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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Tawse makes Cider (and Cabernet Franc)

Tawse makes Cider (and Cabernet Franc)

Tawse Cider – The past two winters in Ontario have not been kind to the vines of the wineries. Tawse has decided to fill the gap left by missing grapes with cider. The final result is something fantastic. Just a hint of sweetness on the finish of this cider. This is certainly not meant to be savoured like so many of the wines from Tawse but this is the sort of beverage designed to be…

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Feb 27 – 2014 Creekside Estate Marianne Hill Riesling – 2013 Peller Estates Private Reserve Gamay Noir

Feb 27 – 2014 Creekside Estate Marianne Hill Riesling – 2013 Peller Estates Private Reserve Gamay Noir

2014 Creekside Estate Marianne Hill Riesling – Vintages 443572 – $19.95 – ***** – Here is your first perfect score of 2016. This wine came out of left field from a winery that is better known for Syrah. The nose offers a nice mineral quality on top of lemon, lime and golden delicious apple. The flavours of this wine are lemon, peach, and apple. A perfect harmony of acidity and sugar. This wine has a…

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Feb 20 – 2010 Huff Estates Peter F. Huff Cuvée – 2010 Niagara College Teaching Winery Dean’s List Pinot Noir

Feb 20 – 2010 Huff Estates Peter F. Huff Cuvée – 2010 Niagara College Teaching Winery Dean’s List Pinot Noir

2010 Huff Estates Peter F. Huff Cuvée – Vintages 198758 – $40.00 – ****1/2 – This wine was a gold medal winner at the 2015 Ontario Wine Awards. Rich and complex this wine brings together Apple, Peach and Lemon with nice Caramel and Toasty notes on the finish. The finish on this wine is clean but vanilla and caramel just linger for a while. This is definitely a bottle worth stowing away for a special…

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Feb 13 – 2014 Tinhorn Creek Gewurztraminer – 2012 Fielding Red Conception

Feb 13 – 2014 Tinhorn Creek Gewurztraminer – 2012 Fielding Red Conception

2014 Tinhorn Creek Gewurztraminer – Vintages 904185 – $18.95 – ****+ – Let me get the food pairing out of the way immediately with this note. This is not a review to tell you to pair this with Asian cuisine — even though it does pair very well. This is a note to tell you to fry up some perogies (or pierogies) pick up some sausages and saurkraut and put it together. Spring is on…

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Feb 6 – 2014 Jost Selkie Frizzante – 2014 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling

Feb 6 – 2014 Jost Selkie Frizzante –  2014 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling

2014 Jost Selkie Frizzante – Vintages 41899 – $19.95 – **** – This wine comes from Nova Scotia. It’s going to be interesting to see how this wine region develops. There are a small handful of wineries currently operating in the area. The wines definitely speak about where they come from with high acidity balancing sweetness in the bottle. These wines are designed to be paired with seafood. This light sparkling wine offers a tropical…

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