Le Beaujolais Nouveau Est Arrivé 2017

Le Beaujolais Nouveau Est Arrivé 2017

The Nouveau wines are released today. I still look forward to this release every year. This year feels a little exciting and there is definitely something a little different about the 2017 vintage, especially from France. The wines this year are a little more austere and this may be a year where it’s worth tucking a bottle away for a year or so. I don’t normally enjoy spending a lot of money on these cheap…

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Dominique Piron – Now in Ontario!

Dominique Piron – Now in Ontario!

Recently I posted my thoughts on the fantastic Beaujolais producer Dominique Piron. I also mentioned that the wines are not available in Canada. It turns out, I was wrong. While I still wish that these bottles were available at the LCBO the people at Lifford (LINK) have brought in a couple of fantastic bottles from the producer. per the comment below, I have been corrected, and reminded that Dominique Piron has been available in BC…

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March 25 – 2014 Vintage Ink Sauvignon Blanc – 2014 Chasselay Quatre Saisons Beaujolais

March 25 – 2014 Vintage Ink Sauvignon Blanc – 2014 Chasselay Quatre Saisons Beaujolais

2014 Vintage Ink Sauvignon Blanc – Vintages 391953 – $16.95 – ***1/2+ – Sauvignon Blanc from Ontario is something I love. If you’re drinking a lot of Kim Crawford these days it might be time to crawl out of that bottle and into this one. The nose is grassy and grapefruit it just feels like a warm, dry summer day. There is just a hint of herbacious on this wine on the finish. While the…

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Dominique Piron – Beaujolais Supreme!

Dominique Piron – Beaujolais Supreme!

Of all the wineries I visited in Beaujolais the portfolio at Dominique Piron was the best. There are still questions swirling about how well Gamay can age. These questions were firmly answered with my visit to this winery. Proprieter Julien Revillon opened up a Morgon from 1990 that had not only aged perfectly but still had some gas in the tank. Sixteen wines in total were tasted and there is not a single one I…

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A Day in Beaujolais

A Day in Beaujolais

I traveled to France in November to check out the Beaujolais Nouveau release.  After spending a few days hunting for Cabernet Franc in St Émillion I knew that I had to go to Beaujolais.  Beaujolais, like Ontario, is currently take the long way up recovering from a bruised reputation stemming from a market that was flooded with bad nouveau.  It is also no secret that I am a Gamay hunter (search my twitter feed @andrewinereview…

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Nouveau Release 2014

This week on November 20th we will be greeted with 9 offerings from France, Italy and Ontario in their local LCBO.  Nouveau has a certain contradiction about it … the hardest wine snobs will turn their nose up at it… but the budding wineaux has no idea that it even exists. Nouveau is the first wine of the 2014 harvest that was recently completed.  These wines were grapes only six weeks ago.  They are light…

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Nouveau Release 2013

The Third Thursday marks the arrival of Nouveau!  I may be one of the few holdouts but I really look forward to the Nouveau release.  I believe that from a wine snob perspective it’s a great litmus test to the quality of the harvest from the year.  Let’s face it Nouveau will never be compared to a well made Pinot or Chardonnay from anywhere in the world, but it’s a lot of fun to drink….

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Wine Review EXTRA – June 9, 2013 – Pay Chen Show Gamay for Father’s Day

I am the kind of guy that likes to Barbeque year round.  Growing up in Saskatchewan shoveling the yard meant clearing the driveway for the car and clearing a path from the back door to the BBQ.  Needless to say that regardless of the season my Dad is king of the grill.  For Father’s Day I like to focus on wines that will pair well with grilled foods… this year I am focussing on the…

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Wine Review March 9, 2013 – 2011 Tawse Gamay Noir – 2011 Sue-Ann Staff Loved by Lu Riesling

2011 Tawse Gamay Noir – Vintages 322545 – $18.95 – Gamay is an interesting grape … most serious wine fans don’t pay a lot of attention to it unless it’s the Nouveau release.  I have friends in France who will give you a hard time if you’re caught with a bottle of beaujolais in your possesion no matter how good it is.  That being said, there is an interesting trend picking up steam in Niagara…

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Nouveau Day has Arrived!!! (2011)

Sorry I’m a day late with this …  but HERE is where you can purchase your Kerner Nouveau from Reif http://www.reifwinery.com/wines/Kerner_Nouveau  Something I would highly recommend. This week it’s time to take a departure from my usual picks of great Ontario wines.  The third Thursday in November the wineries release the first vintage of the year.  A lighter fruitier Red that drinks a little easy, is a little sweet (and may leave you with a…

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