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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L’Ecole No.41 – Pit Stop

L’Ecole No.41 – Pit Stop

Let’s call this post an epilogue on my visit to Oregon last summer. I drove from Oregon to Regina, Saskatchewan to finish off my summer road trip last year. I couldn’t resist making he pit stop in Walla Walla, Washington. Apart from being one of the most fun places to say in America, it is also in the heart of Washington Wine country. There are several wineries in the area, but when I was doing…

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Southbrook – So Many New Things.

Southbrook – So Many New Things.

Earlier this year I had a chance to do a broad tasting of the current offerings from Southbrook. Last year I had an opportunity to taste a depth of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon. It would seem the wines for sale this year offer something a little bit interesting. Vidal served two ways – both a sparkling and orange version. Also, we see a cider that is something of a Niagara take on a basque style….

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Creekside – Spring 2017

Creekside – Spring 2017

I stopped by Creekside as one of my first winery visits for 2017. It has been a while since i’ve stopped but the recent releases making their way to Toronto through Vintages have been fantastic. Needless to say there is a lot to look forward to available from Creekside. From a winery that has a reputation for their Syrah there is certainly a lot more to this place than Syrah these days. 2015 Marianne Riesling…

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2015 Flat Rock Unplugged Chardonnay – 2012 Stratus Red

2015 Flat Rock Unplugged Chardonnay – 2012 Stratus Red

2015 Flat Rock Unplugged Chardonnay – Vintages 68015 – $16.00 – ***½+ – As far as unoaked Chardonnay from Ontario goes there is something a little magical about this wine. The nose is bright, fresh and clean with lemon and lime notes and a potent mineral note that sails over the fruit and pulls this wine together like the rug in the room of the Big Lebowski. This sits on the palate with a near-creaminess……

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Rosewood – January 2017

Rosewood – January 2017

2016 Rosewood Nebulous – $24.95 – **** – This is the first “sparkling” offering from Rosewood. I am putting the Sparkling in quotes because it’s not really a Sparkling in the sense that most Ontario wine lovers are familiar. This is essentially an Ancestral style sparkling wine made with the remaining 15 Semillon vines from Rosewood and Pinot Noir. Ancestral style means there is no second fermentation that takes place. If you’re expecting Champagne you…

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Stratus Wines for the Holidays

Stratus Wines for the Holidays

2014 Wildass Merlot – Vintages 376822 – $18.95 – ****+ – Beautifully ripe and juicy red fruit climb out of the glass. This is outstanding Ontario Merlot at any price. The Wildass wines from Stratus set the bar for “entry level” wines in the province. The price of this wine creates a dilemma… Do you save a few bottles in the cellar or do you drink them right now? To be honest, while this may…

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Burrowing Owl for Christmas

Burrowing Owl for Christmas

2013 Burrowing Owl Meritage – Vintages 644906 – $54.95 – ****½ – The short word on this is that it’s outstanding. The nose is rich and complex – Lots of blackberry, black currant, cocoa, and licorice. The flavours in this wine are just as rich and complex as what you find on the nose. It seems the deeper into the bottle you get there is a floral flavour that starts to make an appearance. The…

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Nov 25 – 2013 Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Riesling – 2012 Stratus Petit Verdot

Nov 25 – 2013 Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Riesling – 2012 Stratus Petit Verdot

2012 Stratus Petit Verdot – Vintages 142638 – $38.20 – ****+ – We could call this wine fruit galore. There are aromas of Raspberry, Plum, Strawberry and Blackberry with flavours to match. This wine is approachable now, but will do better with 3 years in a cellar and it will hold on for a decade (or more) if you decide to keep it that long. Petit Verdot isn’t a varietal you see very often in…

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Burrowing Owl (July 2016)

Burrowing Owl (July 2016)

One of the most scenic estates in the Okanagan is Burrowing Owl. I am familiar with many of these wines as they are frequently on the shelves of Vintages. I have always felt that the wines were out of reach because they do tend to get a little pricy when they cross into Ontario. I was shocked to find how well priced all the wines are at the estate. If the wines, and the scenery…

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