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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Back 10 Cellars (October 2016)

Back 10 Cellars (October 2016)

There’s a few new releases available from Back 10 Cellars. Anyone who has spoken with me in the past year knows how much I raved about the 2014 Vintage of the Start from Scratch Chardonnay. Needless to say I ran to the winery as soon as I saw the 2015 was ready to go. Needless to say I wasn’t disappointed. 2015 Big Reach Riesling – **** – $22.95 – A solid balanced riesling with nice…

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2015 Vineland Estates St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – 2011 Tawse Grower’s Blend PInot Noir

2015 Vineland Estates St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – 2011 Tawse Grower’s Blend PInot Noir

2015 Vineland Estates Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – Vintages 38117 – $19.95 – ****½ – This is something I look forward to every year. This is off-dry but perfectly balanced with acidity. I would put it to anyone who says they don’t like sweet wines to give this a try. This is something that pairs perfect with perogies, sauerkraut and sausages. Wines like these shouldn’t be saved for hot weather they belong on your…

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Nk’Mip (July 2016)

Nk’Mip (July 2016)

This post marks the end of my trip to the Okanagan this summer. But stay tuned starting in January I am going to be continuing my journey as I also visited Oregon and have a lot to say. Nk’Mip is located in the southernmost part of the Okanagan Valley. It’s located 8km from the US border. It’s the hottest part of the valley, so it goes without saying that this winery doesn’t have any issues…

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2014 Tawse Spark Limestone Ridge Sparkling Riesling – 2012 Henry of Pelham Estate Cabernet Merlot

2014 Tawse Spark Limestone Ridge Sparkling Riesling – 2012 Henry of Pelham Estate Cabernet Merlot

2014 Tawse Spark Limestone Ridge Sparkling Riesling – Vintages 370361 – $20.20 – **** – Simply put this should be essential for your holiday entertaining. Bright and crisp this will pair with any food that you can put on the table this time of year. Flavours are lemon, lime and this wine has a nice mineral note that goes from start to finish. There is a nice floral note that gives this wine a bit…

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Nov 25 – 2013 Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Riesling – 2012 Stratus Petit Verdot

Nov 25 – 2013 Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Riesling – 2012 Stratus Petit Verdot

2012 Stratus Petit Verdot – Vintages 142638 – $38.20 – ****+ – We could call this wine fruit galore. There are aromas of Raspberry, Plum, Strawberry and Blackberry with flavours to match. This wine is approachable now, but will do better with 3 years in a cellar and it will hold on for a decade (or more) if you decide to keep it that long. Petit Verdot isn’t a varietal you see very often in…

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Foreign Affair (Summer 2016)

Foreign Affair (Summer 2016)

I had a chance to visit the Foreign Affair this summer. If you haven’t been down to the winery you may have seen the Apologetic Red recently released through vintages. That being said there are a few wines that make this worth the visit. 2012 Sauvignon Blanc – **** – $27.95 – There is bright granny smith apple on the nose and lime. The concentration of flavours is very nice in the glass, the flavours…

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