Wine Review – 2016 Malivoire Gamay – 2016 Fielding Estate Bottled Riesling

Wine Review – 2016 Malivoire Gamay – 2016 Fielding Estate Bottled Riesling

2016 Fielding Estate Bottled Riesling – Vintages 251439 – $19.95 – ****+ – A beautiful off-dry and perfectly balanced bottle of Riesling. The aromas are lemon, lime and zest of both giving this some nice depth right off the nose. On the palate this opens up to an avalanche of fruit – the citrus makes way for orchard fruit with apple and peach. The slight sweetness keeps the fruit fresh and ripe but are met…

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My Wine Journey through the Finger Lakes

My Wine Journey through the Finger Lakes

I can’t believe it has taken me this long to get around to writing this. During the late spring I hopped in the car and headed down to the Finger Lakes in New York State in search of Riesling. I have been keeping an eye on the work of Paul Hobbs after having a chance to meet him at a Stratus event in Toronto. When I heard that Paul was set up in the Finger…

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Wine Review – 2016 Charles Baker B-Side Riesling – 2016 13th Street Cabernet/Merlot

Wine Review – 2016 Charles Baker B-Side Riesling – 2016 13th Street Cabernet/Merlot

2016 Charles Baker B-Side Riesling – Vintages 523845 – $22.20 – **** – When U2 released “Where the Streets Have No Name” the b-side to that single was “The Sweetest Thing”. This feels like a literal interpretation of that release. The other side of the record would be Picone or Ivan a statement that’s a little more austere and hard hitting. The B-Side is a little softer and off-dry that lets the fruit really shine…

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Wine Reviews – Taking a New Look at 13th Street Winery

Wine Reviews – Taking a New Look at 13th Street Winery

13th Street has recently finished building a new addition to their facility. I was shocked to see how quickly the new addition had been built. I usually make a few pilgrimages to the barn to grab some buttertarts or stock up on Saskatoon jam (one of the few places in the province that regularly has it) so it looks like I need to start making my visits more often. That being said the building isn’t…

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Wine Review – 2016 Vineland Estates Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – 2016 Chateau des Charmes Gamay Noir Droit

Wine Review – 2016 Vineland Estates Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – 2016 Chateau des Charmes Gamay Noir Droit

2016 Vineland Estates Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – Vintages 38117 – $19.95 – ****+ – This continues to be a show-stopper and benchmark for quality and price in the province. This brings perfect balance with acidity but the sweetness on the palate brings an army of fruit to this bottle. You can expect to find lime, macintosh apple, and peach. If you open this today, you can do so without regret and let the…

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Wine Review – Rosehall Run Sparkling Duo

Wine Review – Rosehall Run Sparkling Duo

It has been a very exciting couple of years for bubbles from Prince Edward County. This year Hinterland released a new “top end” sparkling called Sacrament. Down in the south of the County stopping by Lighthall is essential when Culmination, a fantastic Blanc de Blancs is available. How could you forget stopping by Huff Estates and grabbing a bottle of the Peter F Huff Cuvée or the Rosé Cuvée Janine. The sparkling game is strong…

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Wine Review – 2013 Westcott Estate Pinot Noir – 2015 Hidden Bench Riesling

Wine Review – 2013 Westcott Estate Pinot Noir – 2015 Hidden Bench Riesling

2015 Hidden Bench Riesling – Vintages 183491 – $23.95 – **** – There’s something about Riesling and this time of year. I just enjoy putting it on the table next to roast chicken, paprikash, even Coq au Vin can get a nice counterpoint to it. This is bone dry with nice orchard fruit that soars over bright acidity. This is a perfect example of balanced Riesling and offers great value. Something to enjoy now or…

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Wine Review – Ferox

Wine Review – Ferox

Everyone these days seems to be enamoured with Prince Edward County. There is some fantastic, gritty winemaking taking place to the east of Toronto. There are a lot of reasons to pay attention to the County. But there is a renaissance taking place in Niagara. It started when Two Sisters opened their impressive new facility and make quite the impression with the first few vintages of their wines. But, there are a lot of small…

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Wine Review – 2015 Karlo Cabernet Franc – 2016 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling

Wine Review – 2015 Karlo Cabernet Franc – 2016 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling

2016 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling – Vintages 67587 – $18.95 – **** – There is nice balance to this riesling. There is a kiss of sweetness on the finish, and it’s met with nice acidity. The sweetness is enough to really let macintosh and golden delicious apple soar on the mid palate. A nice mineral note mingles with the apples but disappears on a clean finish. 2015 Karlo Cabernet Franc – Vintages 524389 – $39.00 –…

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Wine Review – 2013 Stratus Red – 2014 Charles Baker Picone Vineyard Riesling

Wine Review – 2013 Stratus Red – 2014 Charles Baker Picone Vineyard Riesling

2014 Charles Baker Picone Vineyard Riesling – Vintages 241182 – $35.20 – ****+ – I love it when my Riesling has a hint of sugar. But sweetness needs balance and this is perfectly balanced. The sweetness brings some golden delicious apple to lemon drop. The mineral note adds even more depth and complexity to a wine that brings a lot to your glass. Enjoy now or have it spend time in your cellar for 10-15…

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