Not Another – Not Another Turkey Post

Not Another – Not Another Turkey Post

This is not another turkey column… and it’s not “not another turkey column”. The video posted by Rick VanSickle is still one of my favorite commentaries on what to pair with Turkey. Let’s face it, Rick makes some great points. The most exciting herb or spice that sees most of the turkeys that are being cooked this year is maybe some sage? Or some thyme? Salt and pepper? Your potatoes are seasoned with cream? Salt…

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Wine Review – 2016 Rosewood Sussreserve Riesling – 2014 13th Street Sandstone Vineyard Gamay Noir

Wine Review – 2016 Rosewood Sussreserve Riesling – 2014 13th Street Sandstone Vineyard Gamay Noir

2016 Rosewood Sussreserve Riesling – Vintages 258806 – $15.95 – **** – Well this is something different – a little more serious – a little more complex. I have long used the Sussreserve as a go-to when talking about Ontario Riesling, it was straight-forward and easy drinking. It would seem that the 2016 didn’t get the memo. What we have is something that has nice depth and complexity that previous vintages didn’t bring to the…

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Wine Review – 2014 Rosewood Origin Mima’s Block Riesling – 2015 Trius Red

Wine Review – 2014 Rosewood Origin Mima’s Block Riesling – 2015 Trius Red

2015 Trius Red – Vintages 303800 – $24.95 – **** – This continues to be a benchmark for Bordeaux varietals in Ontario. It offers fantastic value and continues to be a staple to build a cellar. The nose on this bottle offers up raspberry, blackberry and a nice cocoa note. The flavours match the nose with a nice smoky note on the finish. The tannin is still firm, but the fruit flavours still soar. This…

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Rosewood – January 2017

Rosewood – January 2017

2016 Rosewood Nebulous – $24.95 – **** – This is the first “sparkling” offering from Rosewood. I am putting the Sparkling in quotes because it’s not really a Sparkling in the sense that most Ontario wine lovers are familiar. This is essentially an Ancestral style sparkling wine made with the remaining 15 Semillon vines from Rosewood and Pinot Noir. Ancestral style means there is no second fermentation that takes place. If you’re expecting Champagne you…

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2014 The Tragically Hip Ahead by a Century Chardonnay – 2013 Rosewood Select Merlot

2014 The Tragically Hip Ahead by a Century Chardonnay – 2013 Rosewood Select Merlot

2014 The Tragically Hip Ahead By A Century Chardonnay – Vintages 483875 – $19.95 – **** – The story of this wine is one of balance – barrel, fruit and acidity all seem to be in harmony with this bottle. There is a hint of baking spice on the nose layered over gala apple and oranges. The flavours match the nose and this wine starts to finish large with a nice creaminess on the mid…

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May 13 – 2015 Rosewood Süssreserve Riesling – 2012 Tawse Sketches of Niagara Cabernet/Merlot

May 13 – 2015 Rosewood Süssreserve Riesling – 2012 Tawse Sketches of Niagara Cabernet/Merlot

2015 Rosewood Süssreserve Riesling – Vintages 258806 – $14.95 – ****+ – Easy drinking and loaded with fresh apple flavours. This Riesling is made by adding some unfermented juice back to the finished wine. The idea is you’re going to add a little more fresh flavours to the finished product. The süssreserve from Rosewood is always something to look forward to, but this year is truly outstanding. Perfectly balanced acidity with a nice touch of…

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March 19 – 2013 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Chardonnay – 2013 Rosewood Select Series Pinot Noir

March 19 – 2013 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Chardonnay – 2013 Rosewood Select Series Pinot Noir

2013 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Chardonnay – Vintages 256552 – $18.95 – **** – This has everything you would want from a good Ontario Chardonnay. The nose offers up Orange, Apples and Vanilla. The flavours of this wine are perfectly balanced offering up orchard fruit with nice balanced acidity but a perfect dash of baking spice and vanilla on the finish. When this wine wraps up it’s adventure in your mouth you’re left with nice…

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Harvest Ontario – iYellow Wine Club

Harvest Ontario – iYellow Wine Club

Someone found a new favorite wine on November 5th. At the Great Hall in Toronto sixteen wineries arrived to share a piece of the harvest with the city. I had never been to the great hall but the venue was great for a walk around tasting. The iYellow crew really pulled off a fantastic event. The best thing about having wineries come to the city is for many of us we fall into a rut…

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October 10 – 2013 Stratus Red Icewine – 2013 Rosewood Origin Cabernet Franc

October 10 – 2013 Stratus Red Icewine – 2013 Rosewood Origin Cabernet Franc

2013 Stratus Red Icewine – Vintages 56689 – $39.95 – ****+ – Red Icewine is still a well kept secret in the province. If you have never had the chance to taste Red Icewine you may as well set the bar high and go with a great producer like Stratus. This is very complex with floral notes mingled in with strawberry, and raspberry. To wrap up the whole package you have a bit of spice…

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October 3 – 2013 Rosewood Harvest Gold Dry Mead – 2012 2027 Wismer Vineyard Foxcroft Block Chardonnay

October 3 – 2013 Rosewood Harvest Gold Dry Mead – 2012 2027 Wismer Vineyard Foxcroft Block Chardonnay

2013 Rosewood Harvest Gold Dry Mead – Vintages 346767 – $14.95 – ****+ – (500ml bottle) – I love it when the signature of Rosewood makes its way to the vintages shelves. This is fun to sip on after or before a meal on its own because it’s so unique. The nose smells like subtle beeswax layered over field flowers and peach. The flavours in the glass are floral and tropical with the beeswax coming back on…

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