2013 Bachelder Wismer Vineyard Foxcroft Block Chardonnay – 2014 Hillier Creek Gamay Noir

2013 Bachelder Wismer Vineyard Foxcroft Block Chardonnay – 2014 Hillier Creek Gamay Noir

2014 Hillier Creek Gamay Noir – Vintages 372839 – $22.95 – **** – This bottle is made with Prince Edward County fruit. Aromas of cherry that goes from ripe red to candied climb out of the glass. Prince Edward County is home to fantastic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay but we are heading into the brave new world with other varietals. If this Gamay is any indication the future is bright for the County. The flavours…

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2014 Bachelder Niagara Chardonnay

2014 Bachelder Niagara Chardonnay

2014 Bachelder Niagara Chardonnay – Vintages 302083 – $24.95 – **** – This vintages essential continues to be a staple in my home when I am looking to show off great Chardonnay from Ontario. The nose is bright golden delicious and granny smith apple and a nice citrus note. The flavours match the nose and this wine sits a little lighter on the palate than the 2013 vintage. The use of oak is well integrated…

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Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut Sparkling – 2014 Domaine Queylus Tradition Chardonnay

Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut Sparkling – 2014 Domaine Queylus Tradition Chardonnay

Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut Sparkling – Vintages 206326 – $28.95 – **** – There is a nice bready note that climbs out of the glass. Granny Smith Apple and Lime follow the yeasty notes. When you take your first taste of this wine you’re greeted with bright notes of everything from the nose but when you get to your second and third sips the depth of this wine really starts to come through. There…

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Lemelson – Oregon

Lemelson – Oregon

If you go to any winery in Ontario and ask about Thomas, the winery staff know that you are asking about Thomas Bachelder. Owner and winemaker of his eponymous wine label but known for his work at Le Clos Jordanne, Domaine Queylus and 16 Mile… I’m sure I am forgetting about a place or two. Needless to say Thomas is very busy and his reputation precedes him. Thomas Bachelder was the winemaker at Lemelson Vineyards…

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January 29 – 2013 Bachelder Niagara Chardonnay – 2013 See Ya Later Ranch Pinot Noir

January 29 – 2013 Bachelder Niagara Chardonnay – 2013 See Ya Later Ranch Pinot Noir

2013 Bachelder Niagara Chardonnay – Vintages 302083 – $24.95 – ****+ – I was thrilled over the holidays when I saw that the new vintage of the Bachelder Chardonnay had dropped five dollars in price. This wine is tremendous value for its price. The nose is Citrus with Peach and Apple and nice hints of spice. This wine is hard not to gulp with everything going on in the glass. You have Apples, Peaches and…

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Wine Review January 31 – 2012 Bachelder Bourgogne Chardonnay – 2013 Calliope Figure Eight

Wine Review January 31 – 2012 Bachelder Bourgogne Chardonnay – 2013 Calliope Figure Eight

This is a special review this week… and not Ontario as you can see.  But they still have Canadian connections. 2012 Bachelder Bourgogne Chardonnay (France) – Vintages 272005 – $35.95 – ****1/2 – This is very nice Chardonnay.  Both on the nose and in the glass this is perfect harmony between clean citrus notes and big buttery vanilla that fills your whole mouth.  The acidity on this wine is very nice leaving you with just…

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Eye on Domaine Queylus

Domaine Queylus is a new winery in Niagara.  I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peak at some of the portfolio at Cuvée in February this year.  Winemakers Thomas Bachelder and Kelly Baker were pouring two pinot noirs that evening, but the current Queylus portfolio has 5 PInots.  They are also making Bordeaux style blended wines. The 2011 Pinot Noir Reserve is what was being poured in February and it was easily one of…

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I4C – MAIN EVENT: World Tour Grand Tasting and Dinner

It seems that the rain follows me when I make my way down the QEW for the Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration.  Last year I attended the kickoff barbeque that was hit by major torrential rain.  This year I made sure to check out the Grand Tasting and Dinner held at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.  The Grand Tasting brings winemakers from all over the world into one place where over 100 Chardonnay’s are poured…

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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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Wine Review Extra (March 1) – Chardonnay You Will Love More Than Your Children

March 1st there are two Chardonnay’s getting a limited release through Vintages but these are wines that you want to have on your wine rack for special occasions or to open up for people that you REALLY like.  The fact that these two great Chardonnay’s come from different vintages proves that we are making consistently great wine year after year.  I usually prefer to keep my reviews below the thirty dollar mark these wines are…

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