Wine Review November 13, 2011 – Union Red – Cattail Creek Chardonnay Musqué

Union Red – LCBO 197152 – $12.95 – This is an excellent medium bodied, easy drinking red.  The  best thing about this wine is that there is no decanting required, simply open the cap and dive right into this bottle.  This is a rainbow of red fruit flavours that play really nicely with each other, you will find Currant, Plum and Cherry with a finish that is almost jammy.  But with the fact that this…

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Wine Review November 6, 2011 – Inniskillin Tenacity Red – 2009 Family Tree White

Inniskillin Tenacity Red – LCBO 264788 – $13.95 – Inniskillin has thrown their hat into the ring of a long list of wineries releasing “budget” blends.  My favorite part of this trend however is seeing different grape combinations that you don’t normally see (a traditional Bordeaux blend is Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot).  This wine is a blend of Cab-Franc, Pinot Noir and Merlot.  The only thing that you really need to be aware…

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Wine Review October 30, 2011 – 2009 Megalomaniac Homegrown Red – 2008 Kacaba Unoaked Chardonnay

2009 Megalomaniac Homegrown Red – LCBO 260364 – $16.95 – Here is another red that just like last week drinks great right out of the bottle.  It is a more traditional Bordeaux blend with Cabernet and Merlot, so it feels like I’m getting back to basics after some more interesting red blends (Red Palette Oct 16, Famly Tree Red Oct 9).  While there are notes of black pepper just as you would expect from Cabernet…

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Wine Review October 23, 2011 – 2008 Kacaba Meritage – 2010 Henry of Pelham Pinot Grigio

2008 Kacaba Meritage – LCBO101477 – $16.95 – After several weeks of Red wines that maybe need a push or two to make them over the top good I had to bring it back to simplicity.  This is an excellent well rounded red blend that is great right out of the bottle.  Like with many other Kacaba wines it benefits from a little exposure to air.  I love a bottle of wine like this for…

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Wine Review October 16, 2011 – 2010 Red Palette (13th Street) – Megalomaniac Homegrown Riesling

2010 13th Street Red Palette – Vintages 249458 – $14.95 – I always get excited when you can get something special from the Vintages section under that $20.00 mark.  This one is no exception.  This wine is a perfect way to experiment with yourself on the effects that air has on a bottle of wine.  Most red wines benefit from a little exposure to air before consumption.  The Red Palette is a blend of mostly Merlot…

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Wine Review October 9, 2011 – Union White – Family Tree Red

Union White – LCBO 197145 – $13.95 – While this may not be the perfect match to your Turkey this will be the perfect wine to pair with appetizers or with your dessert.  It’s a blend of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, and Chardonnay.  This wine has very crisp clean flavours and just enough acidity that it doesn’t linger in the mouth, so it will not conflict with anything that you’re serving.  This is a very…

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Wine Review October 2, 2011 – Harbour Estates Midnight – Inniskillin Barrel Aged Chardonnay

Inniskillin Barrel Aged Chardonnay – $14.95 – This is a well rounded Chardonnay with a perfect amount of oak.  It has a creamy buttery feel on the palette with a bit of acid on the finish so it doesn’t linger in the mouth too long.  This is a perfect easy drinking wine that would pair perfectly with Turkey or Chicken.  However with the acidity in this wine it does make it easy to pair with…

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Wine Review September 18, 2011 – Reif Vidal – Vintage Ink Cabernet Merlot

2010 Reif Vidal – LCBO 111781 – $9.95 – It is not often that you see Vidal on it’s own in a table wine.  A couple weeks ago I recommended the Southbrook Connect White which is also a Vidal.  Typically you see the hearty Vidal grape used for Ice Wine, so it is nice to see it on it’s own.  This is a wine that is a little higher in acid and quite dry.  The…

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Wine Review September 11, 2011 – Pelee Island Monarch – Strewn Barrel Aged Chardonnay

2009 Pelee Island Monarch – LCBO 107763 – $10.45 – This is an interesting blend of Baco Noir, Marechal Foch and Zweigelt.  Not a very typical combination of grapes.  As I aid this morning though this wine is one of the reasons I do my reviews featuring Ontario wines.  In my mind a good Baco Noir is the signature of Ontario.  The thing I love about Baco is the earthiness found in the bottle.  This…

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