Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut Sparkling – 2014 Domaine Queylus Tradition Chardonnay

Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut Sparkling – 2014 Domaine Queylus Tradition Chardonnay

Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut Sparkling – Vintages 206326 – $28.95 – **** – There is a nice bready note that climbs out of the glass. Granny Smith Apple and Lime follow the yeasty notes. When you take your first taste of this wine you’re greeted with bright notes of everything from the nose but when you get to your second and third sips the depth of this wine really starts to come through. There…

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2015 Vineland Estates Gewurztraminer – 2015 Chateau des Charmes Gamay Droit

2015 Vineland Estates Gewurztraminer – 2015 Chateau des Charmes Gamay Droit

2015 Vineland Estates Gewurztraminer – Vintages 434779 – $17.95 – ***½+ – I’m not sure how much Gewurztraminer we are going to see coming from Ontario given the damage most Gew vineyards saw during the winters of 2014 and 2015 many wineries have moved on from the varietal, for those who have held onto their vines, this is something worth tasting. The thing about Gew from Ontario is it straddles a point somewhere between Alsace…

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2014 The Tragically Hip Ahead by a Century Chardonnay – 2013 Rosewood Select Merlot

2014 The Tragically Hip Ahead by a Century Chardonnay – 2013 Rosewood Select Merlot

2014 The Tragically Hip Ahead By A Century Chardonnay – Vintages 483875 – $19.95 – **** – The story of this wine is one of balance – barrel, fruit and acidity all seem to be in harmony with this bottle. There is a hint of baking spice on the nose layered over gala apple and oranges. The flavours match the nose and this wine starts to finish large with a nice creaminess on the mid…

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2013 Organized Crime Cabernet Franc – 2013 Reif Pinot Noir

2013 Organized Crime Cabernet Franc – 2013 Reif Pinot Noir

2013 Organized Crime Cabernet Franc – Vintages 472530 – $18.95 – **** – There is something interesting about this Franc. The fruit is concentrated and very ripe bordering on jammy with flavours of strawberry, cherry, blackberry and currant. But even with all the very ripe fruit dominating the nose and the palate there is still room for some bell pepper aromas that linger on the finish. This is a wine meant to pair with roast…

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2014 Cuvée Jean Philippe Blanquette de Limoux – 2013 Calamus Barrel Kissed Chardonnay

2014 Cuvée Jean Philippe Blanquette de Limoux – 2013 Calamus Barrel Kissed Chardonnay

2014 Cuvée Jean Philippe Blanquette de Limoux – Vintages 467217 – $14.95 – **** – This is a traditional method sparkling wine from France and at under 15 bucks it’s a steal. This is a perfect bottle to enjoy while recovering from the holidays. This is bright and crisp with a nice bready note on the nose and on the finish. Flavours are citrus with golden delicious apple. 2013 Calamus Barrel Kissed Chardonnay – Vintages…

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2015 Vineland Estates St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – 2011 Tawse Grower’s Blend PInot Noir

2015 Vineland Estates St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – 2011 Tawse Grower’s Blend PInot Noir

2015 Vineland Estates Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – Vintages 38117 – $19.95 – ****½ – This is something I look forward to every year. This is off-dry but perfectly balanced with acidity. I would put it to anyone who says they don’t like sweet wines to give this a try. This is something that pairs perfect with perogies, sauerkraut and sausages. Wines like these shouldn’t be saved for hot weather they belong on your…

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2014 Tawse Spark Limestone Ridge Sparkling Riesling – 2012 Henry of Pelham Estate Cabernet Merlot

2014 Tawse Spark Limestone Ridge Sparkling Riesling – 2012 Henry of Pelham Estate Cabernet Merlot

2014 Tawse Spark Limestone Ridge Sparkling Riesling – Vintages 370361 – $20.20 – **** – Simply put this should be essential for your holiday entertaining. Bright and crisp this will pair with any food that you can put on the table this time of year. Flavours are lemon, lime and this wine has a nice mineral note that goes from start to finish. There is a nice floral note that gives this wine a bit…

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Dec 2 – 2012 Union Forté – 2010 Henry of Pelham Family Reserve Cabernet/Merlot

Dec 2 – 2012 Union Forté – 2010 Henry of Pelham Family Reserve Cabernet/Merlot

2012 Union Forté – Vintages 361758 – $16.95 – ****1/2 – There is a lot of people experimenting with fortified wines in Ontario, but the Union Forté sits above everyone else. This wine offers something very different from the nose until the finish. The nose is candied cherry, plum and spice. There is nice rich intensity to the fruit when you take your first sip. Fruit flavours of plum, dark cherry, raisin followed through with…

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Nov 25 – 2013 Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Riesling – 2012 Stratus Petit Verdot

Nov 25 – 2013 Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Riesling – 2012 Stratus Petit Verdot

2012 Stratus Petit Verdot – Vintages 142638 – $38.20 – ****+ – We could call this wine fruit galore. There are aromas of Raspberry, Plum, Strawberry and Blackberry with flavours to match. This wine is approachable now, but will do better with 3 years in a cellar and it will hold on for a decade (or more) if you decide to keep it that long. Petit Verdot isn’t a varietal you see very often in…

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Nov 18 – 2012 Hidden Bench Terroir Caché – 2015 Wildass Sauvignon Blanc

Nov 18 – 2012 Hidden Bench Terroir Caché – 2015 Wildass Sauvignon Blanc

2015 Wildass Sauvignon Blanc – Vintages 376814 – $18.95 – ****+ – This is a solid Sauv Blanc from Niagara. There is a nice grassy note that runs through the backbone of this wine from start to finish. There is concentrated tropical fruit with rich passion fruit and pineapple on the palate. The tropical fruit lingers on the finish but there is nice acidity to this wine. I will be looking to pair this with…

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