2014 Konzelmann Late Harvest Gewurztraminer – 2016 Tawse Rose

2014 Konzelmann Late Harvest Gewurztraminer – 2016 Tawse Rose

2016 Tawse Sketches of Niagara Rosé – Vintages 172643 – $17.35 – ***½+ – The nose is concentrated and sweet with raspberry and something a little like hubba bubba (bubblegum). The fruit on the palate is intense with strawberry, watermelon, and cherry. There is a slight sweetness to this rosé, and it seems to amplify the fruit on the palate. There is nice acidity to this wine and this is a well balanced wine. This…

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Konzelmann – Chardonnay and Baco Noir

Konzelmann – Chardonnay and Baco Noir

2015 Konzelmann Estate Winery Baco Noir – $12.15 – ***1/2 – I have recently been critical of Baco Noir with my podcast partner Michael Pinkus. For Baco producers that are not Henry of Pelham the bar needs to be raised. Konzelmann have done a great job pushing the envelope with this bottle. The fruit is juicy on the nose and on the palate with blackberry and cherry. The finish is nice acidity to keep this…

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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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Wine Review August 2 – 2011 Angels Gate Old Vines Chardonnay – 2012 Konzelmann Reserve Merlot

2011 Angels Gate Old Vines Chardonnay – Vintages 116350 – $23.95 – The nose on this wine is intense!  Lots of toasted oak and vanilla leap out of the glass.  Great flavours of apple and pear with vanilla and butterscotch on the finish.  The finish on this wine goes a long time.  This is the perfect Chardonnay to sip on it’s own or serve with roast chicken. 2012 Konzelmann Reserve Merlot – Vintages 299214 –…

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Wine Review – Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is later this week.  What better way to get prepared than to pick up some chocolate and some wine.  I have been preaching for a long time that you have to be careful when pairing Icewine with sweets.  I recently had a chance to speak with Daniel Stubbe the owner and chocolatier of Stubbe Chocolates (www.stubbechocolates.com – 653 Dupont St) he helped me come up with some dynamite pairings.  The chocolate bars run…

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Wine Review – Thanksgiving 2013

I love Turkey.  You have no idea how much I love Turkey.  Around this time of year I start to dream of the taste of my Dad’s stuffing and gravy.  Now for many people wine to serve with Turkey is a matter of simply having White or Red available at the Table.  I am here to offer you your best options for Turkey whether it be White, Red, Rosé or Sparkling there are some great…

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Wine Review September 14 – SHINE ON

Shine On is the LCBO’s largest annual promotion of Ontario Wines.  This promotion launches on September 15th with the release of 26 new LCBO wines.  I had the chance to taste many of these wines and I can say that this is one of the most exciting releases of LCBO wines I have ever had the chance to try.  There are many wines that well exceed their price point including two Pinot Noir’s that come…

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Wine Review December 2, 2012 – 2009 Casa Dea Cabernet Franc – 2009 Konzelmann Vidal Icewine

2009 Casa Dea Cabernet Franc – VINTAGES 241612 – $18.95 -This is another wine that I had a chance to try this summer during my visit to Prince Edward County.  I am really enjoying the 2008 and 2009 Cabernet Franc on the shelves.  This has a very pleasant earthiness and finish of black pepper.  This is filled with flavours of plum and almost chocolate.  The weather is getting colder so pair this Stew or Beef…

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Wine Review December 18, 2011 – Sparkling Wine Extravaganza

I love this time of the year.  Nothing says the holidays quite like sitting down with family and friends sharing good food and of course great wine.  I also love it because this is the time of year where Sparkling wine really gets a spotlight.  There are many great sparkling wines available from the wineries in Ontario.  My first two picks are done in a style to parallel Champagne (which comes ONLY from France).  They…

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