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John Galea Wine Reviews

Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Pale in color with a mild citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice subtle citrus notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity and dryness. The minerality comes … Continue reading

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Alta Vista Premium Cabernet Franc 2016

This one caught my eye in that I think it’s the first time I’ve seen what appears to be a 100% cab franc from Argentina so I wondered what it would be like. Inky dark in color with a nice … Continue reading

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Lenz Moser Prestige Grüner Veltliner 2016

I’m a big Grüner fan. This one is pale in color with a mild nose. With food the wine was quite light and non-descript. I served it with Mac and cheese and my gf had a cabbage role, and both … Continue reading

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2015 Franciscan Chard

Slightly golden in color with a nice pear/apple nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some rich pear and apple. On the medium length finish the wine displays lovely vanilla, butter and some butterscotch along with some nice dryness … Continue reading

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2017 Rocca Delle Macie Moonlite (mini review)

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Italian Consulate wine tasting at Roy Thompson hall in Toronto. This is only the second time I’ve attended … it’s positively overwhelming. Over 127 tables of wines being poured. So your looking … Continue reading

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2017 Grayson cellar Cab sauv

We had this at Red’s Midtown off their by the glass menu … Dark in color with a rich vibrant nose that just jumps out at you. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely bold rich … Continue reading

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2017 Silverpoint Sauv Blanc

I recently noticed this one in the general list section and hadn’t tried it, so gave it a whirl. I’m always looking for my next new fav daily wine, and at this price it was worth a flyer! Pale in … Continue reading

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2017 Burnt Ship Bay Sauv blanc

Pale in color with nice citrus, minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with citrus, and minerality coming through. This is a smoother, milder sauv blanc, but spot on varietal. Medium in length on the finish … Continue reading

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Clos de los Siete 2014

This is a wine that has been consistently good over a lot of years, and spoiler alert … still is. Inky dark in color with a nice dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark … Continue reading

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2017 Nobilo Sauv Blanc

Pale in color with a nice citrus and grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice tart citrus notes, grapefruit and grassyness. This is a nice edgy bold sauv blanc that can hold up really well to … Continue reading

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Eidosela Albariño 2017

Slightly golden in color with a mild citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice crisp dry minerality with a hint of honeysuckle, almost reminiscent of a super dry riesling. On the medium length finish the wine … Continue reading

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2017 Conte D’Attimis Maniago sauv blanc mini review

I love my sauv blancs, so food friendly and versatile. And nice to sip on their own too! This one is pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice, crisp, dry, citrus … Continue reading

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2014 Castello Di Roncade Raboso Dell’Arnasa mini review

I had the pleasure of being invited to Heirloom Vine imports first tasting. They are a newish wine importer in Ontario. The tasting had some super unique wines, and this was one of them. It is a grape I had … Continue reading

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Altos De Torona O Rosal 2015 mini review

This is one of the wines of the world program’s offerings. Slightly golden in color with a nice crisp dry nose with some hints of citrus coming through. On the mid palate the wine spot on matches the nose with … Continue reading

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Château Hauchat 2015

Dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays nice black berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins, nice dryness and nice acidity. … Continue reading

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Wayne Gretzky Whisky Oak Aged Red 2017

This wine caught my curiosity in that it is aged in whiskey barrels … Dark in color with a soft red berry nose. On the mid palate there are some soft red berries, cherries and the like. On the medium … Continue reading

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Château Cailleteau Bergeron Prestige 2014

I always look for those diamonds in the rough, those Bordeaux’s that rise above their humble price. A colleague of mine recommended this one, so I grabbed it. Inky dark in color with a nice soft plummy nose. On the … Continue reading

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Ventisquero Grey Glacier Single Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

I last tasted the 2014 vintage of this wine and loved it, it was my favorite wine of last year’s Chilean wine fest … Well it’s back! One can never assume that a follow on vintage will be able to … Continue reading

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2016 Crew Merlot

Back in 2012 I had the chance to try the 2008 vintage of this wine at a wine show and was impressed. Being a mini review I looked forward to trying a bottle with food. Well it came up on … Continue reading

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Castelli del Grevepesa Castelgreve Chianti Classico 2016

Dark in color with a nice cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely dark cherries. On the medium length finish the wine is nice and dry with smooth tannins and some nice oaky notes. This is … Continue reading

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Rustenberg Chardonnay 2016

Slightly golden in color with a nice varietal apple/pear nose. On the mid palate this is a smooth well made chard, with apple and pear to match the nose. The wine is more of a gently oaked style with some … Continue reading

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2014 Stratus Kabang Red

Kabang is a restaurant only brand for Stratus. We found it at the Keg, and decided to take a flyer on it … the price was quite reasonable. On the nose the wine displays some mild cherries … On the … Continue reading

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Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2016

Dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine is dominated by the flavors of the shiraz, black berries and almost blue berries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth … Continue reading

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Rustenberg Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Pale in color with a mild minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely crisp, dry minerality to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine is super dry with some nice … Continue reading

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Arboleda Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

I last reviewed the 2014 and was thoroughly impressed, actually I would put it amongst the best Chilean cabs … This one is nice and dark in color with a nice dark berry nose. The mid palate spot on matches … Continue reading

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