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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Ravine (August 2016)

Ravine (August 2016)

I haven’t had a chance to stop by Ravine in quite some time. I was glad that I made the stop during the day I was down in Niagara to visit Paul Bosc Sr. from Chateau des Charmes. I was glad I made the time there are some very tasty wines available at the winery. 2015 Sauvignon Blanc – $35.00 – **** – The nose is super tropical with aromas of passion fruit and guava…

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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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Burrowing Owl (July 2016)

Burrowing Owl (July 2016)

One of the most scenic estates in the Okanagan is Burrowing Owl. I am familiar with many of these wines as they are frequently on the shelves of Vintages. I have always felt that the wines were out of reach because they do tend to get a little pricy when they cross into Ontario. I was shocked to find how well priced all the wines are at the estate. If the wines, and the scenery…

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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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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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July 22 – 2011 16 Mile Cellar Rebel Pinot Noir – 2013 Jackson-Triggs Grand Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

July 22 – 2011 16 Mile Cellar Rebel Pinot Noir –  2013 Jackson-Triggs Grand Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

2011 16 Mile Cellar Rebel Pinot Noir – Vintages 461731 – $22.95 – ****+ – This is hopefully the first of many releases we see from this small winery on the shelves of vintages. This Pinot Noir will have you rethink what it means to pick up a good bottle at a great price. In the year that has passed since I last tasted this wine a beautiful elegance and delicacy has worked its way…

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Featherstone for Summer

Featherstone for Summer

2014 Canadian Oak Chardonnay – Vintages TBD – $21.95 – ****1/2 – The nose is rich and complex there is Pineapple, Peach, Vanilla and a hint of something funky. It really doesn’t get more local than this wine. The barrel is made with Canadian Oak and the grapes are fermented with indigenous yeasts. It would seem that with the past few vintages this wine pushes the bar a little bit higher. It’s perfectly balanced in…

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Meldville – Derek Barnett is back.

Meldville – Derek Barnett is back.

I recently had a chance to taste some wines that for fans of Ontario may be the most anticipated wines of 2016. When the sale of Lailey was complete in 2015 the departure of winemaker Derek Barnett and subsequent rumours surrounding the winery sent a shockwave to the core of dedicated Ontario wine drinkers. Derek may be one of the best, and most underrated people in the industry in Ontario. The Red wines at Lailey…

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June 17 – 2015 Featherstone Sauvignon Blanc – 2011 Megalomaniac Vanglorious Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

June 17 – 2015 Featherstone Sauvignon Blanc – 2011 Megalomaniac Vanglorious Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

2015 Featherstone Sauvignon Blanc – Vintages 89011 – $17.95 – ****+ – Sauvignon Blanc, along with Pinot Gris, may be the two most underrated varietals in Ontario right now. Aromas of lemon, lime and a bit of grassiness. While the nose is straightforward once the wine hits your mouth this is where things really get interesting. The citrus flavours are definitely dominant with the lemon and lime from the nose taking over. You also find…

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