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 Review – 2016 Norman Hardie Riesling – 2013 North 43 Cabernet Franc

Wine Review – 2016 Norman Hardie Riesling – 2013 North 43 Cabernet Franc

2016 Norman Hardie Riesling – Vintages 131169 – $21.00 – **** – Straight up, this is the best vintage of Riesling I have ever tasted from Norm. This has beautiful balance, but also a nice depth of flavour. This is made with 30% County Fruit and 70% Niagara Fruit. There is a slight funkiness to the nose that is layered over apple and citrus. There is a slight sweetness on the mid palate but it…

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Aug 19 – 2014 Lighthall Progression – 2014 Norman Hardie County Unfiltered Pinot Noir

Aug 19 – 2014 Lighthall Progression – 2014 Norman Hardie County Unfiltered Pinot Noir

2014 Lighthall Progression – Vintages 468090 – $20.00 – **** – This is the perfect bubbly for the patio. The nose is bright clean citrus. The flavours are citrus with white flower. There is nothing too complicated about this wine, it just tastes good. The finish is clean and crisp just like you would expect from a well put together sparkling wine. Now for the interesting part, this wine is made with vidal. The grape…

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2014 Norman Hardie County Pinot Noir

2014 Norman Hardie County Pinot Noir

2014 Norman Hardie County Pinot Noir – $45.00 – Winery Only – ****½ – The nose on this wine is perfumed with lots of violet climbing out of the glass, buried underneath all those flowers you find ripe cherry. Honestly if you aren’t taking a minute to absorb the nose on this wine before your first sip, you’re doing it wrong. When you take your first sip you are greeted with the nose in reverse…

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April 25 – 2013 13th Street Merlot – 2013 Norman Hardie Niagara Unfiltered Chardonnay

April 25 – 2013 13th Street Merlot – 2013 Norman Hardie Niagara Unfiltered Chardonnay

2013 13th Street Merlot – Vintages 270504 – $17.95 – ***1/2+ – I have made no secret for my disdain for Ontario merlot.  I know Ontario can make great Merlot in hot vintages like 2010 or 2012 but often in the cool vintages you end up with wine that just falls short.  This is certainly not the case for the 13th Street Merlot.  The nose is jammy sour cherry and the flavours on this wine…

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Wine List – Barque

Wine List – Barque

There has been a bit of a buzz about the wine list at Barque smokehouse lately.  You may know of Barque for it’s great food but there is a lot going on in the ways of beverages at the Roncesvalles restaurant.  They are now pouring wine on tap.  This means that it is poured pretty much the same way you would pour a beer.  Only you don’t need to worry about a a big head….

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Eye on Taste Local – VQApalooza

The LCBO has been working over the past couple years to tweak the campaign that was once known as “Go Local”.  Last year the promotion was called “Shine On”, and let’s face it the name just didn’t quite pop even though the wine selection was very good.  This year the campaign definitely hits closer to the mark as it’s called “Taste Local”.  You will notice over thirty new Ontario wines hit LCBO shelves between September…

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Wine Review August 16 – 2012 Nyarai Cellars Sauvignon Blanc – 2012 Norman Hardie Niagara Unfiltered Chardonnay – 2012 Megalomaniac Sonofabitch Pinot Noir

2012 Nyarai Cellars Sauvignon BLanc – Vintages 378398 – $19.95 – Sauvignon Blanc from Ontario tends to load on the citrus and can feel like a shock to your palate.  This Sauv Blanc is a little softer but still with nice food friendly acidity.  Flavours lean heavy towards citrus with a lot of grapefruit.  A perfect match for any summer fish fry or greek barbeque … pork or lamb souvlaki.  2012 Norman Hardie Niagara Unfiltered…

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I4C – MAIN EVENT: World Tour Grand Tasting and Dinner

It seems that the rain follows me when I make my way down the QEW for the Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration.  Last year I attended the kickoff barbeque that was hit by major torrential rain.  This year I made sure to check out the Grand Tasting and Dinner held at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.  The Grand Tasting brings winemakers from all over the world into one place where over 100 Chardonnay’s are poured…

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Eye on Norman Hardie – 2012 Norman Hardie Unfiltered County Pinot Noir

2012 Norman Hardie Unfiltered County Pinot Noir – Vintages 125310 – $39.00 – You won’t find much of this left at the LCBO as it snuck under my radar when it was released in October of last year, but you can still get your hands on some from the winery directly.  Norman Hardie’s Pinot Noir is something that everyone needs to experience.  If you’re not a fan of Pinot Noir I defy you to tell…

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