Wine Review July 1, 2012 – Canada Day! – 2011 Pelee Island Chardonnay – 2009 Coyote’s Run Red Paw Vineyard Pinot Noir

Happy Canada Day!  What better way to celebrate our nation than with a Red and a White. 2011 Pelee Island Chardonnay – LCBO 136044 – $10.95 – When I am looking for something new at the LCBO I generally give myself a $15 benchmark.  If you give me fifteen dollars, I’ll turn it into a great Ontario Wine.  It is rare that I find something that falls below that fifteen dollar mark.  When I opened…

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Wine Review June 24, 2012 – Kosher Wine – Goose Bay South Island Sauvignon Blanc – Galil Mountain Upper Galilee Pinot Noir

This week I am making a departure from Ontario.  I have had several people email me about Kosher wines.  Unfortunately there are no Kosher wines made in Ontario, so this was something that was brand new to me.  There is no need to dive into the specifics of what makes a wine Kosher.  What I did learn is that wine is coming from places in the world that we may be over looking.  I mean…

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Wine Review May 27, 2012 – 2011 Malivoire Ladybug Rosé – 2011 Megalomaniac Pink Slip Pinot Noir Rosé

I have been gearing up for summer with several Rosé’s.  I find when Rosé is done well, and this week both are done VERY well, they are among the easiest drinking wines.  These are wines that are un-complicated yet refined.  My favorite thing about Rosé is that being neither a white or a red they fall in a nice limbo for food pairing… I am purposely vague with my food suggestions because the bottom line…

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Wine Review April 15, 2012 – Cattail Creek 2009 Pinot Noir – Megalomaniac 2010 Eccentric Savagnin

2009 Cattail Creek Pinot Noir – $18.95 – VINTAGES 257303 – I am still hesitant when I open up a bottle of Ontario Pinot Noir because of my own experiences with some less than stellar offerings.  This is one of those wines that is so good, and so easy to enjoy it can change your mind about Pinot Noir.  When I open a bottle of wine I pour it into the glass and take my…

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Wine Review March 25, 2012 – 2009 Flat Rock Cellars Pinot Noir Rosé – 2009 Wildass White

2009 Flat Rock Cellars Pinot Noir Rosé – VINTAGES 39974 – $16.95 – This week I took a look through my notes and found something I can’t believe I haven’t had a chance to talk about.  Serious Rosé are two words that don’t usually fit beside each other in the eyes of most wine drinkers… but trust me there is no better way to describe this wine.  This is bone dry but filled with softer…

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Wine Review February 5, 2012 – Wine and Chocolate – 2009 Flat Rock Gravity Pinot Noir – 2010 Malivoire Chardonnay

Valentine’s Day is coming (nothing wrong with getting an early start on things).  So let’s take a look at pairing some great wine and Chocolate.  I tend to avoid mentioning specific food pairings because everyone has a little different idea on what goes well together.  I have found that pairing wine and chocolate can be a little more difficult.  That being said I enlisted some help from some of the experts.  Every week I talk…

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Wine Review January 29, 2012 – 2010 Simply White – 2009 Cave Spring Pinot Noir

2010 Simply White (Stoney Ridge) – $13.95 – LCBO 234476 – Another simple blend that is very easy to drink.  We have a blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc that is very food friendly with nice acidity on the finish.  You will find a citrus burst on the finish leaning towards Pink Grapefruit.  This has a medium body that lingers on the tongue that will make you wonder whether or not this has been in…

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Wine Review January 8, 2012 – 2009 Reif The Magician Shiraz/Pinot Noir – 2010 Flat Rock Twisted White

Happy New Year!  I apologize for the lateness of this blog post, things have been busy.  So if you didn’t read my picks last week and you’re checking out my first picks for the New Year for the first time I have two great vintages wines to check out. 2009 Reif “The Magician Shiraz/Pinot Noir – $19.95 – Vintages 246413 – As you’ve seen from my many reviews blended wines is something that we do…

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Wine Review November 13, 2011 – Union Red – Cattail Creek Chardonnay Musqué

Union Red – LCBO 197152 – $12.95 – This is an excellent medium bodied, easy drinking red.  The  best thing about this wine is that there is no decanting required, simply open the cap and dive right into this bottle.  This is a rainbow of red fruit flavours that play really nicely with each other, you will find Currant, Plum and Cherry with a finish that is almost jammy.  But with the fact that this…

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Wine Review October 9, 2011 – Union White – Family Tree Red

Union White – LCBO 197145 – $13.95 – While this may not be the perfect match to your Turkey this will be the perfect wine to pair with appetizers or with your dessert.  It’s a blend of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, and Chardonnay.  This wine has very crisp clean flavours and just enough acidity that it doesn’t linger in the mouth, so it will not conflict with anything that you’re serving.  This is a very…

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