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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April 29 – 2015 Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling – 2013 Laughing Stock Portfolio

April 29 – 2015 Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling – 2013 Laughing Stock Portfolio

2015 Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling – Vintages 80234 – $16.95 – ***** – The moment this wine entered my mouth it started to salivate. Featherstone easily lead the charge in proving that regardless of vintage Riesling belongs in Ontario. When you take your first sniff of Apple and Citrus in the glass you know you’ve got something good in your hands. The flavours are Apple, Lemon, and Lime. This wine is perfectly balanced with just…

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October 31 – 2013 Inniskillin Reserve Series Chardonnay – 2012 Creekside Estate Laura’s Red

October 31 – 2013 Inniskillin Reserve Series Chardonnay – 2012 Creekside Estate Laura’s Red

2012 Creekside Estate Laura’s Red – Vintages 117960 – $19.95 – ****+ – There is a little bit of everything you can grow in Niagara in this bottle, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Coming from the hot 2012 summer the nose is nice and fruity but with an undertone of smoked meaty goodness. This isn’t a wine that you will want to age for a while but that’s okay this is…

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