Wine Review – The View Winery and Vineyard 2016 Pinotage Rosé

The View’s 2016 Pinotage Rosé combines a deliciously sweet nose with a crisp, tart mouth… We adored the vibrant crispness of this Canadian Pinotage Rosé made, interestingly, from a South African varietal. Contrary to what we have experienced with many wines, the label accurately described this offering, but we didn’t notice any cotton candy. Though … Read more

Wine Review – Henry of Pelham Rosé 2016

A vibrant, beautifully-made Ontario Rosé… Name: Rosé Vintage: 2016 Producer: Henry of Pelham Region/Country: Niagara, Ontario, Canada Grape Varietal(s): Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay, Zweigelt, Merlot, Cabernet Franc (percentages unknown) Consumed: At home on a gorgeous (finally!) summer evening Recommended By: Picked it off the shelf at the LCBO Cost: $13.75 CAD Bottle Presentation: Distinctive … Read more

Wine Review – 2016 Anew Rosé

A Rosé that’s sweet in the nose, dry in the mouth, and fantastic in the hand… Name: Anew Rosé Vintage: 2016 Producer: Anew Winery, under the Château Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’ group Region/Country: Columbia Valley, Washington, USA Grape Varietal(s): Syrah (93%) and Grenache (7%) Consumed: At home Recommended By: Picked it off the shelf at … Read more

Wine Review – Jean-Luc Colombo Cape Bleue Rosé 2014

A good example of a Provence Rosé… Name: Cape Bleue Rosé Vintage: 2014 Producer: Jean-Luc Colombo Region/Country: Provence, France Grape Varietal(s): Syrah (67%) and Mourvèdre (33%) Consumed: On a Mediterranean cruise Recommended By: Selected from the wine list on the cruise ship. Cost: $43 USD Bottle Presentation: A colourful, clean, and interesting label that seems … Read more

Wine Review – Hidden Bench Locust Lane Rosé 2015

A delightful, balanced, and complex rosé from Hidden Bench… Name: Locust Lane Rosé Vintage: 2015 Producer: Hidden Bench Vineyards and Winery Region/Country: Beamsville Bench, Ontario, Canada Grape Varietal(s): Unknown Consumed: At home Recommended By: Harald Thiel, Proprietor and Vigneron Cost: $19.75 (from the winery) Bottle Presentation: Simple, recognizable label. Appearance: Pale salmon, although you could … Read more

Wine Review – Megalomaniac Pink Slip 2015

For once, we were delighted by a pink slip… Name: Pink Slip Vintage: 2015 Producer: Megalomaniac Region/Country: Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada Grape Varietal(s): Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon Consumed: At home Recommended By: Pick randomly off the Rosé shelf at the LCBO. Cost: $19.95 CAD Bottle Presentation: Distinctive, recognizable label, which fits with the philosophy of … Read more

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 – Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir Rosé

A rosé of spectacular value… Name: Bicicleta Vintage: 2015 Producer: Vina Cono Sur Region/Country: Chile Grape Varietal(s): Pinot Noir Consumed: At home Recommended By: Chosen from the Selection at the SAQ Cost: $11.50 (SAQ) $11.10 (LCBO) Bottle Presentation: Unique, antique/retro look from the early 1900’s. Love the bike theme. Appearance: Strawberry red. Nose: Strawberries, raspberries, … 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 – Ca’ del Baio 101 Moscato d’Asti

A lovely dessert wine… Name: Ca’ del Baio 101 Moscato D’Asti Vintage: 2012 Producer: Domaine Mathieu Region/Country: Treiso, Italy Grape Varietal(s): White Moscato Consumed: Atelier Restaurant in Ottawa Recommended By: The restaurant sommelier, Gabriel Cost: Unknown Bottle Presentation: Modern with a hint of the traditional Appearance: Light gold Nose: Peaches Taste: Sweet Peaches, with tiny, … Read more

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