Not Another – Not Another Turkey Post

Not Another – Not Another Turkey Post

This is not another turkey column… and it’s not “not another turkey column”. The video posted by Rick VanSickle is still one of my favorite commentaries on what to pair with Turkey. Let’s face it, Rick makes some great points. The most exciting herb or spice that sees most of the turkeys that are being cooked this year is maybe some sage? Or some thyme? Salt and pepper? Your potatoes are seasoned with cream? Salt…

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Wine Review – A taste of BC from Mission Hill

Wine Review – A taste of BC from Mission Hill

2015 Mission Hill Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – $30.95 – Vintages 553321 – **** – This is a great example of BC Cabernet Sauvignon with nice rich black fruit layered over smoke. The story of this wine is one of structure and approachability. This wine is drinking great right now, with soft tannin and a smooth finish. The rich fruit flavours soar over the smoke and cocoa notes that start to poke through on the finish….

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Wine Review – 2015 Icellars Arinna – 2015 Strewn Terroir Pinot Blanc

Wine Review – 2015 Icellars Arinna – 2015 Strewn Terroir Pinot Blanc

2015 Strewn Terroir Pinot Blanc – Vintages 520205 – $18.95 – ***½+ – Well this is interesting, it’s not as if there is a ton of Pinot Blanc from Ontario that makes it to the shelf. Rarity aside this is an easy drinking bottle of wine that is meant to be paired with spicy cuisine of all kinds. The aromas of white flower are layered over orchard fruit with a nice mineral note that lingers…

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Pierre Sparr Bubbles

Pierre Sparr Bubbles

Pierre Sparr Brut Reserve Cremant D’Alsace – LCBO 388603 – $18.95 – **** – A traditional method sparkling wine made from Pinot Blanc. This is bright, crisp and clean on the nose with the aroma of freshly baked bread with white flower mixed in. This wine finishes dry with nice, bright, crisp acidity that leaves the palate refreshed. The palate has nice fruit layered over a mineral note. There are notes of peach, green apple,…

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Nk’Mip (July 2016)

Nk’Mip (July 2016)

This post marks the end of my trip to the Okanagan this summer. But stay tuned starting in January I am going to be continuing my journey as I also visited Oregon and have a lot to say. Nk’Mip is located in the southernmost part of the Okanagan Valley. It’s located 8km from the US border. It’s the hottest part of the valley, so it goes without saying that this winery doesn’t have any issues…

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Nova Scotia Tasting

Nova Scotia Tasting

I have been keeping an eye on what is happening in Nova Scotia. It’s been a few years since Benjamin Bridge made some waves when their Sparkling wine beat some of the best Champagnes France has to offer in a blind taste test. I had the opportunity to taste through some of the “Tidal Bay” wines being made in the maritime province. The grapes that are allowed to be used to make the Tidal Bay blends offer…

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German Wine School

German Wine School

I don’t drink enough German wine. I think that most people don’t drink enough German wine. I will be the first to admit that I find german wine intimidating.  At least with French wine you have seen or heard of Champagne, Bordeaux or Cotes du Rhone.  German labels are adorned with words like Grauburgunder and Gewurztraminer.  Gewurztraminer is grown in Ontario and I have been to more than one winery that has referred to it…

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