2015 Vieni Gamay Noir – 2016 Wildass Rosé

2015 Vieni Gamay Noir – 2016 Wildass Rosé

2015 Vieni Gamay Noir – Vintages 498519 – $17.95 – ****½ – The intensity of everything in this wine will make you want to stand up and applaud it. The nose is rich black cherry and climbs out of the glass with such concentration it feels like an invasion of the senses. The concentration of fruit flavours in the glass feels like great cru Beaujolais. This finishes with nicely balanced acidity and a hint of…

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2015 Vineland Estates Gewurztraminer – 2015 Chateau des Charmes Gamay Droit

2015 Vineland Estates Gewurztraminer – 2015 Chateau des Charmes Gamay Droit

2015 Vineland Estates Gewurztraminer – Vintages 434779 – $17.95 – ***½+ – I’m not sure how much Gewurztraminer we are going to see coming from Ontario given the damage most Gew vineyards saw during the winters of 2014 and 2015 many wineries have moved on from the varietal, for those who have held onto their vines, this is something worth tasting. The thing about Gew from Ontario is it straddles a point somewhere between Alsace…

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Hinterland – New Vintages (Dec 2016)

Hinterland – New Vintages (Dec 2016)

There’s a few new wines available at Hinterland. If you missed out on scoring a bottle of Les Étoiles don’t worry, if you stow a couple bottles away they will be ready to go in time for 2018! 2013 Les Étoiles – $39.00 – ****½ – While reading this note I would like you to picture me wiping a tear from my eye as I give Hinterland a standing ovation for this outstanding bottle. Aromas…

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Fresh Wines

Fresh Wines

I recently had the opportunity to taste the new VQA Fresh wines from Diamond Estates at the iYellow Wine Cave. In short, I was impressed. Wines like these are important. It’s the same reason I spend time looking at the Pelee Island wines. Let’s call them “entry level” wines. Let’s face it these are not the finest most refined bottles you will find in the LCBO but they have an important role to play. For…

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Casa Dea – Oct 2016

Casa Dea – Oct 2016

2015 Dea’s Cuvée – $18.95 – **** – This is one of the best value wines in the province bar none. You will hear me talk about “Just Because” Sparkling wines with my meals and get-togethers, this is one of those wines. There is a hint of sweetness in the glass but the bright crisp acidity helps keep the wine in check. There are nice aromas of rising bread and the flavours are lime and…

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July 8 – 2013 Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Chardonnay – 2014 Tawse Gamay Noir

July 8 – 2013 Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Chardonnay – 2014 Tawse Gamay Noir

2013 Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Chardonnay – Vintages 616466 – $29.95 – ****+ – Soft, Balanced, Complex and Elegant. There is a lot going on in this bottle, but it all feels restrained. To be honest, this restraint is what makes this wine so good. The nose is Apples, Peaches, Vanilla, Butterscotch and hints of Smoke. The flavours bring everything you get on the nose and a bit more with the fruit moving…

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Chateau des Charmes for Spring

Chateau des Charmes for Spring

2014 Gamay Noir – LCBO 57349 – $13.95 – ****+ – In a recent social media post I called this “liquid awesome”. The nose is inviting with red and dark cherry with a subtle earthiness. The nose on this wine feels a little heavier than when it hits your mouth. When this wine hits your mouth it is light and delicate with lots of ripe cherry flavours. This wine is dangerously smooth with nice acidity….

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Rosé for Everyone!

Rosé for Everyone!

The Wine Writers Circle of Canada recently hosted a Rosé tasting. We had over fifty wines available to taste from various growing regions. France, Italy, Australia, Spain, New Zealand and Ontario were all present. There were a lot of great wines on the table. The table was full of surprises including my favorite french bottle from Chateau de Berne. Chateau de Berne comes in what looks like an Olive oil bottle. I try to avoid…

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Rosehall Run (April 2016)

Rosehall Run (April 2016)

There are some incredible things afoot at Rosehall Run as they enter their 15th year. In 2001 the farm was purchased and the vines were planted. 2014 Indigo Sparkling – $24.95 – **** – This is a blend of Chardonnay Musqué, Muscat Ottonel, and Ehrenfelser. There’s a good chance you’re not familiar with two or all of the varietals in this bottle. These are grapes you don’t see very often. The aromas on this wine…

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Dominique Piron – Now in Ontario!

Dominique Piron – Now in Ontario!

Recently I posted my thoughts on the fantastic Beaujolais producer Dominique Piron. I also mentioned that the wines are not available in Canada. It turns out, I was wrong. While I still wish that these bottles were available at the LCBO the people at Lifford (LINK) have brought in a couple of fantastic bottles from the producer. per the comment below, I have been corrected, and reminded that Dominique Piron has been available in BC…

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