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Van McGowan

Van McGowan

2957 days ago

Van scored this wine: 88/100

This Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of ripe red fruits and chocolate, with hints of black pepper and cassis. In the mouth it is deep with blackberries and ripe plums. The velvety tannins are soft and lasting. Pairs with red meats, BBQ's and stews.

Thorny Rose Red Blend 2011

Columbia Valley, United States
2957 days ago

Van scored this wine: 87/100

Black cherry, raspberry and blackberry lead the way. Followed by vanilla and cocoa. This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Syrah. Serve with spareribs, roasted vegetables or BBQ burgers.

Dibello Chardonnay 2011

Summerland, Canada
2957 days ago

Van scored this wine: 90/100

70% of this Chardonnay comes from the Duncan Vineyard on the Naramata Bench and 30% from the MeyerStone Vineyard in Osoyoos. Aged and fermented in 50% new French oak with the balance aged in young French oak for 11 months. The use of oak does not mask the fresh, tangy flavours of citrus and peach. With a beautiful touch of butteriness. Only 96 cases of this Chardonnay were made.

2957 days ago

Van scored this wine: 90/100

A blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Pinot Noir. This wine has blackberry and plum to start. Matured in French oak, the finish has dark chocolate, vanilla and fine tannins. Serve with a great BBQ of juicy steaks.

Oveja Negra Rose 2013

Maule Valley, Chile
2957 days ago

Van scored this wine: 89/100

This Rose will captivate and refresh you with it's intense raspberry color and fresh aromas. It has massive field berry fruit and spicy notes all at once. Pairs great with light salads or poultry. A perfect picnic wine.

Van McGowan

Memorable Wine

Foxtrot 2009 Chardonnay


First Wine

Lindemans Bin 65 Chardonnay


Current Fav Wine

Viognier and Pinot Blanc





Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award