Rosé for Everyone!

Rosé for Everyone!

The Wine Writers Circle of Canada recently hosted a Rosé tasting. We had over fifty wines available to taste from various growing regions. France, Italy, Australia, Spain, New Zealand and Ontario were all present. There were a lot of great wines on the table. The table was full of surprises including my favorite french bottle from Chateau de Berne. Chateau de Berne comes in what looks like an Olive oil bottle. I try to avoid…

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March 25 – 2014 Vintage Ink Sauvignon Blanc – 2014 Chasselay Quatre Saisons Beaujolais

March 25 – 2014 Vintage Ink Sauvignon Blanc – 2014 Chasselay Quatre Saisons Beaujolais

2014 Vintage Ink Sauvignon Blanc – Vintages 391953 – $16.95 – ***1/2+ – Sauvignon Blanc from Ontario is something I love. If you’re drinking a lot of Kim Crawford these days it might be time to crawl out of that bottle and into this one. The nose is grassy and grapefruit it just feels like a warm, dry summer day. There is just a hint of herbacious on this wine on the finish. While the…

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All I want for Christmas is…

All I want for Christmas is…

Christmas has crept up on me. So if you’re anything like me chances are you are still looking for a perfect gift for the Wino on your list. I have come across a couple if big ticket items that would make any wine lover on your list raise an eyebrow. Firstly, I recently had a chance to try the Zalto stemware. I have heard a few people buzzing about these wine glasses, but I am…

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iYellow Harvest Event

iYellow Harvest Event

Thursday this week twenty wineries from Niagara head to Toronto to pour some wines and to help bring a piece of the harvest to the city. Believe it or not even at the beginning of November many wineries still have grapes hanging on the vines. We have been lucky to have a fairly long end of summer and great beginning to fall. What you’re going to find in the vineyards will be your Bordeaux varietals…

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September 19 – 2013 Cave Spring Indian Summer Late Harvest Riesling – 2013 Coffin Ridge Back from the Dead Red

September 19 – 2013 Cave Spring Indian Summer Late Harvest Riesling – 2013 Coffin Ridge Back from the Dead Red

2013 Cave Spring Indian Summer Select Late Harvest Riesling – Vintages 415901 – $24.95 – ****+ – This is a great wine for those of you who say that Icewine is too sweet. First off being a late harvest there is less sugar than in your regular Icewine. Secondly, this wine is made with Riesling which gives it a nice acidity on the finish. You have flavours of lemon and tangerine with nice honey notes. Don’t…

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From Italy to Ontario – Wine Tasting January 28

From Italy to Ontario – Wine Tasting January 28

On January 28th I was given the opportunity to attend a tasting in Downtown Toronto putting Italian and Ontario wines side by side.  We had the opportunity to taste through 37 wines.  It is amazing to see how well the Ontario wines hold up to the Italian wines.  I still believe that for many casual wine drinkers there is a sort of inferiority complex when it comes to drinking local.  To get over this complex…

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You Should Drink Ontario Sparkling Wine tonight.

I was recently asked by a friend what Sparkling wine should I get for New Years… I have a sixty dollar budget.  The great news about a sixty dollar budget is there are A LOT of options on what you can pick up.  Champagne can get quite expensive.  A bottle of Veuve Clicquot (LCBO 386243) is $67.95, and it is very good entry level Champagne. But, you really don’t need to spend that kind of…

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Nouveau Release 2014

This week on November 20th we will be greeted with 9 offerings from France, Italy and Ontario in their local LCBO.  Nouveau has a certain contradiction about it … the hardest wine snobs will turn their nose up at it… but the budding wineaux has no idea that it even exists. Nouveau is the first wine of the 2014 harvest that was recently completed.  These wines were grapes only six weeks ago.  They are light…

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