Wine Review – L’Opaline Rosé 2015

A light, dry rosé with plenty of floral notes… Name: L’Opaline Vintage: 2015 Producer: Pure Provence SARL Region/Country: Provence, France Grape Varietal(s): Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault Consumed: At Le Riverain Restaurant, Fairmont Le Château Montebello Recommended By: The waitress at Le Riverain. Cost: $12.50 per glass. Bottle Presentation: Simple, yet modern and stylish. Appearance: Pale salmon. … Read more

Wine Review – Château du Port 2009

Able to pair with multiple foods… Name: Château du Port Vintage: 2009 Producer: Domaine Pelvillain Frères Region/Country: Cahors, France Grape Varietal(s): Malbec 90%, Merlot 10% Consumed: At Aux Chantignolles Restaurant, Fairmont Le Château Montebello Recommended By: Marie-France, the Maître D. Cost: N/A Bottle Presentation: Classic, conservative – unlikely to catch your eye on the shelf … Read more

Wine Review – 2014 Vérité Viognier

Paired surprisingly well with a summer BBQ… Name: Vérité Grande Cuvée Vintage: 2014 Producer: Laurent Miquel Region/Country: Pays d’Oc, France Grape Varietal(s): Viognier Consumed: at home Recommended By: SAQ selection Cost: $24.15 (SAQ) Bottle Presentation: Textured, simple and elegant label, although the top and bottom pieces are at stylistic odds, which detracts from the overall … Read more

Wine Review – Buti Nages

A pleasant rosé, and a great value… Name: Buti Nages Vintage: 2015 Producer: Michel Gassier Region/Country: Costières de Nîmes, Vallée du Rhône, France Grape Varietal(s): Grenache and Syrah Consumed: At home Recommended By: Chosen from the Selection at the SAQ Cost: $15.95 (SAQ) Bottle Presentation: Girly/feminine, simple. Appearance: Light salmon. Nose: Peaches and strawberries, with … Read more

Wine Review – Domaine La Tour Vieille Banyuls Reserva

Reminiscent of Port, but a little more subdued… Name: Banyuls Reserva Vintage: N.V. Producer: NV Domaine La Tour Vieille Region/Country: Roussillon, France Grape Varietal(s): Grenache Noir, Grenache Gris, and Carignan Consumed: Atelier Restaurant in Ottawa Recommended By: The restaurant sommelier, Gabriel Cost: Unknown Bottle Presentation: Traditional, easy to read, but nothing distinctive Appearance: Dark ruby … Read more

Wine Review – Domaine Mathieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape

13 varietals all in one Châteauneuf-du-Pape… Name: Domaine Mathieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vintage: 2012 Producer: Domaine Mathieu Region/Country: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France Grape Varietal(s): To the best of our knowledge, the varietals consist of Grenache (85%), Mourvèdre (5%), Syrah (3%), and 10 others (7%) Consumed: Atelier Restaurant in Ottawa Recommended By: The restaurant sommelier, Gabriel Cost: Unknown Bottle Presentation: … Read more

Wine Review – Domaine Bernard Defaix Bourgogne Rouge

If you enjoy cranberries… Name: Domaine Bernard Defaix Bourgogne Rouge Vintage: 2014 Producer: Domaine Bernard Defaix Region/Country: Chablis, Bourgogne, France Grape Varietal(s): Pinot Noir Consumed: Atelier Restaurant in Ottawa Recommended By: The restaurant sommelier, Gabriel Cost: Unknown Bottle Presentation: Simple and classy, although it could prove challenging to distinguish the label from many other offerings … Read more

Wine Review – Trimbach Pinot Gris Réserve

Honey, honey, honey… Name: Trimbach Pinot Gris Réserve Vintage: 2012 Producer: Trimbach Estate Region/Country: Alsace, France Grape Varietal(s): Pinot Gris Consumed: Atelier Restaurant in Ottawa Recommended By: The restaurant sommelier, Gabriel Cost: Unknown Bottle Presentation: Classic, easy to read label Appearance: Pale gold Nose: Citrus, honey Taste: Citrus, honey, melon Finish: Long honey notes Overall … Read more

Wine Review – Château Croze de Pys Prestige Malbec

Big, bold, BBQ-ready… Name: Prestige Malbec Vintage: 2010 Producer: Château Crose de Pys Region/Country: Cahors, France Grape Varietal(s): Malbec Consumed: At home Recommended By: LCBO Cost: $17.95 CAD Bottle Presentation: Classic, easy to read label. Appearance: Dark ruby. Nose: Cherries, leather, earth, ash, black currant. Taste: Tannic, cherries, leather, green coffee espresso beans, black pepper. … Read more

Wine Review – Mas Janeil 2009

A decent red blend definitely worth a try… Name: Mas Janeil Vintage: 2009 Producer: François Lurton SA Region/Country: Côtes du Roussillon-Village, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Grape Varietal(s): 60% Grenache, 30% Carignan, 10% Syrah Consumed: At home on a Friday night (date night) Recommended By: The LCBO and Decanter (world wine awards commendation) Cost: $17.75 Bottle Presentation: Distinctive, … Read more

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