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2007 Alvento Aria

Back in 2011 I bought this at the winery. It is one of only two Niagara wineries growing Nebbiolo. Nebbiolo is an Italian grape used to make Barolo, and Barbaresco’s. Ridgepoint being the other. in 2012 we were at the … Continue reading

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PEDRONCELLI 2011 ZINFANDEL MOTHER CLONE

Dark in color with a lovely nose of red berries and jammie notes, more towards strawberries. On the mid pallet the wine is fairly subdued with some light red berries coming through overwhelmed almost immediately by form acidity, big tannins … Continue reading

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WILLIAM HILL CHARDONNAY 2011

Pale in color with a lovely nose of vanilla and some minerality. On the mid pallet the wine displays some lovely vanilla notes to match the nose along wine some nice crisp minerality. This is a lovely well made smooth … Continue reading

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MER SOLEIL RESERVE CHARDONNAY 2011

Pale color with a mild nose with some traditional chard notes coming through. On the mid pallet the wine displays some mild pear notes along with some butterscotch coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some acidity … Continue reading

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2011 Tribunal Red Blend

Another one from my meetup group at Earls. Dark in color with cherries (from the cab) and plums (from the Merlot) coming through. On the mid pallet the cab is dominant with cherries coming through. There’s also a hint of … Continue reading

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LACRIMUS CRIANZA 2009

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid pallet the first thing that hits me is woody notes, oak or cedar. The fruit on this wine is quite subdued. We paired it with lasagna and frankly it overwhelmed … Continue reading

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2012 MIRASSOU PINOT GRIGIO

I tasted this one as part of my wine meetup group at Earls in Mississauga. Very pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays some lovely mild peach notes. Subtle at first but it … Continue reading

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2012 Mount Oakden Shiraz

Dark in color with a nice nose of black berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays some nice blueberries to match the nose backed almost immediately by firm acidity, tannins and pepper. This wine is way too young. It … Continue reading

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CHAPPELLET SIGNATURE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2005

Ever wondered what the LCBO do at the end of a vintages listing with the one or two bottles that have been hanging around? Well they sell them through their web site in what they call “Bin Ends”. You buy … Continue reading

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LA CREMA CHARDONNAY 2012

Pale to golden in color with a mild nose with some vanilla coming through. On the mid pallet this is a lovely varietal California style chard with vanilla and some citrus coming through. The wine has a slightly creamy mouth … Continue reading

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2009 Mission Hill Quatrain

I enjoy Okanagan wines so when I saw this one at Harper’s Landing as part of my Wine Meetup group. Dark in color with a mild nose. There is no hint whatsoever of what’s to come. On the mid pallet … Continue reading

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2011 Greenlane Riesling

This is another one from the stunning Paradiso Burlington winemakers dinner. Pale in color with a nice crisp nose. On the mid pallet the wine is a nice dry riesling. Nice and crisp. Some traditional honeysuckle as well as some … Continue reading

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Monitoring your blood alcohol level

This isn’t exactly a wine post but I thought I would share anyway. For those of you subscribed on my tech blog I apologize this is a cross post. Given the topic of wine I thought I would share Everyone … Continue reading

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2011 Yalumba Vermentino

I tasted this one at the Toronto Vintner’s Club. I had never heard of the grape before so had to look it up. Turns out it’s an Italian varietal. Pale in color with a slight green hinge. On the mid … Continue reading

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2008 Valiano Chianti Classico mini review

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays some light red berries. The wine is on the lighter side of medium in finish with some tannins. This is definitely a milder Chianti. I would … Continue reading

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CHÂTEAU HAUT BEYZAC CUVÉE O’PEYRAT 2009

Dark in color with a nose of black berries. On the mid pallet this wine is dominated by alcohol and green notes. Some coco, some herbaceous notes, even some mint. The green notes linger in the medium length finish. This … Continue reading

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2012 Kendall Jackson Vintners reserve Chardonnay

I’ve reviewed this one a couple times now, the last was the 2010. I find these wines can vary year to year so it’s worth doing it for different vintages. Pale to golden in color with a lovely varietal California … Continue reading

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2011 First Press Chardonnay mini review

I tasted this one at the LCBO tasting bar. Mini reviews are done on a small sampling. Pale in color with a lovely nose of vanilla coming through. On the mid pallet the wine displays some nice vanilla to match … Continue reading

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2010 Greenlane Chardonnay

I had the absolute pleasure of attending a winemakers dinner at Paradiso Burlington where Dianne Smith the winemaker at Greenlane came out to tell us all about there wines. This wine was for me the highlight of the evening. The … Continue reading

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2009 Henry of Pelham Estate Pinot Noir

I got given this one as a gift. Deeper garnet in color with nice rustic nose and some sugar coming through. On the mid pallet the wine displays classic pinot noir flavors with rustic notes, and strawberry coming through. On … Continue reading

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2010 Columbia Crest Chardonnay

Pale in color with a mild nose with some vanilla coming through. On the mid pallet the wine displays vanilla to match the nose along with some subtle pear. This is a smooth, on the lighter side, California style chard. … Continue reading

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2010 Wakefield Shiraz

Dark in color with a nice nose of black berries. On the mid pallet the wine matches the nose with dark berries and smooth refined tannins. The wine is medium in length on the finish. We paired it with a … Continue reading

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J. Lohr Seven Oaks 2011 Cab

I like a lot of the wines coming out of J. Lohr. Great value for money. This wine is dark in color with a mild nose of dark berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays some black cherries to … Continue reading

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2011 RODNEY STRONG ESTATE PINOT NOIR

Garnet in color with a nose of red berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays strawberries and some rustic notes. On the lighter side of medium in length on the finish there are some tannins to round out the … Continue reading

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CASTELLO DI NEIVE BARBARESCO 2004

This wine is one of my favs. It’s a go to wine for me. Barbaresco’s in case your not aware is made from the same Nebbiolo grape as the mighty Barolo. I consider them a cheap man’s Barolo. They tend … Continue reading

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