Wine Review February 24, 2013 – 2011 Tawse Sketches of Niagara Rosé – 2011 Calamus Cosmic White

It is Oscar weekend!  Something I am certainly looking forward to having caught all 9 of the best picture nominees (not that I’m bragging).  Here are a couple of easy drinking crowd pleasing wines to serve for you Oscar party!  Focus this week are on wines that will pair well with a variety of food whether it’s appetizers or a full meal. 2011 Calamus Cosmic White – VINTAGES 255893 – $14.95 – A blend of…

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Wine Review February 17, 2013 – 2011 Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling – 2010 Peninsula Ridge Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling – VINTAGES 080234 – $16.95 –  This wine is fantastic, a great balance of a touch of sweetness and acidity makes this very easy to drink.  Strong flavours of Peach and Lemon.  Easy to pair with a variety of foods thanks to the acidity.  Pick this one up while you can it won’t stay on the shelves long.   2010 Peninsula Ridge Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – VINTAGES 609826 – $21.95…

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Wine Review November 4, 2012 – 2010 Cave Spring Red – 2011 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling

My favorite thing about November is Wrapped Up in the Valley.  This wine event is hosted by 20 Valley (www.20valley.ca) it features wine and food pairings at 24 participating wineries.  I love this event firstly because some of the best wine in Ontario is coming from the Beamsville bench these days.  It’s also a great way to get out and try new wines, I know that we all fall into funks where we find a…

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Wine Review September 16, 2012 – Colaneri Stellucha Riesling 2009 – Trumpour’s Mill Pinot Noir 2008

Colaneri Stellucha Riesling 2009 – Vintages 279778 – $15.95 – I have been waiting to talk about Colaneri.  This is a fairly new winery with a beautiful estate in Niagara on the Lake.  What is interesting is this winery is bringing an Italian flavour to Ontario.  I had a chance to visit their winery last year while the actual building wasn’t quite finished, they also didn’t have anything on the shelves of the LCBO.  I…

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Wine Review September 9, 2012 – 2009 Malivoire Pinot Noir – 2010 Calamus Riesling

2009 Malivoire Pinot Noir – $29.95 – VINTAGES 996777 – Leading into fall I have really been enjoying Pinot Noir.  This is another really great vintages pick.  I understand that this price moves it away from the “Friday Night” movie sipper, but even at this price it is still worth the price of admission to the bottom of this bottle.  Flavours of Raspberry and Black Current with a nose to match.  This Pinot has a…

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Wine Review September 2, 2012 – 2010 Featherstone Red-Tail Merlot – 2011 Hinterbrook Riesling

2010 Featherstone Red-Tail Merlot – $19.95 – Vintages 131540 – This is a very interesting Merlot.  It’s interesting because it’s not boring.  To me most Merlot’s represent a compromise, if you’re going to a party and you’re not sure what to bring Merlot is a pretty safe bet because you don’t get anything too overpowering.  That is not the case with this Merlot.  You are hit with flavours of Cherry and Strawberry but almost like…

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Wine Review July 29, 2012 – 2010 Reif Cabernet Merlot – 2010 Hidden Bench Estate Riesling

We had some rain this week!  And also a bit of a break in the temperature which let me get into some Red wine.  But summer is not over yet.  2010 Reif Cabernet Merlot – LCBO 565713 – $13.75 – This wine is a teriffic value.  But the price isn’t even where to begin with what makes this wine fantastic.  Most wines benefit from exposure to air, but this one is great right out of…

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Wine Review May 20, 2012 – Rosewood Natalie’s Sussreserve Riesling 2009 – Sibling Rivalry Red

You are likely reading this in the middle of your long weekend.  The LCBO is open today, so you can stock up for tomorrow.  This year for your trip up to the cottage, or if you’re re-stocking the cooler mid weekend why not pick up a bottle (or two) of this weeks selections.  Leave your fancy stemware at home, who said you needed to be drinking out of fancy glasses all the time?   Sibling…

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Wine Review May 13, 2012 – 2008 Kacaba Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc – 2010 Malivoire Riesling

So you’ve waited until the last minute for mothers day.  But do not despair, you still have some time to get to the LCBO to pick up a coupld of dynamite wines for mom.  For something different for mom, I still think the Musqué I recommended last week is a great gift.  But if you’re looking for something more conventional, but outstanding nonetheless look no further. 2008 Kacaba Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc – VINTAGES 272146 – $18.95…

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Wine Review April 29, 2012 – 2011 Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling – 2008 Wildass Red

This weekend I am in Niagara around the Twenty Valley area to check out Get Fresh in the Valley.  You buy a passport at www.20valley.ca and it gives you access to wine and food pairings at the wineries.  I had a chance to go to Wrapped up in the Valley last fall and it was easily my favourite wine event from last year.  2008 Wildass Red (Stratus) – VINTAGES 86363 – $19.95 – Many of the Red…

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