Wine Review – Suavia Monte Carbonare 2014

A balanced, easy-drinking Soave from Northern Italy… This 2014 Suavia from Soave in Italy, made from 100% Garganega, offered plenty of citrus flavours to complement almond, mineral, and white pepper notes. We particularly enjoyed the hints of spearmint and ginger in the nose, although we found the bitterness in the finish a little off-putting. Light-to-medium … Read more

Wine Review – 2015 Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer

A fruity, fragrant, and intense Gewϋrztraminer from Alsace… This Gewϋrztraminer from Maison Pierre Sparr Successeurs in Alsace, France, a full-bodied, nicely balanced white, offered a concentrated bouquet of tropical and floral notes on the nose and an intense mix of sweet, ripe fruit, honey, lemon rind, as well as a hint of spice in the … Read more

Wine Review – 2015 La Frenz Viognier

An off-dry, yet surprisingly salty Viognier from our friends at La Frenz… We have long enjoyed Okanagan wines and came across this La Frenz Viognier at one of our favourite wine shops in Vancouver. We appreciated the balance of this wine, despite the relatively high alcohol rating (14.7%). At the same time, we found the … Read more

Wine Review – 2015 Malagouzia Matsa

An easy-to-drink Greek white wine using an indigenous varietal, Malagouzia… Name: Malagouzia Matsa Vintage: 2015 Producer: Roxani Matsa Estate, Boutari Wines Region/Country: Attica, Greece Grape Varietal(s): Malagouzia Consumed: At home Recommended By: The duty-free shop at the Athens airport Cost: Unknown (it was a gift) Bottle Presentation: A clean, classy label written in Greek (we … Read more

Wine Review – Follas Novas Albariño 2015

If you enjoy tart wines, this Albariño will be up your alley… Name: Follas Novas Albariño Vintage: 2015 Producer: Paco and Lola Region/Country: Rias Baixas, Spain Grape Varietal(s): Albariño Consumed: At home on another beautiful summer evening. Recommended By: Picked it off the shelf at the LCBO. Cost: $19.75 CAD Bottle Presentation: Distinctive, modern, textured … Read more

Wine Review – Cave Spring Chardonnay Musqué 2013

A well-balanced, unoaked Chardonnay from Cave Spring to tickle your palate… Name: Chardonnay Musqué Vintage: 2013 Producer: Cave Spring Region/Country: VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara, Ontario, Canada Grape Varietal(s): Chardonnay Musqué Consumed: At home Recommended By: Purchased it from the winery after a wonderful tasting with Tom Pennachetti, Vice President, Marketing and Sales for Cave Spring. … Read more

Wine Review – Cristom Estate Viognier 2015

A very good Viognier from Willamette Valley, Oregon… Name: Estate Viognier Vintage: 2015 Producer: Cristom Vineyards Region/Country: Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA Grape Varietal(s): Viognier Consumed: At home on a gorgeous, early summer evening Recommended By: Received it as a gift as part of a Wine Collective package Cost: $65 CAD Bottle Presentation: A … Read more

Wine Review – 2011 Domaine de la Baume Terres Viognier-Chardonnay

An intriguing white blend with plenty to offer… Name: Terres Vintage: 2011 Producer: Domaine de la Baume Region/Country: Languedoc Roussillon (Pays d’Oc), France Grape Varietal(s): Viognier (70%) and Chardonnay (30%) Consumed: At home Recommended By: A trusted friend Cost: $23 CAD Bottle Presentation: Classy, elegant label, with a notably heavy bottle. Appearance: Medium gold Nose: … Read more

Wine Review – Benito Santos Pequeño Santos Albariño 2016

A lovely, balanced Albariño from Benito Santos… Name: Pequeño santos Vintage: 2016 Producer: Benito Santos Region/Country: D.O. Rias Baixas, Spain Grape Varietal(s): 100% Albariño Consumed: On a Mediterranean cruise. Recommended By: A wine shop in the Boqueria Market in Barcelona, Spain – worth a visit in itself! Cost: About 10 Euros Bottle Presentation: A colourful, … Read more

Wine Review – White Wine Blind Tasting – December 2016

This series of reviews stems from a blind tasting of three white wines, all of which were touted as typical representations of their respective terroir/location. Our journey began in Burgundy, France, and ended in Alto Adige, Italy, via Marlborough, New Zealand. For our pick of the lot, read on… Wine 1: Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuissé Vintage: … Read more

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