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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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2016 Alois Laegder Pinot Grigio (mini review)

Another one from the Mark Anthony portfolio tasting. Pale in color with a nice peach/stone fruit nose. On the mid palate the wine spot on matches the nose with peach and stone fruits dominating a nice fruit forward wine. It’s … Continue reading

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2012 Mission Hill Compendium (mini review)

Inky dark in color with a lovely black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely rich bold black berries. This wine, like a lot of Oakanagan wines is a big wine. If you like … Continue reading

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2016 Matua Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc

Pale in color with a nice grassy nose, leaping up at you. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with nice grassy notes along with citrus flavors. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely crisp … Continue reading

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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 Meerlust Rubicon

I had the pleasure of attending my first ever South African Wine Society event where they were featuring a vertical of 10 of Meerlust’s Rubicon Bordeaux blend wine. This one was the star of the night for me. Inky dark … Continue reading

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2016 Wolf Blass Red Label Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon

Inky dark in color with a black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with black berries screaming through. While this is a blend with Cab, the shiraz is the dominant flavor. You could easily close … Continue reading

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Watchdog Rock Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Dark in color with a mild cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely red cherries to match the nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some very nice smooth tannins and acidity. This is a … Continue reading

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El Camino Rectoral do Umia Albariño 2015

Regular reader know I’ve written up Albariño’s in the past, I’m a fan. When well made they are crisp dry, super food friendly and reasonably priced. If your unsure of their flavor profile, these can go anywhere you would put … Continue reading

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Murphy Goode Red Blend 2012

Dark in color with a mild black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some solid black cherries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely velvety tannins, a hint of sweetness … Continue reading

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2016 Monkey Bay Pinot Grigio

Pale in color with a nice crisp citrus note. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice crisp dry citrus notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely citrus notes, and some … Continue reading

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2014 Chateau Clauzet

Another one from my Bordeaux futures order. Ink dark in color with a mild dark cherry nose and some oak. On the mid palate the wine displays some solid rich black cherry notes to match the nose along with some … Continue reading

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Cave de Roquebrun La Grange des Combes Saint-Chinian-Roquebrun 2015

Ink dark in color with a black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays black berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some soft tannins and acidity. This is an ok wine, … Continue reading

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2016 Lumina Ruffino Pinot Grigio

Pale in color with a mild citrus nose. On the mid palate especially without food there’s some mild stone fruits, (think peach), but the dominant flavour here is definitely citrus, lemon and the like. On the medium length finish the … Continue reading

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Invivo Pinot Gris 2016

Pale in color with a crisp nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some odd out of place flavors, I would say nectarine that the LCBO description referred to. There’s a slight hint of pear. On the medium length … Continue reading

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2015 Mission Hill Five Vineyard Cab/Merlot

Inky dark in color with a nice hearty dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lots of lovely dark berries along with some mocha and oaky/earthy notes. On the medium length finish the wine … Continue reading

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2015 Kendall-Jackson Vintners Reserve Chard

I last reviewed the 2014 vintage of this wine and enjoyed it. This one is slightly golden in color with a nice nose of pear and vanilla. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with the usual suspects, … Continue reading

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2015 Duckhorn Cab Sauv

I last wrote up the 2013 vintage of this wine and loved it. This wine is on the by the bottle list at the Keg for $64 which is not a bad deal for a wine that costs $34.75 from … Continue reading

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