The Hatch Winery

The Hatch Winery

The next few weeks on ww.andrewinereview.ca will be dedicated to profiling the wineries I had the opportunity to visit on my summer road trip. I travelled through the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia and down to the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Over the course of 9 days I tasted over two hundred wines. My biggest take-away from this trip is that it’s still too damned hard to get wines from out of province that are…

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Rosé for Everyone!

Rosé for Everyone!

The Wine Writers Circle of Canada recently hosted a Rosé tasting. We had over fifty wines available to taste from various growing regions. France, Italy, Australia, Spain, New Zealand and Ontario were all present. There were a lot of great wines on the table. The table was full of surprises including my favorite french bottle from Chateau de Berne. Chateau de Berne comes in what looks like an Olive oil bottle. I try to avoid…

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March 25 – 2014 Vintage Ink Sauvignon Blanc – 2014 Chasselay Quatre Saisons Beaujolais

March 25 – 2014 Vintage Ink Sauvignon Blanc – 2014 Chasselay Quatre Saisons Beaujolais

2014 Vintage Ink Sauvignon Blanc – Vintages 391953 – $16.95 – ***1/2+ – Sauvignon Blanc from Ontario is something I love. If you’re drinking a lot of Kim Crawford these days it might be time to crawl out of that bottle and into this one. The nose is grassy and grapefruit it just feels like a warm, dry summer day. There is just a hint of herbacious on this wine on the finish. While the…

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March 19 – 2013 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Chardonnay – 2013 Rosewood Select Series Pinot Noir

March 19 – 2013 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Chardonnay – 2013 Rosewood Select Series Pinot Noir

2013 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Chardonnay – Vintages 256552 – $18.95 – **** – This has everything you would want from a good Ontario Chardonnay. The nose offers up Orange, Apples and Vanilla. The flavours of this wine are perfectly balanced offering up orchard fruit with nice balanced acidity but a perfect dash of baking spice and vanilla on the finish. When this wine wraps up it’s adventure in your mouth you’re left with nice…

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Mar 12 – 2012 Nk-Mig Qwam Qwmt Cabernet Sauvignon – 2013 Fielding Gewurztraminer

Mar 12 – 2012 Nk-Mig Qwam Qwmt Cabernet Sauvignon – 2013 Fielding Gewurztraminer

2013 Fielding Gewurztraminer – Vintages 146753 – $18.95 – ****+ – This is your textbook Gew from the Ontario. The aromas are Soft and Floral but distinctly rosy. The flavours on this wine are tropical with Lychee taking over. The finish offers up some very nice spice notes and the floral finish on the wine lingers for a long time. This is off-dry but with just the right amount of acidity. I generally go eastern…

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March 5 – 2012 Henry of Pelham Family Tree White – 2011 Ridgepoint Ripasso Merlot

March 5 – 2012 Henry of Pelham Family Tree White – 2011 Ridgepoint Ripasso Merlot

2012 Henry of Pelham Family Tree White – Vintages 251116 – $17.95 – **** – (Tasted Feb 19, 2016) The nose is soft with Vanilla and Passion Fruit. The flavours of this wine are complex and delicious Passion Fruit, Pineapple, Peach, Pear, and Apples with a wonderful texture on the finish. It has been about 6 months since I last tasted this wine and it is holding onto everything that makes it great. While this…

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Malivoire: Now with Bubbles!

Malivoire: Now with Bubbles!

Malivoire have dipped their toes into the growing pond of wineries in Ontario making sparkling wine. I say just a toe because they have only made 380 cases total of their initial releases. It’s too bad there isn’t more because they are both very good. NV Bisous Brut – Winery Only – $29.95 – ****+ – (Only 300 cases made!) This was made in the traditional method and aged on lees for for thirty seven…

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Big Head Big Bang Sparkling

Big Head Big Bang Sparkling

NV Big Bang Sparkling – Winery Only – $45.00 – ****1/2 – This is a very special wine. It’s the first sparkling wine from Big Head wines the name is definitely apt. The nose is lightly toasted bread, lemon and hints of vanilla. This wine is complex and rich and it’s almost a shame that it’s sparkling because when you put the wine in your mouth you are going to try to pick up on…

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Southbrook: 2016 is Coming…

Southbrook: 2016 is Coming…

I recently had the chance to taste through a couple of the new releases from Southbrook. The “Whimsy” line is being replaced with the “Estate Grown Small Lot” line. I’m not sure it has the same ring to it that Whimsy does, but the wines are beautiful. Consider this your teaser trailer to what is yet to come from Southbrook in 2016. 2013 Cabernet Franc “201” – $34.95 – Winery Only – ****+ – This…

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All I want for Christmas is…

All I want for Christmas is…

Christmas has crept up on me. So if you’re anything like me chances are you are still looking for a perfect gift for the Wino on your list. I have come across a couple if big ticket items that would make any wine lover on your list raise an eyebrow. Firstly, I recently had a chance to try the Zalto stemware. I have heard a few people buzzing about these wine glasses, but I am…

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