Wine Review EXTRA – Ontario Nouveau the Missing Bottle

As you know I get more excited about Nouveau than most. I get even more excited when it comes from Ontario. I was checking my social media and I noticed that there was one bottle of Nouveau that didn’t make it’s way to the LCBO from Ontario. Vineland estates (twitter: benchwineguy/ instagram: benchwineguy) produced a Gamay Nouveau that is basically a Rosé it was made available to wine club members only, and a very small…

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Nouveau Release 2013

The Third Thursday marks the arrival of Nouveau!  I may be one of the few holdouts but I really look forward to the Nouveau release.  I believe that from a wine snob perspective it’s a great litmus test to the quality of the harvest from the year.  Let’s face it Nouveau will never be compared to a well made Pinot or Chardonnay from anywhere in the world, but it’s a lot of fun to drink….

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Wine Review – Thanksgiving 2013

I love Turkey.  You have no idea how much I love Turkey.  Around this time of year I start to dream of the taste of my Dad’s stuffing and gravy.  Now for many people wine to serve with Turkey is a matter of simply having White or Red available at the Table.  I am here to offer you your best options for Turkey whether it be White, Red, Rosé or Sparkling there are some great…

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Wine Review September 14 – SHINE ON

Shine On is the LCBO’s largest annual promotion of Ontario Wines.  This promotion launches on September 15th with the release of 26 new LCBO wines.  I had the chance to taste many of these wines and I can say that this is one of the most exciting releases of LCBO wines I have ever had the chance to try.  There are many wines that well exceed their price point including two Pinot Noir’s that come…

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Wine Review EXTRA – June 9, 2013 – Pay Chen Show Gamay for Father’s Day

I am the kind of guy that likes to Barbeque year round.  Growing up in Saskatchewan shoveling the yard meant clearing the driveway for the car and clearing a path from the back door to the BBQ.  Needless to say that regardless of the season my Dad is king of the grill.  For Father’s Day I like to focus on wines that will pair well with grilled foods… this year I am focussing on the…

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Wine Review EXTRA – May 29 – Don Valley Bench Beer

What was I doing at Mill St Brewery last week?  I’m not going to lie I do enjoy the odd beer even though my preference (obviously) is wine year round.  I had something cross my desk that I simply had to check out for myself… Don Valley Bench… a wheat beer brewed by Mill Street to appeal to the Chardonnay lover.  Even the name, Don Valley Bench, is paying homage to what you might find…

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Wine Review May 18, 2013 – Wine on Tap

This past week I had a chance to meet up with Josh Bendahan from Halpern Wines at Rock Lobster (110 Ossington Ave) to discuss something I had not thought about… ever… Wine on Tap.  This isn’t any sort of typo, Rock Lobster has a setup where they pour wine out of a tap just like you would beer at any Pub in the city.  I can hear the sound of many of your necks snapping…

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Mother’s Day May 11, 2013 – Gewurztraminer Special!

When I’m describing wine I will talk about certain aromas that I detect in the glass.  Sometimes it’s really easy to detect Cherry in a bottle of Pinot Noir… other times not so much.  For Mothers’ Day I have selected a panel of Gewurztraminer.  It’s hard to say (and spell) but very easy to enjoy!  The reason being that Gewurz generally has strong aromas of Roses.  You can often detect floral bouquets in wine (especially…

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Wine Review EXTRA – Canadian Oak Barrels

When you see the VQA designation on a bottle of wine it means that 100% of the grapes have been grown in Ontario.  Some wineries have taken the idea of Canadian wine to the next level.  Most people don’t give a second thought to the actual process of making wine.  It goes beyond taking grape juice and turning it into alcohol, when you are making a Chardonnay or a Cabernet you are likely going to…

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Wine Review February 10, 2013 – Pinot Noir the Heartbreak Grape

Pinot Noir is often referred to as “the Heartbreak Grape”. It is difficult to grow and to turn into wine, but it does well here in Ontario.  I hope that no one has to worry about broken hearts on Valentine’s Day. The reason I have chosen Pinot Noir for February 14 is that when done well it can be like Sex in a bottle, but I have had my heart broken by Pinot Noir. I…

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