Wine Reviews - Rosewood

Wine Reviews - Rosewood

One of my last winery visits of 2017 was a stop at Rosewood Estates. Winemaker Ryan Corrigan has taken the helm from Ross Wise. Both are very good winemakers but dramatically different in style. Ryan joins Rosewood from Pearl Morissette, which leads me to ask the question – how much of the Pearl Morissette influence will work its way into the winemaking? Ryan took us to the production side and I had the opportunity to…

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Not Another – Not Another Turkey Post

Not Another – Not Another Turkey Post

This is not another turkey column… and it’s not “not another turkey column”. The video posted by Rick VanSickle is still one of my favorite commentaries on what to pair with Turkey. Let’s face it, Rick makes some great points. The most exciting herb or spice that sees most of the turkeys that are being cooked this year is maybe some sage? Or some thyme? Salt and pepper? Your potatoes are seasoned with cream? Salt…

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L’Ecole No.41 – Pit Stop

L’Ecole No.41 – Pit Stop

Let’s call this post an epilogue on my visit to Oregon last summer. I drove from Oregon to Regina, Saskatchewan to finish off my summer road trip last year. I couldn’t resist making he pit stop in Walla Walla, Washington. Apart from being one of the most fun places to say in America, it is also in the heart of Washington Wine country. There are several wineries in the area, but when I was doing…

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Creekside – Spring 2017

Creekside – Spring 2017

I stopped by Creekside as one of my first winery visits for 2017. It has been a while since i’ve stopped but the recent releases making their way to Toronto through Vintages have been fantastic. Needless to say there is a lot to look forward to available from Creekside. From a winery that has a reputation for their Syrah there is certainly a lot more to this place than Syrah these days. 2015 Marianne Riesling…

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Rosewood – January 2017

Rosewood – January 2017

2016 Rosewood Nebulous – $24.95 – **** – This is the first “sparkling” offering from Rosewood. I am putting the Sparkling in quotes because it’s not really a Sparkling in the sense that most Ontario wine lovers are familiar. This is essentially an Ancestral style sparkling wine made with the remaining 15 Semillon vines from Rosewood and Pinot Noir. Ancestral style means there is no second fermentation that takes place. If you’re expecting Champagne you…

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Nk’Mip (July 2016)

Nk’Mip (July 2016)

This post marks the end of my trip to the Okanagan this summer. But stay tuned starting in January I am going to be continuing my journey as I also visited Oregon and have a lot to say. Nk’Mip is located in the southernmost part of the Okanagan Valley. It’s located 8km from the US border. It’s the hottest part of the valley, so it goes without saying that this winery doesn’t have any issues…

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Stratus Wines for the Holidays

Stratus Wines for the Holidays

2014 Wildass Merlot – Vintages 376822 – $18.95 – ****+ – Beautifully ripe and juicy red fruit climb out of the glass. This is outstanding Ontario Merlot at any price. The Wildass wines from Stratus set the bar for “entry level” wines in the province. The price of this wine creates a dilemma… Do you save a few bottles in the cellar or do you drink them right now? To be honest, while this may…

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Burrowing Owl for Christmas

Burrowing Owl for Christmas

2013 Burrowing Owl Meritage – Vintages 644906 – $54.95 – ****½ – The short word on this is that it’s outstanding. The nose is rich and complex – Lots of blackberry, black currant, cocoa, and licorice. The flavours in this wine are just as rich and complex as what you find on the nose. It seems the deeper into the bottle you get there is a floral flavour that starts to make an appearance. The…

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2013 Osyoos Larose Le Grand Vin

2013 Osyoos Larose Le Grand Vin

I was privileged to be one of the first journalists to taste the new vintage of Le Grand Vin. I was also privileged to get to visit the estate. This winery has no tasting room and the facilities in the vineyards are quite literally a working farm. When I met vineyard manager Benoit Giroussens he seemed to apologize for the rustic conditions. Anyone that knows me, understands that I believe the biggest disconnect right now…

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Laughing Stock – July 2016

Laughing Stock – July 2016

One winery that was high on my list to visit in BC was Laughing Stock. I have had the opportunity to exchange emails with owner Cynthia Enns in the past. But, I have never had the opportunity to taste any of the wines. In April I reviewed the 2013 Portfolio and I knew that I had to go out of my way to stop by this winery. When you drive up Naramata Road and arrive…

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