Celebrating a New Year with Old Friends

How did you spend New Years Eve?

Were you sipping Champagne and dancing the night away at some big event or perhaps you were enjoying your favourite party beverage in a house full of family and friends. Did you curl up on the couch with your significant other, your favourite takeout, and the latest blockbusters?

What ever you chose to do, I hope you had a great evening and were able to enjoy the last moments of 2015.

Personally, I got all dressed up and headed out to dinner with my wife and some very dear friends. We choose Murrieta’s, one of my favourite restaurants here in town.

The restaurant was all decked out in silver and black, classic New Years Eve decorations. Once we were seated we got down to the important business at hand, the wine list.

We were looking for something that would compliment everyone’s tastes and choice of meals. We wanted something light and crisp but something with some body. So I took up the challenge and started flipping through the wine list.

Now I know that sometimes a wine list can be quite daunting. Page after page of different wines organized by type, by grape, by country, or by style. Not only that but there you are trying to pick a wine that will go with everyone’s dinner choices.

This evening however the choice of wine was an easy one as there on the second page of the wine list was the obvious choice: Black Hills Estate, 2014 Alibi.  


Crisp and clean with low sweetness and a medium body that was light, but yet still was able to pair nicely with duck breast. On the nose there were notes of grapefruit, vanilla and grass. On the palate I picked up hints of kiwi, vanilla, and honeydew melon.

I’ve had the opportunity to taste Alibi several times over the last couple of years at various food and wine events. I’ve always been impressed with what I’ve tasted and was quite excited to have it with dinner.

I will however also admit that I was somewhat nervous, what would my dinner companions think of the wine. Well I apparently didn’t have anything to worry about. The consensus among the table was the wine was a definite winner, much to my relief.

All in all it was an excellent wine to go along with an excellent meal with great friends on the biggest night of the year.

Happy New Years to everyone and here’s looking forward to a great 2016.


  • Winery: Black Hills Estate Winery
  • Vintage: 2013
  • Grape: Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon
  • Region: Okanagan Valley BC VQA
  • Nose: grapefruit, vanilla, grass
  • Taste: kiwi, vanilla, honeydew melon
  • Purchased: Murrieta’s


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