Wine Review – Cave Spring

Wine Review – Cave Spring

2015 Cave Spring Cabernet Franc – LCBO 523001 – $17.95 – **** – I will be the first to admit that I don’t spend enough time tasting the wines in the general list… but I need to remind myself wineries like Cave Spring, Vineland and Chateau des Charmes consistently bring outstanding value and quality to the front of the LCBO. This Cabernet Franc is where Ontario shines. It’s not quite Bordeaux… it’s not quite Loire……

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Southbrook – So Many New Things.

Southbrook – So Many New Things.

Earlier this year I had a chance to do a broad tasting of the current offerings from Southbrook. Last year I had an opportunity to taste a depth of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon. It would seem the wines for sale this year offer something a little bit interesting. Vidal served two ways – both a sparkling and orange version. Also, we see a cider that is something of a Niagara take on a basque style….

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2015 Featherstone Joy Premium Cuvée Rosé

2015 Featherstone Joy Premium Cuvée Rosé

I am shameless in professing my love for the sparkling wine from Featherstone. Both the Rosé and the Blanc de Blanc are something to be excited about. This 2015 bottle of bubbles doesn’t spend as much time on lees, but the fruit is just so fresh and tasty in this bottle. 2015 Featherstone Joy Premium Cuvée Rosé – $29.95 – ****+ – There is something vibrant and fresh about this wine. There is an exuberance…

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Pierre Sparr Bubbles

Pierre Sparr Bubbles

Pierre Sparr Brut Reserve Cremant D’Alsace – LCBO 388603 – $18.95 – **** – A traditional method sparkling wine made from Pinot Blanc. This is bright, crisp and clean on the nose with the aroma of freshly baked bread with white flower mixed in. This wine finishes dry with nice, bright, crisp acidity that leaves the palate refreshed. The palate has nice fruit layered over a mineral note. There are notes of peach, green apple,…

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Eye on Sparkling Wine

2011 Featherstone Joy – Vintages 310334 – $34.95 – I have been eagerly waiting the release of this wine as the 2009 was easily the best Sparkling wine from Ontario I sampled last year … and that is saying a lot in a province loaded with world class sparkling wine producers.  The 2011 version of Joy is just as fantastic as the 2009.  This wine is a “Blanc de Blancs” meaning it is completely Chardonnay. …

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