Category Archives: Canadian

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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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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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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2016 Closson chase Vineyard chard

Pale in color with a mild varietal nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely vibrant apple and pear to match the nose. The fruit is really quite expressive without being a friot bomb. On the medium length … Continue reading

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2015 Sumac Ridge Cab/Merlot

I had the pleasure of spending some time in Alberta recently and it’s proximity to BC means you get some of the Okanagan wines we rarely see in Ontario. I’ve had Sumac ridge wines before and been impressed so I … Continue reading

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2013 Long Dog Top Dog Pinot noir

Garnet in color with a mild soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice vibrant soft red berries, strawberries and raspberries coming through along with some nice rustic notes. The fruit is … Continue reading

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2017 Trius Cab Franc

I was wandering out of the grocery store and grabbed this one, solely for convenience. I hadn’t noticed it was a 2017, I guess it didn’t spend a lot time (if any) in Oak? Dark in color with a fruity … Continue reading

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2014 Grange Cab Franc

Dark in color with a nice red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely, smooth, vibrant, varietal cab franc notes, red cherries and the like. I always have difficulty describing cab franc’s eloquently. They are a … Continue reading

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2017 CLOSSON CHASE KJ WATSON PINOT GRIS

Pale in color with nice crisp nose with some hints of stone fruit coming through. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild stone fruits along with some lovely crisp dry minerality. On the medium length finish the wine … Continue reading

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Ridgepoint 2011 Cabernet Merlot Ripasso

Slightly garnet in color, with a slightly dried berry nose. On the mid palate there’s some nice red berries along with some dried fruit notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays smooth tannins and acidity. It’s a simple … Continue reading

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Trius Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016

Slightly golden in color with a mild apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice apple and pear to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some slightly creamy notes, and some vanilla. … Continue reading

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2017 Fielding Pinot Grigio

Pale in color with a slight hint of red from some minor skin contact. On the nose the wine displays some nice peach and stone fruits. On the mid palate the wine displays peach and stone fruits to match the … Continue reading

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2015 Huff South Bay Vineyards Merlot

I haven’t been out to the county wineries since 2009 so as part of a road trip we stopped in for a couple of days. We stayed at the Waring house centrally located. It was shocking how the Warning house … Continue reading

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2015 Henry of Pelham Family tree red

I’ve had this one over a number of years and it has been consistently very good. Dark in color with a nice dark cherry nose, along with some oak coming through. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely black … Continue reading

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2015 Inniskillin Niagara Reserve Pinot Noir

In some countries the word reserve is used to denote longer time in oak. In Canada, it’s meaning can be varied. So according the the Inniskillin website “Grapes are selected by our winemaker from specific lots of premium vineyards throughout … Continue reading

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Bachelder 2015 Wismer Chard (mini review)

Pale in color with a lovely rich bold varietal chard nose with lots of apple/pear coming through. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with bold rich apple and pear coming through along with some nice creamyness. On … Continue reading

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2016 Inniskillin Niagara Cellar Selection Pinot noir

I love Pinots, and Niagara make some great ones. Inniskillin is in the Niagara on the lake area. This particular wine was available at the wine store as I was walking out of Metro, and I couldn’t be bothered walking … Continue reading

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2013 Domaine Queylus Merlot (mini review)

Dark in color with a nice plum nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with black plums coming through along with some cherries. This is a lovely bold merlot. On the medium length finish the wine displays … Continue reading

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2013 Flat rock Gravity Pinot Noir

I’ve had this wine over a large number of years and they are always consistent. I consider this wine a benchmark. It has all the things you should expect from a pinot and none of the things you don’t want! … Continue reading

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2012 13th Street Premier Cuvee (mini review)

Pale in color with a nice crisp dry minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely crispness, and some noticeable chard notes, some apple/pear. On the medium length finish the wine displays lovely acidity and … Continue reading

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2013 Strewn American Oak Chardonnay mini review

Slightly golden in color with a nice apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with spot on apple/pear notes. On the medium length finish the wine is nice and dry and shows some nice vanilla notes. … Continue reading

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2015 Thirty Bench Winemaker’s blend Chardonnay

I previously rated the 2013 Small Lot chardonnay and was impressed. This one is much less expensive. Pale to golden in color with a mild apple/pear nose, spot on varietal. This is one of those chards that’s sensitive to temperature. … Continue reading

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Coopers Hawk 2016 Reserve Cab Franc Merlot mini review

Cooper’s Hawk is located near Lake Erie. I first encountered them at a taste Ontario event and was impressed, the same place I ran into them this time too! Dark in color with a nice nose of dark berries. On … Continue reading

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2015 Wayne Gretzky Pinot Noir mini review

Garnet in color with a lovely varietal soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich, bold red fruites, strawberry and raspberries. I’d hear about this wine, and was anxious to taste it, and it … Continue reading

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2012 Redstone limestone vineyard pinot noir

I love pinot noirs. So food friendly. Salmon, veal, poultry … And Niagara does some amazing ones! Varietal and yummy. I last reviewed Redstone’s Cab Franc and was impressed. Redstone are doing some great work! This one is garnet in … Continue reading

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