Wine Review – Tawse Quarry Road Pinot Noir 2011

A surprisingly good Pinot Noir… Name: Quarry Road Pinot Noir Vintage: 2011 Producer: Tawse Region/Country: Vinemount Ridge VQA Grape Varietal(s): Pinot Noir Consumed: At home Recommended By: Found it at the LCBO Cost: 34.95 CAD Bottle Presentation: Somewhat understated and gets lost among the crowd Appearance: Light ruby Nose: sour cherries when you open the … Read more

A Step Toward Publishing Our First Novel

It’s Now in Barrel So To Speak… As we publish our new website, we’re excited to announce our novel, “Love Decanted,” has come to fruition, at least in draft form. A few friendly reviewers are working their way through this adventure about love, wine, and France, before we seek representation for the book. To whet … Read more

Wine Review – Henry of Pelham Baco Noir Reserve 2010

Still the best Baco Noir around… Name: Henry of Pelham Baco Noir Réserve Vintage: 2010 Producer: Henry of Pelham Winery Region/Country: Ontario, Canada Grape Varietal(s): 100% Baco Noir Consumed: At home Recommended By: Paul Speck Cost: 24.95 CAD Presentation: A classic, simple bottle, though not I’m sure about the colour choice of the vine versus … Read more

Wine Review – Meritage Mer’r’iym 2012

Somewhat underwhelming… Name: MERITAGE MER’R’IYM Vintage: 2012 Producer: NK’MIP (pronounced Inkameep) Region/Country: British Columbia, VQA Okanagan Valley, Canada Grape Varietal(s): 55% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Malbec, and 6% Cabernet Franc Consumed: At home Recommended By: My parents, who visited the winery not too long ago, and, I have to admit, the combination of varietals … Read more

Wine Review – Humagne Blanc 2013

Uniquely Swiss… Name: Humagne Blanc Vintage: 2013 Producer: Robert Gilliard Region/Country: Valais, Switzerland Grape Varietal(s): Humagne Blanche Consumed: At home Recommended By: The wine store owner in Lausanne Cost: 30 CAD Bottle Presentation: Elegant, beautiful bottle and label. Appearance: Light gold. Nose: Minerals, flowers, and pears. Taste: Toastiness, minerals, and flowers, with a nice amount … Read more

Wine Review – Château Haut-Corbin 2000

An enjoyable, ‘old-world’ style Saint-Émilion… Name: Château Haut-Corbin Vintage: 2000 Producer: Château Haut-Corbin Region/Country: Saint-Émilion, France Grape Varietal(s): 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc Consumed: At home Recommended By: Found it at the LCBO Cost: 58.95 CAD Bottle Presentation: A classic bottle, though not sure about the slash of writing across the front. … Read more

Wine Review – Viña Ardanza Reserva 2004

Expected a lot more… Name: Viña Ardanza, Reserva Vintage: 2004 Producer: La Rioja Alta, S.A. Region/Country: Rioja, Spain Grape Varietal(s): Trempanillo, Garnacha (Grenache) Consumed: Chambar Restaurant, Vancouver, British Columbia Recommended By: The restaurant sommelier, who touted the wine as an “amazing millésime” and “to die for” Cost: 130 CAD Bottle Appearance: A traditional-looking label with … Read more

Wine Review – Sweet Cheeks Pinot Noir 2013

For a new world Pinot Noir, it is worth trying. Name: Vintage Pinot Noir Vintage: 2013 Producer: Sweet Cheeks Winery & Vineyards Region/Country: Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA Grape Varietal(s): Pinot Noir Consumed: At home Recommended By: Mom, who purchased it while in Oregon Cost: Unknown Bottle Presentation: Busy and somewhat overdone. Not sure how the … Read more

Wine Review – Serras del Priorat 2010

A superb Spanish offering… Name: Serras del Priorat Vintage: 2010 Producer: Clos Figueras Region/Country: Priorat, Spain Grape Varietal(s): 65% Grenache, 15% Mazuela (Carignan), 10% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon Consumed: August 2, 2015, at the Château Montebello BBQ restaurant. This fantastic place opens during the summer months only, so plan your stay accordingly. Recommended By: Justin, … Read more

Wine Review – Mer Soleil Santa Lucia Highlands Reserve Chardonnay 2013

One of the best chardonnays I have tasted… Name: Mer Soleil Santa Lucia Highlands Reserve Chardonnay Vintage: 2013 Producer: Mer Soleil Vineyard Region/Country: Rutherford, California, USA Grape Varietal(s): Chardonnay Consumed: At home Recommended by: A colleague Cost: 34.95 CAD Bottle Presentation: Colourful, distinct yellow label. Stands out on the shelf. Appearance: Nice golden colour. Nose: … Read more

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