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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2012 Icewine Harvest

Two weeks ago I got some exciting news via Twitter that Vineland Estates and Henry of Pelham have started their Icewine harvest.  I am not the biggest fan of Icewine, but as a fan of the Ontario Wine industry this is still reason to get excited.  Icewine is something that Ontario has been doing well for quite some time now, and as much as I trumpet Cabernet Franc, Baco Noir, Chardonnay or Riesling as signatures…

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Icewine (or almost Icewine)

Icewine is too sweet … If I had a dollar every time I heard that Icewine is too sweet from someone I could actually afford to drink it on a regular basis.  The fact of the matter is Icewine IS sweet.  The problem isn’t with the beverage; it’s with how we serve it!  First off, pairing Icewine with your dessert can work very well.  But if you really think about it, you’re pairing something sweet…

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Christmas Gift Giving 2012

This is one of my favorite times of year… gone are the days of bringing the cheap white wine to the cabin and sitting on the dock.  Around the holidays you want to bring your “A” game!  That means better wine, great food, and sharing both with family and friends.  Shopping for a wine lover can be tricky,  trust me!  Most people who really love wine or even those who are learning are going to…

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Demand for Ontario Wines to Soar Following Record Harvest and Global Wine Shortage?

Friday Morning the Grape Growers of Ontario will be announcing the 2012 as one of the best years ever for Ontario.  How they are topping 2010 is beyond me… which came right on the heels of 2007.  Not to mention some of the off vintages have created some of the best Red wines I have ever tasted from the Province (2008, 2009). It’s true that they had lower yields in Europe this year… but it’s…

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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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