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John Galea Wine Reviews

Brella Pinot Noir 2014

Dark garnet in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice rustic notes, and somewhere between a raspberry and a strawberry in flavor … On the lighter side of medium in length … Continue reading

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Stemmari Nero d’Avola 2017

I’ve been on a bit of binge on Italian wines and one of the ones catching my attention lately is Nero D’Avola … This one is dark in color with a mild cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine … Continue reading

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Rcabernet Sauvignon 2017

Dark in color with a nice black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some black cherries, blackberries and cassis. On the medium length finish the wine has some strong acidity, mild peppery notes and mild tannins. This … Continue reading

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San Fabiano Calcinaia Chianti Classico 2016

Every now and then a wine come along that makes you go … yummm. Ok, I probably should have led with spolier alert 🙂 Dark in color with a nice mild cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays … Continue reading

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Hahn Monterey Chardonnay 2017

Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine starts off with some apple and pear coming through that are quickly overwhelmed by strong peppery notes and firm acidity. Not to the point of bitter, but … Continue reading

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Firriato Santagostino Baglio Sorìa Nero d’Avola/Syrah 2013

Inky dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some bold rich dark plums along with some noticeable oaky notes, and some mocha/coffee. On the medium length finish the wine displays some black peppery … Continue reading

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2018 Domaine Queylus Rose

I finally stopped by the Domaine Queylus winery and did some tastings. They, sadly, were all out of the to die for, 2013 Merlot. This particular wine is 100% Pinot noir and is made using a process called Saignee that … Continue reading

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2012 Ridgepoint Cab/Merlot/Aglianco

I’ve been a fan of Ridgepoint for a long time now. The people are amazing and it’s lovely to see them bring their Italian roots to Niagara! At my recent visit they shared that they are working on growing Glera, … Continue reading

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2018 Quinta da Aveleda Vinho Verde

Vinho Verde as it turns out, it not a grape, but more of a style, and the grapes used can vary … This one is pale in color with a mild grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays … Continue reading

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Domäne Wachau Terrassen Federspiel Grüner Veltliner 2018

Pale in color with a mid nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild green apple notes along with some citrus. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice minerality, and crispness. It’s nice and dry, … Continue reading

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2018 Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas! Dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark cherry notes along with some mocha. On the lighter side of medium in length on the … Continue reading

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Castelli del Grevepesa Castelgreve Chianti Classico 2016

Dark in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice red berry notes to match the nose along with some noticeable oak and dried fruit notes. On the medium length finish the … Continue reading

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Willy Gisselbrecht Tradition Pinot Blanc 2017

Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some soft green apple notes along with some mild honey suckle notes. On the medium length finish the acidity lingers nicely. A food friendly wine with … Continue reading

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COL DEL FORNO RIVE DI REFRONTOLO Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG – Brut

I had the pleasure of attending a Wines of Veneto event, held by the Italian consulate and I learned lots, including how much proseccos can vary. This particular one was my favorite of the three we tasted. So here are … Continue reading

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Trimbach Riesling 2016

I was walking through my local LCBO and they had this wine on clearance, a whopping $7 off so I grabbed one. I’ve been on a bit of a journey of rediscovery on Rieslings, specifically from Alsace thanks to Greg! … Continue reading

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Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Pale in color with a nice grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice firm minerality, and citrus notes. On the medium length finish the lively acidity coats the mouth and lingers nicely. This is a lively … Continue reading

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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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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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