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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Cuvée 2014 – We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat!

Last year was the first time I had a chance to attend the Cuvée Grand Tasting Gala and I decided then and there it was something worth marking the calendar for.  After a format change last year where the event went from an award ceremony to each winery bringing their “favorite” wine to pour at the event it has swelled from 40 wineries in 2013 to more than 50 in 2014!  It is physically impossible…

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