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CREW Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

I last reviewed the Merlot from Crew and was impressed. This one is inky dark in color with a mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some big bold edgy black fruits, strong peppery notes, firm … Continue reading

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Durigutti Cabernet Franc 2017

Dark in color with a mild dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark cherries to match the nose along with some firm peppery notes, vibrant acidity and some mocha, nice and dry. Not a … Continue reading

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I Balzi Nero d’Avola 2018

Dark in color with a mild black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice black berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely rich chocolate and mocha notes along … Continue reading

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Château Le Grand Moulin Collection Grande Réserve 2016

Dark in color with a nice nose of dark berries and mocha … On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark plums, dark berries and chocolate/mocha to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays … Continue reading

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Collier Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Dark in color with an expressive fruit forward dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with fruit forward black berries, jammy notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth dryness and … Continue reading

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2018 Trius Merlot VQA

Dark in color with a mild, red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some dark plums … On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice firm tannins and acidity. Quite nice, I’d give it an … Continue reading

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Simonsig Labyrinth Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Dark in color with nice black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark cherries, and black currants overwhelmed by strong white pepper and very noticeable alcohol … nice and dry! There are some chocolate notes … Continue reading

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2018 Trius Niagara Peninsula Cab Franc

Dark in color with a red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some cherries, jammy notes, along with some mocha. On the medium length finish the wine displays some vibrant acidity and nice tannins. This is more … Continue reading

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Lyrarakis Vóila Assyrtiko 2018

Pale straw in color with nice minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine has some super distinct flavors, pink grapefruit, nice stone notes, and some lovely minerality. On the medium length finish the wine, especially without food, has some … Continue reading

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Oyster Bay 2019 Pinot Grigio

Pale straw in color with a mild minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild peach and stone fruits. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice green apple tart notes along with some nice … Continue reading

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Domaine Coudoulis Evidence Lirac 2016

Dark in color with a mild black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some black berries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vibrant peppery notes and some VERY noticeable alcohol. … Continue reading

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Gorghi Tondi Coste a Preola Grillo 2018

I attended an Italian tasting that included some eclectic wines/wineries from Italy and Grillo was a Sicilian grape that caught my attention. So when this one was on the release I jumped at the chance. Grillo is another one of … Continue reading

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Château Haut-Bergey 2016

Inky dark in color with lovely inviting dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with dark cherries, and mocha notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some bitter dark chocolate notes along with … Continue reading

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Cloudline Pinot Noir 2018

Dark garnet in color with a nice red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovey ripe strawberry/raspberries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice earthy tannins and smooth acidity. This is a lovely, … Continue reading

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Domaine Jacky Marteau Sauvignon Touraine 2018

Pale straw in color with a nice citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice citrus notes to match the nose. On the medium in length finish the wine displays some soft mild acidity. Be careful what … Continue reading

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Partake Red Non-Alcoholic beer

I’ve previously reviewed a couple of the Partake products and been impressed. When looking for a non-alcoholic alternative they have become my goto … I noticed the Red on the list that I haven’t had before so I thought heh … Continue reading

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Château Les Hauts de Lagarde Blanc 2018

This a white Bordeaux made from 60% Sauv banc and 40% Semillon. Pale straw in color with a mild citrus, along with some nice floral notes. On the mid palate the wine displays some softer, more elegant citrus and floral … Continue reading

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2018 Trius Niagara Escarpment Pinot Noir

As I was coming out of Longos I nipped into the wine store there, getting into the LCBO these days requires a LOT of time and patience. Trout was on the menu for dinner so I really wanted a Pinot … Continue reading

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Two Rivers Convergence Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Pale straw in color with a nice mild pink grapefruit nose. On the mid palate the wine displays nice pink grapefruit to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth food friendly acidity. I … Continue reading

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Château de la Grange Vieilles Vignes Côtes de Grand Lieu Muscadet 2017

Slighty golden in color with a nice minerally nose with some mild citrus notes. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice tart acidity along with some nice stone and biscuit notes. On the medium length finish the wine … Continue reading

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Charles Montserat Bourgogne Aligoté 2018

Pale straw in color with a citrus and minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice lemon/lime/minerally/stone notes. On the medium in length the lime and minerally notes are dominant and stick nicely to … Continue reading

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Vetiver Viura 2014

Pale straw in color with a minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lots of stone minerality, some mild lemon and some smoky notes. On the medium length finish the wine has some lovely mouth … Continue reading

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Frei Brothers Sonoma Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Inky dark in color with a nice dark cherry and black plum nose. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely, elegant, vibrant black cherries, black plums to match the nose along with some nice mocha and dark chocolate. On … Continue reading

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SOHO White Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Pale straw in color with an odd nose, kinda like cats pee. I’ve heard this referred to before, but this one actually has it. On the mid palate the wine displays some tart acidity and citrus notes. There’s a hint … Continue reading

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Cuatro Rayas 4R Verdejo 2018

Pale to slightly golden in color. On the nose has a noticeable dish towel nose. At first I thought it was the glass so I changed the glass, nope it’s the wine. And given this is a screw cap, it … Continue reading

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