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 – J&J Eger Winery Eged Hegy Kékfrankos

Somewhere between a Syrah and a Cabernet Franc… Name: J&J Eger Winery Eged Hegy Kékfrankos Vintage: 2011 Producer: J&J Eger Winery Region/Country: Eger, Hungary Grape Varietal(s): Kékfrankos Consumed: Atelier Restaurant in Ottawa Recommended By: The restaurant sommelier, Gabriel Cost: Unknown Bottle Presentation: Classy modern Appearance: Dark ruby red Nose: Cigar box, vanilla, and leather Taste: … Read more

Wine Review – Mark West Pinot Noir Vintage 2013

A light yet flavourful Pinot Noir that goes well with many dishes… Name: Mark West Pinot Noir Vintage 2013 Vintage: 2013 Producer: Mark West Region/Country: California, USA Grape Varietal(s): Pinot Noir Consumed At: Milestone’s Restaurant, Cambie Stree, Vancouver, BC Recommended By: Restaurant wine list choice Cost: $46 (restaurant list price) Bottle Presentation: Classic, but nothing … 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 – 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 – Barkaiztegi Sidra Natural

Not your typical cider… Name: Barkaiztegi Sidra Natural Vintage: 2015 Producer: Barkaiztegi Region/Country: Basque Country, Spain Grape Varietal(s): Apple varieties! Consumed: Atelier Restaurant in Ottawa Recommended By: The restaurant sommelier, Gabriel Cost: Unknown Bottle Presentation: Plain, simple label Appearance: Cloudy, a mix of pale green and pale yellow Nose: Green apples, yeast/hops Taste: Green apples … 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 – 2010 Bosco Nestore Pan Riserva

A nice old-world wine from a fantastic region… Name: Bosco Nestore Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva Vintage: 2010 Producer: Bosco Nestore & C. S.n.c. Region/Country: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Italy Grape Varietal(s): Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 85%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Consumed: At home with a colleague from Innsbruck, Austria Recommended By: LCBO Cost: $19.95 CAD Bottle Presentation: Interesting though the label … 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

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