Wine Review – 2010 Viewpointe Cabernet Franc – Trius Brut Rosé

Wine Review – 2010 Viewpointe Cabernet Franc – Trius Brut Rosé

Trius Brut Rosé – Vintages 184309 – $29.95 – **** – There’s a nice balance between citrus and red fruit on the nose. Nice depth on the palate that really opens up when if you let it sit on your tongue. Food pairings are endless for this wine as it finishes nice and clean. The short story about this rosé is that it’s a great bottle of pink bubbly. 2010 Viewpointe Cabernet Franc – Vintages…

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2014 Trius Red Shale Cabernet Franc

2014 Trius Red Shale Cabernet Franc

2014 Trius Red Shale Cabernet Franc – ****½ – $45.20 – The 2014 Vintage wasn’t anything that during the summer and fall I envisioned being exceptional. It would seem that every bottle of Cabernet Franc I manage to get my hands on reveal something I didn’t notice at the time. Aromas of blackberry, raspberry, cassis and a slight aroma of woodsmoke. What is incredible about this wine is the rich concentration Of all flavours and…

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Dec 12 – Trius Brut Rosé – 2013 Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay

Dec 12 – Trius Brut Rosé – 2013 Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay

Trius Brut Rosé – Vintages 184309 – $29.95 – ****+ – I’m so excited about this wine I’m not sure where to start. First, it’s very dry with perfectly balanced acidity so it is everything you would expect from a good high quality sparkling Rosé. That being said it’s loaded up with Strawberry, Raspberry, Cherry … it’s a cacophony of bright red fruit flavours. In a matter of speaking this wine should be on your…

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Taste the Season 2015

Taste the Season 2015

I love “Taste the Season”. It’s a passport event hosted by the wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake and it takes place weekends in November. I’m going to let everyone in on a secret. If you’re ready to take your wine geekdom to the next level the best time of the year to visit your favorite winery is in the fall or winter. You are presented with two opportunities in November that you may not get a chance…

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2014 Trius Gamay Noir

2014 Trius Gamay Noir

2014 Trius Gamay Noir – $19.95 – ****+ – Winery Only and Wine Shop Locations – This is the first Trius Gamay I have had the chance to taste in recent memory. There is a lot going on in this bottle but I hesitate to use the word complex … because a wine like this isn’t meant to be “sophisticated”. It’s medium bodied and fruity with just the right amount of tannin on the finish…

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July 10 – 2013 Trius Red – 2014 Hinterland Ancestral

July 10 – 2013 Trius Red – 2014 Hinterland Ancestral

2013 Trius Red – Vintages 303800 – $22.95 – **** – I look forward to this wine every year.  I have said this before, but this is still a benchmark for value.  Coming off the heels of the warm 2012 version of this wine (which is hopefully still ageing in your cellar) we have a wine that I can only describe as elegant. The texture of the wine is velvetty with medium tannin.  Flavours are…

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Ontario Wine Awards 2015

Ontario Wine Awards 2015

Friday May 8th the winners of the Ontario Wine Awards were announced at Queen’s Landing in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Pillitteri took home Red Wine of the year with their 2010 Riserva Famiglia Cabernet Franc. Peller Estates took White Wine of the Year with their 2013 AP Signature Series Sauvignon Blanc. The big winner of the night was Thirty Bench winning 3 gold medals, 3 silver medals and Emma Garner winning winemaker of the year. For full reports of the…

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CAB FRANC SERIES PART 1 – 2012 Trius Showcase Merlot and Cabernet Franc

CAB FRANC SERIES PART 1 – 2012 Trius Showcase Merlot and Cabernet Franc

When I first started writing about wine it was late summer 2010.  Craig McDonald had just been hired as the head winemaker at Trius and told me that the quality of harvest was the best he had ever seen in Ontario.  So, when I spoke to him recently and he told me that when he arrived at Trius he wasn’t sure what he was going to do with all the Cabernet Franc my jaw dropped.  The…

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It’s Time to Bring a Bottle of Wine to Your Host!

It’s Time to Bring a Bottle of Wine to Your Host!

Over the holidays there is more to worry about than just figuring out what wines to serve at your own Christmas parties.  Inevitably you will be invited to your friends house or even the boss may be throwing their own Christmas party.  How do you figure out what exactly to bring?  Let’s face it bringing a bottle of Yellow Tail just isn’t going to cut it around the holiday season. The biggest faux pas I…

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I4C – MAIN EVENT: World Tour Grand Tasting and Dinner

It seems that the rain follows me when I make my way down the QEW for the Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration.  Last year I attended the kickoff barbeque that was hit by major torrential rain.  This year I made sure to check out the Grand Tasting and Dinner held at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.  The Grand Tasting brings winemakers from all over the world into one place where over 100 Chardonnay’s are poured…

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