Wine Wednesday: Bring this Pinot Noir to your next dinner party


When in doubt, Pinot Noir is the answer — it’s honestly that simple. Whether you’re going to dinner at a friend’s place and don’t know what they’re cooking, filling your wineskin before skiing the backcountry or slipping into a bubble bath with Hemingway to condition your soul, Pinot Noir will suit the occasion.


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The cradle of Pinot Noir lies in the Burgundy region of France, and this is where you’ll find ones that are among the greatest wines made on earth. Sadly these can escalate to near-obscene prices, but that said, you can still find precious versions made around the world that will fit your budget without giving you a coronary. New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, California, British Columbia and Australia, among other regions, make versions that are within the reach of our everyday reality.

For this week’s recommendation, I’m sharing a fantastic wine that drinks incredibly well for its price:

Yering Station “Little Yering” 2013, $15.99


Finding a decent Pinot Noir at this price can be a long shot, but wow, does this deliver. Yering Station is located in the cool-climate region of the Upper Yarra Valley of Australia, giving it an elegant and graceful disposition. Like noshing on cinnamon and cherry toast with a blueberry Smurf while lying on a bed of baked lavender and violets. Available at BC Liquor Stores.

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Robert Stelmachuk Veni, Vidi, Vino: A graduate of the International Sommelier Guild, the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and the former Director of Wine Education for the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Vancouver, Robert Stelmachuk has amassed more than 25 years experience in Vancouver’s vibrant wine industry. He is the current General Manager and Wine Director at Cibo Trattoria and UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar and holds his advanced accreditation with the Court of Master Sommeliers, which he continues to pursue. A self-confessed (and obsessed!) œnophile, Robert can often be found researching the latest global wine trends, unearthing boutique and lesser-known labels and perpetuating The Wine Adventure.

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