Flat Rock – (Spring 2017)

Flat Rock – (Spring 2017)

2016 Flat Rock Pink Twisted – Vintages 39974 – $16.95 – ****+ – This screams summer as watermelon and raspberry make appearances in the glass. I hesitate to use the word “serious” to describe this wine, but there is nothing more serious and versatile at your table than a well balanced bottle of rosé. When you let this open up on the palate the fruit is raspberry, cherry, cranberry, watermelon and a bit of citrus…

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Creekside – Spring 2017

Creekside – Spring 2017

I stopped by Creekside as one of my first winery visits for 2017. It has been a while since i’ve stopped but the recent releases making their way to Toronto through Vintages have been fantastic. Needless to say there is a lot to look forward to available from Creekside. From a winery that has a reputation for their Syrah there is certainly a lot more to this place than Syrah these days. 2015 Marianne Riesling…

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2013 Rockway Vineyards Cabernet/Merlot – 2016 Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling

2013 Rockway Vineyards Cabernet/Merlot – 2016 Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling

2016 Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling – Vintages 80234 – $16.95 – ****½ – This is a benchmark wine for Riesling in Niagara. When I’m talking about quality and value this is a flagship for the province and a perfect way to either build or bolster a cellar. The concentration of fruit climbing out of the glass is … satisfying. If you close your eyes when you take your first sniff of the wine in your…

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2015 Thirty Bench Winemaker’s Blend Double Noir – 2015 Wildass Riesling

2015 Thirty Bench Winemaker’s Blend Double Noir – 2015 Wildass Riesling

2015 Wildass Riesling – Vintages 129700 – $16.95 – ***½+ – The Wildass label continues to be one of my favorite on the shelf of the LCBO. This is the second label from Stratus, and as with the wines under the “premium” label (I use this word reluctantly) the bar is set very high. There is a perfect harmony of lime and mineral notes on the nose and on the palate. This is off-dry and…

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2014 Tawse Spark Limestone Ridge Sparkling Riesling – 2014 Keint-He Voyageur Pinot Noir

2014 Tawse Spark Limestone Ridge Sparkling Riesling – 2014 Keint-He Voyageur Pinot Noir

2014 Tawse Spark Limestone Ridge Sparkling Riesling – Vintages 370361 – $20.95 – **** – There is a slight sweet note that is right at the core of this wine from start to finish. The nose is honeycomb and lime with a mineral note. The slight sweetness from the fruit really pops on the palate. There is nice depth to this wine. That being said I wouldn’t stockpile this wine in the cellar. Pick up…

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Lemelson – Oregon

Lemelson – Oregon

If you go to any winery in Ontario and ask about Thomas, the winery staff know that you are asking about Thomas Bachelder. Owner and winemaker of his eponymous wine label but known for his work at Le Clos Jordanne, Domaine Queylus and 16 Mile… I’m sure I am forgetting about a place or two. Needless to say Thomas is very busy and his reputation precedes him. Thomas Bachelder was the winemaker at Lemelson Vineyards…

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2014 Ziraldo Riesling Icewine

2014 Ziraldo Riesling Icewine

2014 Ziraldo Riesling Icewine – Vintages 149609 – $88.80 – ****1/2 – This small winery specializes in Icewine. If you’re a fan of Niagara wine this name should be familiar to you because this bottle bears the name of the founder of Inniskillin. When I spoke with Donald Ziraldo in 2016 he talked about the importance of Icewine to the industry, so it’s not surprise that he has returned to his roots. The price on…

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The City Wino – Post-Holiday Wines For a Budget

The City Wino – Post-Holiday Wines For a Budget

It’s January. We are all waiting to open our bills and recoil in horror. Here are some suggestions from local sommelier Krystina Roman to save the day, and the pocketbook. You may know Krystina as The City Wino (twitter:instagram) on social media. I am pleased to welcome her wine recommendations to add here. One thing you will notice is that scoring is a little different than what I use. That being said the scoring system…

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Hinterland – New Vintages (Dec 2016)

Hinterland – New Vintages (Dec 2016)

There’s a few new wines available at Hinterland. If you missed out on scoring a bottle of Les Étoiles don’t worry, if you stow a couple bottles away they will be ready to go in time for 2018! 2013 Les Étoiles – $39.00 – ****½ – While reading this note I would like you to picture me wiping a tear from my eye as I give Hinterland a standing ovation for this outstanding bottle. Aromas…

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Karlo (September 2016)

Karlo (September 2016)

2013 Chardonnay – $25.00 – **** -There is a lot of fruit on the nose of this wine – apples and lime with a nice mineral note that rises above everything. The flavours match the nose and there is a nice creamy mouthfeel on the mid palate. This wine does sit light and crisp. Everything about this wine is balanced, subtle and delicious. 2013 3 Witches – $20.00 – **** – This wine does smell…

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