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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Sperling Vineyards (July 2016)

Sperling Vineyards (July 2016)

One of my first stops in the Okanagan was to Sperling Estates. I have long been a fan of Ann Sperling’s work at Southbrook. So, as soon as I knew I was heading out west my first point of order was to make sure I got a chance to visit Ann’s family winery. I had a chance to taste through the portfolio with Rickard Branby. He is the Assistant Winemaker and Vineyard Manager for Sperling….

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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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September 19 – 2013 Cave Spring Indian Summer Late Harvest Riesling – 2013 Coffin Ridge Back from the Dead Red

September 19 – 2013 Cave Spring Indian Summer Late Harvest Riesling – 2013 Coffin Ridge Back from the Dead Red

2013 Cave Spring Indian Summer Select Late Harvest Riesling – Vintages 415901 – $24.95 – ****+ – This is a great wine for those of you who say that Icewine is too sweet. First off being a late harvest there is less sugar than in your regular Icewine. Secondly, this wine is made with Riesling which gives it a nice acidity on the finish. You have flavours of lemon and tangerine with nice honey notes. Don’t…

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Wine Review February 14 – 2013 White House Wine Co. Riesling/Pinot Grigio – 2011 Featherstone Select Late Harvest Cabernet Franc

Wine Review February 14 – 2013 White House Wine Co. Riesling/Pinot Grigio – 2011 Featherstone Select Late Harvest Cabernet Franc

2013 White House Wine Co. Riesling/Pinot Grigio – LCBO 219022 – $12.95 – ***1/2 – Bright, crisp and easy drinking.  I will follow the rules as set out on the back of this bottle by not talking about the specific ratios of the grapes in this bottle.  I opened this while I was serving homemade pizza.  It made a great match with Ham and Pineapple (using fresh pineapple).  The flavours are mainly citrus with pear…

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Wine Review January 17 – 2013 Henry of Pelham Special Select Late Harvest Vidal – 2012 Featherstone Red Tail Merlot

Wine Review January 17 – 2013 Henry of Pelham Special Select Late Harvest Vidal – 2012 Featherstone Red Tail Merlot

2013 Henry of Pelham Special Select Late Harvest Vidal – LCBO 395228 – $19.95 – I love late harvest wines … I love serving them to company as an alternative to Icewine.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love Icewine but it can be quite pricy to keep yourself stocked up in great Icewine.  There is a great recipe in the latest issue of Food and Drink that calls for late harvest (Page 248 –…

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Wine Review December 21 – Budget Wines for Entertaining!

It’s December 21st… most of your shopping is finished.  But you still have a few days before Christmas.  Here are some versatile wines to serve to your company over the holidays all found in the regular list of your local LCBO.  I set out to make these picks friendly on the pocketbook.  Even though these are all affordable they are not short on quality.  2012 Kacaba Unoaked Chardonnay – LCBO 326975 – $14.95 – Light,…

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Wine Review July 22, 2012 – 2010 Stoney Ridge Warren Classic Pinot Noir – 2008 Cattail Creek Select Late Harvest Merlot

2008 Cattail Creek Select Late Harvest Merlot – VINTAGES 275370 – $26.95 – While we have had a bit of a break from the heat, it is still HOT this summer.  The thing is this time of year I often forget about Ice Wine and it’s siblings.  The thing is … Ice Wine is perfect for the weather.  You serve it cold, it pairs well with dessert, or on it’s own… and the small portions…

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Wine Review February 26, 2012 – 2010 Trius Red – 2009 Cave Spring Indian Summer Late Harvest Riesling

2010 Trius Red – $21.95 – VINTAGES 303800 – This is one of those wines I would consider a staple.  It was one of the first to be done very well, and also for many people this is the benchmark for how great a Bordeaux style blend can be.  This is a great wine from the 2010 vintage and the first Trius` Rednew from winemaker Craig McDonald.  I did find this to be a little…

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