Wine Review – Burger Blend from 13th Street

Wine Review – Burger Blend from 13th Street

This pair of wines from the general list of the LCBO are a nice reminder that delicious Ontario wine doesn’t need to be expensive. 2016 13th Street White Burger Blend (Pinot Grigio/Riesling) – LCBO 469304 – $14.95 – ***1/2+ – Simply put, the definition of a patio sipper. This is off-dry and it is met with nice acidity. This does open up with flavours of apple and melon on the mid palate. The acidity doesn’t…

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2014 Kew Marsanne – 2013 13th Street Cabernet Merlot

2014 Kew Marsanne – 2013 13th Street Cabernet Merlot

2014 Kew Marsanne – vintages 485334 – $19.95 – ****+ – This is the only Marsanne in the province, that makes this wine both unique and special. The aromas are tangerine and vanilla making this seem like a creamsicle in a glass. There is a nice note of baking spice that rises up on the mid palate. The texture is creamy but not heavy on the mid palate. There is nice acidity that helps keep…

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September 12 – 2013 Calliope Sauvignon Blanc – 2013 13th Street Red Palette

September 12 – 2013 Calliope Sauvignon Blanc – 2013 13th Street Red Palette

2013 13th Street Red Palette – Vintages 249458 – $15.95 – ***1/2 – The nose on this wine is Raspberry jam. This is made to be enjoyed now with no cellaring necessary. The flavours in the glass are Cherry, Strawberry and Raspberry and as with the nose very ripe and jammy. The finish has a slight savory edge to this which has me thinking red meat as a pairing. Unpretentious and tasty I will be…

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June 27 – 2012 13th Street White Palette – 2014 Thirty Bench Small Lot Rosé

June 27 – 2012 13th Street White Palette – 2014 Thirty Bench Small Lot Rosé

2012 13th Street White Palette – Vintages 207340 – $15.95 – **** – This is a blend of Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Gris.  This may be the best version of the White Palette I have ever had the chance to try.  The nose on this wine is very distinctly Riesling.  It has apple and lime with mineral notes.  It also ever so subtly gives off aromas of white flower and tropical fruit begin…

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May 9 – 2012 Sue-Ann Staff Merlot – 2014 13th Street Pink Palette

May 9 – 2012 Sue-Ann Staff Merlot – 2014 13th Street Pink Palette

2012 Sue-Ann Staff Merlot – Vintages 358416 – $19.95 – ****+ – This is the sort of wine that will make a perfect addition to your spring/summer entertaining.  Merlot is a great crowd pleaser because it is easy drinking and doesn’t have quite the bite that you would find in Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec.  Cherry that moves to Black Berry as the wine starts to open up in your glass.  The tannin gives nice structure…

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Review – Get Fresh!

Review – Get Fresh!

I always get a little melancholic when I head down to wine country for Get Fresh! in the springtime.  Everyone who knows me knows that I am a huge fan of visiting the wineries in the off-season.  This is one of the last weekends that you have to grab winemakers before the vines come to life and everyone spends the busy summer watching the vines.  The winter season also means there are fewer other tourists…

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April 25 – 2013 13th Street Merlot – 2013 Norman Hardie Niagara Unfiltered Chardonnay

April 25 – 2013 13th Street Merlot – 2013 Norman Hardie Niagara Unfiltered Chardonnay

2013 13th Street Merlot – Vintages 270504 – $17.95 – ***1/2+ – I have made no secret for my disdain for Ontario merlot.  I know Ontario can make great Merlot in hot vintages like 2010 or 2012 but often in the cool vintages you end up with wine that just falls short.  This is certainly not the case for the 13th Street Merlot.  The nose is jammy sour cherry and the flavours on this wine…

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March 7 – 2013 Malivoire Pinot Gris – 2012 13th Street Gamay Noir

March 7 – 2013 Malivoire Pinot Gris – 2012 13th Street Gamay Noir

2013 Malivoire Pinot Gris – Vintages 591305 – $19.95 – **** – I get nostalgic whenever I see the Pinot Gris from Malivoire.  Going back to 2008 this is a wine I look forward to every year.  With a nice acidic backbone, but flavours that are more subdued than Riesling makes this particular wine even more food friendly.  What you will find on your glass are wonderful flavours of peach and white flower.  There is…

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Eye on Taste Local – VQApalooza

The LCBO has been working over the past couple years to tweak the campaign that was once known as “Go Local”.  Last year the promotion was called “Shine On”, and let’s face it the name just didn’t quite pop even though the wine selection was very good.  This year the campaign definitely hits closer to the mark as it’s called “Taste Local”.  You will notice over thirty new Ontario wines hit LCBO shelves between September…

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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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