Winery Visit – Norman Hardie Spring 2017

Winery Visit – Norman Hardie Spring 2017

A spring visit to Norman Hardie is something I always look forward to. The next couple years County Chardonnay and Pinot Noir will be in short supply, but there is nothing to be worried about if you’re a fan of Norm’s wines. The “entry level” bottles have never been better with strong offerings of Riesling, Calcaire and Gamay. The day that I visited Norm’s was in the middle of our very wet spring. The entrance…

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Wine Profile:Eurovintage – Releases for Summer

Wine Profile:Eurovintage – Releases for Summer

2016 Remy Pannier Muscadet – LCBO 13821 – $15.20 – **** – The problem I have with Muscadet is that it generally needs to be paired with food. This Muscadet, on the other hand, is welcoming and approachable. There is a nice citrus note, a grassiness and tons of mineral. So, this offers everything you should expect from Muscadet… but then there is this apple note that makes an appearance. Keep a bottle of this…

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Casa Dea – Oct 2016

Casa Dea – Oct 2016

2015 Dea’s Cuvée – $18.95 – **** – This is one of the best value wines in the province bar none. You will hear me talk about “Just Because” Sparkling wines with my meals and get-togethers, this is one of those wines. There is a hint of sweetness in the glass but the bright crisp acidity helps keep the wine in check. There are nice aromas of rising bread and the flavours are lime and…

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Profile: Casa-Dea (June 2015)

Profile: Casa-Dea (June 2015)

The last time I was at Casa-Dea in Prince Edward County I was introduced to their first appassimento wine called Adamo.  I had the opportunity to taste the white counterpart – Eva.  It is always exciting to see what comes out of the doors of the winery when you have a creative winemaker pushing the envelope. One thing that is interesting about these wines in particular is that they are all made with Prince Edward…

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Remy Pannier

Remy Pannier

Here are a trio of french wines that will make great additions to your patio, dock or summer entertaining in general.  You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get decent french wine. Rosé D’Anjou – LCBO 12641 – $14.00 ($13.00 until May 24, 2015) – ***1/2+ – The aromas of strawberry climb right out of the glass.  I poured this for some company and I could smell the wine clearly without having…

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Eye on Prince Edward County

March 16 I spend the day in Prince Edward County.  I went in expecting to pick up a few bottles of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir… I left with my eyes opened to Gamay.  There is no secret to the fact that I am a shameless promoter and lover of Gamay.  I also make no secret that I look forward to the third Thursday in November every year to get my hands on the first bottle…

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