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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Sep 23 – 2014 Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay – 2013 Foreign Affair Apologetic Red

Sep 23 – 2014 Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay –  2013 Foreign Affair Apologetic Red

2014 Canadian Oak Chardonnay – Vintages 149302 – $21.95 – ****1/2 – The nose is rich and complex there is Pineapple, Peach, Vanilla and a hint of something funky. It really doesn’t get more local than this wine. The barrel is made with Canadian Oak and the grapes are fermented with indigenous yeasts. It would seem that with the past few vintages this wine pushes the bar a little bit higher. It’s perfectly balanced in…

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2013 The Foreign Affair Apologetic Red

2013 The Foreign Affair Apologetic Red

2013 Foreign Affair Apologetic Red – Vintages 471516 – $69.95 – ****½ – The label is adorned with the word sorry. The wines from the Foreign Affair are all crafted as a love letter to Canada and to Italy where owner Len Crispino fell in love with the appassimento style of winemaking. So it’s appropriate that this love letter start with a very Canadian apology. The aromas are very ripe Strawberry, Marascino Cherry, and Raspberry…

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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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Wine Review November 14 – 2013 The Foreign Affair Enchanted – 2012 Flat Rock Gravity Pinot Noir

2013 Enchanted served with Polish Sausage, Saurkraut, Potato Pancakes and all the fixins. 2013 The Foreign Affair Enchanted – Vintages 389767 – $17.95 – This white blend is the Foreign Affairs answer to the Conspiracy.  Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling work it’s way into this bottle done in a ripasso style.  The wine was passed over the appassimento Riesling.  The nose has a faint floral quality moving to grapefruit and a slight herbaciousness.  The flavours in…

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Eye on the Foreign Affair

I had a chance to drop into the Foreign Affair in early March.  I have recently reviewed the 2009 Ex-Pat Riesling and the 2012 Conspiracy two wines that I very much enjoyed (and highly recommend you pick up for yourself).  The Foreign Affair makes their wines using the Appassimento method of dealing with their grapes.  This is a process where the grapes are left to dry so the juices become more concentrated.  It’s also a…

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Eye on The Foreign Affair

I had a chance to drop into the Foreign Affair in early March.  I have recently reviewed the 2009 Ex-Pat Riesling and the 2012 Conspiracy two wines that I very much enjoyed (and highly recommend you pick up for yourself).  The Foreign Affair makes their wines using the Appassimento method of dealing with their grapes.  This is a process where the grapes are left to dry so the juices become more concentrated.  It’s also a…

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Cuvée 2014 – We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat!

Last year was the first time I had a chance to attend the Cuvée Grand Tasting Gala and I decided then and there it was something worth marking the calendar for.  After a format change last year where the event went from an award ceremony to each winery bringing their “favorite” wine to pour at the event it has swelled from 40 wineries in 2013 to more than 50 in 2014!  It is physically impossible…

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