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 – Ferox

Wine Review – Ferox

Everyone these days seems to be enamoured with Prince Edward County. There is some fantastic, gritty winemaking taking place to the east of Toronto. There are a lot of reasons to pay attention to the County. But there is a renaissance taking place in Niagara. It started when Two Sisters opened their impressive new facility and make quite the impression with the first few vintages of their wines. But, there are a lot of small…

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Wine Review – Meldville 2nd Edition

Wine Review – Meldville 2nd Edition

I recently had an opportunity to sit down with Derek Barnett to taste through some of the new wines coming out from Meldville. I was very pleased to find that the portfolio has grown by a few bottles since inception. The red wines are something to truly enjoy but the highlights are still in the white wines. The best part is that every bottle in the portfolio is less than thirty dollars. It's Tuesday. Let's…

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Wine Review – 2012 Henry of Pelham Estate Cabernet Merlot – 2015 Hidden Bench Fumé Blanc

Wine Review – 2012 Henry of Pelham Estate Cabernet Merlot – 2015 Hidden Bench Fumé Blanc

2015 Hidden Bench Fumé Blanc – Vintages 68825 – $29.45 – **** – Well isn’t this something … I don’t think many people really think of Niagara when they of Sauvignon Blanc. Wines like this are going to change minds. A deeply complex nose offering tropical fruit and a mineral note. On the palate this opens up with a heavy rich texture that fills your whole mouth with vanilla, guava, and passion fruit. The finish…

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Wine Review – 2014 Henry of Pelham Family Tree Red – 2015 Creekside Iconoclast Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Review – 2014 Henry of Pelham Family Tree Red – 2015 Creekside Iconoclast Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc

2015 Creekside Iconoclast Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc – Vintages 520627 -$22.95 – ***½+ – There is a charred wood aroma layered over tropical and citrus fruits on the nose. There flavours of lemon and passion fruit with a hint of grassiness tossed in for good measure. The finish is bright and crisp with a nice mineral note. 2014 Henry of Pelham Family Tree Red – Vintages 247882 – $18.95 – **** – I always look forward to…

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Wine Review – 2016 Reif Estate Sauvignon Blanc – 2012 16 Mile Cellars Rebel Pinot Noir

Wine Review – 2016 Reif Estate Sauvignon Blanc – 2012 16 Mile Cellars Rebel Pinot Noir

2016 Reif Estate Sauvignon Blanc – Vintages 247825 – $14.95 – **** – In a few words this wine hits way above the price point. The aromas a nice pink grapefruit with tropical fruit that is nicely layered over it. On the palate this opens up with more tropical fruit – guava and passion fruit. There is a nice weight on the mid palate but this finishes with nice palate cleansing acidity. 2012 16 Mile…

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Wine Review – Henry of Pelham Gems for Late Summer

Wine Review – Henry of Pelham Gems for Late Summer

2016 Henry of Pelham Fumé Sauvignon Blanc – $19.95 – ****+ – Wow, just wow! Sauvignon Blanc from Ontario is something that needs a little more love and this bottle is a reason why. There is an intense tropical note on the nose with guava, passion fruit and pineapple. The flavours match the nose and open up with a nice weight and texture on the palate. This is truly a bottle worth seeking out and…

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Five Rows – Summer 2017

Five Rows – Summer 2017

I recently made a visit to Five Rows winery for the first time. There’s a good chance you haven’t heard of this small winery. The reason is simple, there really isn’t a lot of wine being made here. This winery is the definition of cult following. Winemaker and grape grower Wes Lowrey updates a blog periodically with what is going on at the winery. How this blog differs from many wineries is that it’s not…

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Kacaba – Summer 2017

Kacaba – Summer 2017

2016 Susan’s Sauvignon Blanc – $18.15 – ***½+ – A nice grassiness is mingled in over bright citrus notes. Sauvignon Blanc will never be as recognized as Riesling or Chardonnay in the province, but it’s certainly not something that should be overlooked. It’s food friendly and pops with a bit more fruit on the palate than Pinot Gris. In this bottle there is a mineral note that is perfectly integrated with bright citrus fruit. The…

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Two Sisters for Summer

Two Sisters for Summer

2016 Two Sisters Rosé – $29.00 – ****+ – I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I’m a sucker for a nice label and the packaging on this bottle is stunning. The clear label on the back of the bottle makes sure that you can enjoy the beautiful pink wine in all its glory before even opening the bottle. But, a nice package only tell part of the story. What does it taste…

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