Wine Review – Henry of Pelham for Winter

Wine Review – Henry of Pelham for Winter

2016 Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Chardonnay – Vintages 616466 – $29.95 – ****+ – This is one of the first wines I have had an opportunity to sample what the very warm 2016 summer has to offer from Niagara, and I was not disappointed. Aromas of vanilla and butterscotch layered over peach, apple and roasted pineapple. This opens up on the palate with nice concentration and depth that follows through on what the…

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Wine Review – Old Wines from Southbrook

Wine Review – Old Wines from Southbrook

I recently had a chance to speak with Barb DiGiulio of Newstalk 1010 about evidence of some very old wine being made. I confessed that old wines don’t really do it for me. I’ll admit that I find it interesting seeing how wines evolve and change with time. These are key words though – wines don’t necessarily improve with time, they evolve. So, when I had an opportunity to taste through the 1998 wines from…

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Wine Review – Ferox

Wine Review – Ferox

Everyone these days seems to be enamoured with Prince Edward County. There is some fantastic, gritty winemaking taking place to the east of Toronto. There are a lot of reasons to pay attention to the County. But there is a renaissance taking place in Niagara. It started when Two Sisters opened their impressive new facility and make quite the impression with the first few vintages of their wines. But, there are a lot of small…

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Wine Review – 2015 Karlo Cabernet Franc – 2016 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling

Wine Review – 2015 Karlo Cabernet Franc – 2016 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling

2016 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling – Vintages 67587 – $18.95 – **** – There is nice balance to this riesling. There is a kiss of sweetness on the finish, and it’s met with nice acidity. The sweetness is enough to really let macintosh and golden delicious apple soar on the mid palate. A nice mineral note mingles with the apples but disappears on a clean finish. 2015 Karlo Cabernet Franc – Vintages 524389 – $39.00 –…

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Wine Review – 2013 Stratus Red – 2014 Charles Baker Picone Vineyard Riesling

Wine Review – 2013 Stratus Red – 2014 Charles Baker Picone Vineyard Riesling

2014 Charles Baker Picone Vineyard Riesling – Vintages 241182 – $35.20 – ****+ – I love it when my Riesling has a hint of sugar. But sweetness needs balance and this is perfectly balanced. The sweetness brings some golden delicious apple to lemon drop. The mineral note adds even more depth and complexity to a wine that brings a lot to your glass. Enjoy now or have it spend time in your cellar for 10-15…

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Wine Review – Great Value – Fleur Du Cap

Wine Review – Great Value – Fleur Du Cap

A couple years ago I had the opportunity to sit down with Pieter Badenhorst or Fleur du Cap. So I was thrilled to have an opportunity to sit down with him again this year. The wines from Fleur du Cap always offer great value and high quality. The Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc from the general list at the LCBO are important because they offer a baseline from what to expect from the varietals while tasting…

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Wine Review – Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa

Wine Review – Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa

It can be a challenge to redefine yourselves. One of the largest challenges facing the Canadian wine industry is gaining recognition on the world stage for more than just Icewine. The wineries of South Africa are facing a similar dilemma in that they are recognized internationally for great affordable bottles – but overlooked when it comes to more premium offerings. Earlier this year PIWOSA (the Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa) arrived in Toronto and…

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Wine Review – 2014 Rosewood Origin Mima’s Block Riesling – 2015 Trius Red

Wine Review – 2014 Rosewood Origin Mima’s Block Riesling – 2015 Trius Red

2015 Trius Red – Vintages 303800 – $24.95 – **** – This continues to be a benchmark for Bordeaux varietals in Ontario. It offers fantastic value and continues to be a staple to build a cellar. The nose on this bottle offers up raspberry, blackberry and a nice cocoa note. The flavours match the nose with a nice smoky note on the finish. The tannin is still firm, but the fruit flavours still soar. This…

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Wine Review – Meldville 2nd Edition

Wine Review – Meldville 2nd Edition

I recently had an opportunity to sit down with Derek Barnett to taste through some of the new wines coming out from Meldville. I was very pleased to find that the portfolio has grown by a few bottles since inception. The red wines are something to truly enjoy but the highlights are still in the white wines. The best part is that every bottle in the portfolio is less than thirty dollars. It's Tuesday. Let's…

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Wine Review – 2015 Icellars Arinna – 2015 Strewn Terroir Pinot Blanc

Wine Review – 2015 Icellars Arinna – 2015 Strewn Terroir Pinot Blanc

2015 Strewn Terroir Pinot Blanc – Vintages 520205 – $18.95 – ***½+ – Well this is interesting, it’s not as if there is a ton of Pinot Blanc from Ontario that makes it to the shelf. Rarity aside this is an easy drinking bottle of wine that is meant to be paired with spicy cuisine of all kinds. The aromas of white flower are layered over orchard fruit with a nice mineral note that lingers…

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