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 – 2013 Westcott Estate Pinot Noir – 2015 Hidden Bench Riesling

Wine Review – 2013 Westcott Estate Pinot Noir – 2015 Hidden Bench Riesling

2015 Hidden Bench Riesling – Vintages 183491 – $23.95 – **** – There’s something about Riesling and this time of year. I just enjoy putting it on the table next to roast chicken, paprikash, even Coq au Vin can get a nice counterpoint to it. This is bone dry with nice orchard fruit that soars over bright acidity. This is a perfect example of balanced Riesling and offers great value. Something to enjoy now or…

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Wine Review – Ferox

Wine Review – Ferox

Everyone these days seems to be enamoured with Prince Edward County. There is some fantastic, gritty winemaking taking place to the east of Toronto. There are a lot of reasons to pay attention to the County. But there is a renaissance taking place in Niagara. It started when Two Sisters opened their impressive new facility and make quite the impression with the first few vintages of their wines. But, there are a lot of small…

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Wine Review – A taste of BC from Mission Hill

Wine Review – A taste of BC from Mission Hill

2015 Mission Hill Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – $30.95 – Vintages 553321 – **** – This is a great example of BC Cabernet Sauvignon with nice rich black fruit layered over smoke. The story of this wine is one of structure and approachability. This wine is drinking great right now, with soft tannin and a smooth finish. The rich fruit flavours soar over the smoke and cocoa notes that start to poke through on the finish….

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Wine Review – 2015 Karlo Cabernet Franc – 2016 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling

Wine Review – 2015 Karlo Cabernet Franc – 2016 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling

2016 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling – Vintages 67587 – $18.95 – **** – There is nice balance to this riesling. There is a kiss of sweetness on the finish, and it’s met with nice acidity. The sweetness is enough to really let macintosh and golden delicious apple soar on the mid palate. A nice mineral note mingles with the apples but disappears on a clean finish. 2015 Karlo Cabernet Franc – Vintages 524389 – $39.00 –…

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Wine Review- 2015 Trail Estate Unfiltered Chardonnay

Wine Review- 2015 Trail Estate Unfiltered Chardonnay

2015 Trail Estate Unfiltered Chardonnay – $32.00 – ****+ – This Chardonnay is truly a show stopper, but not for the faint of heart. There is a little more Oak in this bottle than what we have come to expect from wineries in Ontario but it’s still well integrated. While the smoke and spice are front and centre it still leaves plenty of room for the orchard fruit from the nose to poke through. On…

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Wine Review – 2015 Cave Spring CSV Riesling – 2012 Henry of Pelham Carte Blanche

Wine Review – 2015 Cave Spring CSV Riesling – 2012 Henry of Pelham Carte Blanche

2012 Henry of Pelham Carte Blanche – Vintages 315200 – $44.95 – ****½ – Cuvée Catherine Sparkling from Henry of Pelham is a benchmark for Sparkling wine in the province. It would seem the Speck brothers aren’t content with setting the bar without exceeding it themselves. The nose offers a hint of vanilla, orchard fruit, bright citrus notes and rising pizza dough. On the palate this opens up with a slight creaminess and it fills…

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Wine Review – Great Value – Fleur Du Cap

Wine Review – Great Value – Fleur Du Cap

A couple years ago I had the opportunity to sit down with Pieter Badenhorst or Fleur du Cap. So I was thrilled to have an opportunity to sit down with him again this year. The wines from Fleur du Cap always offer great value and high quality. The Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc from the general list at the LCBO are important because they offer a baseline from what to expect from the varietals while tasting…

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Wine Review – Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa

Wine Review – Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa

It can be a challenge to redefine yourselves. One of the largest challenges facing the Canadian wine industry is gaining recognition on the world stage for more than just Icewine. The wineries of South Africa are facing a similar dilemma in that they are recognized internationally for great affordable bottles – but overlooked when it comes to more premium offerings. Earlier this year PIWOSA (the Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa) arrived in Toronto and…

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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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