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2010 Hidden Bench La Brunante

This past weekend started on the Friday with the iconic ’09 Insignia so I thought on Saturday it would be worth pulling out one of the best Bordeaux style blends Canada has to offer. A great many Ontarians, let alone … Continue reading

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2009 Joseph Phelps Insignia

“Time improves most things” a quote which can be debated in almost any scenario, including those concerning wine. Some wine simply will never get better with time, while some can improve drastically with some care and patience. This 2009 Joseph … Continue reading

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2006 Groom Shiraz

Often times i head down to my cellar and look for something that I know I should pull and drink, but at the same time does not have some sort of significance that makes me want to hold off. I … Continue reading

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Holiday Wine Suggestions December 2014

‘Tis the season to drink wine (as if we needed any reason). As always, John and I will get asked “what wines should I bring to dinner” or “can you suggest a few bottles of wines for over the holidays”. … Continue reading

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2011 Flat Rock Cellars Gravity Pinot Noir

What can $30 bucks buy you that will stand out a bit from the crowd? Honestly, when it comes to wine, $30 can get you (at last count) 237 good bottles of wine (note: that figure was entirely made up). … Continue reading

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2011 Tawse Robyn’s Block Chardonnay

In advance of our 10 wines for the holidays article, I thought I’d cover a few must drink wines. Tawse still remains the one Chardonnay producer from Niagara that I compare the rest of their competitors to. The oldest of … Continue reading

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2011 Hidden Bench Felseck Chardonnay

I know that at www.canadianwineguy.com we laud the Chardonnays that come out of the Niagara region, but truly, enough cannot be said about them. As the region continues to mature the Burgundy varietals get stronger and grander. Hidden Bench is … Continue reading

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2013 Emiliana Adobe Reserva Sauvignon Blanc

Summer is over, and for us Canadians the cold hard truth of winter is settling in. Thankfully 2014 is coming to a much softer and gentler end than 2013 did. Despite mother nature taking her usual turn for the worst, … Continue reading

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2009 TAWSE David’s Block Cabernet Merlot

A small jaunt into the cellar for a wine to pair with lamb chops I decided on this wine. I’ll admit it was on the first shelf I went to and it hit what I was looking for: red, dominating … Continue reading

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2004 Ojai Vineyard “Bien Nacido” Syrah

Anyone who travels through San Francisco airport (SFO) and has 30 minutes to kill has probably perused one of the wine stores that dot themselves throughout. This bottle was purchased on one of those days back in March of 2010. … Continue reading

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2000 Chapoutier ‘La Bernardine’

A fast note about a great wine. I do love Chateauneuf-du-Papes, southern Rhone is an amazing region, and not just for their wines. This mature vintage is both balanced and engaging, leaving you wanting more. A fantastic wine solo or … Continue reading

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2012 Fleur du Cap Chardonnay “Bergkelder Selection”

South Africa is the topic du jour it appears, as several of the past reviews have been from the ‘new’ world wine producing country. This is one varietal from a label that covers a large spectrum of grapes. The LCBO … Continue reading

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2011 Cape Heritage Inception “Deep Layered Red”

With a steady stream of wines in the $10-$15 range hitting the LCBO in time for summer season, there appears to be a good wave of South African entries. This new wine from the Distell conglomerate fits into that category … Continue reading

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2008 Ravine Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Franc

A funny start to this wine which was purchased in August of 2011: after uncorking, the flow out of the bottle was unusually slow, upon closer inspection, the neck had significant sediment built up that it was actually slowing the … Continue reading

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2011 Durbanville Hills Shiraz

Following up John’s earlier review, today must be affordable Shiraz review day! The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) has often times seemed like an ugly behemoth who greatly inflates prices and restricts access. While not completely untrue, that image … Continue reading

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2012 Place in the Sun Shiraz

This Fair Label Organisation (FLO) Standards wine is my first review in a while. With a change domicile and ever increasing professional demands my content has decreased to a mere trickle while John continues to drink and blog with an … Continue reading

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Wellness with Withings & Jawbone

Warning: the CWG site, on occasion, wanders from wine and food into “off-topic” posts, this is one of those. This one is long too… Personal wellness devices are a hot topic these days on technology and fitness websites. Most people … Continue reading

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2008 Ravine Vineyards Merlot

A short review of a good wine from a very inconsistent vintage. Ravine Vineyards is a small boutique winery sitting in the heart of St David’s. Maybe not well known, it has increasingly upped its quality over the past five … Continue reading

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Graze the Bench Part 4: Rosewood Winery

This will be the last stop for the day. Remember this is on tomorrow, clickhere to get more info. Having the 2011 Mima’s Riesling, first year ever produced from 3 year old plantings. Fruit forward and dominant. Mostly tropical (think … Continue reading

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Graze the Bench Part 3: Organized Crime

Weather is threatening rain as the heat is near 30 with high humidity. This is not dampening spirits (very puny!) Having the 2011 The Mischief and Fish Tacos.

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Graze the Bench Part 2: Fielding Estates

Graze the bench visit #2: Fielding Estate. Having their 2012 Estate Riesling and sausage sliders. Once again the event is on today and tomorrow: read more here.

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Graze the Bench Part 1: Hidden Bench

Graze the bench day, first stop Hidden Bench. http://www.grazethebench.com/ On tomorrow as well. 2010 Estate Chardonnay and smoked meat on old post sour rye.

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Groth Vineyards Visit

Fabulous tasting of reserves, Oakvilles and whites. 2008 & 2009 Reserves are both amazing yet dramatically different. $145 and $125 respectively.

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Happy Weekend

No review, but this is the night. Enjoy your weekend!

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2010 Hidden Bench Felseck Vineyard Gewürztraminer

Fast review of Hidden Bench’s 2010 Gewürztraminer. This single vineyard white was much more than I was expecting, and I have to admit I am not a Gewurtz fan. If it is even possible to call a drink this, this … Continue reading

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