Wine Review – Pinot from Oregon and California

Wine Review – Pinot from Oregon and California

From Family Wine Merchants there is a pair of exceptional Pinot Noirs from the United States available later this month. I am generally leery of Californian Pinot Noir – let’s face it, the style is usually overcooked and drinks more like Cabernet – but I am finding more bottles that seem to hold onto their acidity. It’s a pleasure to see the Domaine Drouhin hitting the shelves after seeing the entry level bottles from this…

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Wine Review – 2015 Cave Spring CSV Riesling – 2012 Henry of Pelham Carte Blanche

Wine Review – 2015 Cave Spring CSV Riesling – 2012 Henry of Pelham Carte Blanche

2012 Henry of Pelham Carte Blanche – Vintages 315200 – $44.95 – ****½ – Cuvée Catherine Sparkling from Henry of Pelham is a benchmark for Sparkling wine in the province. It would seem the Speck brothers aren’t content with setting the bar without exceeding it themselves. The nose offers a hint of vanilla, orchard fruit, bright citrus notes and rising pizza dough. On the palate this opens up with a slight creaminess and it fills…

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Wine Review – Chardonnay from Back 10 and Featherstone

Wine Review – Chardonnay from Back 10 and Featherstone

Here is a look at a couple bottles of Chardonnay that I can only describe as highly anticipated. Both Back 10 Cellars and Featherstone work with Canadian Oak barrels and have set a benchmark for consistency and quality. Every incarnation of this wine speaks to the vintage from which it was produced. Either way it is worth heading down to Niagara to grab these bottles as I don’t anticipate them being available at the wineries…

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Wine Review – 2016 Rosewood Sussreserve Riesling – 2014 13th Street Sandstone Vineyard Gamay Noir

Wine Review – 2016 Rosewood Sussreserve Riesling – 2014 13th Street Sandstone Vineyard Gamay Noir

2016 Rosewood Sussreserve Riesling – Vintages 258806 – $15.95 – **** – Well this is something different – a little more serious – a little more complex. I have long used the Sussreserve as a go-to when talking about Ontario Riesling, it was straight-forward and easy drinking. It would seem that the 2016 didn’t get the memo. What we have is something that has nice depth and complexity that previous vintages didn’t bring to the…

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Event – Into The Vine #VQAIntoTheVine

Event – Into The Vine #VQAIntoTheVine

This past weekend Ontario wine arrived into the city of Toronto with remarkable flair. Into the Vine was presented by Wine Country Ontario and Toronto Life as a “deconstructed” look at tasting wine. I’m not sure I knew what a deconstructed approach to wine tasting would look like but I was intrigued. Let’s face it when we talk about wine and experience it’s almost always about pairing a bottle of wine with a perfect meal….

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Le Beaujolais Nouveau Est Arrivé 2017

Le Beaujolais Nouveau Est Arrivé 2017

The Nouveau wines are released today. I still look forward to this release every year. This year feels a little exciting and there is definitely something a little different about the 2017 vintage, especially from France. The wines this year are a little more austere and this may be a year where it’s worth tucking a bottle away for a year or so. I don’t normally enjoy spending a lot of money on these cheap…

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Wine Review – Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut Sparkling – 2013 Henry of Pelham Estate Riesling

Wine Review – Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut Sparkling  – 2013 Henry of Pelham Estate Riesling

Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut Sparkling – Vintages 206326 – $30.95 – **** – This is the second visit to vintages for 2017 and I’m excited to see this hitting the shelf heading into fall. The price has crept up by a couple dollars but this is still outstanding value. There’s a nice bready note that climbs out of the glass. Granny Smith Apple and Lime follow the yeasty notes. When you take your first…

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