2011 Eastdell Cuvée Brut – 2015 Peninsula Ridge Reserve Meritage

2011 Eastdell Cuvée Brut – 2015 Peninsula Ridge Reserve Meritage

2011 Eastdell Cuvée Brut – Vintages 485615 – $24.95 – ***½ – I personally find it a little exciting when a new bottle of sparkling wine from Ontario makes its way up the highway and onto the shelves of the LCBO. This is a traditional method sparkling wine made from a blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay. This is very easy drinking and relaxed. The wine has a nice aroma of rising dough…

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Nov 18 – 2012 Hidden Bench Terroir Caché – 2015 Wildass Sauvignon Blanc

Nov 18 – 2012 Hidden Bench Terroir Caché – 2015 Wildass Sauvignon Blanc

2015 Wildass Sauvignon Blanc – Vintages 376814 – $18.95 – ****+ – This is a solid Sauv Blanc from Niagara. There is a nice grassy note that runs through the backbone of this wine from start to finish. There is concentrated tropical fruit with rich passion fruit and pineapple on the palate. The tropical fruit lingers on the finish but there is nice acidity to this wine. I will be looking to pair this with…

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Burrowing Owl (July 2016)

Burrowing Owl (July 2016)

One of the most scenic estates in the Okanagan is Burrowing Owl. I am familiar with many of these wines as they are frequently on the shelves of Vintages. I have always felt that the wines were out of reach because they do tend to get a little pricy when they cross into Ontario. I was shocked to find how well priced all the wines are at the estate. If the wines, and the scenery…

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See Ya Later Ranch – July 2016

See Ya Later Ranch – July 2016

See Ya Later Ranch Brut NV – $21.99 – **** – It has been a couple of years since i’ve seen this wine on the shelves of the LCBO. I hope we see it again soon. Clean and Crisp with nice acidity. There are nice apple notes over citrus. There is a nice yeasty note of rising bread dough. Simply put this is delicious sparkling wine and an affordable addition to your turkey day dinners…

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Pelee Island – Vinedressers Kick Ass!

Pelee Island – Vinedressers Kick Ass!

When I recently visited Pelee Island I had the chance to visit their retail shop. Most people will associate this winery with the entry level wines available at the LCBO. What they don’t know is that there is a treasure trove of high end wines at the winery. I haven’t spoken to a single person about the Vinedressers Meritage who hasn’t loved it. If anything these two wines specifically are worth the visit down to…

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November 28 – 2011 Feathersone Joy Cuvée Sparkling – 2012 Karlo Gilmour Corazon

November 28 – 2011 Feathersone Joy Cuvée Sparkling – 2012 Karlo Gilmour Corazon

2011 Featherstone Joy Premium Cuvée Sparkling – Vintages 310334 – $34.95 – ****1/2 –  Joy is a perfect name for a sparkling wine. Try to open a bottle and not smile, I dare you. Made purely from Chardonnay and sealed with a crown cap this is one of my favorite sparkling wines in the province. The nose is rising bread with vanilla, lemon and lime the flavours match. There is a nice creamy texture on…

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Wine Review November 30, 2013 – 2011 Hinterbrook Sauvignon Blanc – 2010 Palatine Hills Neufeld Vineyard Meritage

2011 Hinterbrook Sauvignon Blanc – Vintages 359372 – $16.95 –  Herbacious with Lime notes!  This is a fantastic Sauvignon Blanc that strikes a great balance between bright citrus flavours and savory herbaciousness.  This wine is a great seafood wine but is equally delicious on it’s own.  I am a big fan of Sauvignon Blanc from this part of the province because it is very well priced and superior quality.  At this price point it is…

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Wine Review EXTRA – Canadian Oak Barrels

When you see the VQA designation on a bottle of wine it means that 100% of the grapes have been grown in Ontario.  Some wineries have taken the idea of Canadian wine to the next level.  Most people don’t give a second thought to the actual process of making wine.  It goes beyond taking grape juice and turning it into alcohol, when you are making a Chardonnay or a Cabernet you are likely going to…

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