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Castello Monterinaldi Chianti Classico 2010

Light red in color with a nice soft red berry nose and a hint of dried fruits on the nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely soft red berries and a hint of dried fruits. … Continue reading

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Casetta Barbaresco 2010

Dark in color with a nice soft red berry nose. On the mid palate there are some nice light berries to match the nose along with some nice dried fruits. This is a softer barbaresco with some nice smooth dryness … Continue reading

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Gabbiano Chianti tastings

I recently had the pleasure of attending an iYellow event where the wine maker from Gabbiano, Frederico came along and told us all about Chianti’s. I thought I would pass along some of the tid bits I was able to … Continue reading

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2014 Gabbiano Promessa Pinot Grigio

Pale in color with a nice crisp nose with minerality and citrus notes coming through. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with nice crisp dry minerality and citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine has … Continue reading

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2014 Villa Sandi Pinot Grigio

Pale in color with a nice nose of peach, stone fruit and nice minerality. On the mid palate the wine is a lovely, dry crisp wine with a hint of peach to match the nose. On the medium length finish … Continue reading

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Carpineto Chianti Classico 2012

Dark color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some red berries along with some mild minty notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lively acidity firm tannins and firm dryness. As it … Continue reading

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2004 Cavallotto Fratelli Barolo Bricco Boschis

Sorry I’m a bit late with a post 🙁 Life happens … I recently attended a 2004 Barolo/Barbaresco tasting event with Toronto Vintners Club where this was one of the stars of the night. Interestingly it was the first wine … Continue reading

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Zenato San Benedetto Lugana 2013

Pale in color with a mild nose with some peach coming through. On the mid palate the wine displays some strong peach notes along with some nice acidity and minerality. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm … Continue reading

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Principe Corsini Le Corti Chianti Classico 2012

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some dried fruit, mild raisins. On the medium length finish the win displays some firm tannins, acidity and some nice dryness. I would give it an … Continue reading

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2012 Coda di Volpe DOC

We stopped by Terroni and this one was on their wine list. If you’ve not been to Terroni’s before, and like Italian, give it a try. They have a great wine list and even sell their own olive oil! This … Continue reading

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2013 Masi Bonacosta Valpolicella

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some dried red fruit notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dryness and tannins. I would give it an 88 or so … Continue reading

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2011Castello di Neive Barbaresco

One of Italy’s legendary wines is a Barolo. They are made from the Nebbiolo grape. Barolos are big, bold, expressive and complex … but they are also expensive. Barbarescos are also made from the Nebbiolo grape. I call Barbarescos a … Continue reading

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Castello di Spaltenna Chianti Classico 2011

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays some nice mild red berries. But where this wine lives is in the medium length finish which displays some some nice smooth tannins, nice dryness and … Continue reading

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Holiday Wine Suggestions December 2014

‘Tis the season to drink wine (as if we needed any reason). As always, John and I will get asked “what wines should I bring to dinner” or “can you suggest a few bottles of wines for over the holidays”. … Continue reading

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Villa Sandi Prosecco

Pale in color with a lovely crisp citrus nose. On the mid pallet the wine is a lovely crisp prosecco perfectly matching the nose. There some nice minerality to go along with the citrus notes along with some nice fine … Continue reading

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2012 MONTALTO NERO D’AVOLA CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Dark color with a nice nose of red berries. Nice varietal red cherries on the mid pallet, quite fruity, with the cab shining through. On the medium finish the wine displays some nice dryness. I would give it an 88. … Continue reading

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2012 STRACCALI CHIANTI

There are some hidden gems in the general list section of the LCBO. Billy’s Best Bottles has been covering them for a while. Finding them can be a challenge. As restaurant goers we are use to paying high prices for … Continue reading

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2012 Tenute di Giulio Osco Pinot grigio mini review

Pale in color with a mild nose of peach. On the mid pallet the wine displays some mild peach to match the nose along with some minerality. The wine is on the lighter side of medium in length. I would … 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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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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CARPENÈ MALVOLTI CUVÉE BRUT CONEGLIANO VALDOBBIADENE PROSECCO SUPERIORE

Seasons greetings from Canadian Wine Guy and myself to you and your family. And to those of you that celebrate it, I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas. As we head towards New Years people often look towards … Continue reading

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MAZZEI SER LAPO CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA 2008 mini review

Dark in color with a nice smooth nose of dried fruits. On the mid pallet the wine displays some dried fruits to match the nose. Almost raisiny. On the medium finish the wine displays some firm acidity along with some … Continue reading

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CASTELGREVE CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA 2009

Dark in color with a nose of dried fruits. On the mid pallet the wine matches the nose with lovely dried fruits coming through. Not quite raisin but close. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely dry … Continue reading

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AZELIA BAROLO 2009 mini review

I tasted this one at the Trialto Top Drops tasting event. They had double decanted it and it had been open for about 6 hours. Even with this the wine caught my attention! Dark in color with a mild nose … Continue reading

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TENUTA DI TRECCIANO CHIANTI COLLI SENESI 2011

I’ve had a number of people say to me lately that they don’t like Chianti which kind of surprises me. There are good wines and bad wines in every category. Chianti’s are made from the Sangiovese grape which is almost … Continue reading

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