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2018 Pardevalles Albarín Blanco DO Tierra de León

We had the pleasure of stopping by George Brown’s chef house that was featuring a Spanish chef making a multi course meal with wine pairings and this one was on the list. Pale in color with a nice crisp dry, … Continue reading

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Château de Pont Touraine 2018

Touraine as you may know is the little sister to Sancerre where here too, Sauv Blanc is the star. The wines are quite a bit less expensive than Sancerre’s. This one is pale in color with a nice citrus nose. … Continue reading

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2017 Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay

Nice golden color with a nice rich apple and pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays bold rich apple and pair notes that match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice buttery, rich … Continue reading

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Anciano 7 Year Gran Reserva Tempranillo

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some bright cherries on the mid palate along with some nice tobacco and oak. On the medium length finish you get some vibrant acidity and medium … Continue reading

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District 7 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Dark in color with a mild nose, some oak coming through. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice vibrant black cherries and cassis. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice tannins and acidity. There’s also … Continue reading

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Laurenz V. Friendly Grüner Veltliner 2016

Pale in color with a nice minerally/citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely, vibrant racy citrus notes and acidity. This is a lively wine that can hold it’s own with lots of food choices. … Continue reading

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Quails’ Gate Dry Riesling 2018

Pale in color with a varietal honeysuckle nose. On the mid palate the wine is nice and dry, crisp, with honey suckle being the dominant flavor. On the medium length finish the wine has some nice crisp minerality, some citrus … Continue reading

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Pepper Tree Merlot 2016

Dark in color with dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some complex dark plums, cherries and some peppery notes, quite an intensely flavored wine. On the medium length finish the wine displays firm tannins, acidity and … Continue reading

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2018 Velenosi QUERCIANTICA VERDICCHIO (mini review)

I had the pleasure of attending the annual Italian tasting a little while back and this wine was hands down one of my favorites of the evening. Interestingly enough, it was also one of the first. I brought a number … Continue reading

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2018 Wolf Blass Yellow Label Chardonnay

I had recently read a raving review of this wine on another web site and it was on sale $2 off so I thought … WTF I love chards let’s give it a go. Now, biases up front, I love … Continue reading

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2012 Erath Pinot Noir

Garnet in color with a nice soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice raspberry/strawberry notes, quite fruit forward. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and acidity. A spot … Continue reading

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Rocca delle Macìe Riserva Chianti

I have to state up front, my tastes tend to run more towards an oaked Chianti classico than Chianti, but when I saw this one it intrigued me, that and a colleague had tried it and enjoyed it, so I … Continue reading

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2018 Burnt Ship Bay Sauv blanc

Pale in color with a mild citrus nose. On the mid palate there’s some nice citrus and passion fruit coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vibrant acidity with the citrus notes lingering nicely in … Continue reading

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Château Dubraud 2015

Finding inexpensive good Bordeaux’s is a challenge. I also find I prefer when Cab Franc is in the blend like this one, and this time LCBO site made super clear, a rarity. Dark in color with a milder black berry … Continue reading

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2018 Trius Rosé VQA

Salmon in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice soft red berry notes, strawberry and a hint of cranberry. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vibrant acidity, some mild … Continue reading

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Simonsig Chardonnay 2017

Pale in color with a lovely apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays beautiful vibrant apple and pear to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dryness and acidity. It’s slightly creamy … Continue reading

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Lantides Neméa Agiorgitiko 2016

Inky dark in color with a nice dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some vibrant black berry notes to match the nose. Fresh out of the bottle the fruit is backed immediately by edgy tannins and … Continue reading

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Kacaba OAK AGED CHARDONNAY 2016

Pale to slightly golden in color with a lovely apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with vibrant, varietal apple and pear. It’s nice and creamy and rich. There some nice vanilla notes as well. On … Continue reading

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Redstone Limestone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

A previous visit to Redstone revealed that Tawse (Redstone’s parent) has decided that going forward Tawse will make all Pinot Noirs … no more Redstone Pinot Noirs … waaaaa. It seems they discovered that Redstone and Tawse were competing with … Continue reading

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Misty Cove Winery 2019 Riesling (mini review)

My regular readers know I’ve been on a bit of a path of rediscovery on Riesling. I was recently at the TreAmici portfolio tasting and this winery was there. Spoiler alert, they had two of my favorite whites of the … Continue reading

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San Vincenti Chianti Classico 2016

I love Chianti classicos … So perfect for red sauce based meals! Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some beautiful red fruits backed by some very nice smooth velvety tanins and vibrant … Continue reading

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Simi Sonoma County Dry Rosé 2018

A lovely strawberry in color, this one caught my eye in the store. At 3 g/l in residual sugar it’s up my alley. We had pizza on the menu tonight, lazy, so a perfect Rose night! A mild nose greets … Continue reading

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Terres Secrètes Les Préludes Saint-Véran 2017

Pale in color with a mild apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice varietal fruit, lots of apple/pear coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity, and nice dryness This is … Continue reading

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2018 Riverlore Sauvignon Blanc

For a while this was one of my goto Sauv Blancs … If your looking for a continuously happy story, it’s in theater number 3 (a Lemony Snickets reference). Very pale in color with a citrus lime nose. On the … Continue reading

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Rabl Löss Grüner Veltliner 2017

If you haven’t tried a Grüner yet, this is a good one to try, it’s exactly what you can expect from one, and reasonably priced, but I guess I’m getting ahead of myself a little. Pale in color with a … Continue reading

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