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VOL. 77 PART 4 JULY 2019
By Paul Daykin, Q.C., and Bruno De Vita, Q.C.*
HIGH/LOW: ICONIC WHITE WINES AND AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVES
In the March 2018 (75th anniversary) issue of this publication, we borrowed
a concept from home décor magazines, in which photographs of beautiful
rooms decorated with iconic (and expensive) pieces of furniture, floor coverings
and art are contrasted with photographs of equally impressive rooms
filled with items that can be acquired at a fraction of the cost. In our piece,
we offered our version of “high” and “low” red wines in several categories.
The idea was to list highly regarded or well-known wines from different
regions and varieties and to try to identify accessible and affordable alternatives
that are available locally to the readers of this column.
Several readers told us how much they liked the concept and inquired
whether we were going to do a version featuring white wines. We took that
as an invitation to taste more wine, and those efforts are the subject of this
We wish to remind our readers that neither the “high” nor the “low” wines
we describe are intended to be definitive examples of each category. Nor is
our choice of categories intended to be exhaustive—indeed, if we tried to
exhaust the topic, this column would be very long indeed and the authors
would have to abandon their tasting efforts and enroll in a conveniently
located 12-step program. We tried to find wines that you can buy at BC
Liquor Stores and neighbourhood wine shops. And in order to fit our
budget, we provide tasting notes on only the “low” versions.
We hope that you will find our selection of these white wines to be helpful.
As with the reds, the expensive examples noted below would be a great
* Paul Daykin, Q.C., is a partner at Aaron Gordon Daykin Nordlinger, where he also chooses wine, but for a smaller but
equally thirsty group. Bruno De Vita, Q.C., carries out the same function at Alexander Holbun, where he is a partner. Paul
and Bruno have been friends since the age of nine and have been enjoying wine together for more than 30 years. They
do not plan to stop doing so unless required by their physicians or force majeure.