Jackson-Triggs Chardonnay

July 14, 2005

No, not the cheap imported “Proprieters Selection” blend that bears the JT label. I’m talking about their excellent “Proprieters Reserve” Okanagan Estate VQA Chardonnay, which retails for $12.99 across Manitoba.

If you’re looking for a break from the usual Australian oak bombs, you would do well with a bottle of this luscious wine. It’s creamy, yet not in an oaky-butterscotch kind of way. The nose shows off a hint of oak with lots of fruit (nectarines and pineapples). In the mouth, there’s a bit of crispness, tonnes of fruit flavours and a neat creamy mouth-feel. The long finish caps it off perfectly.

There are a lot of Canadian wines we can be proud of, and this is one of them. I just wish that Jackson-Triggs would make their VQA line distinct from their line of crappy imported-in-bulk-and-bottled-in-Canada wines. The VQA wines (both Niagara and Okanagan) are consistently excellent and well-priced. Sadly, the less open-minded among us will often turn up their noses at the name.

This link will show you their labels. Notice how similar they look. It’s no wonder that people who have had a bad experience with the white label JT wines will shy away from the black or brown labels. Unless you take the time to read the label, and realize the difference, you’ll probably assume that the VQA line is just a more expensive version of the bulk wine line.


  1. Did you see yesterday’s column by the dillhole in the local paper? Totally went to town on the JT. What a jerk.

  2. No, I stopped reading at the point he started complaining (line #2). I believe he was complaining because some wineries didn’t respond to his email berating them for some reason. Whatever. I prefer my wine in the glass, not on the page.

    And the fat cat’s box needed a fresh sheet of newspaper underneath it. The page with said column served admirably, and I left the picture of the writer’s face right by the lid of the box for a nice view.

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