Wine Review February 19, 2012 – Tawse 2009 Sketches of Niagara Chardonnay – Henry of Pelham 2010 Baco Noir

This week we’ve got wines to pair with nothing.  We have had a few weeks of over the top wine and food pairings but sometimes nothing goes together quite like the couch, the tv and a great glass of wine.  2009 Tawse Sketches of Niagara Chardonnay – VINTAGES 89037 – $19.95 –  I will be honest, I found this one by accident.  Last year I set on a mission to find a great barrel aged…

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Wine Review February 12, 2012 – Valentine’s Day Dine In or Out? 2009 Riverview Cellars Angelina’s Reserve Chardonnay – 2010 Norman Hardie County Cabernet Franc

If you still haven’t made plans for Valentine’s Day do not fret I am here to help you.  It’s not too late to pick up some chocolate and great Pinot Noir from last week’s Wine Review (click here).  Now I have a couple of great wines and options for you this week.  I love to cook and put together a fantastic meal built around a great Chardonnay.  I have also found a restaurant that has…

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Wine Review February 5, 2012 – Wine and Chocolate – 2009 Flat Rock Gravity Pinot Noir – 2010 Malivoire Chardonnay

Valentine’s Day is coming (nothing wrong with getting an early start on things).  So let’s take a look at pairing some great wine and Chocolate.  I tend to avoid mentioning specific food pairings because everyone has a little different idea on what goes well together.  I have found that pairing wine and chocolate can be a little more difficult.  That being said I enlisted some help from some of the experts.  Every week I talk…

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Wine Review January 29, 2012 – 2010 Simply White – 2009 Cave Spring Pinot Noir

2010 Simply White (Stoney Ridge) – $13.95 – LCBO 234476 – Another simple blend that is very easy to drink.  We have a blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc that is very food friendly with nice acidity on the finish.  You will find a citrus burst on the finish leaning towards Pink Grapefruit.  This has a medium body that lingers on the tongue that will make you wonder whether or not this has been in…

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Wine Review January 15, 2012 – 2010 Gypsy White – 2007 Greenlane Greetings Cabernet Merlot

2010 Gypsy White (Kacaba) – $11.95 – LCBO 215053 – I know that I heap high praise on many of the wines that I review, but this is the best wine at this price at the LCBO.  While last year the Gypsy White was filled with melon flavours and a little more subtle on the finish.  This is a very good offering, that while there is a strong pressence of Canteloupe and Honeydew, there is…

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Wine Review January 8, 2012 – 2009 Reif The Magician Shiraz/Pinot Noir – 2010 Flat Rock Twisted White

Happy New Year!  I apologize for the lateness of this blog post, things have been busy.  So if you didn’t read my picks last week and you’re checking out my first picks for the New Year for the first time I have two great vintages wines to check out. 2009 Reif “The Magician Shiraz/Pinot Noir – $19.95 – Vintages 246413 – As you’ve seen from my many reviews blended wines is something that we do…

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Wine Review December 4, 2011 – Calamus 2008 Cosmic Red – Cave Spring 2009 Chardonnay

Calamus 2008 Cosmic Red – VINTAGES 258129 – $17.95 –  Calamus has once again created an excellent Red Blend.  Typical of the other 2008 Cabernets I have reviewed this is a very fruit forward wine.  But as with any of the wines I highly recommend this is all about balance.  What I mean by this is that while there is a strong pressence of Blackberry, Plum, and Currant hidden underneath is Vanilla with a slight…

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Wine Review November 27, 2011 – 2008 Rosehall Run Cold Creek Cabernet Franc – 2009 Stoney Ridge Excellence Chardonnay

2008 Rosehall Run Cold Creek Cabernet Franc – VINTAGES 149039 – $22.95 – I have raved about the Southbrook Triomphe Cabernet Franc for it’s value and this Wine would make an excellent dance partner if you want to see two different sides to the same grape variety, but different region in Ontario.  While the Triomphe has a more velvetty bold fruit flavour and texture on the palette this offering from Rosehall Run is more like…

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Wine Review November 13, 2011 – Union Red – Cattail Creek Chardonnay Musqué

Union Red – LCBO 197152 – $12.95 – This is an excellent medium bodied, easy drinking red.  The  best thing about this wine is that there is no decanting required, simply open the cap and dive right into this bottle.  This is a rainbow of red fruit flavours that play really nicely with each other, you will find Currant, Plum and Cherry with a finish that is almost jammy.  But with the fact that this…

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Wine Review November 6, 2011 – Inniskillin Tenacity Red – 2009 Family Tree White

Inniskillin Tenacity Red – LCBO 264788 – $13.95 – Inniskillin has thrown their hat into the ring of a long list of wineries releasing “budget” blends.  My favorite part of this trend however is seeing different grape combinations that you don’t normally see (a traditional Bordeaux blend is Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot).  This wine is a blend of Cab-Franc, Pinot Noir and Merlot.  The only thing that you really need to be aware…

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