Wine Profile:Eurovintage – Releases for Summer

Wine Profile:Eurovintage – Releases for Summer

2016 Remy Pannier Muscadet – LCBO 13821 – $15.20 – **** – The problem I have with Muscadet is that it generally needs to be paired with food. This Muscadet, on the other hand, is welcoming and approachable. There is a nice citrus note, a grassiness and tons of mineral. So, this offers everything you should expect from Muscadet… but then there is this apple note that makes an appearance. Keep a bottle of this…

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A week of California

A week of California

The week of April 11th California came to town. The California Wine Fair took place on April 11th and it continues to be one of my most anticipated wine tastings of the year. This year was no exception. I attended the consumer event that took place in the evening. There are more wines in the room than it is possible to taste even if you try really hard. I think as a lover of California…

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Ravenswood (August 2015)

Ravenswood (August 2015)

What I found most interesting about my visit to California has to do with their own identity as a wine growing region. Most wineries have put their Cabernet Sauvignon at their highest tier with Chardonnay somewhere behind it and Zinfandel on the bottom rung of the ladder. This is great news for people like me that can’t afford to drink $150 Cabernet Sauvignon. The reason that this is curious is that it really feels as…

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Comstock Wines (August 2015)

Comstock Wines (August 2015)

Comstock Wines in California just had their grand opening weekend on August 22. I was fortunate enough to get to poke around and taste through the portfolio a little early while I was in the area. I’m not going to post any photos of the actual winery because while the outside was up and running we got to see the tasting bar and private spaces all under construction. It just wouldn’t do the property justice….

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Ridge Vineyard – Lytton Springs (August 2015)

Ridge Vineyard – Lytton Springs (August 2015)

The way some people talk about Zinfandel in California reminds me of how people talk about Icewine in Ontario. We do it well, people know us for it … but please come take a look at all these other Chardonnays and Cab Francs we are making… forget about the sweet stuff. This is most definitely not the case at the Lytton Springs production facility for Ridge Vineyards. As with Chateau Montelena, Ridge were one of…

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Chateau Montelena (August 2015)

Chateau Montelena (August 2015)

This is the first of six posts about Californian wineries I had the opportunity to visit in August. It’s taken me a bit to digest everything I tasted and saw but needless to say that California is definitely worth a visit. My first stop was at Chateau Montelena. Shortly after I started writing about wine I had the opportunity to see the movie “Bottle Shock” which is the story about a bunch of winemakers in…

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