Wine Review – 2016 Charles Baker B-Side Riesling – 2016 13th Street Cabernet/Merlot

Wine Review – 2016 Charles Baker B-Side Riesling – 2016 13th Street Cabernet/Merlot

2016 Charles Baker B-Side Riesling – Vintages 523845 – $22.20 – **** – When U2 released “Where the Streets Have No Name” the b-side to that single was “The Sweetest Thing”. This feels like a literal interpretation of that release. The other side of the record would be Picone or Ivan a statement that’s a little more austere and hard hitting. The B-Side is a little softer and off-dry that lets the fruit really shine…

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Wine Reviews – Taking a New Look at 13th Street Winery

Wine Reviews – Taking a New Look at 13th Street Winery

13th Street has recently finished building a new addition to their facility. I was shocked to see how quickly the new addition had been built. I usually make a few pilgrimages to the barn to grab some buttertarts or stock up on Saskatoon jam (one of the few places in the province that regularly has it) so it looks like I need to start making my visits more often. That being said the building isn’t…

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Not Another – Not Another Turkey Post

Not Another – Not Another Turkey Post

This is not another turkey column… and it’s not “not another turkey column”. The video posted by Rick VanSickle is still one of my favorite commentaries on what to pair with Turkey. Let’s face it, Rick makes some great points. The most exciting herb or spice that sees most of the turkeys that are being cooked this year is maybe some sage? Or some thyme? Salt and pepper? Your potatoes are seasoned with cream? Salt…

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Wine Review – 2016 Rosewood Sussreserve Riesling – 2014 13th Street Sandstone Vineyard Gamay Noir

Wine Review – 2016 Rosewood Sussreserve Riesling – 2014 13th Street Sandstone Vineyard Gamay Noir

2016 Rosewood Sussreserve Riesling – Vintages 258806 – $15.95 – **** – Well this is something different – a little more serious – a little more complex. I have long used the Sussreserve as a go-to when talking about Ontario Riesling, it was straight-forward and easy drinking. It would seem that the 2016 didn’t get the memo. What we have is something that has nice depth and complexity that previous vintages didn’t bring to the…

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Wine Review – 2016 13th Street Gamay Noir – 2015 Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay

Wine Review – 2016 13th Street Gamay Noir – 2015 Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay

2015 Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay – Vintages 172338 – $24.95 – **** – The short note – this is the best Triomphe Chardonnay that I can remember. The long – Aromas are spicy and layered over apples and peach. This wine opens up on the palate with nice weight and texture. Flavours match the nose but an added floral note makes this wine remarkably complex especially for the price. You can expect to find this wine…

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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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