Kacaba Spring Roundup

Kacaba Spring Roundup

2014 Terraced Vineyard Syrah – $29.95 – ****1/2 – Whispers of soft white and black pepper work their way out of the glass and layer over soft red fruit. This is elegant and well balanced. Perfectly ripe fruit unravels on the palate with a hint of smoke peeking through on the finish. This is the definition of elegance, while you savor this wine it feels like a caress in your mouth. The wine finishes just…

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Henry of Pelham – a couple wines for Spring

Henry of Pelham – a couple wines for Spring

2015 Henry of Pelham Family Tree White – Vintages 251116 – $17.95 – ****+ – The blend on this wine is always a little different but every year this wine seems to deliver something delicious and unique. For 2015 the blend is mainly Viognier with Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay Musqué. There is a nice presence of oak in this wine and it helps balance out the floral qualities from the aromatic grapes in this bottle….

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2013 Z Alexander Brown Uncaged Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Z Alexander Brown Uncaged Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Z Alexander Brown Uncaged Cabernet Sauvignon – Vintages 478628 – $21.95 – ****+ – When I tasted this wine I didn’t know this had a celebrity name attached to it. The Z in Alexander Brown stands for Zac of the Zac Brown Band. If you’re a fan of his music this is worth picking up. If you’re a fan of his music you probably won’t need to read this review any further. This is…

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2014 Kew Marsanne – 2013 13th Street Cabernet Merlot

2014 Kew Marsanne – 2013 13th Street Cabernet Merlot

2014 Kew Marsanne – vintages 485334 – $19.95 – ****+ – This is the only Marsanne in the province, that makes this wine both unique and special. The aromas are tangerine and vanilla making this seem like a creamsicle in a glass. There is a nice note of baking spice that rises up on the mid palate. The texture is creamy but not heavy on the mid palate. There is nice acidity that helps keep…

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2013 Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon – Vintages 322586 – $19.95 – **** – This is the second vintage of this wine that is made using the “dry farming” techniques. I don’t think it’s possible to take your first sip of this wine without raising an eyebrow. The flavours are very rich and concentraded from start to finish. The aromas are cocoa and campfire smoke with black currant buried underneath it all. This wine is heavy,…

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Rosewood – January 2017

Rosewood – January 2017

2016 Rosewood Nebulous – $24.95 – **** – This is the first “sparkling” offering from Rosewood. I am putting the Sparkling in quotes because it’s not really a Sparkling in the sense that most Ontario wine lovers are familiar. This is essentially an Ancestral style sparkling wine made with the remaining 15 Semillon vines from Rosewood and Pinot Noir. Ancestral style means there is no second fermentation that takes place. If you’re expecting Champagne you…

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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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Karlo (September 2016)

Karlo (September 2016)

2013 Chardonnay – $25.00 – **** -There is a lot of fruit on the nose of this wine – apples and lime with a nice mineral note that rises above everything. The flavours match the nose and there is a nice creamy mouthfeel on the mid palate. This wine does sit light and crisp. Everything about this wine is balanced, subtle and delicious. 2013 3 Witches – $20.00 – **** – This wine does smell…

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Nk’Mip (July 2016)

Nk’Mip (July 2016)

This post marks the end of my trip to the Okanagan this summer. But stay tuned starting in January I am going to be continuing my journey as I also visited Oregon and have a lot to say. Nk’Mip is located in the southernmost part of the Okanagan Valley. It’s located 8km from the US border. It’s the hottest part of the valley, so it goes without saying that this winery doesn’t have any issues…

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2014 Tawse Spark Limestone Ridge Sparkling Riesling – 2012 Henry of Pelham Estate Cabernet Merlot

2014 Tawse Spark Limestone Ridge Sparkling Riesling – 2012 Henry of Pelham Estate Cabernet Merlot

2014 Tawse Spark Limestone Ridge Sparkling Riesling – Vintages 370361 – $20.20 – **** – Simply put this should be essential for your holiday entertaining. Bright and crisp this will pair with any food that you can put on the table this time of year. Flavours are lemon, lime and this wine has a nice mineral note that goes from start to finish. There is a nice floral note that gives this wine a bit…

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