King Estate Winery – Oregon

King Estate Winery – Oregon

King Estate Winery has the largest contiguous organic vineyards in North America. It is also one of the largest producers in Oregon producing over 400k cases of wine a year. The family owned facility is impressive with a production facility that seems like stretches for miles under the beautiful tasting room and restaurant located on site. The large production at this facility means that they are one of the flag bearers for Oregon wine. Wine…

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Iris Vineyards – Oregon

Iris Vineyards – Oregon

Southwest of Eugene, Oregon I had the opportunity to visit Iris Vineyards. The sprawling estate is impressive when you arrive on the property that is over 800 acres. The winery has Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay which is to be expected in Oregon… But it was also fascinating to find Syrah, Merlot and Tempranillo on the property as well. The vineyards were planted in 1996 with Iris producing their first wines in 2002. Here…

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ROCO Winery – Oregon

ROCO Winery – Oregon

Rollin Soles settled in Oregon from Texas. He is the co-owner of ROCO winery in Oregon and greeting him at the winery felt like greeting an old friend. He settled in Oregon after making wines in California, Switzerland, Washington and Australia. The facility in Oregon is impressive and the wines are a true expression of cool climate wine making. The winery is named for Rollin and his wife Corby Stonebraker-Soles. Their mascot is a Thunderbird,…

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2013 Z Alexander Brown Uncaged Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Z Alexander Brown Uncaged Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Z Alexander Brown Uncaged Cabernet Sauvignon – Vintages 478628 – $21.95 – ****+ – When I tasted this wine I didn’t know this had a celebrity name attached to it. The Z in Alexander Brown stands for Zac of the Zac Brown Band. If you’re a fan of his music this is worth picking up. If you’re a fan of his music you probably won’t need to read this review any further. This is…

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The Eyrie Vineyards – Oregon

The Eyrie Vineyards – Oregon

David Lett, founder of The Eyrie Vineyards planted his first 3000 vinifera vines in Oregon in 1965. He was the first to plant Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay in the Willamette Valley. Pinot Noir is what drew David to the region and he was convinced it was perfect for growing the grape. Given that 62% of all vines planted in the Oregon are Pinot Noir it’s safe to say he was on to something….

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2015 Featherstone Joy Premium Cuvée Rosé

2015 Featherstone Joy Premium Cuvée Rosé

I am shameless in professing my love for the sparkling wine from Featherstone. Both the Rosé and the Blanc de Blanc are something to be excited about. This 2015 bottle of bubbles doesn’t spend as much time on lees, but the fruit is just so fresh and tasty in this bottle. 2015 Featherstone Joy Premium Cuvée Rosé – $29.95 – ****+ – There is something vibrant and fresh about this wine. There is an exuberance…

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2013 Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon – Vintages 322586 – $19.95 – **** – This is the second vintage of this wine that is made using the “dry farming” techniques. I don’t think it’s possible to take your first sip of this wine without raising an eyebrow. The flavours are very rich and concentraded from start to finish. The aromas are cocoa and campfire smoke with black currant buried underneath it all. This wine is heavy,…

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Rosewood – January 2017

Rosewood – January 2017

2016 Rosewood Nebulous – $24.95 – **** – This is the first “sparkling” offering from Rosewood. I am putting the Sparkling in quotes because it’s not really a Sparkling in the sense that most Ontario wine lovers are familiar. This is essentially an Ancestral style sparkling wine made with the remaining 15 Semillon vines from Rosewood and Pinot Noir. Ancestral style means there is no second fermentation that takes place. If you’re expecting Champagne you…

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Pierre Sparr Bubbles

Pierre Sparr Bubbles

Pierre Sparr Brut Reserve Cremant D’Alsace – LCBO 388603 – $18.95 – **** – A traditional method sparkling wine made from Pinot Blanc. This is bright, crisp and clean on the nose with the aroma of freshly baked bread with white flower mixed in. This wine finishes dry with nice, bright, crisp acidity that leaves the palate refreshed. The palate has nice fruit layered over a mineral note. There are notes of peach, green apple,…

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Lemelson – Oregon

Lemelson – Oregon

If you go to any winery in Ontario and ask about Thomas, the winery staff know that you are asking about Thomas Bachelder. Owner and winemaker of his eponymous wine label but known for his work at Le Clos Jordanne, Domaine Queylus and 16 Mile… I’m sure I am forgetting about a place or two. Needless to say Thomas is very busy and his reputation precedes him. Thomas Bachelder was the winemaker at Lemelson Vineyards…

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