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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Wine Review April 8, 2012 – 2010 Peller Family Series Cabernet Franc – 2010 Pillitteri Gewurztraminer/Riesling

2010 Peller Family Series Cabernet Franc – LCBO 582833 – $11.95 – A very good well priced Cabernet Franc from the great 2010 vintage.  This wine has a great balance of dark fruit flavours, full of things like Blackberry and Currant.  All this is balanced with nice oak flavours and black pepper on the finish.  The great balance makes this an ideal pairing for any heavier beef or lamb dish.  I would also serve this…

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Wine Review March 11, 2012 – Sue Ann Staff 2009 Baco Noir – Cattail Creek 2010 Cat-Astrophe White

As promised I have found some wines that are down in price so why not pick up both this week?  The great things about these wines is they are both fantastic value, definitely superior wines for the price. 2009 Sue-Ann Staff Baco Noir – $14.95 – LCBO 260422 – This is the second Baco in two weeks, I really love Baco Noir this is a great wine that, like last week, could change the way…

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Wine Review February 26, 2012 – 2010 Trius Red – 2009 Cave Spring Indian Summer Late Harvest Riesling

2010 Trius Red – $21.95 – VINTAGES 303800 – This is one of those wines I would consider a staple.  It was one of the first to be done very well, and also for many people this is the benchmark for how great a Bordeaux style blend can be.  This is a great wine from the 2010 vintage and the first Trius` Rednew from winemaker Craig McDonald.  I did find this to be a little…

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Wine Review January 22, 2012 – Icewine Extravaganza! 2007 Inniskillin Vidal, 2010 Inniskillin Sparkling Vidal, 2008 Sue-Ann Staff Cabernet Franc

Oh Icewine, the REAL signature of Ontario (alongside Baco Noir, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay…)  It is the time of year when the ground is frozen and so are the grapes.  The harvest for the 2011 vintage took place for most wineries around the New Year, with some big challenges courtesy of mother nature.  But while we wait until next to see this years icewines there are some exceptional bottles on the shelf from past years….

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Wine Review January 8, 2012 – 2009 Reif The Magician Shiraz/Pinot Noir – 2010 Flat Rock Twisted White

Happy New Year!  I apologize for the lateness of this blog post, things have been busy.  So if you didn’t read my picks last week and you’re checking out my first picks for the New Year for the first time I have two great vintages wines to check out. 2009 Reif “The Magician Shiraz/Pinot Noir – $19.95 – Vintages 246413 – As you’ve seen from my many reviews blended wines is something that we do…

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Wine Review December 11, 2011 – Ordering Wine Online and Wine Clubs … the gift that keeps on giving

Every week it is my task to find two great Ontario wines that are readily available in the LCBO.  Many weeks it’s easy some weeks, it is a little harder. The challenge is not a lack of selections; but when I tour wine country in Niagara there are so many wines that are excellent that I do NOT get the chance to discuss.  With the holiday season approaching I know many people will want to…

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Wine Review October 16, 2011 – 2010 Red Palette (13th Street) – Megalomaniac Homegrown Riesling

2010 13th Street Red Palette – Vintages 249458 – $14.95 – I always get excited when you can get something special from the Vintages section under that $20.00 mark.  This one is no exception.  This wine is a perfect way to experiment with yourself on the effects that air has on a bottle of wine.  Most red wines benefit from a little exposure to air before consumption.  The Red Palette is a blend of mostly Merlot…

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Wine Review October 9, 2011 – Union White – Family Tree Red

Union White – LCBO 197145 – $13.95 – While this may not be the perfect match to your Turkey this will be the perfect wine to pair with appetizers or with your dessert.  It’s a blend of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, and Chardonnay.  This wine has very crisp clean flavours and just enough acidity that it doesn’t linger in the mouth, so it will not conflict with anything that you’re serving.  This is a very…

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