November 14 – 2007 Union Forté – 2012 Stratus White

November 14 – 2007 Union Forté – 2012 Stratus White

2007 Union Forté – Vintages 361758 – $16.95 – ****+ – It’s been a while since I tasted this wine. It’s just as good as I remember. There is a slight nuttiness and dried fruit to it over baking spices. This is quite light on the palate even though it is a port with nice acidity to round out the wine. There is a nice long finish to this wine that just sticks around while the…

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Chardonnay and Hummus

Chardonnay and Hummus

My biggest pet peeve with regards to wine is that often most people overthink what goes with what. Whether you stick to the simplest of rules red with red meat and white with white meat or freestyle your pairings once you have had the chance to taste a perfect wine and food pairing you finally start to get it. A perfectly paired dish with elevate both the wine and the food to another level. Chef…

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2010 Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin (Sep 2015)

2010 Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin (Sep 2015)

I look forward to each vintage of the Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin. This is straight up one of the best Canadian wines on the market and every vintage has been exceptional value. I am not in a position where I can spend a couple hundred bucks on Premier Grand Cru Bordeaux so anything that can get me close while saving a few bucks makes me happy. I had the opportunity to attend a dinner…

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A Day in Beaujolais

A Day in Beaujolais

I traveled to France in November to check out the Beaujolais Nouveau release.  After spending a few days hunting for Cabernet Franc in St Émillion I knew that I had to go to Beaujolais.  Beaujolais, like Ontario, is currently take the long way up recovering from a bruised reputation stemming from a market that was flooded with bad nouveau.  It is also no secret that I am a Gamay hunter (search my twitter feed @andrewinereview…

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Montes Wines

Montes Wines

What exactly is dry farming?  When I got my invitation to the Montes tasting hosted in Toronto on March 2, 2015 Three vintages of the Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon were presented.  This was interesting because starting with the 2012 vintage we are seeing the results of “dry farming”.  The long and short of it is that Montes is using less water in their grape growing process.  The end product is lower yields on the vines…

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Cuvée En Route – Stratus

Cuvée En Route – Stratus

I hadn’t planned on making any stops for Cuvée En Route.  But next year when you’re in town for Cuvée make sure you plan on a few for yourself.  I did however get a chance to stop by Stratus to see what was going on.  Stratus was pouring their 2012 White the previous night at the grand tasting and it was easily one of the highlights of the night.  So when I saw the tweet…

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Winery Profiles November 2014 – Château Grand Pontet – Château Trotte Vieille

Winery Profiles November 2014 – Château Grand Pontet – Château Trotte Vieille

Château Grand Pontet is a Grand Cru Classé that is adjacent to Beau-Séjour Bécot.  The proprety is owned and run by Sylvie Pourquet-Bécot, the sister of the proprieters of Beau-Séjour Bécot.  Even though Grand Pontet is not Premier Cru the wines are very good.  We were warmly received by Marie Pourquet and taken through the property.  The wines are made from vines that are on average 40 years old. 2007 Grand Pontet – 36€ – ****+ – Cabernet…

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Wine Review February 15, 2014 – 2007 Huff Estates Cuvée Peter F. Huff – 2012 Malivoire Gamay

2007 Huff Estates Cuvée Peter F. Huff – Vintages 198754 – $39.95 – I reviewed this wine back in December and I am thrilled to see it on the shelf of the LCBO.  I believe we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg as far as Champagne style wines from a region that is already known for great Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  There is remarkable depth to this wine with flavours of Citrus under…

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Wine Review Christmas – Sparkling Wine.. beyond the shelf

I’ll be honest, even though I drink a lot of wine on a regular basis there are certain wines that I can’t help but keep for a special occasion.  Sparkling Wine from Ontario is a personal favorite of mine.  You can get great Sparkling wine from Trius and Chateau des Charmes in most LCBO’s under the twenty five dollar mark.  These are very fine wines that make a great addition to any holiday feast.  But…

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Wine Review November 23, 2013 – Union Forté 2007 – Malivoire Table Wine 2011 Riesling

Union Forté 2007 – Vintages 361758 – $16.95 – This port style wine is a much buy for your holiday entertaining and for your own kitchen.  There is fantastic depth to this wine while not being too heavy.  There are flavours of plum and raisin with nice spice as well.  There is very nice acidity to balance out the sweetness.  Beware drinking too full glasses on a warm winter days because trust me … this…

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