Cuvée 2016

Cuvée 2016

The Cuvée Grand Tasting 2016 took place March 5th at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. Every year I set out with the goal of tasting every wine at the event and every year I fall short. This year there were 48 wines in attendance. This year was also interesting because we are starting to see the warm vintage red wines from 2012 fade into the rear view mirror and we are really starting to see what…

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Eye on Cattail Creek

2013 Simply Stainless Chardonnay – LCBO 377549 – $14.95 – This wine is a very big unoaked chardonnay.  Loads of apple and pineapple on the nose and on the palate.  Dry with just a hint of sweetness that is balanced by great acidity.  A great patio sipper and will make a great match to roast chicken or turkey or creamy pasta dishes. 2013 Gewurztraminer – Winery Only (www.cattailcreek.ca) – $18.95 – As we start eying…

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Wine Review Extra – 2012 Cattail Creek Cabernet Franc

2012 Cattail Creek Cabernet Franc – Winery Only – $29.95 – “We never meant to make this wine” is written on the back of the bottle.  I had an opportunity to taste this wine in barrel last summer and even back then I knew something special was being made.  This is one of the best Cab Francs I have ever had.  Beautifully structured with black plum, blackberry and currant underneath firm tannin.  Decant this wine…

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Wine Review – Rosé for Mother’s Day!

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day and I love getting my mom something special to enjoy.  The great thing about Rosé is that it is still something that most people don’t drink as their “go to” wine of choice.  When you start talking to people about pink wine it tends to conjure up images of blush zinfandel.  Rosé is not the sickly, sweet pink wine of days past.  Wineries have been making what I can only describe…

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Wine Review December 21 – Budget Wines for Entertaining!

It’s December 21st… most of your shopping is finished.  But you still have a few days before Christmas.  Here are some versatile wines to serve to your company over the holidays all found in the regular list of your local LCBO.  I set out to make these picks friendly on the pocketbook.  Even though these are all affordable they are not short on quality.  2012 Kacaba Unoaked Chardonnay – LCBO 326975 – $14.95 – Light,…

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Wine Review – Thanksgiving 2013

I love Turkey.  You have no idea how much I love Turkey.  Around this time of year I start to dream of the taste of my Dad’s stuffing and gravy.  Now for many people wine to serve with Turkey is a matter of simply having White or Red available at the Table.  I am here to offer you your best options for Turkey whether it be White, Red, Rosé or Sparkling there are some great…

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Wine Review September 21, 2013 – Cattail Creek Barrel Fermented Small Lot Chardonnay 2010 – Organized Crime Pipe Down 2011

Cattail Creek Barrel Fermented Small Lot Chardonnay 2010 – Vintages 348987 – $24.95 – A little more refined than most Chardonnay’s I have written about recently.  Fruit flavours lean towards Orange and Grilled Pineapple.  This wine has a long creamy finish with lots of vanilla left on the palate with just a touch of smokey oak.  I really love this wine, it’s something to look forward to serving with Roast Chicken or Turkey. Organized Crime…

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Wine Review September 14 – SHINE ON

Shine On is the LCBO’s largest annual promotion of Ontario Wines.  This promotion launches on September 15th with the release of 26 new LCBO wines.  I had the chance to taste many of these wines and I can say that this is one of the most exciting releases of LCBO wines I have ever had the chance to try.  There are many wines that well exceed their price point including two Pinot Noir’s that come…

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Wine Review March 3, 2013 – 2011 Cattail Creek Catastrophe Red – 2011 Trius Sauvignon Blanc

Last week was the Canadian International Auto Show, attended by many people who are excited to see what has changed with their favorite models of car or to see what new vehicles are ready to hit the road by their favorite manufacturer.  I, on the other hand, keep busy looking for new wines offered in the LCBO, but also for when my favorite wines change their look.  It has been an interesting couple of years…

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Wine Review July 22, 2012 – 2010 Stoney Ridge Warren Classic Pinot Noir – 2008 Cattail Creek Select Late Harvest Merlot

2008 Cattail Creek Select Late Harvest Merlot – VINTAGES 275370 – $26.95 – While we have had a bit of a break from the heat, it is still HOT this summer.  The thing is this time of year I often forget about Ice Wine and it’s siblings.  The thing is … Ice Wine is perfect for the weather.  You serve it cold, it pairs well with dessert, or on it’s own… and the small portions…

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