December 22nd, 2018- Three Questions for Wine  Experts

Three Questions for Wine  Experts – Wine/Trends/Gifts



DJ Kearney –  Global Wine Consultant. Sommelier. Educator (New District)

DJ Kearney

-Wines of the Year  (see lists below)

-Trends from 2018 heading into 2019

-Wine Gifts that work for everyone.

It’s fair to say, there are a lot of year end lists going around.

Films, books, foods, albums and of course wine

I thought I’d jump into the season with Three Questions I wanted to ask.

Then I got lucky.

I was able to find Rhys Pender.  Master of Wine  (last week)

And then in quick succession DJ Kearney and Kurtis Kolt. Both top flight
wine consultants and educators.

DJ has been teaching about wine as long as I have known her. She currently
consults for and many others. She organizes the annual
Judgement of BC competition.

If there’s any judging to do, she’s always first call.

Here’s DJ’s recommended Wines of the Year

DJ Kearney’s hit list:


BC choices:

Haywire Free Form Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – #10 in Decanter Magazine’s most
exciting wines of 2018  (natural)

Martin’s Lane Fritzi’s Vineyard Riesling 2015 $75.00 winery direct

Ricco Bambino Syrah 2017  – $55.99 – 2018 silver medal winner
at the Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards – 11.7% alcohol which makes this
lean and lithe, classic cool-climate Syrah.

Corcelettes Micro Series Pinot Noir 2016  $36.00 New District

Deep Roots Syrah 2016 $35 winery

Canadian choices:

Benjamin Bridge – any and all sparkling wines!

Tawse Laundry Vineyard Cabernet Franc – New District $44.99

Closson Chase The Brock Chardonnay – BCL  $23.50

Global highlights:

Champagne Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV – $69.99 BCL – everything done by hand
even for the NV!

Emiliana’s Coyam from Chile $29.99 BCL – this is a go-to gift every year.
Biodynamic and delicious.

White Bordeaux:  Clos Floridene 2015 for $39. At BCL – wonderful, gently
oaked Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon for the dinner table or host gift

China – Silver Heights at BCL – check this out – China is making wonderful
wine and I hope we get access to more and more of the good ones

Uruguay – Bodegas Garzon is an amazing project on the coast – Alberto
Antonini is the consulting winemaker and the range is thrilling. Look for
the Albarino, Sauvignon Blanc, Marselan, Tannat!  The astonishing Reserve
Tannat is at the BCL for $24.99, and the Cabernet Franc is available there


Kurtis Kolt – Vancouver based Wine Consultant. Wine Column Georgia Straight.
Co-Partner in Top Drop Vancouver. Sommelier.

Kurtis Kolt

Kurtis  is a Vancouver-based freelance wine consultant, writer, and
competition judge. Certified by London’s Wine & Spirit Education Trust and
the Court of Master Sommeliers, his enthusiasm and experience have resulted
in many high-profile opportunities, from contributing to Decanter magazine
and appearing at New York’s James Beard House, to leading wine festival
seminars and beyond.

Twitter: @KurtisKolt
Instagram: @KurtisKolt

Best wines of the year (Canada and Beyond)

Catena White Stones Chardonnay, Argentina –

A Sunday In August Cabernet Franc, BC –

Marchesi di Barolo 2013 Barolo, Piedmont, Italy –

Tiberio Cerasuolo D’Abruzzo

Trends from 2018

Natural Wine just keeps going!



Wine gifts. (what to take/leave/gift)

The new Wine Folly book

Reidel Wine Glasses

Kurtis Kolt // <>  //


Madeline Puckett  – Wine Folly/The Master Guide (co-founder)

Madeline Puckette is a wine sommelier and visual designer whose electrifying
info graphics and congenial writing has garnered an enthusiastic following
from wine beginner to expert.

Madeline Puckette Wine Folly

Madeline  is the creator and cofounder of, a site dedicated to
learning about wine. Additionally, her work has been applied in
organizations, including The Court of Master Sommeliers and the Guild of
Sommeliers to help wine professionals learn.

This is just a quick chat with Madeline.

I hope to read the book over the Holidays and return here with a feature
interview very soon.

“the best introductory book on wine to come along in years.”

Dave McIntyre (Washington Post)


Wine Folly

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The Wine Diva – Year end wines and Bubble. (Next)