June 17 – 2015 Featherstone Sauvignon Blanc – 2011 Megalomaniac Vanglorious Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

June 17 – 2015 Featherstone Sauvignon Blanc – 2011 Megalomaniac Vanglorious Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

2015 Featherstone Sauvignon Blanc – Vintages 89011 – $17.95 – ****+ – Sauvignon Blanc, along with Pinot Gris, may be the two most underrated varietals in Ontario right now. Aromas of lemon, lime and a bit of grassiness. While the nose is straightforward once the wine hits your mouth this is where things really get interesting. The citrus flavours are definitely dominant with the lemon and lime from the nose taking over. You also find…

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Rosé for Everyone!

Rosé for Everyone!

The Wine Writers Circle of Canada recently hosted a Rosé tasting. We had over fifty wines available to taste from various growing regions. France, Italy, Australia, Spain, New Zealand and Ontario were all present. There were a lot of great wines on the table. The table was full of surprises including my favorite french bottle from Chateau de Berne. Chateau de Berne comes in what looks like an Olive oil bottle. I try to avoid…

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May 13 – 2015 Rosewood Süssreserve Riesling – 2012 Tawse Sketches of Niagara Cabernet/Merlot

May 13 – 2015 Rosewood Süssreserve Riesling – 2012 Tawse Sketches of Niagara Cabernet/Merlot

2015 Rosewood Süssreserve Riesling – Vintages 258806 – $14.95 – ****+ – Easy drinking and loaded with fresh apple flavours. This Riesling is made by adding some unfermented juice back to the finished wine. The idea is you’re going to add a little more fresh flavours to the finished product. The süssreserve from Rosewood is always something to look forward to, but this year is truly outstanding. Perfectly balanced acidity with a nice touch of…

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Rosehall Run (April 2016)

Rosehall Run (April 2016)

There are some incredible things afoot at Rosehall Run as they enter their 15th year. In 2001 the farm was purchased and the vines were planted. 2014 Indigo Sparkling – $24.95 – **** – This is a blend of Chardonnay Musqué, Muscat Ottonel, and Ehrenfelser. There’s a good chance you’re not familiar with two or all of the varietals in this bottle. These are grapes you don’t see very often. The aromas on this wine…

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April 29 – 2015 Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling – 2013 Laughing Stock Portfolio

April 29 – 2015 Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling – 2013 Laughing Stock Portfolio

2015 Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling – Vintages 80234 – $16.95 – ***** – The moment this wine entered my mouth it started to salivate. Featherstone easily lead the charge in proving that regardless of vintage Riesling belongs in Ontario. When you take your first sniff of Apple and Citrus in the glass you know you’ve got something good in your hands. The flavours are Apple, Lemon, and Lime. This wine is perfectly balanced with just…

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Chef and Somm: Jedi Level Wine Pairings

Chef and Somm: Jedi Level Wine Pairings

April 5th I was invited to a dinner hosted by Chef and Somm. This was the second time I have had the opportunity to enjoy a meal prepared by Chef Eyal Liebman and Sommelier Rebecca Meir-Liebman. You can read about my last meal here. Needless to say I was excited to have an opportunity to enjoy the meal and I did not leave disappointed. The attention to detail was apparent with a pairing of Mooshmallow…

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New Zealand Tasting (January 2016)

New Zealand Tasting (January 2016)

In the depths of Winter in Canada on the other side of the world they are celebrating Summer, so there really isn’t a better time to taste wines from New Zealand than now. I had the pleasure of tasting through Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, for which many people already know New Zealand. We also tasted Chardonnay, Syrah, and Pinot Gris. I have been a fan of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc for quite some time….

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Kaiken Wines

Kaiken Wines

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to meet Aurelio Montes the winemaker at Montes wines in Chile. He is also making wines at Kaiken in Argentina. A Caiquen is a bird that migrates between Chile and Argentina by passing over the Andes. The wines I tasted in the spring were fantastic across the board and you can read about my view here — http://andrewinereview.ca/2015/03/17/montes-wines/ . It’s clear that Aurelio paints with a large palette with…

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Cuvée 2015 – is it too early to set my calendar for 2016?

Cuvée 2015 – is it too early to set my calendar for 2016?

The question you answer for the next few days after Cuvée is “What was your favorite wine?”… Truthfully I can’t answer.  Cuvée is hosted at the Fallsview Casino.  It is one of the events that I look forward to every year.  You take as many wineries as you can fit into the event space and they each bring their favorite wine to pour.  The best part about this is that it is completely subjective and…

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