Kacaba – Summer 2017

Kacaba – Summer 2017

2016 Susan’s Sauvignon Blanc – $18.15 – ***½+ – A nice grassiness is mingled in over bright citrus notes. Sauvignon Blanc will never be as recognized as Riesling or Chardonnay in the province, but it’s certainly not something that should be overlooked. It’s food friendly and pops with a bit more fruit on the palate than Pinot Gris. In this bottle there is a mineral note that is perfectly integrated with bright citrus fruit. The…

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2015 Rockway Vineyards Red – 2014 Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Gris

2015 Rockway Vineyards Red – 2014 Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Gris

2014 Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Gris – Vintages 537076 – $24.95 – ***½ – This is truly summer captured in a glass. The fruit is pear and peach on the nose and on the palate. There is a delightful mineral note that forms the backbone to this wine and makes this very food friendly for lighter fare from the grill. This is a great wine for a fish fry at the cottage or paired with…

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King Estate Winery – Oregon

King Estate Winery – Oregon

King Estate Winery has the largest contiguous organic vineyards in North America. It is also one of the largest producers in Oregon producing over 400k cases of wine a year. The family owned facility is impressive with a production facility that seems like stretches for miles under the beautiful tasting room and restaurant located on site. The large production at this facility means that they are one of the flag bearers for Oregon wine. Wine…

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Iris Vineyards – Oregon

Iris Vineyards – Oregon

Southwest of Eugene, Oregon I had the opportunity to visit Iris Vineyards. The sprawling estate is impressive when you arrive on the property that is over 800 acres. The winery has Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay which is to be expected in Oregon… But it was also fascinating to find Syrah, Merlot and Tempranillo on the property as well. The vineyards were planted in 1996 with Iris producing their first wines in 2002. Here…

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2011 Ridgepoint Pinot Noir – 2014 Dirty Laundry ‘Say Yes’ Pinot Gris

2011 Ridgepoint Pinot Noir – 2014 Dirty Laundry ‘Say Yes’ Pinot Gris

2011 Ridgepoint Pinot Noir – Vintages 89003 – $14.95 – ***½+ – There is something rich and concentrated about this Pinot. The nose is cherry, and it pushes right up to the line of being cherry pie… but doesn’t seem to cross that line. There is a slight smoky and cocoa note that rises above the fruit. The tannin is a little firm and this wine would benefit from 9-12 months on its side before…

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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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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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Tinhorn Creek (July 2016)

Tinhorn Creek (July 2016)

I’m a big fan of Twitter (shameless plug you can follow me @andrewinereview) but many other great wine people and businesses exist on this platform. I have been following Sandra Oldfield for a few years. She is the founder of #BCWineChat and the CEO and President of Tinhorn Creek and most recently the winemaker. She is also a fierce advocate of the BC wine industry and the Canadian wine industry in general. I felt privileged…

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See Ya Later Ranch – July 2016

See Ya Later Ranch – July 2016

See Ya Later Ranch Brut NV – $21.99 – **** – It has been a couple of years since i’ve seen this wine on the shelves of the LCBO. I hope we see it again soon. Clean and Crisp with nice acidity. There are nice apple notes over citrus. There is a nice yeasty note of rising bread dough. Simply put this is delicious sparkling wine and an affordable addition to your turkey day dinners…

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Laughing Stock – July 2016

Laughing Stock – July 2016

One winery that was high on my list to visit in BC was Laughing Stock. I have had the opportunity to exchange emails with owner Cynthia Enns in the past. But, I have never had the opportunity to taste any of the wines. In April I reviewed the 2013 Portfolio and I knew that I had to go out of my way to stop by this winery. When you drive up Naramata Road and arrive…

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