Rosehall Run – Spring 2017

Rosehall Run – Spring 2017

I made a long overdue visit to Rosehall Run in the spring and had the opportunity to see what winemaker Dan Sullivan is working on in the cellar. Some of the most creative winemaking in Ontario is taking place on Greer Road whether it’s at Norman Hardie’s, Casa Dea or Rosehall Run. Dan approaches the winemaking with unbridled enthusiasm and the broad portfolio at this winery offers something for anyone who walks through the door….

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Rosehall Run (April 2016)

Rosehall Run (April 2016)

There are some incredible things afoot at Rosehall Run as they enter their 15th year. In 2001 the farm was purchased and the vines were planted. 2014 Indigo Sparkling – $24.95 – **** – This is a blend of Chardonnay Musqué, Muscat Ottonel, and Ehrenfelser. There’s a good chance you’re not familiar with two or all of the varietals in this bottle. These are grapes you don’t see very often. The aromas on this wine…

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Eye on Taste Local – VQApalooza

The LCBO has been working over the past couple years to tweak the campaign that was once known as “Go Local”.  Last year the promotion was called “Shine On”, and let’s face it the name just didn’t quite pop even though the wine selection was very good.  This year the campaign definitely hits closer to the mark as it’s called “Taste Local”.  You will notice over thirty new Ontario wines hit LCBO shelves between September…

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Eye on Prince Edward County

March 16 I spend the day in Prince Edward County.  I went in expecting to pick up a few bottles of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir… I left with my eyes opened to Gamay.  There is no secret to the fact that I am a shameless promoter and lover of Gamay.  I also make no secret that I look forward to the third Thursday in November every year to get my hands on the first bottle…

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Wine Review EXTRA – Canadian Oak Barrels

When you see the VQA designation on a bottle of wine it means that 100% of the grapes have been grown in Ontario.  Some wineries have taken the idea of Canadian wine to the next level.  Most people don’t give a second thought to the actual process of making wine.  It goes beyond taking grape juice and turning it into alcohol, when you are making a Chardonnay or a Cabernet you are likely going to…

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Wine Review April 13, 2013 – World Malbec Day – Rosehall Run Cuvée County Chardonnay 2010 – Reif the Magician Pinot Noir/Shiraz 2011

April 16 is World Malbec Day!  You have the opportunity to sample wines from Argentina at Roy Thomson Hall in an event that has been celebrated in over 40 countries.  Tickets are $65 a person and can be found here:  www.vintages.com/malbecday Why am I talking about Malbec day?  Every week I feature two wines from Ontario.  I have been thinking something a lot lately.  If you get the chance to go down to Niagara you…

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Wine Review October 21, 2012 – 2011 Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 – 2011 Rosehall Run Defiant Pinot Noir

Growing up in Saskatchewan when we would talk about Canadian wine the discussion would arise who was superior … BC or Ontario.  It seems this rivalry may be premature as Nova Scotia is making it’s way onto the map and now into the LCBO.  This week my White wine comes from Benjamin Bridge (www.benjaminbridge.com) it is called Nova 7.  Before I get to my tasting notes about this very interesting unique wine I have to…

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Wine Review SPECIAL – Prince Edward County Review John Tory Show

The wines I talked about with John Tory are as follows Sullyzwicker White 2010 – $14.95 – LCBO 214478Sandbanks Shoreline Red (Cabernet/Merlot) 2010 – $14.95 – LCBO 159962Norman Hardie Unfiltered Pinot Noir 2010 – $35.00 – Vintages 125310                 The way I have been reviewing wine is simply put, if I don’t like it I’m not going to talk about it.  Keeping that in mind, I just returned from my…

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Wine Review June 3, 2012 – 2008 Frogpond Farm Organic Cabernet Franc/Merlot – 2011 Rosehall Run Sullyzwicker White

2008 Frogpond Farm Organic Cabernet Franc/Merlot – VINTAGES 203554 – $19.95 –  I am very conscious of what I eat and drink, but I am by no means one of those people who swear by Organic foods.  That being said I am convinced there is something to it when you are dealing with Organic Wines.  I can’t quite pinpoint the reason, but every single wine I have had that is Organic has been well worth the…

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Wine Review November 27, 2011 – 2008 Rosehall Run Cold Creek Cabernet Franc – 2009 Stoney Ridge Excellence Chardonnay

2008 Rosehall Run Cold Creek Cabernet Franc – VINTAGES 149039 – $22.95 – I have raved about the Southbrook Triomphe Cabernet Franc for it’s value and this Wine would make an excellent dance partner if you want to see two different sides to the same grape variety, but different region in Ontario.  While the Triomphe has a more velvetty bold fruit flavour and texture on the palette this offering from Rosehall Run is more like…

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