tantalus

Slightly drier than La Frenz, but still impressive

45

7.50

Chardonnay

– Nk Mip

California style, light oak, medium body, lovely vanilla and citrus

40

6.50

Chardonnay

– Township 7

Bigger and richer, with butterscotch and a touch of nuts with the fruit

40

6.50

Chardonnay

– Quinta Ferreira

Similar to T7 wine, just a tough lighter; still great value

40

6.50

 

There you go…part one of the BC wine list! Look for part two – reds and sweet wines – next week!

SB

www.sbwinesite.com

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