Icewine and Fried Chicken

Icewine and Fried Chicken

Let’s just say this is a continuation of my attempt to indoctrinate everyone about the proper way to drink Icewine. Can we all say it together now … Icewine does not belong with dessert. Earlier this summer I had the opportunity pair up Riesling Icewine with one of my favorite recipes for Fried Chicken. When you go homemade it’s juicy, decadent and a huge step up from fast food fried chicken. The way I see…

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2013 Stratus White – 2015 Charles Baker Ivan Vineyard Riesling

2013 Stratus White – 2015 Charles Baker Ivan Vineyard Riesling

2013 Stratus White – $38.00 – ****1/2 – The 2012 version of this wine was one of the most memorable wines I tasted through last year. I opened this bottle with great anticipation. I was not disappointed. This is a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Viognier. Stratus White is the definition of complexity. You can enjoy this wine now without regrets or enjoy having it develop in your cellar over 5-7 years either…

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Aug 5 – 2015 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling – 2013 Fielding Red Conception

Aug 5 – 2015 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling – 2013 Fielding Red Conception

2013 Fielding Red Conception – Vintages 189183 – Price $18.95 – ****+ – Once again Fielding brings us a wine that has the ability to sit in a cellar for a few years and maybe improve. But, this is a perfect wine for anyone looking for a premium bottle, but someone who doesn’t have the patience to wait to build a collection. This is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The…

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A Pair of Pink Wines to Enjoy in August

A Pair of Pink Wines to Enjoy in August

2015 Flat Rock Pink Twisted – Vintages 39974 – Price $16.95 – ****+ – The quality of Rosé that is on the market from Ontario wineries this spring is second to none. The aromas of watermelon, and candied cherry made me very happy. I love it when wines taste and smell a little like fruit roll ups. Hints of candied Cherry and Raspberry are what you find in the glass on a wine that finishes…

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Coyote’s Run – Spring Visit

Coyote’s Run – Spring Visit

This post is long overdue. I had a chance to visit Coyote’s Run in March of this year and haven’t had a chance to go over the wines. Coyote’s Run is one of my favorite places to visit in the province because they remind that I love Pinot Noir, but also that I can buy great Pinot Noir that I can afford. Red Paw and Black Paw vineyard Pinot are in my house often year…

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July 15 – 2013 Kabang Gewurztraminer – 2015 Featherstone Rosé

July 15 – 2013 Kabang Gewurztraminer – 2015 Featherstone Rosé

2013 Kabang Gewurztraminer – Vintages 442012 – $17.95 – **** – Gewurztraminer from Niagara is something to get excited about, because I’m not sure how much more of it we’re going to see. The winters in 2013 and 2014 were not kind to the varietal and many wineries that made delicious Gew have already replanted other varietals. So let’s enjoy this wine while we can. The nose is bright tropical fruit and rose petal. This…

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Featherstone for Summer

Featherstone for Summer

2014 Canadian Oak Chardonnay – Vintages TBD – $21.95 – ****1/2 – The nose is rich and complex there is Pineapple, Peach, Vanilla and a hint of something funky. It really doesn’t get more local than this wine. The barrel is made with Canadian Oak and the grapes are fermented with indigenous yeasts. It would seem that with the past few vintages this wine pushes the bar a little bit higher. It’s perfectly balanced in…

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Kacaba – Wines for the Summer

Kacaba – Wines for the Summer

2015 Effervescence – $29.95 – **** – It’s great to see Kacaba include a sparkling wine in the portfolio. The aromas on this wine are very strong green apple with a bit of lime zest. The flavours on this wine very much match the nose but bring a nice layer of minerality on the mid palate through the finish. This is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling. It was made using Charmat method…

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July 2 – 2015 Featherstone Four Feathers – 2012 Tawse Laundry Vineyard Cabernet Franc

July 2 – 2015 Featherstone Four Feathers – 2012 Tawse Laundry Vineyard Cabernet Franc

2012 Tawse Laundry Vineyard Cabernet Franc – Vintages 130997 – $31.95 – ****1/2 – This wine poses a problem to anyone building a collection. The problem is this wine is drinking great right now, and while this isn’t “everyday drinking” wine at just north of thirty dollars it’s definitely “I need to impress someone tonight” wine and those occasions arise with more frequency. The tannin is silky smooth but I anticipate this wine has another…

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June 24 – 2013 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Gewürztraminer – 2015 Creekside Cabernet Rosé

June 24 – 2013 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Gewürztraminer – 2015 Creekside Cabernet Rosé

2013 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Gewürztraminer – Vintages 302059 – $17.95 – ****+ – This is somewhat restrained on the nose and less perfumed than I had expected from this wine. There are great aromas of lychee and rose petal, and hints of spice added to the mix. The flavours on the wine match the restrained nose. The texture on this wine is heavy on the mid palate. There is a nice oily texture to…

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