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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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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2014 Peninsula Ridge Barrel Aged Chardonnay

2014 Peninsula Ridge Barrel Aged Chardonnay

2014 Peninsula Ridge Barrel Aged Chardonnay – Vintages 211490 – $15.95 – **** – It’s too bad you’re just reading these words … because if you could see me I’m doing a happy dance at another great bottle of Ontario Chardonnay that comes in under twenty dollars. This is for the fans of the barrel driven Chardonnay there is a lot of toasty oak on the nose and in the glass. To get the most…

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Wine Review October 31 – 2010 Coyote’s Run Rare Vintage Syrah – 2012 Peninsula Ridge McNally Vineyards Proprieter’s Reserve Pinot Noir – 2013 Tawse Sketches of Niagara Riesling

2010 Coyote’s Run Rare Vintage Syrah – Vintages 144774 – $32.95 – Wow!  I’m a Syrah skeptic but this one is truly fantastic.  When I tasted this wine I didn’t know the price either … So I assure you that even at this price it is well worth the price of admission.  This is a very big well put together Syrah.  Lots of very Smoky and Spicy flavours with clove really standing out.  Well integrated…

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It’s a Good Time to Drink Ontario Merlot

2012 AJ Lepp Reserve Merlot – Winery Only (http://www.peninsularidge.com) – $19.95 – This has become a perennial favorite of mine and definitely did not disappoint.  Very smooth and loaded with ripe flavours of Raspberry and Cherry.  The finish has hints of Mocha and Dark Chocolate and is very smooth.  This is everything you would expect from a well put together Merlot.  This is drinking great right now and doesn’t need much time in a cellar….

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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 July 5 – 2011 Peninsula Ridge Barrel Aged Chardonnay – 2011 Kabang Red

2011 Peninsula Ridge Barrel Aged Chardonnay – Vintages 211490 – $15.95 – A very well balanced Chardonnay with aromas of Apple and Lemon and butterscotch.  The flavours lean towards Apple and Peach with nice toasty oak on the finish and lingering flavours of Vanilla.  It would appear the folks at Peninsula Ridge have lost their minds… There is no barrel aged Chardonnay from Ontario at this price point that tastes this good. 2011 Kabang Red…

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Wine Review – Rosé for Mother’s Day!

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day and I love getting my mom something special to enjoy.  The great thing about Rosé is that it is still something that most people don’t drink as their “go to” wine of choice.  When you start talking to people about pink wine it tends to conjure up images of blush zinfandel.  Rosé is not the sickly, sweet pink wine of days past.  Wineries have been making what I can only describe…

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Wine Review September 28, 2013 – Peninsula Ridge A.J. Lepp Vineyards Merlot 2011 – 2011 13th Street White Palette

2011 Peninsula Ridge A.J. Lepp Vineyards Merlot – Vintages 299222 – $19.95 – When I tasted the 2010 vintage of this wine I was thrilled to find a Merlot that was exciting, unique and just fantastic.  2011 is right on par with the previous vintage.  It’s already flying off the Vintages shelves so make sure you stock up now.  You have flavours of Raspberry and Cherry with a nice medium finish.  On the nose once…

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Wine Review June 1, 2013 – Sauvignon Blanc! and Cave Spring Gamay

I usually feature wine from Ontario but that doesn’t mean that I don’t drink wine from elsewhere in the world.  This week I thought I would do something a little different… This is where you can do your own experiment in Terroir where you can see how grapes grown in different climates and soils can taste similar… but different at the same time.  I am featuring Sauvignon Blanc this week.   2012 Villa Maria Private…

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