L’Ecole No.41 – Pit Stop

L’Ecole No.41 – Pit Stop

Let’s call this post an epilogue on my visit to Oregon last summer. I drove from Oregon to Regina, Saskatchewan to finish off my summer road trip last year. I couldn’t resist making he pit stop in Walla Walla, Washington. Apart from being one of the most fun places to say in America, it is also in the heart of Washington Wine country. There are several wineries in the area, but when I was doing…

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The City Wino – Post-Holiday Wines For a Budget

The City Wino – Post-Holiday Wines For a Budget

It’s January. We are all waiting to open our bills and recoil in horror. Here are some suggestions from local sommelier Krystina Roman to save the day, and the pocketbook. You may know Krystina as The City Wino (twitter:instagram) on social media. I am pleased to welcome her wine recommendations to add here. One thing you will notice is that scoring is a little different than what I use. That being said the scoring system…

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Henry of Pelham Family Tree Red 2014

Henry of Pelham Family Tree Red 2014

2014 Henry of Pelham Family Tree Red – $18.95 – I always look forward to the Family Tree wines from Henry of Pelham. The blend in this wine is 33% Syrah, 29% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Baco Noir. Syrah is definitely the dominant theme in this wine. The nose is cracked black pepper over blackberry and raspberry. This pepper just sits front and centre on the wine from start to…

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2014 Young Brute

2014 Young Brute

2014 Young Brute – LCBO 434654 – ***1/2 – $18.95 – An easy drinking blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. To say this wine is fruit driven is an understatement. You can almost feel the very ripe aromas of Cherry and Blackberry climbing out of the glass the moment the wine is poured. There is a little sweetness on the finish of this wine, but the sweetness is definitely amplified by the ripeness of the…

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May 23 – 2012 Henry of Pelham Family Tree Red – 2013 Calamus Pinot Gris

May 23 – 2012 Henry of Pelham Family Tree Red – 2013 Calamus Pinot Gris

2012 Henry of Pelham Family Tree Red – Vintages 247881 – $18.95 – ****+ – Juicy, ripe and delicious flavours of blackberry, dark plum, currant, and mocha with nice pepper on the finish.  I last tasted this wine in 2014 and needless to say this still has a few years left in the cellar for it to improve.  This is another great value wine to add to your budding collection… while at the same time…

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Wine Review Jan 10 – 2012 Red House Wine Co Cabernet Shiraz – 2012 Keint-he Voyageur Chardonnay

Wine Review Jan 10 – 2012 Red House Wine Co Cabernet Shiraz – 2012 Keint-he Voyageur Chardonnay

2012 Red House Wine Co Cabernet Shiraz – LCBO 219030 – $12.95 – This is a very good easy drinking red blend from the very hot 2012 Summer.  This is not something you have to worry about cellaring, aging or storing just open and serve.  Very fruit dominant with lots of raspberry and plum with just a hint of pepper on the finish.  The tannin in this wine is soft and approachable immediately after opening….

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Tarot Cards Look Nice on Wine Bottles

2013 The Empress Chardonnay – LCBO 346791 – $12.75 – This is sunshine in a bottle.  Even though this wine only has 9 g/l sugar (this is very dry) you will share that this is off dry.  Fruit flavours are bright and intense with Apple, Peach and Lemon.  The finish on this wine is bright and crisp but with just enough of a lingering finish that it’s great to enjoy on its own.  Pair this with…

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Wine Review September 27 – 2013 Flat Rock Good Kharma Chardonnay – 2010 Creekside Estate Laura’s Red

2013 Flat Rock Good Kharma Chardonnay – Vintages 356873 – $16.95 – This will make a perfect addition to your table for Thanksgiving.  A portion of the sale from each bottle goes to help the Ontario Association of Food Banks.  Feel good story aside, this wine easily outperforms its price point.  You have aromas of peach, apple with subtle pineapple and flavours to match.  The finish on this wine is perfectly balanced flavours of vanilla…

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September 20th Braai Day – South African Wines!

At the beginning of Summer I had the opportunity to talk to winemakers from Fleur du Cap and Nederburg, two wineries in South Africa.  There were more than a few gems in the wines that I tasted but the standout to me still remains the Fleur du Cap Chardonnay ($12.80, LCBO 358960). Now that we are at the end of Summer it’s time to celebrate South Afriacan wines with Braai Day.  Braai is the Afrikaans…

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Wine Review May 31 – 2012 Henry of Pelham Family Tree Red – 2011 Vineland Estates Chardonnay Musqué

2012 Family Tree Red – Vintages 247882 – $18.95 – I have enjoyed every vintage of the Family Tree Red wines from Henry of Pelham, but this is a standout.  Great black pepper and spice finish to this wine that is mostly Shiraz and lots of Cherry and Plum flavours for a Red that will pair perfect with Steak off the grill.  This is drinking very well now but should last for a few years…

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