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Thornbury Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays a mouth full of pink grapefruit. On the medium length finish the wine displays lovely vibrant acidity with lots of mouth grip. I’d give it an … Continue reading

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Mimi en Provence Grande Réserve Rosé 2018

Ok, I have to admit it, I’m not a big Rose fan. I’ve tried a lot of them and been thoroughly underwhelmed. Most a fruity with little to no substance. So much so I’d largely given up on them, sadly, … Continue reading

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Franciscan Chardonnay 2016

Pale in color with a nice mild apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays all the varietal fruit notes, apple and pear to match the nose. The wine displays little to no creamyness and little to no vanilla. … Continue reading

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Bodega Fin del Mundo Neuquén Gran Reserva 2015

Dark in color with a nice dark berry nose. On the mid palate at first there’s some nice dark berry fruits that start to come through and then you get whacked almost immediately by firm tannins, edgy acidity, some green … Continue reading

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Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2017

Pale to slightly golden in color with a nice apple/pear varietal nose … On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely elegant pear and apple along with some nice vanilla notes. The wine displays some nice creamy … Continue reading

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2017 Meiomi Pinot Noir

Dark in color wine a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays more cherry notes than I would expect out of a Pinot. On the medium length finish the wine displays some acidity and tannins. Honestly … Continue reading

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Castelgreve Riserva Chianti Classico 2013

I last enjoyed the 2016 Chianti Classico from this winery and loved it, so when I saw this one, I figured the Riserva is only going to be better … Oops. Dark in color with a mild red berry nose … Continue reading

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Snapper Rock Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

Pale in color with a mild nose, some stone fruits. On the mid palate the wine displays some soft stone fruits to patch the nose. Some mild peach along with some nice acidity and minerality. On the medium length finish … Continue reading

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Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2017

I like my Chenin’s dry rather than sweet. This one caught my eye at 3g/l. Pale in color with a nice mild minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some soft minerality along with a hint of honeysuckle. … Continue reading

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Partake non alcoholic beer

I attended the recent Toronto Wine and Spirits festival and these guys were there sampling there non alcoholic craft brewed beer. If your like me, and these guys it seems, you’ve been underwhelmed by the non alcoholic beers. Why would … Continue reading

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Tawse Growers Blend Pinot Noir 2016

Niagara makes some wonderful Pinot Noirs. So much so I have trouble accepting supporting ones from other places, especially at even higher prices. This one is beautifully garnet in color with a nice soft red berry nose. On the mid … Continue reading

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Collavini T Friulano 2017

I picked this one up on a whim, with no research. I saw that it was nice and dry and I’ve enjoyed wines from the Friulano region so what the heck. Pale in color with a nice crisp minerally nose. … Continue reading

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2016 Arboleda Single Vineyard cab

I last wrote up the the 2015 and the 2017 vintage of this wine, sorry out of order,  and enjoyed them. This bodes well for consistency in this fine wine. This one is dark in color with a nice dark … Continue reading

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2017 Reva Nebbiolo D’Alba DOC

Dark in color with a nice red berry nose. On the mid palate there’s some nice red fruits coming through. But like most Nebbiolos where this wine lives is in the finish where it displays nice super firm tannins, lovely … Continue reading

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Small Gully The Formula Robert’s

My taste buds have ebbed and flowed on Shiraz, I’m kinda in a meh phase on them. This one was on sampling at the LCBO by me so I grabbed one. Dark in color with a nice black berry nose. … Continue reading

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Vesevo Beneventano Aglianico 2015

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice subtle black berry notes. On the long finish the wine displays some super dry notes, edgy tanins, and lively acidity. This wine lives in … Continue reading

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Beauvignac Picpoul de Pinet 2018

This was a gift from a friend, Greg, I admit to not being familiar with this grape PIQUEPOUL Pale in color with a mild citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some soft citrus notes to match the … Continue reading

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Balbás Reserva 2006

Inky dark in color with a black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some vibrant black berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some HUGE tannins, smooth palate coating dryness and … Continue reading

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Arboleda Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

This is my third year writing up this wine and it continues to delight and surprise me. Wines like this I credit with changing my opinion on Chilean cabs! Nice and dark in color with a rich bold red cherry … Continue reading

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Burgo Viejo Crianza 2014

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice firm black berries along with some lovely coffee and mocha. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm acidity and nice tanins. … Continue reading

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Rapaura Springs Reserve Pinot Noir 2017

Garnet in color with a nice soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice vibrant strawberry and rustic notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and good acidity. A … Continue reading

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Château Baracan 2015

Finding inexpensive Bordeaux is not easy. A lot of the lower price ones are just not great. Dark in color with a nice dark berry nose, very inviting. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice … Continue reading

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William Hill North Coast Chardonnay 2016

Golden in color with a nice apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice apple/pear to match the nose. The fruit on this wine is quite expressive. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice … Continue reading

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Hinterbrook Nomad Pinot Noir 2016

Strawberry on color with a nice strawberry nose. The color with lively in comparison to the usual garnet … On the mid palate the wine displays some nice strawberries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine … Continue reading

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Matahiwi Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Pale in color with a nice citrus and grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some firm citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm acidity. The citrus and acidity coats the mouth beautifully. … Continue reading

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