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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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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2013 Stratus White – 2015 Charles Baker Ivan Vineyard Riesling

2013 Stratus White – 2015 Charles Baker Ivan Vineyard Riesling

2013 Stratus White – $38.00 – ****1/2 – The 2012 version of this wine was one of the most memorable wines I tasted through last year. I opened this bottle with great anticipation. I was not disappointed. This is a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Viognier. Stratus White is the definition of complexity. You can enjoy this wine now without regrets or enjoy having it develop in your cellar over 5-7 years either…

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Chardonnay and Hummus

Chardonnay and Hummus

My biggest pet peeve with regards to wine is that often most people overthink what goes with what. Whether you stick to the simplest of rules red with red meat and white with white meat or freestyle your pairings once you have had the chance to taste a perfect wine and food pairing you finally start to get it. A perfectly paired dish with elevate both the wine and the food to another level. Chef…

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Wine Profile – 2012 Stratus Gamay – 2011 Stratus Sémillon

Wine Profile – 2012 Stratus Gamay – 2011 Stratus Sémillon

  I was lucky enough to get my hands on both of these bottles.  I had to re-taste the Sémillon because when I tasted it on an Italian/Ontario panel this wine basically overpowered everything (read the full post here: http://andrewinereview.ca/?p=625).  I wanted a chance to see how the wine holds up on its own.  For the Gamay, I just wanted to taste it because… well let’s face it… it’s Gamay.  The grape growing and wine making…

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Cuvée 2015 – is it too early to set my calendar for 2016?

Cuvée 2015 – is it too early to set my calendar for 2016?

The question you answer for the next few days after Cuvée is “What was your favorite wine?”… Truthfully I can’t answer.  Cuvée is hosted at the Fallsview Casino.  It is one of the events that I look forward to every year.  You take as many wineries as you can fit into the event space and they each bring their favorite wine to pour.  The best part about this is that it is completely subjective and…

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Cuvée En Route – Stratus

Cuvée En Route – Stratus

I hadn’t planned on making any stops for Cuvée En Route.  But next year when you’re in town for Cuvée make sure you plan on a few for yourself.  I did however get a chance to stop by Stratus to see what was going on.  Stratus was pouring their 2012 White the previous night at the grand tasting and it was easily one of the highlights of the night.  So when I saw the tweet…

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From Italy to Ontario – Wine Tasting January 28

From Italy to Ontario – Wine Tasting January 28

On January 28th I was given the opportunity to attend a tasting in Downtown Toronto putting Italian and Ontario wines side by side.  We had the opportunity to taste through 37 wines.  It is amazing to see how well the Ontario wines hold up to the Italian wines.  I still believe that for many casual wine drinkers there is a sort of inferiority complex when it comes to drinking local.  To get over this complex…

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A Farewell to Semillon (2003-2013)

A Farewell to Semillon (2003-2013)

The 2013-14 winter was brutal in Ontario.  Many vineyards lost Syrah and Merlot and my heart goes out to the wineries who lost vines.  The light at the end of the tunnel is that events like that cold winter will continue to help define the Ontario wine industry as a whole.  We grow a lot of great wine here but maybe Syrah and Merlot should be left out of the mix and we should focus…

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Eye on Angel’s Gate – Rage/Revenge

Angel’s Gate are continuing a makeover that you may have already noticed with the Handsome Brut that is currently available in the LCBO but you will also notice a couple of new bottles called Rage and Revenge.  Easy drinking and accessible these fun bottles will make a great addition to any casual get together… I dare you not to chuckle when reading the tag on the Revenge bottle saying it’s best served cold. 2009 Revenge…

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