April 4 – 2012 Small Talk Vineyards Recap Syrah – 2014 Flat Rock Riesling

April 4 – 2012 Small Talk Vineyards Recap Syrah – 2014 Flat Rock Riesling

2012 Small Talk Vineyards Recap Syrah – Vintages 415612 – $24.95 – ***1/2 – Obviously the first thing you will notice about this wine is the label.  Small Talk has done a great job making sure their bottles stand out on the shelf… but how does the wine stack up?  You have a Syrah that is very smooth on the finish with nice acidity on the finish.  You will find flavours of blueberry and plum with…

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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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Wine List – Barque

Wine List – Barque

There has been a bit of a buzz about the wine list at Barque smokehouse lately.  You may know of Barque for it’s great food but there is a lot going on in the ways of beverages at the Roncesvalles restaurant.  They are now pouring wine on tap.  This means that it is poured pretty much the same way you would pour a beer.  Only you don’t need to worry about a a big head….

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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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2013 Lailey Unfiltered Cabernet Franc

2013 Lailey Unfiltered Cabernet Franc

2013 Lailey Unfiltered Cabernet Franc – ****+ – (Price TBD) – This is an elegant follow up to big 2012 vintage.  This wine is made from a block of thirty year old vines and is only made in years that winemaker Derek Barnett feels worthy.  There are layers of Raspberry, and Currant with smoke on the finish and to wrap up the whole package nice acidity kicks up the finish.  It’s because of wines like…

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Vidal – Unsung Hero?

Vidal – Unsung Hero?

Vidal is not just for Icewine.  Most people know Vidal for the rich honeyed icewines that are made from the juice of this grape.  When it is vinified into table wine you end up with wines that are bright and crisp.  It holds onto a lot of the floral qualities that you would find in an icewine but you will also find layers of lemon and lime.  Now for the true verdict … are these…

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Wine for Noobs – Episode 1

Wine for Noobs – Episode 1

Welcome to Wine for Noobz!  My intention with this podcast is to help make wine a little less pretentious for you reading it.  I hope you will find it informative and entertaining. Our first episode focuses on how to read a wine label.  I realize this may be putting the cart before the horse … but I think it’s important that for you to be able to find the wines we are going to be talking…

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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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