May 9 – 2012 Sue-Ann Staff Merlot – 2014 13th Street Pink Palette

May 9 – 2012 Sue-Ann Staff Merlot – 2014 13th Street Pink Palette

2012 Sue-Ann Staff Merlot – Vintages 358416 – $19.95 – ****+ – This is the sort of wine that will make a perfect addition to your spring/summer entertaining.  Merlot is a great crowd pleaser because it is easy drinking and doesn’t have quite the bite that you would find in Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec.  Cherry that moves to Black Berry as the wine starts to open up in your glass.  The tannin gives nice structure…

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Review – Get Fresh!

Review – Get Fresh!

I always get a little melancholic when I head down to wine country for Get Fresh! in the springtime.  Everyone who knows me knows that I am a huge fan of visiting the wineries in the off-season.  This is one of the last weekends that you have to grab winemakers before the vines come to life and everyone spends the busy summer watching the vines.  The winter season also means there are fewer other tourists…

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Vidal – Unsung Hero?

Vidal – Unsung Hero?

Vidal is not just for Icewine.  Most people know Vidal for the rich honeyed icewines that are made from the juice of this grape.  When it is vinified into table wine you end up with wines that are bright and crisp.  It holds onto a lot of the floral qualities that you would find in an icewine but you will also find layers of lemon and lime.  Now for the true verdict … are these…

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Valentine’s Day at Home – Easy Recipes with Simple Wine Pairings.

Valentine’s Day at Home – Easy Recipes with Simple Wine Pairings.

Let’s face it.  Valentine’s Day can be a pain if you don’t know how to cook.  If you didn’t make reservations ahead of time you could be stuck waiting for a table for a very long time.  I am here to save you… Not to mention if you eat at home you have more money to buy a better bottle of wine (yes… this is how my brain works… no… you shouldn’t be surprised).  Here…

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Fancy Farm Girl from Sue-Ann Staff

2012 Flamboyant Red – $17.95 – Loaded with bright red fruit and tannin on the finish that isn’t overbearing.  This bottle isn’t just a flashy label… but let’s face it the artwork on both the White and the Red are fantastic.  This Red blend is well worth the price of admission from the great 2012 vintage.  This is drinking great right now with no need to cellar until a later date.  The thing that’s great…

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Wine Review March 9, 2013 – 2011 Tawse Gamay Noir – 2011 Sue-Ann Staff Loved by Lu Riesling

2011 Tawse Gamay Noir – Vintages 322545 – $18.95 – Gamay is an interesting grape … most serious wine fans don’t pay a lot of attention to it unless it’s the Nouveau release.  I have friends in France who will give you a hard time if you’re caught with a bottle of beaujolais in your possesion no matter how good it is.  That being said, there is an interesting trend picking up steam in Niagara…

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Wine Review March 11, 2012 – Sue Ann Staff 2009 Baco Noir – Cattail Creek 2010 Cat-Astrophe White

As promised I have found some wines that are down in price so why not pick up both this week?  The great things about these wines is they are both fantastic value, definitely superior wines for the price. 2009 Sue-Ann Staff Baco Noir – $14.95 – LCBO 260422 – This is the second Baco in two weeks, I really love Baco Noir this is a great wine that, like last week, could change the way…

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Wine Review January 22, 2012 – Icewine Extravaganza! 2007 Inniskillin Vidal, 2010 Inniskillin Sparkling Vidal, 2008 Sue-Ann Staff Cabernet Franc

Oh Icewine, the REAL signature of Ontario (alongside Baco Noir, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay…)  It is the time of year when the ground is frozen and so are the grapes.  The harvest for the 2011 vintage took place for most wineries around the New Year, with some big challenges courtesy of mother nature.  But while we wait until next to see this years icewines there are some exceptional bottles on the shelf from past years….

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