Wine Review – Palatine Hills Estate Winery 2015 Riesling

If you like sweet, fruity Riesling, this one’s for you… Name: Palatine Hills Estate Winery 2015 Riesling Vintage: 2015 Producer: Palatine Hills Estate Winery Region/Country: Niagara Lakeshore VQA Grape Varietal(s): Riesling Consumed: At home on another beautiful summer’s evening Recommended By: Jeff Innes, Winemaker at Palatine Hills Cost: $13.00 Bottle Presentation: Clean, simple label, but … Read more

Wine Review – Stoneboat Vineyards Pinot Noir 2012

A very good, home grown, Pinot Noir… Name: Pinot Noir Vintage: 2012 Producer: Stoneboat Vineyards Region/Country: Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada Grape Varietal(s): Pinot Noir Consumed: At home Recommended By: End of the bin at the LCBO Cost: $29.95 Bottle Presentation: Simple, unassuming label, which would blend in with many others on the shelf Appearance: … Read more

Wine Review – 2014 Twisted

You would not go wrong making this blend your house white… Name: 2014 Twisted Vintage: 2014 Producer: Flat Rock Cellars Region/Country: Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada Grape Varietal(s): Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Chardonnay Consumed: At home on a gorgeous summer’s evening Recommended By: LCBO rack Cost: $16.95 Bottle Presentation: Distinctive, clean, modern, and, to some degree, artistic … Read more

Wine Review – Charles Baker Picone Vineyard Riesling

Not sweet, but still easy to drink… Name: Picone Vineyard Riesling Vintage: 2012 Producer: Charles Baker Region/Country: Vinemount Ridge, Niagara, Ontario, Canada Grape Varietal(s): Riesling Consumed: Atelier Restaurant in Ottawa Recommended By: The restaurant sommelier, Gabriel Cost: Unknown Bottle Presentation: Simple, yet distinctive and classy Appearance: Pale gold Nose: Petrol, minerals, citrus Taste: Evolving from … Read more

Wine Review – Hidden Bench Fumé Blanc 2013

Another nice offering from an outstanding winery… Name: Fumé Blanc, Rosomel Vineyard Vintage: 2013 Producer: Hidden Bench Region/Country: Beamsville Bench, Ontario, Canada Grape Varietal(s): Sauvignon Blanc Consumed: At home Recommended By: Meg, Marketing Manager at Hidden Bench Cost: $27.95 Bottle Presentation: Distinctive and easy to read. The fonts hold well together. Appearance: Pale gold Nose: Citrus, … Read more

Wine Review – G. Marquis 2010 Epic

Surprisingly herbaceous, yet good with steak… Name: The Silver Line Epic Vintage: 2010 Producer: G. Marquis Vineyards Region/Country: Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada Grape Varietal(s): Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc Consumed: At home Recommended By: LCBO Cost: $29.75 Bottle Presentation: Classic, classy, clean, and distinctive Appearance: Medium ruby red Nose: Herbs, cedar, and leather Taste: Wood, … Read more

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

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

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