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 – Pinot Noir Blind Tasting – December 2016

The following reviews were part of blind tasting focusing on Pinot Noir. The three wines included, touted as typical representations of their terroir/location, took us to the Bourgogne region of France, the South Island of New Zealand, and the state of Oregon in the United States. The tasting proved eye-opening, revealing how this varietal can … Read more

Wine Review – Lovely Lilly Pinot Noir 2014

Would definitely try another Pinot Noir from the Baden region in Germany… Name: Lovely Lilly Pinot Noir Vintage: 2014 Producer: Shelter Winery Region/Country: Baden, Germany (Qualitätswein) Grape Varietal(s): Pinot Noir Consumed: On a weekend getaway in Montreal Recommended By: Last chance bin at the LCBO (a place we seem to have good success with). Cost: … Read more

Wine Review – Hidden Bench 2012 Pinot Noir Felseck

A good example of a Niagara (Ontario) Pinot Noir… Name: Pinot Noir Felseck Vineyard Vintage: 2012 Producer: Hidden Bench Vineyards & Winery Region/Country: Beamsville Bench, Niagara, Ontario, Canada Grape Varietal(s): Pinot Noir Consumed: At home on a cool autumn evening Recommended By: Harald Thiel, proprietor and vigneron Cost: $38 Bottle Presentation: Distinctive, easy on the … Read more

Wine Review – Fox by John Belsham 2014 Pinot Noir

A very good example of a classic Pinot Noir… Name: Fox by John Belsham 2014 Pinot Noir Vintage: 2014 Producer: Foxes Island Wines Region/Country: Marlborough, New Zealand Grape Varietal(s): Pinot Noir Consumed: At home Recommended By: End of the bin at the LCBO Cost: $27.95 Bottle Presentation: Simple, clean label, with a subtle texture Appearance: … Read more

Wine Review – Stoneboat Vineyards Pinot Noir 2012

A very good, home grown, Pinot Noir… Name: Pinot Noir Vintage: 2012 Producer: Stoneboat Vineyards Region/Country: Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada Grape Varietal(s): Pinot Noir Consumed: At home Recommended By: End of the bin at the LCBO Cost: $29.95 Bottle Presentation: Simple, unassuming label, which would blend in with many others on the shelf Appearance: … 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 – 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

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