2012 Nouveau Day – November 15

I still get excited about the third Thursday in November.  Even after getting deeper and deeper into more “serious” wines there is something about Nouveau that I find exciting.  If you’re not familiar with the first wines of the harvest I won’t mince words, Nouveau is basically the Coca-Cola of the wine world… I don’t mean that it’s sweet, but it’s not by any definition of the word classy.  It’s made quickly and doesn’t age. …

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Having a party? How much Wine do you need?

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/holiday-guide/holiday-entertaining/holiday-hosting-how-to-do-the-math-on-booze/article4292984/?cmpid=rss1 The list in the bottom of this article does seem like A LOT.  That being said you’re always better to have too much than too little.  It’s also difficult when you’re having a party to know WHAT kind of wine to buy.  This is why things are so exciting in Ontario right now … there are more and more Red and White blends working their way onto the regular list that it makes shopping…

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2012 Niagara Experiences Best Wine Crop in Years

2012 Niagara Experiences Best Wine Crop in Years This is interesting.  The way I got started with my weekly radio segment was reporting on the 2010 harvest… which many reported was the best ever.  So if 2010 was best ever how does this year stack up?  The challenge with doing the comparison this early is we still have to wait another year to see the 2012’s work their way onto the shelf.

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Wine Review October 14, 2012 – Kevin O’Leary Wines

When I had a chance to speak with Kevin O’Leary about his wines I was dying to ask him the question: “Why Ontario?”… He is a businessman and literally has the world at his disposal for creating a world class wine, surely California, Argentina, Australia or anywhere else could offer what he was looking for.  But as he said to me, he is a proud Canadian and Ontario is not a backwater for growing grapes. …

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Wine Review SPECIAL – Prince Edward County Review John Tory Show

The wines I talked about with John Tory are as follows Sullyzwicker White 2010 – $14.95 – LCBO 214478Sandbanks Shoreline Red (Cabernet/Merlot) 2010 – $14.95 – LCBO 159962Norman Hardie Unfiltered Pinot Noir 2010 – $35.00 – Vintages 125310                 The way I have been reviewing wine is simply put, if I don’t like it I’m not going to talk about it.  Keeping that in mind, I just returned from my…

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Wine Review August 19, 2012 – The Little Grape that Could

It’s interesting to find wines that while not produced locally… have a local connection.  These wines are just that.  A couple of great food friendly wines that support a great cause.  To take advantage of donating the profits to charity you input a code printed on each bottle to this website: https://thelittlegrapethatcould.com/  There is also more information about these wines at this site.  The Little Grape that Could Cabernet Sauvignon – LCBO 277020 – $11.95 –…

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Wine Review June 24, 2012 – Kosher Wine – Goose Bay South Island Sauvignon Blanc – Galil Mountain Upper Galilee Pinot Noir

This week I am making a departure from Ontario.  I have had several people email me about Kosher wines.  Unfortunately there are no Kosher wines made in Ontario, so this was something that was brand new to me.  There is no need to dive into the specifics of what makes a wine Kosher.  What I did learn is that wine is coming from places in the world that we may be over looking.  I mean…

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Wine Review April 22, 2012 – STLTO Red/White

I have made it my mission to discuss great Ontario wines, because I still feel there is a certain stigma out there that they aren’t very good.  But even though I have no problems finding great VQA wines to talk about every week sometimes something catches my eye (and palette) that I have to talk about.  This week we’re heading to Italy.  But don’t worry, this wine has a strong local connection as Sarah Liberatore,…

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Wine Review December 18, 2011 – Sparkling Wine Extravaganza

I love this time of the year.  Nothing says the holidays quite like sitting down with family and friends sharing good food and of course great wine.  I also love it because this is the time of year where Sparkling wine really gets a spotlight.  There are many great sparkling wines available from the wineries in Ontario.  My first two picks are done in a style to parallel Champagne (which comes ONLY from France).  They…

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Wine Review December 11, 2011 – Ordering Wine Online and Wine Clubs … the gift that keeps on giving

Every week it is my task to find two great Ontario wines that are readily available in the LCBO.  Many weeks it’s easy some weeks, it is a little harder. The challenge is not a lack of selections; but when I tour wine country in Niagara there are so many wines that are excellent that I do NOT get the chance to discuss.  With the holiday season approaching I know many people will want to…

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