The Demystified Vine

Taking the mystery out of wine exploration!

Happy New Year everyone! Twenty-twelve came and went; it mimicked the blink of an eye! It was as though 2012 was on a bullet train. I’m glad that I had the opportunity to try some wonderful and not-so-wonderful wines throughout the course of last year.

I am also happy to announce that my domain name is now!

Photo Copyright Valerie Stride 2012

Photo Copyright Valerie Stride 2012

For those of you who know me well, I don’t particularly take well to these point-schemes that try to “grade” wine on a 100 point scale. Before you jump on that, let me just say that I understand that there are really good wines in the world. I also understand that there are places in the world that make wines exceptionally well. Awesome. Please share! [Insert grin here.] That being said, I also support and wholeheartedly believe that a wine experience is individualized. I may think that Yellow Tail is plonk, but that is not to stop Johnny-boy from enjoying a glass. Good on him. More of the better stuff for me! [Wink!] If Yellow Tail can bring you pleasure, Johnny, you can skip over the Mazoyeres Chambertin Grand Cru; I’ll take your portion.

On that note, and all joking aside, below you will find a listing of some of the most memorable wines I drank during 2012. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail at if you have any questions about any of them.

Disclaimer: These wines are NOT, I repeat NOT, listed in ascending or descending order. They were all just really good wines with really good things happening in those bottles.

Wishing you and yours a most successful, prosperous, and kind 2013. May all of your wine dreams come true!


6 thoughts on “Demystified Vine’s 12 Most Memorable Wines of 2012

  1. Great list! I totally agree with the Clos du Soleil and love The View Pinotage ’08 as well. Have you tried Stoneboat’s Pinotage?

    1. I have not yet had Stoneboat’s Pinotage. How does it compare to The View’s? I’d love to give it a try; I’m always up for doing some comparing and contrasting! Pinotage is one of those wines that I wish more folks knew about. I’m on a mission to change that!

      1. Sometimes when more folks know about a wine, it becomes harder to find and more expensive. Careful what you wish for!

        Stoneboat’s Pinotage is a little more ‘new world’ fruity to The View’s earthier, slightly old-world style. The difference is pretty subtle I find and I love both of them now although I actually steered clear of Pinotage for a long time. It was Stoneboat that convinced me that Pinotage grown in BC was quite good.

      2. Hi winecountrybc, I finally got to sample Stoneboat’s Pinotage while I was pouring at Dine Out Vancouver’s “Plated & Paired” festival on Friday night! It was very intriguing to see the difference between these two Okanagan Pinotage producers. I really enjoyed the fruitiness of the Stoneboat; it was like drinking spiced cherries. I really do enjoy the earthiness that comes out of The View’s Pinotage. I can’t really say which one I like better, because they are both awesome. The young lady pouring for Stoneboat recommended I try their 2009 vintage as opposed to the 2010. Looks like there is more Pinotage in my future!

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