2015 Rockway Vineyards Red – 2014 Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Gris

2015 Rockway Vineyards Red – 2014 Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Gris

2014 Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Gris – Vintages 537076 – $24.95 – ***½ – This is truly summer captured in a glass. The fruit is pear and peach on the nose and on the palate. There is a delightful mineral note that forms the backbone to this wine and makes this very food friendly for lighter fare from the grill. This is a great wine for a fish fry at the cottage or paired with…

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Konzelmann – Chardonnay and Baco Noir

Konzelmann – Chardonnay and Baco Noir

2015 Konzelmann Estate Winery Baco Noir – $12.15 – ***1/2 – I have recently been critical of Baco Noir with my podcast partner Michael Pinkus. For Baco producers that are not Henry of Pelham the bar needs to be raised. Konzelmann have done a great job pushing the envelope with this bottle. The fruit is juicy on the nose and on the palate with blackberry and cherry. The finish is nice acidity to keep this…

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Henry of Pelham Family Tree Red 2014

Henry of Pelham Family Tree Red 2014

2014 Henry of Pelham Family Tree Red – $18.95 – I always look forward to the Family Tree wines from Henry of Pelham. The blend in this wine is 33% Syrah, 29% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Baco Noir. Syrah is definitely the dominant theme in this wine. The nose is cracked black pepper over blackberry and raspberry. This pepper just sits front and centre on the wine from start to…

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2014 Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Baco Noir

2014 Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Baco Noir

2014 Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Baco Noir – Vintages 461699 – $24.95 – ****+ – Can Baco be refined? One of the reasons I love Baco from Henry of Pelham is that is comes a little rough around the edges. So it’s interesting to get a bottle with the silver label signifying the top tier of wines from Henry of Pelham. The nose is raspberry and blueberry but the intense fruit flavours are…

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2013 Henry of Pelham Old Vines Baco Noir

2013 Henry of Pelham Old Vines Baco Noir

2014 Henry of Pelham Old Vines Baco Noir – LCBO 459966 – $19.95 – **** – This comes from vines that are over thirty years old. There are only a few wineries who are labeling their bottles as old vines. When you have a vineyard that starts to get older you get to a point where the vines start producing less fruit, they also produce better quality fruit. The nose on this wine is ripe…

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January 22 – 2014 Henry of Pelham Baco Noir – 2014 Havens Chardonnay

January 22 – 2014 Henry of Pelham Baco Noir – 2014 Havens Chardonnay

2014 Henry of Pelham Baco Noir – LCBO 270926 – $14.95 – **** – Baco Noir can be very hit and miss in terms of quality. However, this wine remains consistent regardless of vintage. The nose has slight hints of smoke and spice with lots of very ripe blueberry and currant. The flavours of this wine are jammy and ripe with blueberry, currant, raspberry. Beyond the fruit there is a bit of baking spice that…

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September 19 – 2013 Cave Spring Indian Summer Late Harvest Riesling – 2013 Coffin Ridge Back from the Dead Red

September 19 – 2013 Cave Spring Indian Summer Late Harvest Riesling – 2013 Coffin Ridge Back from the Dead Red

2013 Cave Spring Indian Summer Select Late Harvest Riesling – Vintages 415901 – $24.95 – ****+ – This is a great wine for those of you who say that Icewine is too sweet. First off being a late harvest there is less sugar than in your regular Icewine. Secondly, this wine is made with Riesling which gives it a nice acidity on the finish. You have flavours of lemon and tangerine with nice honey notes. Don’t…

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Books for the Wine Lover on Your List (or yourself)

The Five Minute Wine Book by Tony Aspler – The fact that the first story in this collection of writings describes a fishing trip in Northern Saskatchewan will explain to everyone why I got hooked on the book immediately (in case you didn’t know I am originally from Regina, and I have been known to take the odd fishing trip with a case or two of very good wine).  This e-book will make a great…

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Wine Review October 18 – 2011 Coffin Ridge Back from the Dead Red – 2012 Henry of Pelham Reserve Baco Noir – 2012 Nk’Mip Qwmt Chardonnay

2011 Coffin Ridge Back from the Dead Red – Vintages 260463 – $17.00 – Halloween is coming… and for those of you sick of pumpkin flavoured beer, pie and lattes this wine is for you.  Perfectly unpretentious and approachable.  There is a bit of funkiness in this wine as you can truly tell that it’s Marechal Foch.  Lots of cranberry, blackberry and raspberry with a slight herbaciousness and earthiness on the finish.  This will pair…

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Wine Review December 21 – Budget Wines for Entertaining!

It’s December 21st… most of your shopping is finished.  But you still have a few days before Christmas.  Here are some versatile wines to serve to your company over the holidays all found in the regular list of your local LCBO.  I set out to make these picks friendly on the pocketbook.  Even though these are all affordable they are not short on quality.  2012 Kacaba Unoaked Chardonnay – LCBO 326975 – $14.95 – Light,…

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