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 July 15, 2012 – Cool Chardonnay – 2010 Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay – 2011 Peller Family Series Chardonnay

This week I am talking about the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration, taking place in the Niagara region for the weekend of July 20-22.  I am very excited about this event because it takes us outside of Ontario and brings in wines from all over the world.  If you are still one of the doubters of how great Ontario wine can be, this is the event for you.  I had a chance to speak with…

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Wine Review July 1, 2012 – Canada Day! – 2011 Pelee Island Chardonnay – 2009 Coyote’s Run Red Paw Vineyard Pinot Noir

Happy Canada Day!  What better way to celebrate our nation than with a Red and a White. 2011 Pelee Island Chardonnay – LCBO 136044 – $10.95 – When I am looking for something new at the LCBO I generally give myself a $15 benchmark.  If you give me fifteen dollars, I’ll turn it into a great Ontario Wine.  It is rare that I find something that falls below that fifteen dollar mark.  When I opened…

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Wine Review June 10, 2012 – 2010 Tawse Sketches of Niagara Chardonnay – 2009 Fielding Estates Red Conception

2009 Fielding Red Conception – $18.95 – LCBO 189183 – Where to start on this excellent Red blend… First the great thing about Fielding is everything about their label scream summer, their logo is a Muskoka Chair after all.  One of the great things about all these blends coming out of Ontario is there really are no rules about what you put in the bottle (I mean the Wildass Red I reviewed is a blend…

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Wine Review May 6, 2012 – 2010 Vineland Chardonnay Musqué – 2010 Peninsula Ridge Merlot

2010 Vineland Chardonnay Musqué – VINTAGES 996793 – $17.95 – I am getting an early start on Mothers` Day.  This year my motto is why by Mom flowers when you can give her flowers in a bottle.  What I mean by this is this wine has an incredible aroma of wild flower in the glass.  There are many great Musqués being made in Ontario right now and one of my favorite things about this grape…

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Wine Review April 22, 2012 – STLTO Red/White

I have made it my mission to discuss great Ontario wines, because I still feel there is a certain stigma out there that they aren’t very good.  But even though I have no problems finding great VQA wines to talk about every week sometimes something catches my eye (and palette) that I have to talk about.  This week we’re heading to Italy.  But don’t worry, this wine has a strong local connection as Sarah Liberatore,…

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Wine Review March 11, 2012 – Sue Ann Staff 2009 Baco Noir – Cattail Creek 2010 Cat-Astrophe White

As promised I have found some wines that are down in price so why not pick up both this week?  The great things about these wines is they are both fantastic value, definitely superior wines for the price. 2009 Sue-Ann Staff Baco Noir – $14.95 – LCBO 260422 – This is the second Baco in two weeks, I really love Baco Noir this is a great wine that, like last week, could change the way…

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Wine Review March 4, 2012 – Sandbanks Estate Reserve Baco Noir 2009 – Kacaba Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2009

Sanbanks Estate Reserve Baco Noir 2009 – LCBO 225920 – $19.95 – This is a great baco full of Plum and Blueberry, Raspberry with a very jammy texture.  But at the same time this wine is not lacking a wonderful earthiness, that is a little softer than the Henry of Pelham Baco.  Now here is the important thing with this wine… It is very drinkable right out of the bottle, but once it has had…

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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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