Wine Review – 2016 Reif Estate Sauvignon Blanc – 2012 16 Mile Cellars Rebel Pinot Noir

Wine Review – 2016 Reif Estate Sauvignon Blanc – 2012 16 Mile Cellars Rebel Pinot Noir

2016 Reif Estate Sauvignon Blanc – Vintages 247825 – $14.95 – **** – In a few words this wine hits way above the price point. The aromas a nice pink grapefruit with tropical fruit that is nicely layered over it. On the palate this opens up with more tropical fruit – guava and passion fruit. There is a nice weight on the mid palate but this finishes with nice palate cleansing acidity. 2012 16 Mile…

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2013 Organized Crime Cabernet Franc – 2013 Reif Pinot Noir

2013 Organized Crime Cabernet Franc – 2013 Reif Pinot Noir

2013 Organized Crime Cabernet Franc – Vintages 472530 – $18.95 – **** – There is something interesting about this Franc. The fruit is concentrated and very ripe bordering on jammy with flavours of strawberry, cherry, blackberry and currant. But even with all the very ripe fruit dominating the nose and the palate there is still room for some bell pepper aromas that linger on the finish. This is a wine meant to pair with roast…

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November 21 – 2013 Reif Estate Reserve Gewurztraminer – 2011 Hidden Bench Terroir Caché Meritage

November 21 – 2013 Reif Estate Reserve Gewurztraminer – 2011 Hidden Bench Terroir Caché Meritage

2013 Reif Estate Reserve Gewurztraminer – Vintages 360255 – $18.95 – ***1/2+ – This wine is definitely defined by its texture. This leans more towards an alsatian style of Gewurztraminer with a nice almost oily texture that grips the tongue. This varietal is one of my favorites in Ontario, it is also something that we do in a style that is distinctly local. While Gew in the province leans towards Germany or Alsace it never…

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Vidal – Unsung Hero?

Vidal – Unsung Hero?

Vidal is not just for Icewine.  Most people know Vidal for the rich honeyed icewines that are made from the juice of this grape.  When it is vinified into table wine you end up with wines that are bright and crisp.  It holds onto a lot of the floral qualities that you would find in an icewine but you will also find layers of lemon and lime.  Now for the true verdict … are these…

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Wine Review – Reds from Reif and Sauvignon Blanc from Chateau des Charmes

Coming from the killer 2012 vintage this trio of reserve wines from Reif are all worth picking up.  These are the kinds of wines that need a good hour or two in a decanter or a few years on the wine rack to really unlock the awesomeness in the bottles. 2012 Reif Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve – $29.95 – Rich, delicious and very fruit driven.  This needs to be paired with very strong meats or cheeses…

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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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Beaujolais Nouveau is Alive and Well.

Beaujolais Nouveau is Alive and Well.

“This is the best party of the year at this bar” these words were uttered to me by a very drunk French patron of Le Barricou (1 Boulevard Du Temple, Paris) at 11pm on November 20th the release of the 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau.  Walking down the streets of Paris you see many bistros with the poster announcing the release of Nouveau.  By 11pm I knew that one sleepless day was worth the flight to help…

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Tarot Cards Look Nice on Wine Bottles

2013 The Empress Chardonnay – LCBO 346791 – $12.75 – This is sunshine in a bottle.  Even though this wine only has 9 g/l sugar (this is very dry) you will share that this is off dry.  Fruit flavours are bright and intense with Apple, Peach and Lemon.  The finish on this wine is bright and crisp but with just enough of a lingering finish that it’s great to enjoy on its own.  Pair this with…

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Nouveau Release 2014

This week on November 20th we will be greeted with 9 offerings from France, Italy and Ontario in their local LCBO.  Nouveau has a certain contradiction about it … the hardest wine snobs will turn their nose up at it… but the budding wineaux has no idea that it even exists. Nouveau is the first wine of the 2014 harvest that was recently completed.  These wines were grapes only six weeks ago.  They are light…

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