Category Archives: Canadian

2014 Thirty Bench Small lot Pinot noir

I was wandering out of Longos and went into the Wine shop … this wine was there, and was mislabelled as $24.20 a bottle instead of the usual $36 so I pounced. Garnet in color with mild nose. On the … Continue reading

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2011 13th St Essence Pinot Noir (mini review)

I love Pinots, so food friendly. A perfect compliment to poultry like turkey we so often end up eating at holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving! And Ontario make some excellent ones! This wine is garnet in color with a lovely … Continue reading

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2016 G. Marquis Silver line Chard

I last reviewed the 2014 vintage of this wine and was impressed. I was curious to see if they could consistently continue at this quality level. Pale to slightly golden in color with a lovely mild nose of apple and … Continue reading

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2012 Cornerstone Cab Franc (mini review)

I’ve run into this wine at the Food and Wine show over the last couple years and been impressed. Dark in color with mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely intensified cab franc notes, dark berries, … Continue reading

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Culmina 2016 Decora (Riesling)

Another one from the Culmina wine tasting. Pale in color with a nice crisp nose. On the mid palate when first served the wine displays some very nice crisp dry notes, lots of minerality and some citrus notes. On the … Continue reading

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Culmina 2014 Cab sauv

I had the pleasure of being invited to a luncheon wine tasting with Sara Triggs from Culmina (which means peak in Latin) hosted by Woodman wine and Spirits at Kost. I had no idea the treat I was in for … Continue reading

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2016 Jackson Triggs cellar selection sauv blanc

Pale in color with a nice citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with nice citrus notes, and some mild zest. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice food friendly acidity. This is … Continue reading

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2015 Coffin Ridge Back from the dead red

Inky dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with nice dark berries along with some nice oaky notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some some nice … Continue reading

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2016 Sandbanks Pinot Grigio

I haven’t been back to Prince Edward County (PEC) in a while, but every year DrinkInc holds a County in the City event where you get to try a host of wines from PEC. It’s always a nice treat. This … Continue reading

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2015 Kacaba Cab/syrah

My regular readers know I am a fan of Kacaba winery. Their people are enthusiastic, friendly, knowledgeable and welcoming. No trip to Niagara is complete for me without stopping by Kacaba. They are quietly doing their thing advancing the wine … Continue reading

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Gray Monk Cabernet/Merlot 2013

We don’t get enough Okanagan wines in Ontario, so when I get a chance I jump in with both feet. Inky dark in color with a mild dark berry nose, about the only thing mild about this wine. On the … Continue reading

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2014 Redstone cab franc

Every now and then my hobbies overlap. In this case I was down in Niagara to paddle Jordan Harbour in my Kayak. Afterwards I was hungry so slipped over to Redstone’s patio for lunch and some tasting. I had previously … Continue reading

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2012 Mission Hill Compendium (mini review)

Inky dark in color with a lovely black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely rich bold black berries. This wine, like a lot of Oakanagan wines is a big wine. If you like … Continue reading

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2010 Hidden Bench La Brunante

This past weekend started on the Friday with the iconic ’09 Insignia so I thought on Saturday it would be worth pulling out one of the best Bordeaux style blends Canada has to offer. A great many Ontarians, let alone … Continue reading

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2015 Mission Hill Five Vineyard Cab/Merlot

Inky dark in color with a nice hearty dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lots of lovely dark berries along with some mocha and oaky/earthy notes. On the medium length finish the wine … Continue reading

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Oak Bay Pinot Noir 2013

I love pinots and love Okanagan wines, the terroir from the region is distinct. This wine is lovely garnet in color with a lovely varietal rustic nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely rich rustic … Continue reading

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2016 Pondview Dragonfly Pinot Grigio

Pale in color with a mild crisp nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dry crisp notes along with a hint of peach,and pear and stone fruits. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice … Continue reading

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2014 Gretzky Estates Merlot

Dark in color with a mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice dark berries coming through along with some earthy notes and some oak. On the medium length finish the wine … Continue reading

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2015 Flat Rock Pinot noir

Flat Rock have been consistently, quietly making varietal Pinot Noirs for a long time now. This one is no exception. Garnet in color with nice soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice soft red … Continue reading

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2016 Closson Chase Pinot Gris (mini review)

Pale in color with a lovely stone fruit nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice stone fruit, peach and the like to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity and … Continue reading

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2012 Peller Signature series sur lie Chardonnay

Slightly golden in color with lovely varietal nose with lots of pear and apple coming through. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with apple and pear dominating the mid palate. This is a lovely bold, expressive, varietal … Continue reading

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Gray Monk Cabernet/Merlot 2013

Dark in color with a nose of dark berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild black berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins and some nice dryness. The … Continue reading

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2014 Fielding Sauv Blanc

I love my sauv blancs, food friendly and versatile. This one is pale in color with a nice albeit mild nose with some nice citrus notes. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice citrus notes and some nice … Continue reading

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Henry of Pelham Family Tree Red 2014

I’ve had this one in past years and enjoyed it so I grabbed one and was rewarded. Dark in color with an interesting nose with the blend of varietals all coming through, super hard to pin point. On the mid … Continue reading

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2013 Kew Soldiers Grant

When I go down to Niagara, I have my favs (like Kacaba, Fielding, and lately Two Sisters) but I try and add in one wild card. In this case not only a winery I have not visited before, but a … Continue reading

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