Wine Review Extra – Winery to Watch – Three Dog Winery

I am shameless in professing my love for Prince Edward County.  I get excited when I see the many new labels being established in the County.  Three Dog Winery has done a good job placing themselves on Social Media (twitter: @threedogwine) so I was just as shameless in asking Owner/Wine Maker John Squair to hook me up with a bottle of the Doghouse White.  Vidal can be difficult to turn into good table wine as…

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Wine Review – Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is later this week.  What better way to get prepared than to pick up some chocolate and some wine.  I have been preaching for a long time that you have to be careful when pairing Icewine with sweets.  I recently had a chance to speak with Daniel Stubbe the owner and chocolatier of Stubbe Chocolates (www.stubbechocolates.com – 653 Dupont St) he helped me come up with some dynamite pairings.  The chocolate bars run…

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Counterfeit Icewine

The bottle on the left is 100% legitimate Inniskillin Vidal Icewine.  The bottle on the right is from a winery that does not exist.  November 29 Project Pace a joint police sting targeting businesses in the GTA, and Windsor collected 6.5 million dollars in counterfeit goods.  Among the seized goods were bottles of counterfeit Icewine.  In a recent visit to Inniskillin I was informed of the growing issue of counterfeit Icewine.  While the bust included…

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New Years Resolutions a Simple List!

While I was back in Saskatchewan over the holidays I was presented with quite possibly the best New Years Resolution for 2014 by my former colleague and current morning show host at 980 CJME John Himpe.  2014 will be the year we should all vow to stop drinking bad wine!  I realize that drinking wine is subjective so we all have a slightly different idea of what makes a wine “bad”.  But to a certain…

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Wine Review New Year – Terroir

Terroir – the idea that a specific region makes their wine taste a certain way.  It’s basically the idea that everything about a region affects that taste of the finished product.  The soil, The weather, and the location all affect how the grapes will grow.  Whether you want to break it down by Ontario, Prince Edward County, Four Mile Creek… I could keep going on and on.  How specific can you really be when it…

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Wine Review Christmas – Sparkling Wine.. beyond the shelf

I’ll be honest, even though I drink a lot of wine on a regular basis there are certain wines that I can’t help but keep for a special occasion.  Sparkling Wine from Ontario is a personal favorite of mine.  You can get great Sparkling wine from Trius and Chateau des Charmes in most LCBO’s under the twenty five dollar mark.  These are very fine wines that make a great addition to any holiday feast.  But…

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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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