2012 Redstone Reserve Cabernet Franc – 2013 Henry of Pelham Family Tree White

2012 Redstone Reserve Cabernet Franc – 2013 Henry of Pelham Family Tree White

2013 Henry of Pelham Family Tree White – Vintages 251116 – $17.95 – ****+ – Simply put, I love this wine. There is a nice acid backbone to this bottle that keeps it food friendly. This is a blend of viognier, gewurztraminer, chardonnay and chardonnay musqué. There should be no surprise that aromas of white flower climb out of the glass and dance lightly with peach, pear, pineapple and pushes up to passion fruit. There…

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2015 Southbrook Organic Triomphe Pinot Noir – 2015 Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay

2015 Southbrook Organic Triomphe Pinot Noir – 2015 Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay

2015 Southbrook Organic Triomphe Pinot Noir – **** – This is a new entry fo the Triomphe line from Southbrook. This may push the price point of the triomphe line a little higher, but this still speaks great value. I will lament value priced Pinot Noir in this province as generally being a little harsh and earthy. This bottle from Southbrook is smooth, concentrated, and everything that’s right with Pinot Noir from Ontario. There is…

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2015 Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay

2015 Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay

2015 Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay – $21.95 – ****+ – The nose hits your immediately with the signature funk letting you know that this is an indigenous ferment but it quickly makes way to vanilla, citrus and golden delicious apple. The balance to this wine is outstanding with nice weight on the palate and a creamy texture that is met with nice acidity. Flavours of butterscotch and baking spice are met with apple and orange….

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2014 2027 Wismer Vineyard Foxcroft Block Chardonnay – 2015 Fielding Cabernet Franc

2014 2027 Wismer Vineyard Foxcroft Block Chardonnay –  2015 Fielding Cabernet Franc

2014 2027 Wismer Vineyard Foxcroft Block Chardonnay – Vintages 421362 – $22.95 – ****½+ – This may be the most underpriced bottle of wine from Ontario to hit the shelves of the LCBO. The intensity of this wine is almost in contradiction to the balance in this bottle. The vanilla note is layered over roasted apple and baking spice. There is a nice mineral note that lingers after nice acidity to keep this from sitting…

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Iris Vineyards – Oregon

Iris Vineyards – Oregon

Southwest of Eugene, Oregon I had the opportunity to visit Iris Vineyards. The sprawling estate is impressive when you arrive on the property that is over 800 acres. The winery has Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay which is to be expected in Oregon… But it was also fascinating to find Syrah, Merlot and Tempranillo on the property as well. The vineyards were planted in 1996 with Iris producing their first wines in 2002. Here…

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2012 16 Mile Rebel Chardonnay – 2014 Huff Reserve Pinot Noir

2012 16 Mile Rebel Chardonnay – 2014 Huff Reserve Pinot Noir

2012 16 Mile Rebel Chardonnay – Vintages 485243 – $19.95 – ****+ – If you haven’t had a chance to taste the wines from 16 mile you’re missing out. Their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are some of the best buys in the province. This chardonnay balances nice orchard fruit with apples and peach on the nose. There is nice vanilla and woodsmoke on the mid palate but bright crisp acidity help keep this wine light…

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Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut Sparkling – 2014 Domaine Queylus Tradition Chardonnay

Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut Sparkling – 2014 Domaine Queylus Tradition Chardonnay

Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut Sparkling – Vintages 206326 – $28.95 – **** – There is a nice bready note that climbs out of the glass. Granny Smith Apple and Lime follow the yeasty notes. When you take your first taste of this wine you’re greeted with bright notes of everything from the nose but when you get to your second and third sips the depth of this wine really starts to come through. There…

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2014 The Tragically Hip Ahead by a Century Chardonnay – 2013 Rosewood Select Merlot

2014 The Tragically Hip Ahead by a Century Chardonnay – 2013 Rosewood Select Merlot

2014 The Tragically Hip Ahead By A Century Chardonnay – Vintages 483875 – $19.95 – **** – The story of this wine is one of balance – barrel, fruit and acidity all seem to be in harmony with this bottle. There is a hint of baking spice on the nose layered over gala apple and oranges. The flavours match the nose and this wine starts to finish large with a nice creaminess on the mid…

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2014 Cuvée Jean Philippe Blanquette de Limoux – 2013 Calamus Barrel Kissed Chardonnay

2014 Cuvée Jean Philippe Blanquette de Limoux – 2013 Calamus Barrel Kissed Chardonnay

2014 Cuvée Jean Philippe Blanquette de Limoux – Vintages 467217 – $14.95 – **** – This is a traditional method sparkling wine from France and at under 15 bucks it’s a steal. This is a perfect bottle to enjoy while recovering from the holidays. This is bright and crisp with a nice bready note on the nose and on the finish. Flavours are citrus with golden delicious apple. 2013 Calamus Barrel Kissed Chardonnay – Vintages…

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The City Wino – Post-Holiday Wines For a Budget

The City Wino – Post-Holiday Wines For a Budget

It’s January. We are all waiting to open our bills and recoil in horror. Here are some suggestions from local sommelier Krystina Roman to save the day, and the pocketbook. You may know Krystina as The City Wino (twitter:instagram) on social media. I am pleased to welcome her wine recommendations to add here. One thing you will notice is that scoring is a little different than what I use. That being said the scoring system…

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