2013 Domaine Queylus Tradition Pinot Noir – 2016 Creekside Cabernet Rosé

2013 Domaine Queylus Tradition Pinot Noir – 2016 Creekside Cabernet Rosé

2013 Domaine Queylus Tradition Pinot Noir – Vintages 392738 – $29.95 – **** – Aromas of ripe cherry with a note of vanilla and a slight earthiness. This checks all the boxes for what you expect from Pinot Noir from Ontario. Ripe fruit opens up on the palate and there is a nice hint of baking spice on the finish. Nice acidity keeps this light and easy drinking. Simply put this is a great bottle…

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Creekside – Spring 2017

Creekside – Spring 2017

I stopped by Creekside as one of my first winery visits for 2017. It has been a while since i’ve stopped but the recent releases making their way to Toronto through Vintages have been fantastic. Needless to say there is a lot to look forward to available from Creekside. From a winery that has a reputation for their Syrah there is certainly a lot more to this place than Syrah these days. 2015 Marianne Riesling…

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2015 Dirty Laundry Woo Woo Vines Gewurztraminer – 2013 Creekside Cabernet Franc

2015 Dirty Laundry Woo Woo Vines Gewurztraminer – 2013 Creekside Cabernet Franc

2015 Dirty Laundry Woo Woo Vines Gewurztraminer – Vintages 245140 – $18.95 – Whether it’s Niagara or the Okanagan Canada is kind of doing it’s own thing when it comes to Gewurztraminer. The texture of the wine typically falls halfway between what you would expect from Alsace or Germany. There is nice acidity that helps keep this from sitting too heavy on the palate. There is nice rose petal and lychee – it’s pretty much…

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Terroir and Beef

Terroir and Beef

I love the word terroir. Terroir basically has to do with what affects the flavour of a wine. The soil, weather, and climate all have an effect on the fruit that comes from the vine that ends up in your bottle. I have given a lot to how Terroir can apply to everything we eat. I am shameless about the fact I grew up in Saskatchewan, and when I moved to Ontario I noticed immediately…

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Nov 4 – 2013 Creekside Iconoclast Syrah – 2014 Cave Spring Riesling Icewine

Nov 4 – 2013 Creekside Iconoclast Syrah – 2014 Cave Spring Riesling Icewine

2014 Cave Spring Riesling Icewine – Vintages 447441 – $49.95 – ****½ – There is something really special about this wine. The aroma has this pressence of Caramel Corn and it’s just so satisfying to have something almost savory right off the hop. Riesling Icewine tends to keep its acidity and this is no exception. There are flavours of Canned Peaches, Apricot, and Honey. Sip carefully and serve with pâté, and firm cheeses. 2013 Creekside…

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June 24 – 2013 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Gewürztraminer – 2015 Creekside Cabernet Rosé

June 24 – 2013 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Gewürztraminer – 2015 Creekside Cabernet Rosé

2013 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Gewürztraminer – Vintages 302059 – $17.95 – ****+ – This is somewhat restrained on the nose and less perfumed than I had expected from this wine. There are great aromas of lychee and rose petal, and hints of spice added to the mix. The flavours on the wine match the restrained nose. The texture on this wine is heavy on the mid palate. There is a nice oily texture to…

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Feb 27 – 2014 Creekside Estate Marianne Hill Riesling – 2013 Peller Estates Private Reserve Gamay Noir

Feb 27 – 2014 Creekside Estate Marianne Hill Riesling – 2013 Peller Estates Private Reserve Gamay Noir

2014 Creekside Estate Marianne Hill Riesling – Vintages 443572 – $19.95 – ***** – Here is your first perfect score of 2016. This wine came out of left field from a winery that is better known for Syrah. The nose offers a nice mineral quality on top of lemon, lime and golden delicious apple. The flavours of this wine are lemon, peach, and apple. A perfect harmony of acidity and sugar. This wine has a…

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Creekside Sparkling Wines

Creekside Sparkling Wines

2012 Creekside Sauvignon Blanc Backyard Bubbly – $24.95 – Winery Only – ****+ – What I found most interesting about this wine was the texture. There is a nice creamy texture that takes over your mid palate … when you serve this wine right out of the fridge you might guess it’s a sparkling Riesling. The bright citrus flavours of this wine dominate the palate along with the wonderful texture. As the wine starts to…

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October 31 – 2013 Inniskillin Reserve Series Chardonnay – 2012 Creekside Estate Laura’s Red

October 31 – 2013 Inniskillin Reserve Series Chardonnay – 2012 Creekside Estate Laura’s Red

2012 Creekside Estate Laura’s Red – Vintages 117960 – $19.95 – ****+ – There is a little bit of everything you can grow in Niagara in this bottle, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Coming from the hot 2012 summer the nose is nice and fruity but with an undertone of smoked meaty goodness. This isn’t a wine that you will want to age for a while but that’s okay this is…

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Wine Review September 27 – 2013 Flat Rock Good Kharma Chardonnay – 2010 Creekside Estate Laura’s Red

2013 Flat Rock Good Kharma Chardonnay – Vintages 356873 – $16.95 – This will make a perfect addition to your table for Thanksgiving.  A portion of the sale from each bottle goes to help the Ontario Association of Food Banks.  Feel good story aside, this wine easily outperforms its price point.  You have aromas of peach, apple with subtle pineapple and flavours to match.  The finish on this wine is perfectly balanced flavours of vanilla…

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