Featherstone – Spring 2017

Featherstone – Spring 2017

2015 Cabernet Franc – $19.95 – ****+ – The Cabernet Franc from Featherstone is always a strong offering and one of my go-to bottles when cooking red meat around the house. The 2015 offering from Featherstone is one of the best vintages in recent memory. Beautiful aromas or raspberry and blackberry climb out of the glass with beautiful concentration. If there is any doubt about the strength of Cabernet Franc in this province you need…

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2014 Ziraldo Riesling Icewine

2014 Ziraldo Riesling Icewine

2014 Ziraldo Riesling Icewine – Vintages 149609 – $88.80 – ****1/2 – This small winery specializes in Icewine. If you’re a fan of Niagara wine this name should be familiar to you because this bottle bears the name of the founder of Inniskillin. When I spoke with Donald Ziraldo in 2016 he talked about the importance of Icewine to the industry, so it’s not surprise that he has returned to his roots. The price on…

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Nov 11 – 2014 Inniskillin Vidal Sparkling Icewine – 2015 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling

Nov 11 – 2014 Inniskillin Vidal Sparkling Icewine – 2015 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling

2014 Inniskillin Vidal Sparkling Icewine – Vintages 560367 – $ – ***** – This wine is pricey, but the perfect thing to enjoy this winter. The bubbles from this wine help pull the sweet wine off the palate and keep it cleansed and refreshed. That being said this packs concentrated honey and peach flavours on the palate. The aromas are honey, peach, apricot and citrus but comes out of the glass heavy. It is a…

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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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Icewine and Fried Chicken

Icewine and Fried Chicken

Let’s just say this is a continuation of my attempt to indoctrinate everyone about the proper way to drink Icewine. Can we all say it together now … Icewine does not belong with dessert. Earlier this summer I had the opportunity pair up Riesling Icewine with one of my favorite recipes for Fried Chicken. When you go homemade it’s juicy, decadent and a huge step up from fast food fried chicken. The way I see…

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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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Chef and Somm: Jedi Level Wine Pairings

Chef and Somm: Jedi Level Wine Pairings

April 5th I was invited to a dinner hosted by Chef and Somm. This was the second time I have had the opportunity to enjoy a meal prepared by Chef Eyal Liebman and Sommelier Rebecca Meir-Liebman. You can read about my last meal here. Needless to say I was excited to have an opportunity to enjoy the meal and I did not leave disappointed. The attention to detail was apparent with a pairing of Mooshmallow…

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Konzelmann 2012 Heritage Reserve – 2011 Vidal Icewine

Konzelmann 2012 Heritage Reserve – 2011 Vidal Icewine

2012 Heritage Reserve – Winery Only – $30.15 – ****+ – I have made no secret of my disdain for the term Meritage so I had to chuckle a bit opening this bottle from Konzelmann to see it called “Heritage”. The Meritage does rhyme with Heritage if you are saying it correctly and the name of this wine gets rid of the ambiguity in pronunciation that drives me insane. But the name is obviously not…

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Icewine Gala and Festival 2016

Icewine Gala and Festival 2016

For anyone who has been reading my writing over the past few years they know that one of my mantras is that “Visiting wine country in the off season is the best time of year to do it”. This time of year the staff at the wineries have all taken a huge sigh of relief from the harvest that has just passed. The recent Icewine harvest took place a little later than usual thanks to…

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Big Head (Nov 2015)

Big Head (Nov 2015)

I recently took a visit to the new brick and mortar facility for Big Head wines. If you haven’t had the chance to check out the new winery it is well worth the visit. Many of the wines are getting the appassimento treatment. There are many mixed reviews about using the grape drying technique in Ontario. I still think the technique is too new to make a hard opinion on it. There are great examples of…

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