#blendedcru – Rosé in April

#blendedcru – Rosé in April

This is the second post from a monthly tasting group that we hold at the iYellow wine cave.  Angela Aiello, Mandy Shnurr, Jason Solanki, and Krista Lamb meet up once a month to taste something of interest to them and discuss.  We have decided to call our tasting group #blendedcru because frankly we are a bunch of nerds… deal with it.  Expect to see a lot of Rosé on this website throughout the summer months….

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April 18 – 2014 Flat Rock Pink Twisted – 2013 Featherstone Gewurztraminer

April 18 – 2014 Flat Rock Pink Twisted – 2013 Featherstone Gewurztraminer

2014 Flat Rock Pink Twisted – Vintages 39974 – $16.95 – **** – When you put your glass to your face and get aromas of swedish berries and fuzzy peaches you’re going to expect this wine to be sweet … but it isn’t.  While the nose screams candy the flavours are raspberry and ripe red cherry.  The finish balances a touch of sugar with perfect palate cleansing acidity.  This is a medium bodied rosé that…

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2014 Chateau Des Charmes Cuvée D’Andrée – Westcott Violette Brut

2014 Chateau Des Charmes Cuvée D’Andrée – Westcott Violette Brut

Westcott Violette Brut – $24.95 – Winery Only – ***1/2+ – Bright, fresh, and young.  This easy drinking sparkling has loads of citrus and lemon with crisp acidity on the finish.  This is a welcome addition to the growing landscape of great Ontario sparkling wines.  This is very well priced, at this price this can be added to my arsenal of Sparkling wines that I believe should not be saved for special occasions.  Sparkling wine…

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April 11 – 2014 Featherstone Rosé – 2014 Tawse Sketches of Niagara Rosé

April 11 – 2014 Featherstone Rosé – 2014 Tawse Sketches of Niagara Rosé

2014 Featherstone Rosé – Vintages 117861 – $14.95 – ***1/2+ – I am not ashamed to admit that I drink copious amounts of Rosé year round.  You can pair it with everything!  Rosé is the swiss army knife of the wine world.  The nose on this wine has a great savory edge of bell pepper and strawberry.  Flavours of stawberry, rhubarb with just a touch of sugar on the finish.  Don’t worry though this is not…

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Emiliana Adobe Reserva Merlot/Sauvignon Blanc

Emiliana Adobe Reserva Merlot/Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Adobe Reserva Merlot – LCBO 322024 – $13.05 – ***1/2 – Medium bodied and easy drinking.  Fruit forward with lots of Cherry, Strawberry and Plum.  This is a crowd pleasing wine that is unpretentious.  While this wine likely won’t age gracefully some wines aren’t meant to line the walls of your cellar.  Enjoy this right away right from the bottle with pizza, pasta or burgers. 2014 Adobe Reserva Sauvignon Blanc – LCBO 266049 – $13.05…

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April 4 – 2012 Small Talk Vineyards Recap Syrah – 2014 Flat Rock Riesling

April 4 – 2012 Small Talk Vineyards Recap Syrah – 2014 Flat Rock Riesling

2012 Small Talk Vineyards Recap Syrah – Vintages 415612 – $24.95 – ***1/2 – Obviously the first thing you will notice about this wine is the label.  Small Talk has done a great job making sure their bottles stand out on the shelf… but how does the wine stack up?  You have a Syrah that is very smooth on the finish with nice acidity on the finish.  You will find flavours of blueberry and plum with…

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Wine List – Barque

Wine List – Barque

There has been a bit of a buzz about the wine list at Barque smokehouse lately.  You may know of Barque for it’s great food but there is a lot going on in the ways of beverages at the Roncesvalles restaurant.  They are now pouring wine on tap.  This means that it is poured pretty much the same way you would pour a beer.  Only you don’t need to worry about a a big head….

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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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Nouveau Release 2014

This week on November 20th we will be greeted with 9 offerings from France, Italy and Ontario in their local LCBO.  Nouveau has a certain contradiction about it … the hardest wine snobs will turn their nose up at it… but the budding wineaux has no idea that it even exists. Nouveau is the first wine of the 2014 harvest that was recently completed.  These wines were grapes only six weeks ago.  They are light…

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