Author Archives: John Galea

2013 J J Hahn Cab/shiraz

Inky dark in color with nice black berry nose. On the mid palate there’s some nice soft black berries to match the nose, almost blueberries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice soft tannins, acidity and pepper. … Continue reading

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2015 Ringbolt cab (mini review)

Dark in color with a nice dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with nice dark cherries coming through along with a hint of herbacious/green notes. The wine might be a bit young. On the … Continue reading

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Wine laws in Canada

I find it irritating that our government is out negotiating free trade agreements with other countries but wine still today does not flow freely between our provinces. Work is in progress to fix this, and right now the laws are … Continue reading

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2012 Cornerstone Cab Franc (mini review)

I’ve run into this wine at the Food and Wine show over the last couple years and been impressed. Dark in color with mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely intensified cab franc notes, dark berries, … Continue reading

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Arboleda 2016 Pinot noir (mini review)

I last tasted the 2014 Cab from Arboleda and was impressed. This wine is garnet in color with a nice approachable soft red berry nose. On the mid palate this is a lovely soft pinot with soft red berries, strawberries … Continue reading

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Culmina 2016 Decora (Riesling)

Another one from the Culmina wine tasting. Pale in color with a nice crisp nose. On the mid palate when first served the wine displays some very nice crisp dry notes, lots of minerality and some citrus notes. On the … Continue reading

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Ventisquero Grey Glacier Single Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (mini review)

This was one of the best wines of the Chilean wine event in Toronto (IMHO) and was truly a stand out. And to top it off it is reasonably priced and there is some still in the LCBO. I have … Continue reading

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2015 San Fabbiano Chianti Classico (mini review)

Dark in color with a nice red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays nice smooth rich red berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely smooth tannins and complexity. A … Continue reading

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Vegan and Vegetarian wines

You may have noticed wines now being advertised as vegan or vegetarian and wondered what that meant … In making wines there are sometimes large particulate matter left over. This can be from any number of sources including stems, seeds, … Continue reading

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Culmina 2014 Cab sauv

I had the pleasure of being invited to a luncheon wine tasting with Sara Triggs from Culmina (which means peak in Latin) hosted by Woodman wine and Spirits at Kost. I had no idea the treat I was in for … Continue reading

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2016 Jackson Triggs cellar selection sauv blanc

Pale in color with a nice citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with nice citrus notes, and some mild zest. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice food friendly acidity. This is … Continue reading

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2015 Coffin Ridge Back from the dead red

Inky dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with nice dark berries along with some nice oaky notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some some nice … Continue reading

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2016 Ciu Ciu Bacchus (mini review)

Dark in color, on the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark fruits backed almost immediately by big firm tannins and strong acidity. This is a big wine, with nice complexity that transcend the low price. Shockingly so. Definitely … Continue reading

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2016 Sacred hill sauv Blanc

My regular reader know I am a fan of Sauv blanc. Super versatile and food friendly. This one is pale in color with a mild grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely smooth grassy … Continue reading

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2016 Cesari Bosan Ripasso (mini review)

For those not familiar with Ripasso’s they are a process used mostly in Italy where they take the grapes and re-pass them over the skins of another, typically more expensive wine. In this process the wine picks up a lot … Continue reading

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2016 Sandbanks Pinot Grigio

I haven’t been back to Prince Edward County (PEC) in a while, but every year DrinkInc holds a County in the City event where you get to try a host of wines from PEC. It’s always a nice treat. This … Continue reading

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2015 Kacaba Cab/syrah

My regular readers know I am a fan of Kacaba winery. Their people are enthusiastic, friendly, knowledgeable and welcoming. No trip to Niagara is complete for me without stopping by Kacaba. They are quietly doing their thing advancing the wine … Continue reading

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2016 Stoneleigh Sauv blanc

I love sauv blancs, and love wineries that manage to consistently make great wines. This is one of those. Pale in color with a mild grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild grassy notes along with … Continue reading

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Gray Monk Cabernet/Merlot 2013

We don’t get enough Okanagan wines in Ontario, so when I get a chance I jump in with both feet. Inky dark in color with a mild dark berry nose, about the only thing mild about this wine. On the … Continue reading

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2014 Miner Wild yeast Chard (mini review)

Another one from the Profile Group portfolio tasting, in fact my favorite of the night. Slightly golden in color with a lovely varietal chard nose with lots of apple and pear coming through. On the mid palate the wine matches … Continue reading

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2016 Flaxbourne Sauv Blanc (mini review)

Pale in color with a mild slightly grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely rich grassy notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely grapefruit and firm acidity that build nicely … Continue reading

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2014 Vinetti De Fiorini Chianti Superiore Docg Chianti

A while back I did a tasting and write up on chiantis. I enjoy them, they pair well with rabbit and pastas. I even use a chianti to marinate my rabbit stew! This on is dark in color with a … Continue reading

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2016 Chateau Haut Selve white (mini review)

Pale in color with a slightly floral and citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely crisp citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lively food friendly acidity. A beautiful expression … Continue reading

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Mionetto Prestige Prosecco Treviso Doc Brut (mini review)

I enjoy Proseccos … super food friendly. The other night I had a little dinner part complete with charcuterie platter and started off with a Proseco. They are super food friendly cut through fatty or spicy foods easily. Yum. This … Continue reading

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2014 Redstone cab franc

Every now and then my hobbies overlap. In this case I was down in Niagara to paddle Jordan Harbour in my Kayak. Afterwards I was hungry so slipped over to Redstone’s patio for lunch and some tasting. I had previously … Continue reading

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