Wine Review – Burger Blend from 13th Street

Wine Review – Burger Blend from 13th Street

This pair of wines from the general list of the LCBO are a nice reminder that delicious Ontario wine doesn’t need to be expensive. 2016 13th Street White Burger Blend (Pinot Grigio/Riesling) – LCBO 469304 – $14.95 – ***1/2+ – Simply put, the definition of a patio sipper. This is off-dry and it is met with nice acidity. This does open up with flavours of apple and melon on the mid palate. The acidity doesn’t…

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Wine Review – Henry of Pelham Gems for Late Summer

Wine Review – Henry of Pelham Gems for Late Summer

2016 Henry of Pelham Fumé Sauvignon Blanc – $19.95 – ****+ – Wow, just wow! Sauvignon Blanc from Ontario is something that needs a little more love and this bottle is a reason why. There is an intense tropical note on the nose with guava, passion fruit and pineapple. The flavours match the nose and open up with a nice weight and texture on the palate. This is truly a bottle worth seeking out and…

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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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Coyote’s Run – Spring Visit

Coyote’s Run – Spring Visit

This post is long overdue. I had a chance to visit Coyote’s Run in March of this year and haven’t had a chance to go over the wines. Coyote’s Run is one of my favorite places to visit in the province because they remind that I love Pinot Noir, but also that I can buy great Pinot Noir that I can afford. Red Paw and Black Paw vineyard Pinot are in my house often year…

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January 16 – 2012 Inniskillin Montague Vineyard Pinot Noir – 2012 Gilmour Orus

January 16 – 2012 Inniskillin Montague Vineyard Pinot Noir – 2012 Gilmour Orus

2012 Inniskillin Montague Vineyard Pinot Noir – Vintages 997353 – $29.95 – ****+ – Right away when you pour this wine you will get sucked in with floral aromas and bright ripe cherry. This wine is both intense and elegant at the same time. The flavours are tons of cherry with a finish that has a slight earth note but more spice mingled in there. This is the sort of wine that I say shouldn’t be…

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Nals Margreid/Pukka – Indian and Italian dinner

Nals Margreid/Pukka – Indian and Italian dinner

When I head out for Indian food often I find myself switching to beer, or cocktails.  Indian food is difficult when it comes to pairing with wine.  I was intrigued when I got the invite for the dinner at Pukka featuring Nals Margreid a winery in Northern Italy.  I was fortunate enough to sit with wine director Peter Boyd (who also manages the wine list at Scaramouche) and he told me that aromatics and acidity…

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March 7 – 2013 Malivoire Pinot Gris – 2012 13th Street Gamay Noir

March 7 – 2013 Malivoire Pinot Gris – 2012 13th Street Gamay Noir

2013 Malivoire Pinot Gris – Vintages 591305 – $19.95 – **** – I get nostalgic whenever I see the Pinot Gris from Malivoire.  Going back to 2008 this is a wine I look forward to every year.  With a nice acidic backbone, but flavours that are more subdued than Riesling makes this particular wine even more food friendly.  What you will find on your glass are wonderful flavours of peach and white flower.  There is…

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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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Wine Review February 14 – 2013 White House Wine Co. Riesling/Pinot Grigio – 2011 Featherstone Select Late Harvest Cabernet Franc

Wine Review February 14 – 2013 White House Wine Co. Riesling/Pinot Grigio – 2011 Featherstone Select Late Harvest Cabernet Franc

2013 White House Wine Co. Riesling/Pinot Grigio – LCBO 219022 – $12.95 – ***1/2 – Bright, crisp and easy drinking.  I will follow the rules as set out on the back of this bottle by not talking about the specific ratios of the grapes in this bottle.  I opened this while I was serving homemade pizza.  It made a great match with Ham and Pineapple (using fresh pineapple).  The flavours are mainly citrus with pear…

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Burnt Ship Bay Wines

Burnt Ship Bay Wines

  2013 Burnt Ship Bay Cabernet Merlot – Vintages 404947 – $14.95 – ***1/2+ – This was a pleasant surprise when I opened the bottle.  Very fruit driven loaded with all sorts of blackberry, plum, and hints of black currant.  The tannin is soft and approachable right from the bottle.  This wine is straightforward, easy drinking and requires no time in a decanter or aging in a wine cellar.  I would consider this to be…

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