Wine Review – Cave Spring

Wine Review – Cave Spring

2015 Cave Spring Cabernet Franc – LCBO 523001 – $17.95 – **** – I will be the first to admit that I don’t spend enough time tasting the wines in the general list… but I need to remind myself wineries like Cave Spring, Vineland and Chateau des Charmes consistently bring outstanding value and quality to the front of the LCBO. This Cabernet Franc is where Ontario shines. It’s not quite Bordeaux… it’s not quite Loire……

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Wine Review – Huff

Wine Review – Huff

Here’s a look at some new wines from Huff. I am constantly amazed at the quality of the Merlot found 2016 Huff Pinot Gris – $22.00 – **** – This is made with a blend of Niagara and Prince Edward County fruit. The nose on this wine is all apple, a little bit green and a little bit yellow. On the palate this wine is all about the texture with a nice richness that helps…

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Wine Review – Nyarai

Wine Review – Nyarai

2016 Nyarai Pinot Gris – $20.95 – **** – Pinot Gris from Ontario needs to bring great texture to the glass to be interesting. This bottle from Nyarai is definitely interesting. The weighty nose climbs out of the glass with heavy baked apple and peach aromas. A bit of a walking contradiction the first sip of the wine goes down easy and clean … but the second sticks around for a bit with the orchard…

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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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