Wine Review August 5, 2012 – Creekside Laura’s Red 2008 – Hinterbrook Rosé 2011

Creekside Laura’s Red 2008 – $19.95 – VINTAGES 117960 – The wines from 2008 are drinking very well right now.  I still remember visiting wineries over the past two years and talking to wine makers about how challenging it was to work with the grapes from that vintage.  The hard work is certainly paying off… this wine is another stellar example of how great the wines from 2008 are.  A nice smoky flavour right off…

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Wine Review July 29, 2012 – 2010 Reif Cabernet Merlot – 2010 Hidden Bench Estate Riesling

We had some rain this week!  And also a bit of a break in the temperature which let me get into some Red wine.  But summer is not over yet.  2010 Reif Cabernet Merlot – LCBO 565713 – $13.75 – This wine is a teriffic value.  But the price isn’t even where to begin with what makes this wine fantastic.  Most wines benefit from exposure to air, but this one is great right out of…

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Wine Review July 22, 2012 – 2010 Stoney Ridge Warren Classic Pinot Noir – 2008 Cattail Creek Select Late Harvest Merlot

2008 Cattail Creek Select Late Harvest Merlot – VINTAGES 275370 – $26.95 – While we have had a bit of a break from the heat, it is still HOT this summer.  The thing is this time of year I often forget about Ice Wine and it’s siblings.  The thing is … Ice Wine is perfect for the weather.  You serve it cold, it pairs well with dessert, or on it’s own… and the small portions…

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Wine Review July 15, 2012 – Cool Chardonnay – 2010 Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay – 2011 Peller Family Series Chardonnay

This week I am talking about the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration, taking place in the Niagara region for the weekend of July 20-22.  I am very excited about this event because it takes us outside of Ontario and brings in wines from all over the world.  If you are still one of the doubters of how great Ontario wine can be, this is the event for you.  I had a chance to speak with…

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Wine Review July 8, 2012 – Wildass Rosé 2009 – Cattail Creek Serendipity Rosé 2010

It is hot outside … yeah I am that guy, pointing out the obvious.  I do find it a little challenging to find a wine that pairs well with the heat.  I have pretty much shelved most of my Red Wines.  I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about serving temperature, but when it’s 40 degrees outside Red Wine does tend to increase in temperature very quickly, and that just isn’t a good thing. …

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Wine Review July 1, 2012 – Canada Day! – 2011 Pelee Island Chardonnay – 2009 Coyote’s Run Red Paw Vineyard Pinot Noir

Happy Canada Day!  What better way to celebrate our nation than with a Red and a White. 2011 Pelee Island Chardonnay – LCBO 136044 – $10.95 – When I am looking for something new at the LCBO I generally give myself a $15 benchmark.  If you give me fifteen dollars, I’ll turn it into a great Ontario Wine.  It is rare that I find something that falls below that fifteen dollar mark.  When I opened…

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Wine Review June 17, 2012 – Malivoire Guilty Men White – 2009 Tawse Grower’s Blend Cabernet Franc

Before getting to Father’s Day, I just want to remind everyone about the great event taking place in Liberty Village on Thursday, June 21 from 6-9 pm.  The Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake will be in Toronto with 56 wines, there will be music and food.  It’s a great way to celebrate the First Day of Summer.  Tickets are available (if there are any left…) here tickets are only $49. Today is Father’s Day.  I have a couple of great…

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Wine Review June 10, 2012 – 2010 Tawse Sketches of Niagara Chardonnay – 2009 Fielding Estates Red Conception

2009 Fielding Red Conception – $18.95 – LCBO 189183 – Where to start on this excellent Red blend… First the great thing about Fielding is everything about their label scream summer, their logo is a Muskoka Chair after all.  One of the great things about all these blends coming out of Ontario is there really are no rules about what you put in the bottle (I mean the Wildass Red I reviewed is a blend…

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Wine Review June 3, 2012 – 2008 Frogpond Farm Organic Cabernet Franc/Merlot – 2011 Rosehall Run Sullyzwicker White

2008 Frogpond Farm Organic Cabernet Franc/Merlot – VINTAGES 203554 – $19.95 –  I am very conscious of what I eat and drink, but I am by no means one of those people who swear by Organic foods.  That being said I am convinced there is something to it when you are dealing with Organic Wines.  I can’t quite pinpoint the reason, but every single wine I have had that is Organic has been well worth the…

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Wine Review May 27, 2012 – 2011 Malivoire Ladybug Rosé – 2011 Megalomaniac Pink Slip Pinot Noir Rosé

I have been gearing up for summer with several Rosé’s.  I find when Rosé is done well, and this week both are done VERY well, they are among the easiest drinking wines.  These are wines that are un-complicated yet refined.  My favorite thing about Rosé is that being neither a white or a red they fall in a nice limbo for food pairing… I am purposely vague with my food suggestions because the bottom line…

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