Wine Profile – 2012 Stratus Gamay – 2011 Stratus Sémillon

Wine Profile – 2012 Stratus Gamay – 2011 Stratus Sémillon

  I was lucky enough to get my hands on both of these bottles.  I had to re-taste the Sémillon because when I tasted it on an Italian/Ontario panel this wine basically overpowered everything (read the full post here: http://andrewinereview.ca/?p=625).  I wanted a chance to see how the wine holds up on its own.  For the Gamay, I just wanted to taste it because… well let’s face it… it’s Gamay.  The grape growing and wine making…

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March 28 – 2012 Vineland Elevation Riesling – 2012 Organized Crime Chardonnay

March 28 – 2012 Vineland Elevation Riesling – 2012 Organized Crime Chardonnay

2012 Vineland Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – Vintages 38117 – $19.95 – ****1/2 – This wine is as close to perfect as you might find in the vintages section whether you’re a wine noob or a hardened snob.  First off – this wine is under twenty dollars a bottle.  If you have any questions about whether a top notch bottle of wine needs to cost a lot of money look no further.  Secondly –…

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A Day in Beaujolais

A Day in Beaujolais

I traveled to France in November to check out the Beaujolais Nouveau release.  After spending a few days hunting for Cabernet Franc in St Émillion I knew that I had to go to Beaujolais.  Beaujolais, like Ontario, is currently take the long way up recovering from a bruised reputation stemming from a market that was flooded with bad nouveau.  It is also no secret that I am a Gamay hunter (search my twitter feed @andrewinereview…

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March 21 – 2013 Cave Spring Chardonnay Musqué – 2012 Pondview Reserve Cabernet/Merlot

March 21 – 2013 Cave Spring Chardonnay Musqué – 2012 Pondview Reserve Cabernet/Merlot

2012 Pondview Reserve Cabernet/Merlot – Vintages 307561 – $18.95 – ***1/2 – As the weather outside warms it’s time to start thinking about wines to eat with grilled meats.  This is one that will do the trick.  Fruit flavours in your glass will be Plum, Blackberry, and Blueberry with a nice finish that is mocha and slight spice.  2012 was a very warm summer in Ontario so the great news is that this wine is something…

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Montes Wines

Montes Wines

What exactly is dry farming?  When I got my invitation to the Montes tasting hosted in Toronto on March 2, 2015 Three vintages of the Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon were presented.  This was interesting because starting with the 2012 vintage we are seeing the results of “dry farming”.  The long and short of it is that Montes is using less water in their grape growing process.  The end product is lower yields on the vines…

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March 14 – 2013 Fielding Unoaked Chardonnay – 2012 Keint-He Voyageur Pinot Noir

March 14 – 2013 Fielding Unoaked Chardonnay – 2012 Keint-He Voyageur Pinot Noir

2013 Fielding Unoaked Chardonnay – Vintages 164491 – $14.95 – ***1/2 – Apple, and Lemon.  This is easy drinking white wine with refreshing acidity on the finish.  The great thing about Unoaked Chardonnay is that it is unpretentious and easy drinking.  This wine makes me yearn for summer… It will make a great patio sipper. 2012 Keint-He Voyageur Pinot Noir – Vintages 373407 – $18.00 – **** – Delicious well priced Pinot Noir, simply put….

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Cuvée 2015 – is it too early to set my calendar for 2016?

Cuvée 2015 – is it too early to set my calendar for 2016?

The question you answer for the next few days after Cuvée is “What was your favorite wine?”… Truthfully I can’t answer.  Cuvée is hosted at the Fallsview Casino.  It is one of the events that I look forward to every year.  You take as many wineries as you can fit into the event space and they each bring their favorite wine to pour.  The best part about this is that it is completely subjective and…

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Cuvée En Route – Stratus

Cuvée En Route – Stratus

I hadn’t planned on making any stops for Cuvée En Route.  But next year when you’re in town for Cuvée make sure you plan on a few for yourself.  I did however get a chance to stop by Stratus to see what was going on.  Stratus was pouring their 2012 White the previous night at the grand tasting and it was easily one of the highlights of the night.  So when I saw the tweet…

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Winery Profile – Two Sisters

Winery Profile – Two Sisters

I had a chance to recently visit Two Sisters winery in Niagara.  There is quite a buzz about the new impressive facility and the wines since they opened their doors.  I had to go and check it out for myself. Lush Brut Rosé – $35.00 – **** – 50/50 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  This is a bone dry pale pink sparkler.  There are flavours of apple and bright lemon.  There is just a hint of…

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March 7 – 2013 Malivoire Pinot Gris – 2012 13th Street Gamay Noir

March 7 – 2013 Malivoire Pinot Gris – 2012 13th Street Gamay Noir

2013 Malivoire Pinot Gris – Vintages 591305 – $19.95 – **** – I get nostalgic whenever I see the Pinot Gris from Malivoire.  Going back to 2008 this is a wine I look forward to every year.  With a nice acidic backbone, but flavours that are more subdued than Riesling makes this particular wine even more food friendly.  What you will find on your glass are wonderful flavours of peach and white flower.  There is…

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