Winery Visit – Norman Hardie Spring 2017

Winery Visit – Norman Hardie Spring 2017

A spring visit to Norman Hardie is something I always look forward to. The next couple years County Chardonnay and Pinot Noir will be in short supply, but there is nothing to be worried about if you’re a fan of Norm’s wines. The “entry level” bottles have never been better with strong offerings of Riesling, Calcaire and Gamay. The day that I visited Norm’s was in the middle of our very wet spring. The entrance…

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Wine Review – Henry of Pelham Gems for Late Summer

Wine Review – Henry of Pelham Gems for Late Summer

2016 Henry of Pelham Fumé Sauvignon Blanc – $19.95 – ****+ – Wow, just wow! Sauvignon Blanc from Ontario is something that needs a little more love and this bottle is a reason why. There is an intense tropical note on the nose with guava, passion fruit and pineapple. The flavours match the nose and open up with a nice weight and texture on the palate. This is truly a bottle worth seeking out and…

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Wine Review – 2012 Henry of Pelham Carte Blanche

Wine Review – 2012 Henry of Pelham Carte Blanche

2012 Henry of Pelham Carte Blanche – $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 your mouth from…

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Wine Review – 2015 Kacaba Reserve Meritage

Wine Review – 2015 Kacaba Reserve Meritage

2015 Kacaba Reserve Meritage – $45.15 – ****½ – Raspberry jam and currant on the nose. The way this wine starts it tells a story of fruit and a warm fall and a great vintage. But when you take your first sip you see that this isn’t a story, but more of a saga. There is a cocoa note, there is a smoky note, and then there is more fruit. Plum, Blackberry, Blueberry write the…

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Five Rows – Summer 2017

Five Rows – Summer 2017

I recently made a visit to Five Rows winery for the first time. There’s a good chance you haven’t heard of this small winery. The reason is simple, there really isn’t a lot of wine being made here. This winery is the definition of cult following. Winemaker and grape grower Wes Lowrey updates a blog periodically with what is going on at the winery. How this blog differs from many wineries is that it’s not…

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Wine Profile:Eurovintage – Releases for Summer

Wine Profile:Eurovintage – Releases for Summer

2016 Remy Pannier Muscadet – LCBO 13821 – $15.20 – **** – The problem I have with Muscadet is that it generally needs to be paired with food. This Muscadet, on the other hand, is welcoming and approachable. There is a nice citrus note, a grassiness and tons of mineral. So, this offers everything you should expect from Muscadet… but then there is this apple note that makes an appearance. Keep a bottle of this…

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Kacaba – Summer 2017

Kacaba – Summer 2017

2016 Susan’s Sauvignon Blanc – $18.15 – ***½+ – A nice grassiness is mingled in over bright citrus notes. Sauvignon Blanc will never be as recognized as Riesling or Chardonnay in the province, but it’s certainly not something that should be overlooked. It’s food friendly and pops with a bit more fruit on the palate than Pinot Gris. In this bottle there is a mineral note that is perfectly integrated with bright citrus fruit. The…

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Two Sisters for Summer

Two Sisters for Summer

2016 Two Sisters Rosé – $29.00 – ****+ – I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I’m a sucker for a nice label and the packaging on this bottle is stunning. The clear label on the back of the bottle makes sure that you can enjoy the beautiful pink wine in all its glory before even opening the bottle. But, a nice package only tell part of the story. What does it taste…

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Summer Comes In A Can

Summer Comes In A Can

Joiy – LCBO 486456 – $4.85 – **** – How good can wine from a can actually be? I mean, to a hardened snob you have no varietal listed on the bottle. The only clue to what’s in the can is on the back which says that it’s made with 40% Australian wine and 60% New Zealand wine. The varietal is Riesling, but it’s not important. For the people at Joiy they are making a…

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2015 Dim Wine Co. Edgewater Riesling

2015 Dim Wine Co. Edgewater Riesling

2015 Dim Wine Co. Edgewater Riesling – $19.95 – **** – It’s always exciting to see a new label enter the market in Ontario. It’s even more exciting when the wines are good. The Dim Wine Co. has released their initial Edgewater Riesling through Rockway. With beautiful aromas of lime and golden delicious apple and a nice mineral note that seems to envelope the orchard full of fruit. The flavours match the nose with great…

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