2015 Hidden Bench Estate Riesling – 2014 Dirty Laundry Cabernet/Merlot

2015 Hidden Bench Estate Riesling – 2014 Dirty Laundry Cabernet/Merlot

2015 Hidden Bench Estate Riesling – Vintages 183491 – $23.95 – **** – When it comes to consistency and quality for Riesling in the province of Ontario the Beamsville bench sets the bar. I look to bench Riesling as a way to help form the backbone to my collection because it is hard to beat the price to quality of these wines in any section of the LCBO. This bottle offers a great mineral note…

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Hidden Bench Brut Natur 2011

Hidden Bench Brut Natur 2011

This post is ready to go just in time for New Years… sadly I believe this wine is sold out. The good news is that there will be more available for next year. So consider this post a tease for what to come next year. 2011 Hidden Bench Brut Natur – $45.00 – ****½ – Chances are at the moment you are reading this the Brut Natur from HIdden Bench has long been sold out….

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Nov 18 – 2012 Hidden Bench Terroir Caché – 2015 Wildass Sauvignon Blanc

Nov 18 – 2012 Hidden Bench Terroir Caché – 2015 Wildass Sauvignon Blanc

2015 Wildass Sauvignon Blanc – Vintages 376814 – $18.95 – ****+ – This is a solid Sauv Blanc from Niagara. There is a nice grassy note that runs through the backbone of this wine from start to finish. There is concentrated tropical fruit with rich passion fruit and pineapple on the palate. The tropical fruit lingers on the finish but there is nice acidity to this wine. I will be looking to pair this with…

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November 21 – 2013 Reif Estate Reserve Gewurztraminer – 2011 Hidden Bench Terroir Caché Meritage

November 21 – 2013 Reif Estate Reserve Gewurztraminer – 2011 Hidden Bench Terroir Caché Meritage

2013 Reif Estate Reserve Gewurztraminer – Vintages 360255 – $18.95 – ***1/2+ – This wine is definitely defined by its texture. This leans more towards an alsatian style of Gewurztraminer with a nice almost oily texture that grips the tongue. This varietal is one of my favorites in Ontario, it is also something that we do in a style that is distinctly local. While Gew in the province leans towards Germany or Alsace it never…

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Hidden Bench – December 2014 Visit

Hidden Bench – December 2014 Visit

For this year one thing I will be adding to www.andrewinereview.ca are expanded tastings from my visits to wine country.  I am very pleased to have Hidden Bench be the first winery to be profiled.  The owner of the winery is Harald Thiel.  I have had the pleasure of bumping into Harald at various wine events, most recently at the walk around tasting hosted at the ROM.  Every time I have had the chance to…

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Eye on Taste Local – VQApalooza

The LCBO has been working over the past couple years to tweak the campaign that was once known as “Go Local”.  Last year the promotion was called “Shine On”, and let’s face it the name just didn’t quite pop even though the wine selection was very good.  This year the campaign definitely hits closer to the mark as it’s called “Taste Local”.  You will notice over thirty new Ontario wines hit LCBO shelves between September…

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Wine Review July 29, 2012 – 2010 Reif Cabernet Merlot – 2010 Hidden Bench Estate Riesling

We had some rain this week!  And also a bit of a break in the temperature which let me get into some Red wine.  But summer is not over yet.  2010 Reif Cabernet Merlot – LCBO 565713 – $13.75 – This wine is a teriffic value.  But the price isn’t even where to begin with what makes this wine fantastic.  Most wines benefit from exposure to air, but this one is great right out of…

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