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2012 Vineland estates Reserve cab franc

We travel down to Niagara frequently. The experience in the Niagara’s winery’s is awesome. The people, the wine, the food, the Inns are all an amazing way to spend time (oh and some money :)). Vineland estates has one of … Continue reading

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2012 Chateau des Charmes Cab Franc

Niagara make some great Cab Francs. The ones from Niagara on the lake (which this is) tend to be softer than those from the Escarpment. This one has lovely dark cherry on the nose. On the mid palate this displays … Continue reading

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2015 Kim Crawford Sauv Blanc

Pale color with a mild grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice smooth grassy notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth crisp acidity. This is a nice … Continue reading

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2014 Wakefield Chardonnay

I last wrote up the 2013 Vintage of this wine and loved it. This one is slightly golden in color with a mild varietal nose with nice apple/pear coming through. We originally sampled it out of the fridge and it … Continue reading

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Aydie l’Origine Madiran 2012

Inky dark in color with a nice mild nose of black berries. On the mid palate the wine displays nice black berries to match the nose. There’s a hint of alcohol noticeable even on the mid palate. On the medium … Continue reading

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Castello Monterinaldi Chianti Classico 2010

Light red in color with a nice soft red berry nose and a hint of dried fruits on the nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely soft red berries and a hint of dried fruits. … Continue reading

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2012 Serbal Assemblage

This is a blend of Cab Franc, Merlot, Cab Sauv and Malbec according to the back of the bottle. Exact blend is not mentioned. Nice and dark in color with a nice varietal cab franc nose. I wonder if the … Continue reading

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Fred Loimer Lois Grüner Veltliner 2013

Pale in color with a slightly earthy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some dry crisp notes along with some nice minerality. There’s a hint of earthy notes to match the nose. It bears some slight resemblance to … Continue reading

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Sister’s Run Bethlehem Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Dark color with a nice red cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely soft red cherries to match the nose along with some cassis. On the medium length finish he wine displays some nice tannins and acidity. … Continue reading

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Victor Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Dark in color with a lovely red cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the finish with some lovely red cherry fruits, but hang on this wine lives in it’s finish. On the medium to long finish the … Continue reading

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Teusner The Riebke Shiraz 2013

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

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2009 Peninsula Ridge Beal Vineyard Reserve Chard

Pale to golden in color. With nice nose although out of the bottle there are some unusual notes. On the mid palate there are some nice mild pear notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice firm … Continue reading

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2012 Rennie Paradox (Pinot Noir)

Rennie is a virtual winery in Beamsville. The wines are made by Malivoire for Rennie. Garnet in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some firm rustic notes backed immediately by some firm tannins and … Continue reading

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2012 Small Gully Little Black Book Shiraz

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice blue berry notes along with a hint of oak and some licorice. On the medium length finish the wine displays some smooth tannins and … Continue reading

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Coopers Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2014

On behalf of CWG and I, we want to wish all of our readers a safe, happy and healthy New Year! May the imbibing be forever in your favor Pale color with a smooth grassy nose. On the mid palate … Continue reading

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Irony Small Lot Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Dark color with a dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark cherries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins along with some nice acidity. This … Continue reading

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2013 Ara Pathway Pinot Noir

I am coming to appreciate Pinot noirs more and more. They are very food friendly. And is a go to for me when it comes to turkey and the like. This one is in the general list at the LCBO … Continue reading

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2013 Flat rock Gravity Pinot Noir

Whenever someone asks for a recommendation for a Niagara Pinot this one has been on my list for years, a consistent varietal pinot. Garnet in color with a lovely varietal rustic nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some … Continue reading

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2014 Peninsula Ridge sauv blanc

I bought this one at the winery based on past years experience, without tasting it. In Niagara I better than most know that wines can vary year to year. Wine makers are learning, new wine makers are coming on the … Continue reading

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2011 Kacaba Barrel fermented Chard

Back in March 2013 we visited the winery and tasted this wine. Like a breeder not quite ready to let the puppies be removed from their mommy the assistant winemaker pleaded with us to let this age a bit before … Continue reading

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2012 Irony Merlot

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays dark cherry notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice firm dry tannins with the dark cherries living on. This to my tastes … Continue reading

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2011 Kacaba Pinot Noir

Niagara does Pinot Noir well … And Kacaba are doing some great stuff. This is just one example of just that. Garnet in color with a lovely nose of soft red berries and rustic notes. On the mid palate the … Continue reading

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Gilmour Corazón Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2012

Inky dark in color with a mild nose. But this is about the only thing mild about this wine. On the mid palate the wine displays some jammyness, along with some big bold fruits. Dark cherries, chocolate and the like. … Continue reading

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2013 Rodney Strong Russian River Pinot Noir

Nice garnet in color with a mild rustic nose. On the mid palate the wine is a traditional Pinot with nice rustic notes, some nice soft red berries, even a hint of cherry. The oak is noticeable as well. On … Continue reading

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2014 Mulderbosch chenin Blanc

Pale in color with a nice crisp nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with nice crisp, citrus notes. This is a super dry chennin, just the way I like them. On the medium length finish the … Continue reading

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