Just Fine Wine aims to provide you with an unrivaled craft winemaking experience each and every time you come through our doors. A major part of that is making sure you are crafting the very best wines available on the market. This is the reason we exclusively use Winexpert products and offer you a 100% satisfaction guarantee on every Winexpert wine kit made on-premise. Just Fine Wine has over one hundred varietals and styles to choose from, sourced from around the globe. With such a wide variety, we always look forward to seeing which wines you, our loyal and supportive clients, have enjoyed the most over the course of the previous calendar year. Another year has come and gone – and although we are a bit tardy – the numbers are finally in. Please enjoy your top ten wines of 2018*:
|Wine||2018||2017||2016||2015||2014||2013|| Times In
Top 10 **
|Vintners Reserve Pinot Noir||10||–||–||–||–||–||1|
|Selection Australian Cabernet Sauvignon||T8||–||–||–||–||–||1|
|Selection Italian Pinot Grigio||T8||5||3||T3||2||3||10|
|Vintners Reserve Diablo Rojo||7||–||–||–||–||–||1|
|Selection California Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot||6||T9||8||7||9||7||10|
|Selection Luna Rossa||5||–||4||2||3||2||9|
|Selection Argentine Malbec||4||4||–||–||–||–||2|
|Vintners Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon||3||3||6||5||–||–||4|
|World Vineyard Italian Pinot Grigio||2||2||2||T3||T5||5||10|
|Eclipse Napa Valley Stag’s Leap District Merlot||1||1||1||1||1||1||10|
*Wines are listed in descending order with the previous years’ rankings included.
**Total Number of Appearances in the Top Ten Since tracking was started in 2009 (the maximum number of appearances is 10)
“-” Not Ranked That Year
“T8” Tied for Eighth
Points of Interest:
- After a couple of years of turbulence in the Top 5, it looks like some stability is setting back in – with one exception. After completely falling out of the top ten, previous perennial top five wine Selection Luna Rossa, confidently returns to its perch. Other than that, the rest of the Top 5 remains unchanged from 2017.
- Bucking a yearly trend, reds take a spot from whites and now hold an 8 to 2 in the top ten.
- Back in 2017, we witnessed the closest race for spots 1 and 2 in the history of our tracking – mostly due to a Winexpert stock shortage of Eclipse Napa Valley Stags Leap Merlot that lasted over two months and allowed World Vineyard Italian Pinot Grigio to close the gap to the closest margin ever. 2018 saw this gap close even further, to a mere 6 batch difference. And there was no stock shortage this time around. If trends continue, we could see a new Number 1 – for the first time ever – as soon as next year.
- As has been the case for a few years now, if you combine the numbers for both 4-5 week and 6-8 Pinot Grigios, you have the most popular varietal/style of wine overall. This also continues to be the trend commercially as Pinot Grigio is the most popular style of wine sold in BC.
- The bottom half of the top ten continues to be quite fluid with a lot of change from year to year. Selection Australian Cabernet Sauvignon has replaced Eclipse Lodi Ranch 11 Cabernet and revives the top ten legacy of its Australian counterparts in the Selection series who have all found their way into the top ten at one time or another. Falling back off the list but still with a strong following are Eclipse New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Eclipse Barossa Valley Shiraz. Both wines have strong numbers and are amongst the best selling wines most years.
- Vinters Reserve Pinot Noir finally debuts on this list after coming oh so close on several occasions over the years.
- After blazing a trail up the charts for a few years now, Vintners Reserve Diablo Rojo has finally cracked the top 10. If you enjoy the off-dry (slightly sweet) wine style of Apothic Red and Bodacious, this wine is for you. It’s extremely “gulpable”.
With over 100 varieties, Winexpert has no shortage of top quality wines to make and it’s a sizeable task to try them all. Our facebook page is a great place to connect with fellow wine lovers who may want to swap a few bottles or even start a new winemaking partnership/group to share a batch of something new.