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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Wine Reviews – Megalomaniac

Wine Reviews – Megalomaniac

My last trip to Niagara in 2017 included a stop at Megalomaniac. THIS is the visit I have been waiting for as the wines that are currently available at Megalomaniac are the first that have been made start to finish by Winemaker Sebastian Jacquey. The white wines available over the past couple vintages have been exciting, and it has been interesting to see what Sebastian has done with Riesling. But, John Howard has staked his…

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Wine Review – 2016 Charles Baker B-Side Riesling – 2016 13th Street Cabernet/Merlot

Wine Review – 2016 Charles Baker B-Side Riesling – 2016 13th Street Cabernet/Merlot

2016 Charles Baker B-Side Riesling – Vintages 523845 – $22.20 – **** – When U2 released “Where the Streets Have No Name” the b-side to that single was “The Sweetest Thing”. This feels like a literal interpretation of that release. The other side of the record would be Picone or Ivan a statement that’s a little more austere and hard hitting. The B-Side is a little softer and off-dry that lets the fruit really shine…

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Wine Review – Henry of Pelham for Winter

Wine Review – Henry of Pelham for Winter

2016 Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Chardonnay – Vintages 616466 – $29.95 – ****+ – This is one of the first wines I have had an opportunity to sample what the very warm 2016 summer has to offer from Niagara, and I was not disappointed. Aromas of vanilla and butterscotch layered over peach, apple and roasted pineapple. This opens up on the palate with nice concentration and depth that follows through on what the…

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Wine Review – Ferox

Wine Review – Ferox

Everyone these days seems to be enamoured with Prince Edward County. There is some fantastic, gritty winemaking taking place to the east of Toronto. There are a lot of reasons to pay attention to the County. But there is a renaissance taking place in Niagara. It started when Two Sisters opened their impressive new facility and make quite the impression with the first few vintages of their wines. But, there are a lot of small…

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Wine Review – 2013 Stratus Red – 2014 Charles Baker Picone Vineyard Riesling

Wine Review – 2013 Stratus Red – 2014 Charles Baker Picone Vineyard Riesling

2014 Charles Baker Picone Vineyard Riesling – Vintages 241182 – $35.20 – ****+ – I love it when my Riesling has a hint of sugar. But sweetness needs balance and this is perfectly balanced. The sweetness brings some golden delicious apple to lemon drop. The mineral note adds even more depth and complexity to a wine that brings a lot to your glass. Enjoy now or have it spend time in your cellar for 10-15…

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Wine Review – Great Value – Fleur Du Cap

Wine Review – Great Value – Fleur Du Cap

A couple years ago I had the opportunity to sit down with Pieter Badenhorst or Fleur du Cap. So I was thrilled to have an opportunity to sit down with him again this year. The wines from Fleur du Cap always offer great value and high quality. The Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc from the general list at the LCBO are important because they offer a baseline from what to expect from the varietals while tasting…

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Wine Review – Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa

Wine Review – Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa

It can be a challenge to redefine yourselves. One of the largest challenges facing the Canadian wine industry is gaining recognition on the world stage for more than just Icewine. The wineries of South Africa are facing a similar dilemma in that they are recognized internationally for great affordable bottles – but overlooked when it comes to more premium offerings. Earlier this year PIWOSA (the Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa) arrived in Toronto and…

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Wine Review – 2014 Rosewood Origin Mima’s Block Riesling – 2015 Trius Red

Wine Review – 2014 Rosewood Origin Mima’s Block Riesling – 2015 Trius Red

2015 Trius Red – Vintages 303800 – $24.95 – **** – This continues to be a benchmark for Bordeaux varietals in Ontario. It offers fantastic value and continues to be a staple to build a cellar. The nose on this bottle offers up raspberry, blackberry and a nice cocoa note. The flavours match the nose with a nice smoky note on the finish. The tannin is still firm, but the fruit flavours still soar. This…

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Wine Review – 2015 Icellars Arinna – 2015 Strewn Terroir Pinot Blanc

Wine Review – 2015 Icellars Arinna – 2015 Strewn Terroir Pinot Blanc

2015 Strewn Terroir Pinot Blanc – Vintages 520205 – $18.95 – ***½+ – Well this is interesting, it’s not as if there is a ton of Pinot Blanc from Ontario that makes it to the shelf. Rarity aside this is an easy drinking bottle of wine that is meant to be paired with spicy cuisine of all kinds. The aromas of white flower are layered over orchard fruit with a nice mineral note that lingers…

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