Eye on Wildass

Wildass is one of my favorite labels in the Vintages section.  It’s not pretentious and the wines are always fantastic.  I recently had a chance to get into the current Wildass lineup and I was not disappointed. 2012 Riesling – Vintages 129700 – $16.75 – Tons of apple in this Riesling.  Great acidity but still with a nice finish that mellows a bit.  You will want to be careful with serving temperature.  Take this out…

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Eye on Westcott Vineyards

One of the highlights from Cuvée 2014 was getting a chance to be introduced to Westcott Vineyards.  They were pouring a fantastic Chardonnay and the winery has not even opened their doors yet.  Westcott currently have a few wines available at http://westcottvineyards.com/ and they will be bottling a Pinot Noir shortly.   2012 Westcott Delphine Rosé – $18.00 – When I am describing the versatility of Rosé to people when it comes to food pairing…

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Eye on Tawse – 2011 – 2012 Spark, 2011 Laundry Vineyard Cabernet Franc

Last time I was down in Niagara a few things from Tawse caught my eye.  A couple new sparkling wines and the latest vintage of the Laundry Vineyard Cabernet Franc really stood out. 2011 Tawse Spark – $24.95 – This wine is a blend of Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.  Aromas are of baking bread and honey.  Flavours are floral, baked apple and subtle vanilla with nice crisp acidity.  This is a great wine for…

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Eye on the Foreign Affair

I had a chance to drop into the Foreign Affair in early March.  I have recently reviewed the 2009 Ex-Pat Riesling and the 2012 Conspiracy two wines that I very much enjoyed (and highly recommend you pick up for yourself).  The Foreign Affair makes their wines using the Appassimento method of dealing with their grapes.  This is a process where the grapes are left to dry so the juices become more concentrated.  It’s also a…

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A Taste of British Columbia

I don’t often get outside of Ontario in my writing … but that doesn’t mean I’m not tasting wines from elsewhere.  I recently had a chance to taste a new vintage of a wine I enjoyed a few years ago on a road trip out west, and also to taste what has become a new “must have” on my wine rack.  2011 Jimmy My Pal – $15.99 (BC Liquor Stores) – Chardonnay and Pinot Gris…

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Eye on Prince Edward County

March 16 I spend the day in Prince Edward County.  I went in expecting to pick up a few bottles of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir… I left with my eyes opened to Gamay.  There is no secret to the fact that I am a shameless promoter and lover of Gamay.  I also make no secret that I look forward to the third Thursday in November every year to get my hands on the first bottle…

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A Taste of Nova Scotia (Benjamin Bridge)

They make wine in Nova Scotia?  That is the reaction I typically get when I talk to people about Benjamin Bridge.  This winery is putting the Nova Scotian wine industry on the map very quickly.  In 2012, the winery was being featured in blind taste tests against some of the best french champagnes in the world.  Even though the French wines cost nearly three times more and also were from, you know, France… the Nova…

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Eye on The Foreign Affair

I had a chance to drop into the Foreign Affair in early March.  I have recently reviewed the 2009 Ex-Pat Riesling and the 2012 Conspiracy two wines that I very much enjoyed (and highly recommend you pick up for yourself).  The Foreign Affair makes their wines using the Appassimento method of dealing with their grapes.  This is a process where the grapes are left to dry so the juices become more concentrated.  It’s also a…

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Wine Review Extra (March 1) – Chardonnay You Will Love More Than Your Children

March 1st there are two Chardonnay’s getting a limited release through Vintages but these are wines that you want to have on your wine rack for special occasions or to open up for people that you REALLY like.  The fact that these two great Chardonnay’s come from different vintages proves that we are making consistently great wine year after year.  I usually prefer to keep my reviews below the thirty dollar mark these wines are…

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Wine Review Extra – Canadian Wines on Canadian Planes

Imagine taking a flight on Air France and asking the flight attendant for white wine.  The Attendant informs you that they have Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and Chardonnay from California… but nothing from France.  If word got out in France that the national carrier didn’t stock French wines there would be riots (or at the very least a strike!).  Now imagine you’re in Canada flying the national carrier (Air Canada) and ask for Canadian…

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