Oct 14 – 2013 Domaine Queylus Tradition Chardonnay – 2014 Keint-He Portage Pinot Noir

Oct 14 – 2013 Domaine Queylus Tradition Chardonnay – 2014 Keint-He Portage Pinot Noir

2013 Domaine Queylus Tradition Chardonnay – Vintages 417774 – $24.95 – ****+ – The quality of Chardonnay at this price from Ontario is mind blowing. Beautifully complex with vanilla, butterscotch layered over apples and peaches. Flavours match the nose and bring a nice hit of baking spice on the finish. 2013 was not a hot summer in Niagara, but this wine will have you convinced that we had nothing but sunshine. The finish just might…

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Taste Community Grown – Prince Edward County – September 24, 2016

Taste Community Grown – Prince Edward County – September 24, 2016

Visiting Prince Edward County is one of my favorite things to do regardless of season. My biggest challenge on any visit to the County is finding a way to cram as much into the day as possible. Without careful planning you can easily spend the day in a car having only made a few stops at wineries … and that doesn’t even factor in finding a place to eat. This past weekend I stopped by…

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Aug 19 – 2014 Lighthall Progression – 2014 Norman Hardie County Unfiltered Pinot Noir

Aug 19 – 2014 Lighthall Progression – 2014 Norman Hardie County Unfiltered Pinot Noir

2014 Lighthall Progression – Vintages 468090 – $20.00 – **** – This is the perfect bubbly for the patio. The nose is bright clean citrus. The flavours are citrus with white flower. There is nothing too complicated about this wine, it just tastes good. The finish is clean and crisp just like you would expect from a well put together sparkling wine. Now for the interesting part, this wine is made with vidal. The grape…

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2014 Norman Hardie County Pinot Noir

2014 Norman Hardie County Pinot Noir

2014 Norman Hardie County Pinot Noir – $45.00 – Winery Only – ****½ – The nose on this wine is perfumed with lots of violet climbing out of the glass, buried underneath all those flowers you find ripe cherry. Honestly if you aren’t taking a minute to absorb the nose on this wine before your first sip, you’re doing it wrong. When you take your first sip you are greeted with the nose in reverse…

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2014 Lacey Estates Gewürztraminer

2014 Lacey Estates Gewürztraminer

2014 Lacey Estates Gewürztraminer – Winery Only – $19.95 – ****1/2 – My favorite thing about this wine is easily the texture. With a tip of the cap to Alsace the oily texture on this wine fills your mouth from cheek to cheek while still holding onto nice acidity. The thing about a texture wine like this is that you need to be mindful of texture when pairing with food. The default settings for most…

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Hinterland 2012 Les Etoiles

Hinterland 2012 Les Etoiles

2012 Hinterland Les Étoiles – $39.00 – Winery Only – ****1/2 – This is not going to last at the winery for long. Before reading this review any further go onto the Hinterland website (http://www.hinterlandwine.com/) and order a few bottles of this. Simply put this is the best vintage of Les Étoiles I have tasted to date. Previous vintages were wines that were well crafted and assembled but needed a bit of time to settle…

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Profile: Casa-Dea (June 2015)

Profile: Casa-Dea (June 2015)

The last time I was at Casa-Dea in Prince Edward County I was introduced to their first appassimento wine called Adamo.  I had the opportunity to taste the white counterpart – Eva.  It is always exciting to see what comes out of the doors of the winery when you have a creative winemaker pushing the envelope. One thing that is interesting about these wines in particular is that they are all made with Prince Edward…

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Eye on Taste Local – VQApalooza

The LCBO has been working over the past couple years to tweak the campaign that was once known as “Go Local”.  Last year the promotion was called “Shine On”, and let’s face it the name just didn’t quite pop even though the wine selection was very good.  This year the campaign definitely hits closer to the mark as it’s called “Taste Local”.  You will notice over thirty new Ontario wines hit LCBO shelves between September…

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Eye on Norman Hardie – 2012 Norman Hardie Unfiltered County Pinot Noir

2012 Norman Hardie Unfiltered County Pinot Noir – Vintages 125310 – $39.00 – You won’t find much of this left at the LCBO as it snuck under my radar when it was released in October of last year, but you can still get your hands on some from the winery directly.  Norman Hardie’s Pinot Noir is something that everyone needs to experience.  If you’re not a fan of Pinot Noir I defy you to tell…

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Wine Review Extra – Winery to Watch – Three Dog Winery

I am shameless in professing my love for Prince Edward County.  I get excited when I see the many new labels being established in the County.  Three Dog Winery has done a good job placing themselves on Social Media (twitter: @threedogwine) so I was just as shameless in asking Owner/Wine Maker John Squair to hook me up with a bottle of the Doghouse White.  Vidal can be difficult to turn into good table wine as…

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