Wine Review February 17, 2013 – 2011 Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling – 2010 Peninsula Ridge Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling – VINTAGES 080234 – $16.95 –  This wine is fantastic, a great balance of a touch of sweetness and acidity makes this very easy to drink.  Strong flavours of Peach and Lemon.  Easy to pair with a variety of foods thanks to the acidity.  Pick this one up while you can it won’t stay on the shelves long.   2010 Peninsula Ridge Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – VINTAGES 609826 – $21.95…

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Wine Review January 27, 2013 – 2009 Flat Rock Chardonnay – 2011 Ravine Sand&Gravel Redcoat

2009 Flat Rock Chardonnay – VINTAGES 0286278 – $16.95 – I haven’t made any secret of the fact that I am not a fan of the descriptor “minerality”, however there really is no other word to describe this Chardonnay quite so well.  Balanced with flavours of apple with a nice creamy mouth feel and a lingering finish.  The finish is more than lingering a wine that can only be described as intense.  A nice acidity…

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Wine Review January 20, 2013 – 2009 The Foreign Affair Sauvignon Blanc – 2010 Pondview Cabernet Merlot

Both of the wines I am talking about this week have me very excited.  Because I know they are not going to stay on the shelves very long.  I am also excited because it’s a Spinal Tap kind of week… I am reminded of that scene from this is Spinal Tap when they are looking at a Marshall Amplifier talking about turning things to eleven… when 10 just isn’t enough you sometimes want to have…

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Wine Review November 4, 2012 – 2010 Cave Spring Red – 2011 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling

My favorite thing about November is Wrapped Up in the Valley.  This wine event is hosted by 20 Valley (www.20valley.ca) it features wine and food pairings at 24 participating wineries.  I love this event firstly because some of the best wine in Ontario is coming from the Beamsville bench these days.  It’s also a great way to get out and try new wines, I know that we all fall into funks where we find a…

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Wine Review October 14, 2012 – Kevin O’Leary Wines

When I had a chance to speak with Kevin O’Leary about his wines I was dying to ask him the question: “Why Ontario?”… He is a businessman and literally has the world at his disposal for creating a world class wine, surely California, Argentina, Australia or anywhere else could offer what he was looking for.  But as he said to me, he is a proud Canadian and Ontario is not a backwater for growing grapes. …

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Wine Review SPECIAL – Prince Edward County Review John Tory Show

The wines I talked about with John Tory are as follows Sullyzwicker White 2010 – $14.95 – LCBO 214478Sandbanks Shoreline Red (Cabernet/Merlot) 2010 – $14.95 – LCBO 159962Norman Hardie Unfiltered Pinot Noir 2010 – $35.00 – Vintages 125310                 The way I have been reviewing wine is simply put, if I don’t like it I’m not going to talk about it.  Keeping that in mind, I just returned from my…

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Wine Review August 26, 2012 – 2009 Calamus Cabernet Sauvignon – 2011 Sandbanks Dunes Vidal

2009 Calamus Cabernet Sauvignon – VINTAGES 285809 – $19.95 – I had a chance to visit Calamus earlier this summer and I knew this was coming out.  Calamus never ceases to surprise how a small winery can make such great wine.  This is another fruit forward wine with a nice balance of smoky flavours.  What is very interesting is the quality of how great the Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc from this part of the province…

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Wine Review August 19, 2012 – The Little Grape that Could

It’s interesting to find wines that while not produced locally… have a local connection.  These wines are just that.  A couple of great food friendly wines that support a great cause.  To take advantage of donating the profits to charity you input a code printed on each bottle to this website: https://thelittlegrapethatcould.com/  There is also more information about these wines at this site.  The Little Grape that Could Cabernet Sauvignon – LCBO 277020 – $11.95 –…

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Wine Review July 29, 2012 – 2010 Reif Cabernet Merlot – 2010 Hidden Bench Estate Riesling

We had some rain this week!  And also a bit of a break in the temperature which let me get into some Red wine.  But summer is not over yet.  2010 Reif Cabernet Merlot – LCBO 565713 – $13.75 – This wine is a teriffic value.  But the price isn’t even where to begin with what makes this wine fantastic.  Most wines benefit from exposure to air, but this one is great right out of…

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Wine Review July 8, 2012 – Wildass Rosé 2009 – Cattail Creek Serendipity Rosé 2010

It is hot outside … yeah I am that guy, pointing out the obvious.  I do find it a little challenging to find a wine that pairs well with the heat.  I have pretty much shelved most of my Red Wines.  I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about serving temperature, but when it’s 40 degrees outside Red Wine does tend to increase in temperature very quickly, and that just isn’t a good thing. …

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