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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Nov 11 – 2014 Inniskillin Vidal Sparkling Icewine – 2015 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling

Nov 11 – 2014 Inniskillin Vidal Sparkling Icewine – 2015 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling

2014 Inniskillin Vidal Sparkling Icewine – Vintages 560367 – $ – ***** – This wine is pricey, but the perfect thing to enjoy this winter. The bubbles from this wine help pull the sweet wine off the palate and keep it cleansed and refreshed. That being said this packs concentrated honey and peach flavours on the palate. The aromas are honey, peach, apricot and citrus but comes out of the glass heavy. It is a…

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Nov 4 – 2013 Creekside Iconoclast Syrah – 2014 Cave Spring Riesling Icewine

Nov 4 – 2013 Creekside Iconoclast Syrah – 2014 Cave Spring Riesling Icewine

2014 Cave Spring Riesling Icewine – Vintages 447441 – $49.95 – ****½ – There is something really special about this wine. The aroma has this pressence of Caramel Corn and it’s just so satisfying to have something almost savory right off the hop. Riesling Icewine tends to keep its acidity and this is no exception. There are flavours of Canned Peaches, Apricot, and Honey. Sip carefully and serve with pâté, and firm cheeses. 2013 Creekside…

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Intersection (July 2016)

Intersection (July 2016)

I woke up early on July 25th to fit in a visit to Intersection winery. I got a chance to walk through the vineyards and go through the wines with Assistant Winemaker and Vineyard Manager Melissa Smits. What is interesting at the winery is the attention being given to their Merlot. There are three different offerings in the portfolio and all are very solid. The portfolio at Intersection is small and focused, it’s clear that…

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Fresh Wines

Fresh Wines

I recently had the opportunity to taste the new VQA Fresh wines from Diamond Estates at the iYellow Wine Cave. In short, I was impressed. Wines like these are important. It’s the same reason I spend time looking at the Pelee Island wines. Let’s call them “entry level” wines. Let’s face it these are not the finest most refined bottles you will find in the LCBO but they have an important role to play. For…

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