Wine Review – 2015 Kacaba Reserve Meritage

Wine Review – 2015 Kacaba Reserve Meritage

2015 Kacaba Reserve Meritage – $45.15 – ****½ – Raspberry jam and currant on the nose. The way this wine starts it tells a story of fruit and a warm fall and a great vintage. But when you take your first sip you see that this isn’t a story, but more of a saga. There is a cocoa note, there is a smoky note, and then there is more fruit. Plum, Blackberry, Blueberry write the…

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The City Wino – Post-Holiday Wines For a Budget

The City Wino – Post-Holiday Wines For a Budget

It’s January. We are all waiting to open our bills and recoil in horror. Here are some suggestions from local sommelier Krystina Roman to save the day, and the pocketbook. You may know Krystina as The City Wino (twitter:instagram) on social media. I am pleased to welcome her wine recommendations to add here. One thing you will notice is that scoring is a little different than what I use. That being said the scoring system…

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Air France Wine List

Air France Wine List

When I went to France in November I flew Air France.  I was fortunate enough to fly Business class for my trip to Paris.  I was curious to see how Air France modeled their wine list especially after the stirs in social media about Air Canada (you can read my original column here).  I wasn’t sure what to expect from the flag carrier of France but I think it’s fair to say that their list…

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Let’s Drink Some Old Bordeaux! – Château de Lamarque tasting

Let’s Drink Some Old Bordeaux! – Château de Lamarque tasting

Now that we are in the cold stretch of winter it is the perfect time to drink some red wines and start roasting some red meat.  There is a certain romanticism when we watch movies and televisions and watch a bigshot order a very old bottle from a specific vintage (even in Ratatouille food critic Anton Ego asks for a 1947 Château Cheval Blanc).  I was treated this night to a special tasting that involved…

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Winery Profiles November 2014 – Château Grand Pontet – Château Trotte Vieille

Winery Profiles November 2014 – Château Grand Pontet – Château Trotte Vieille

Château Grand Pontet is a Grand Cru Classé that is adjacent to Beau-Séjour Bécot.  The proprety is owned and run by Sylvie Pourquet-Bécot, the sister of the proprieters of Beau-Séjour Bécot.  Even though Grand Pontet is not Premier Cru the wines are very good.  We were warmly received by Marie Pourquet and taken through the property.  The wines are made from vines that are on average 40 years old. 2007 Grand Pontet – 36€ – ****+ – Cabernet…

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Winery Profile November 2014 – Chateau Laroze – Saint Émillion

Winery Profile November 2014 – Chateau Laroze – Saint Émillion

I had the chance to visit Château Laroze in November of 2014.  It is a Grand Cru Classé winery located in Saint Émillion.  We had an opportunity to sit down with the owner of the winery Guy Meslin to go through some of his wines and history of the winery.  Guy’s family has history with the winery that goes back over 300 years. One thing is that the vineyards are planted high density with 1…

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It’s Time to Bring a Bottle of Wine to Your Host!

It’s Time to Bring a Bottle of Wine to Your Host!

Over the holidays there is more to worry about than just figuring out what wines to serve at your own Christmas parties.  Inevitably you will be invited to your friends house or even the boss may be throwing their own Christmas party.  How do you figure out what exactly to bring?  Let’s face it bringing a bottle of Yellow Tail just isn’t going to cut it around the holiday season. The biggest faux pas I…

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Wine Review December 14, 2013 – 2011 Trius Red – 2011 Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay

2011 Trius Red – Vintages 303800 – $22.95 – Trius Red has long been a benchmark wine, even in off vintages it is still delicious.  This wine is sandwiched between two vintages that may be considered the best ever and has big shoes to fill as 2010 may have been the best version of the Trius Red.  That being said this wine doesn’t disappoint, you get a wine that is very fruit forward and benefits…

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Wine Review July 6, 2013 – Strewn Terroir Sauvignon Blanc 2011 – L’Evidence 2011

Strewn Terroir Sauvignon Blanc 2011 – VINTAGES 343897 – $17.95 – Sauvignon Blanc from Ontario is great, you usually end up with a wine that is a blend between bright Citrus notes and subtle herbaciousness.  When you compare Sauv Blanc from Ontario against those from New Zealand (if you haven’t heard … they are kind of known for their Sauv Blanc) you will find the flavours reversed; intense herbaciousness with suble fruit flavours.  This is…

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