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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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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2015 Flat Rock Chardonnay – 2015 Fielding Red Conception

2015 Flat Rock Chardonnay – 2015 Fielding Red Conception

2015 Flat Rock Chardonnay – Vintages 286278 – $18.95 – ****+ – Every vintage the Chardonnay from Flat Rock offers something to open with anticipation. The nose offers vanilla, orange and an apple note. There is a slight creaminess on the mid palate and balanced with nice acidity. The fruit really pushes into tropical territory with pineapple and tangerine. Coming in under twenty dollars this is one of the best value bottles from Ontario in…

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Kacaba Spring Roundup

Kacaba Spring Roundup

2014 Terraced Vineyard Syrah – $29.95 – ****1/2 – Whispers of soft white and black pepper work their way out of the glass and layer over soft red fruit. This is elegant and well balanced. Perfectly ripe fruit unravels on the palate with a hint of smoke peeking through on the finish. This is the definition of elegance, while you savor this wine it feels like a caress in your mouth. The wine finishes just…

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Iris Vineyards – Oregon

Iris Vineyards – Oregon

Southwest of Eugene, Oregon I had the opportunity to visit Iris Vineyards. The sprawling estate is impressive when you arrive on the property that is over 800 acres. The winery has Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay which is to be expected in Oregon… But it was also fascinating to find Syrah, Merlot and Tempranillo on the property as well. The vineyards were planted in 1996 with Iris producing their first wines in 2002. Here…

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Hinterland – 2015 Red Herring Syrah

Hinterland – 2015 Red Herring Syrah

I first tasted this wine shortly after bottling, this would have been towards the end of the summer and quickly forgot about it. This is my fault, I didn’t see the real potential in this wine. That being said it was a sound lesson in the reality of bottle shock. It does take wine a bit of time to settle down in bottle before it starts to taste right. I have tasted wines right off…

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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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Tinhorn Creek (July 2016)

Tinhorn Creek (July 2016)

I’m a big fan of Twitter (shameless plug you can follow me @andrewinereview) but many other great wine people and businesses exist on this platform. I have been following Sandra Oldfield for a few years. She is the founder of #BCWineChat and the CEO and President of Tinhorn Creek and most recently the winemaker. She is also a fierce advocate of the BC wine industry and the Canadian wine industry in general. I felt privileged…

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Terroir and Beef

Terroir and Beef

I love the word terroir. Terroir basically has to do with what affects the flavour of a wine. The soil, weather, and climate all have an effect on the fruit that comes from the vine that ends up in your bottle. I have given a lot to how Terroir can apply to everything we eat. I am shameless about the fact I grew up in Saskatchewan, and when I moved to Ontario I noticed immediately…

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