Wine Review – 2007 Monasterio de las Viñas Gran Reserva

A layered Spanish red blend at an outstanding price… Name: Monasterio de la Viñas Gran Reserva Vintage: 2007 Producer: San José de Aguarón Region/Country: Cariñena, Spain Grape Varietal(s): Grenache, Tempranillo, and Carignan Consumed: At home Recommended By: Picked it off the shelf at the LCBO based on the blend Cost: $17.95 CAD Bottle Presentation: A … Read more

Wine Review – 2009 Hester Creek Cabernet Franc Reserve

Not your typical Cabernet Franc, but still a fantastic offering from Hester Creek… Name: Hester Creek Cabernet Franc Reserve Block 3 Vintage: 2009 Producer: Hester Creek Region/Country: Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada Grape Varietal(s): Cabernet Franc Consumed: At home Recommended By: A gift from a trusted source Cost: $28.99 CAD Bottle Presentation: Distinctive, classy label, … Read more

Wine Review – 2014 Torres Celeste Crianza

Could benefit from additional time in bottle… Name: Celeste Crianza Vintage: 2014 Producer: Torres Region/Country: Ribera Del Duero, Spain Grape Varietal(s): Tinto fino (Tempranillo) Consumed: On a Mediterranean cruise. Recommended By: Selected from the wine list on the cruise ship. Cost: $42 USD ($20.95 CAD at the LCBO) Bottle Presentation: A clean, classy label, with … Read more

Wine Review – Matua Pinot Noir 2014

A good Pinot Noir from Matua with an interesting nose… Name: Matua Vintage: 2014 Producer: Matua Valley Wines Region/Country: Marlborough, New Zealand Grape Varietal(s): Pinot Noir Consumed: On a Mediterranean cruise Recommended By: Selected from the wine list on the cruise ship. Cost: $42 USD ($12.95 CAD at the LCBO) Bottle Presentation: Clean, classy aqua-blue … Read more

Wine Review – Meiomi Pinot Noir 2015

Not a typical Pinot Noir, but well worth a look… Name: Meiomi Vintage: 2015 Producer: Meiomi, Constellation Brands Region/Country: A blend from Monterrey County, Sonoma County, and Santa Barbara County, California Grape Varietal(s): Pinot Noir Consumed: On a Mediterranean cruise Recommended By: Vintages Wine Bar sommelier  on the cruise ship Cost: $27.95 CAD at the … Read more

Wine Review – Yangarra Estate GSM 2007

What you’d expect from a McLaren Vale GSM… Name: Yangarra Estate GSM, Cadenzia Vintage: 2007 Producer: Yangarra Estate Vineyard Region/Country: McLaren Vale, South Australia Grape Varietal(s): Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre Consumed: On a Mediterranean cruise Recommended By: Vintages Wine Bar sommelier on the cruise ship Cost: $12 USD per glass on the cruise ship (although we … Read more

Wine Review – Domaine Gouron Chinon 2014

Expected a little more from this highly rated Chinon… Name: Domaine Gouron Vintage: 2014 Producer: Domaine Gouron Region/Country: Loire, France Grape Varietal(s): Cabernet Franc Consumed: At home on a lovely spring evening Recommended By: Last bin at the LCBO Cost: $16.95 Bottle Presentation: Simple, classic label. The italic font gives it a touch of class. … Read more

Wine Review – 13th Street Cellar Door Cabernet Franc 2013

13th Street Cellar Door Club members rejoice with this great, exclusive Cabernet Franc… Name: Cellar Door Cabernet Franc, Members’ Selection Vintage: 2013 Producer: 13th Street Winery Region/Country: Creek Shores, Ontario, Canada Grape Varietal(s): Cabernet Franc Consumed: March 25th 2017 at home Recommended By: Jean-Pierre Colas, the winemaker Cost: Gift Bottle Presentation: Distinct, with a somewhat … Read more

Wine Review – Calderara Sottana Etna Rosso 2013

This Etna Rosso, with some interesting varietals, resulted in a good blend of fruit, herbaceous, and earth notes… Name: Calderara Sottana Etna Rosso Vintage: 2013 Producer: Tenuta delle Terre Nere Region/Country: Sicily, Italy Grape Varietal(s): Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio Consumed: At Le Club Chasse et Pêche in Montreal, to celebrate someone’s 40th birthday. Recommended … Read more

Wine Review – Château Vieux Chevrol 2010

An interesting Lalande-de-Pomerol given its strong flavours yet light body… Name: Château Vieux Chevrol Lalande-de-Pomerol Vintage: 2010 Producer: Château Vieux Chevrol Region/Country: Lalande-de-Pomerol, Bordeaux, France Grape Varietal(s): 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon Consumed: Brought with us to the Hotel Nelligan in Montreal to celebrate someone’s 40th birthday. Recommended By: Found at the … Read more

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