Icewine and Fried Chicken

Icewine and Fried Chicken

Let’s just say this is a continuation of my attempt to indoctrinate everyone about the proper way to drink Icewine. Can we all say it together now … Icewine does not belong with dessert. Earlier this summer I had the opportunity pair up Riesling Icewine with one of my favorite recipes for Fried Chicken. When you go homemade it’s juicy, decadent and a huge step up from fast food fried chicken. The way I see…

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March 21 – 2013 Cave Spring Chardonnay Musqué – 2012 Pondview Reserve Cabernet/Merlot

March 21 – 2013 Cave Spring Chardonnay Musqué – 2012 Pondview Reserve Cabernet/Merlot

2012 Pondview Reserve Cabernet/Merlot – Vintages 307561 – $18.95 – ***1/2 – As the weather outside warms it’s time to start thinking about wines to eat with grilled meats.  This is one that will do the trick.  Fruit flavours in your glass will be Plum, Blackberry, and Blueberry with a nice finish that is mocha and slight spice.  2012 was a very warm summer in Ontario so the great news is that this wine is something…

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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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Icewine… You’re Drinking it Wrong.

Icewine…  You’re Drinking it Wrong.

Everything you need for the perfect Icewine Appetizer – Foie Gras, Mini Toasts and Onion Confit. It is the time of year when we go to the wine rack and blow the dust off the bottle of Icewine that we got last year and get ready to either re-wrap and re-gift it, or we prepare to open it with dessert during out Christmas spread only to be greeted with cringes and comments on the fact…

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Wine Review November 28 – Icewine Special

Let’s say it all together now … I will not pair Icewine with dessert.  Hear me out!  The biggest complaint about Icewine is that it is too sweet and just leaves your mouth feeling like you have just drank syrup.  If you really want to up your game for the party season prepare yourself a platter of Charcuterie with some salami, prosciutto, hungarian and polish sausages.  Make sure you also have some cheeses like St…

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Wine Review June 21 – 2012 Creekside Laura’s White – 2011 Pondview Cabernet/Merlot

2012 Creekside Laura’s White – Vintages 121764 – $18.95 – The great thing about White blends, as opposed to red blends, is you don’t really know what you’re going to get in the bottle.  This wine is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewurztraminer… what you end up with in the glass is a wine with an aroma of wild flower and flavours of grapefruit and passion fruit but because this…

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Wine Review June 22, 2013 – Rosewood Semillon 2011 – Pondview Cabernet/Merlot 2010

Rosewood Semillon 2011 – Vintages 177758 – $17.95 – Straight up this is one of the best White Wines I have ever tried.  Very Crisp flavours of Grapefruit and Lemon zest.  The finish has a slight spice to it and it long and clean.  Just slightly sweet, but very well balanced with acidity.  This wine is dangerously easy drinking and something you don’t normally see from Ontario.  It is worth checking out simply for the…

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Wine Review January 20, 2013 – 2009 The Foreign Affair Sauvignon Blanc – 2010 Pondview Cabernet Merlot

Both of the wines I am talking about this week have me very excited.  Because I know they are not going to stay on the shelves very long.  I am also excited because it’s a Spinal Tap kind of week… I am reminded of that scene from this is Spinal Tap when they are looking at a Marshall Amplifier talking about turning things to eleven… when 10 just isn’t enough you sometimes want to have…

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