Southbrook – So Many New Things.

Southbrook – So Many New Things.

Earlier this year I had a chance to do a broad tasting of the current offerings from Southbrook. Last year I had an opportunity to taste a depth of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon. It would seem the wines for sale this year offer something a little bit interesting. Vidal served two ways – both a sparkling and orange version. Also, we see a cider that is something of a Niagara take on a basque style….

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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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Exultet (Summer 2016)

Exultet (Summer 2016)

This year at the Ontario Wine Awards Exultet regained their crown for the best Chardonnay and also the best White Wine at the competition. This means this small winery in Prince Edward County now holds the best Chardonnay award from the OWA’s five out of the last six years. Now here is the fun part of the awards this year is that Exultet took both Gold and Bronze for different vintages of “The Blessed”. So,…

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Tawse makes Cider (and Cabernet Franc)

Tawse makes Cider (and Cabernet Franc)

Tawse Cider – The past two winters in Ontario have not been kind to the vines of the wineries. Tawse has decided to fill the gap left by missing grapes with cider. The final result is something fantastic. Just a hint of sweetness on the finish of this cider. This is certainly not meant to be savoured like so many of the wines from Tawse but this is the sort of beverage designed to be…

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Wine List – Barque

Wine List – Barque

There has been a bit of a buzz about the wine list at Barque smokehouse lately.  You may know of Barque for it’s great food but there is a lot going on in the ways of beverages at the Roncesvalles restaurant.  They are now pouring wine on tap.  This means that it is poured pretty much the same way you would pour a beer.  Only you don’t need to worry about a a big head….

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Eye on Cider 1 – Brickworks Cider House Batch:1904

I have never written about Cider but it is definitely something I enjoy when I’m not drinking wine. We are seeing a huge boom in craft everything when it comes to beverages in Ontario.  Craft Cider and Spirits are slowly working their way to the mainstream the same way craft beer has made it’s mark.  I had a chance to try some Brickworks Cider earlier this month and do some cooking with it.  The thing…

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