Category Archives: Canadian

2018 Trius Barrel fermented Chard

Slightly golden in color with an apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some prominent vanilla notes, along with some nice apple and pear to match the nose. This is a nice, rich varietal, oaked, dry chard. Quite … Continue reading

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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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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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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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2017 Henry of Pelham Estate Chardonnay (Short Hills)

Golden in color with a nice apple and pear nose. On the mid palate the wine is a lovely rich chard with nice apple/pears coming through to match the nose along with some vanilla, limestone and some smokey notes, nice … Continue reading

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Mastronardi Estate Merlot 2016

Dark in color with a nice inviting dark plum nose. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely rich bold dark plums that match the nose along with big oaking notes from chocolate, to vanilla to earthy notes. This is … Continue reading

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Holland Marsh Wineries 2017 Sauv Blanc

Nice grassy, mild cirtus and light grapefruit nose. On the mid palate the wine displays smooth elegant citrus and grapefruit to match the nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice citrus notes and some nice vibrant acidity. … Continue reading

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2017 Château des Charmes Aligoté VQA

This wine is bipolar … Fresh out of the fridge the wine is bland, light, watery and I was ready to write a review saying it was a mere shadow of it’s Burgundy equivalent and then it dawned on me … Continue reading

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2017 Ephemere Rosé

We were up on a hunt for Snowy owls and visiting the Northern Hawk Owl and stopped by Holland Marsh Winery to hear what’s going on up here … This wine is an interesting color, kind of a faded, browning … Continue reading

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CREW Merlot 2017

Dark in color with a mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely dark plums along with some chocolate and mocha notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice pepper, and vibrant … Continue reading

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Ridgepoint 2016 Merlot Cabernet Ripasso

Ripasso is a style of wine from Italy pioneered by Masi that repasses, or passes over the skins of a another wine that in turn imparts flavor and complexity. This particular wine has recaptured this spirit here in Niagara. Dark … Continue reading

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Cave Springs 2017 Dolomite Pinot Noir

Garnet in color with a nice strawberry/raspberry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays strawberry/raspberry to match the nose along with some nice rustic notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice tannins and peppery notes. … 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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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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2018 Burnt Ship Bay Sauv blanc

Pale in color with a mild citrus nose. On the mid palate there’s some nice citrus and passion fruit coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vibrant acidity with the citrus notes lingering nicely in … Continue reading

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2018 Trius Rosé VQA

Salmon in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice soft red berry notes, strawberry and a hint of cranberry. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vibrant acidity, some mild … Continue reading

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Simonsig Chardonnay 2017

Pale in color with a lovely apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays beautiful vibrant apple and pear to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dryness and acidity. It’s slightly creamy … Continue reading

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Kacaba OAK AGED CHARDONNAY 2016

Pale to slightly golden in color with a lovely apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with vibrant, varietal apple and pear. It’s nice and creamy and rich. There some nice vanilla notes as well. On … Continue reading

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Redstone Limestone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

A previous visit to Redstone revealed that Tawse (Redstone’s parent) has decided that going forward Tawse will make all Pinot Noirs … no more Redstone Pinot Noirs … waaaaa. It seems they discovered that Redstone and Tawse were competing with … Continue reading

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Southbrook Triomphe Organic Cabernet Franc Rosé 2018

Salmon in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice crisp minerality, some citrus and zest notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays crisp palate coating acidity. There’s a hint of tartness … Continue reading

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Lakeview Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vibrant acidity and has some nice mouth grip. Not a bad sauv … Continue reading

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2017 Mission Hill Five Vineyards Pinot Noir

Soft red berries on the nose, strawberries come to mind, varietal. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely strawberry notes to match the nose along with some nice rustic notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some … Continue reading

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2016 Burning Kiln Cureman’s Chard

Pale to slightly golden in color with a nice apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely, varietal apple and pear to go with the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vanilla … Continue reading

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2016 Burning Kiln Kiln Hanger

We were in town to visit the Canadian Raptor Conservancy (a kind of Zoo for Raptors) and dropped by here to check them out. We visited, in all, three wineries in the region, and these guys are by far the … Continue reading

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