Ripasso x2

Ripasso x2

2014 Cesari Mara Valpolicella Ripasso – LCBO 506519 – $18.95 – **** – A nice black currant note climbs out of the glass with layers of cocoa mixed in there. For a bottle that comes from the general list there is nice structure and a bit of dustiness that takes a minute to blow off when you open the bottle. This is nice, ripe and juicy with red and black fruit. This definitely the overlooked…

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The City Wino – Post-Holiday Wines For a Budget

The City Wino – Post-Holiday Wines For a Budget

It’s January. We are all waiting to open our bills and recoil in horror. Here are some suggestions from local sommelier Krystina Roman to save the day, and the pocketbook. You may know Krystina as The City Wino (twitter:instagram) on social media. I am pleased to welcome her wine recommendations to add here. One thing you will notice is that scoring is a little different than what I use. That being said the scoring system…

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Tenuta Bellafonte

Tenuta Bellafonte

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to taste a couple of outstanding wines from Umbria. There were two wines on the table from Tenuta Bellafonte. I’ll admit that I don’t drink a ton of italian wine, but even with my limited exposure to this wine region I can tell you that these wines are both tasty. It was interesting speaking with proprietor and winemaker Peter Heilbron. The two wines that his winery makes are…

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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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Eye on Italy: 2014 Scacciadiavoli Grechetto – 2010 Le Cimate Montefalco Sagrantino

Eye on Italy: 2014 Scacciadiavoli Grechetto – 2010 Le Cimate Montefalco Sagrantino

2014 Scacciadiavoli Grechetto – Vintages 427591 – $14.95 – **** – Don’t feel bad if you’re not familiar with the varietal Grechetto. It seems this grape doesn’t make it into the bottle on it’s own very often and is often blended down with other varietals. Don’t let that deter you from picking up this bottle. The nose was interesting with strong mineral notes over subtle peach and pear aromas. The flavours of this wine match…

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Tenuta Frescobaldi Di Castiglioni 2012

Tenuta Frescobaldi Di Castiglioni 2012

2012 Tenuta Frescobaldi Di Castiglioni – Vintages 145920 – $21.95  – **** – Mainly Cab Sauv, with Merlot, Cab Franc and Sangiovese to round out the package this is a very nice full bodied, easy drinking wine.  The nose and flavours are licorice and black currant.  Flavours are very fruit driven with nice flavours of currant, blackberry, black plum and hints of vanilla, smoke and cocoa on the finish.  The tannin is nice and round…

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Nals Margreid/Pukka – Indian and Italian dinner

Nals Margreid/Pukka – Indian and Italian dinner

When I head out for Indian food often I find myself switching to beer, or cocktails.  Indian food is difficult when it comes to pairing with wine.  I was intrigued when I got the invite for the dinner at Pukka featuring Nals Margreid a winery in Northern Italy.  I was fortunate enough to sit with wine director Peter Boyd (who also manages the wine list at Scaramouche) and he told me that aromatics and acidity…

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Gewurztraminer and Dumplings – East meets East

Gewurztraminer and Dumplings – East meets East

I drink copious amounts of Riesling and Gewürztraminer year round.  I think because of our eating habits bright crisp wines get relegated to the patio.  I guess we don’t think to crack open a nice chilled Gewurz in the middle of winter.  I come from the part of the country that would be considered part of the Perogy belt (essentially Winnipeg to Calgary).   The “Perogy Belt” is referred to as such because of all the…

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From Italy to Ontario – Wine Tasting January 28

From Italy to Ontario – Wine Tasting January 28

On January 28th I was given the opportunity to attend a tasting in Downtown Toronto putting Italian and Ontario wines side by side.  We had the opportunity to taste through 37 wines.  It is amazing to see how well the Ontario wines hold up to the Italian wines.  I still believe that for many casual wine drinkers there is a sort of inferiority complex when it comes to drinking local.  To get over this complex…

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