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

Wine Review – 13th Street Viognier 2015

A well-balanced Viognier, with a burst of flavours to entertain your palate… Name: 13th Street Viognier Vintage: 2015 Producer: 13th Street Winery Region/Country: Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada Grape Varietal(s): Viognier Consumed: At home Recommended By: The affable, self-assured 13th Street winemaker, Jean-Pierre Colas Cost: $19.95 Bottle Presentation: Clean, classy, and easy to read. Appearance: Pale … Read more

Wine Review – Hidden Bench 2013 Riesling Felseck Vineyard

A well-balanced, good example of a Niagara Riesling… Name: Riesling Felseck Vineyard Vintage: 2013 Producer: Hidden Bench Vineyards & Winery Region/Country: Beamsville Bench, Niagara, Ontario, Canada Grape Varietal(s): Riesling Consumed: At home Recommended By: Harald Thiel, proprietor and vigneron Cost: $28 CAD Bottle Presentation: Distinctive and easy to read. The fonts hold well together. Although … Read more

Wine Review – Palatine Hills Estate Winery 2014 Neufeld Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

A crisp, balanced Sauvignon Blanc without an aggressive kick in the… Name: Palatine Hills Estate Winery 2014 Neufeld Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Vintage: 2014 Producer: Palatine Hills Estate Winery Region/Country: Niagara Lakeshore VQA Grape Varietal(s): Sauvignon Blanc Consumed: At home with a creamy risotto dish Recommended By: Jeff Innes, Winemaker at Palatine Hills Cost: Unknown, but … Read more

Wine Review – Palatine Hills Estate Winery 2015 Riesling

If you like sweet, fruity Riesling, this one’s for you… Name: Palatine Hills Estate Winery 2015 Riesling Vintage: 2015 Producer: Palatine Hills Estate Winery Region/Country: Niagara Lakeshore VQA Grape Varietal(s): Riesling Consumed: At home on another beautiful summer’s evening Recommended By: Jeff Innes, Winemaker at Palatine Hills Cost: $13.00 Bottle Presentation: Clean, simple label, but … Read more

Wine Review – 2014 Vérité Viognier

Paired surprisingly well with a summer BBQ… Name: Vérité Grande Cuvée Vintage: 2014 Producer: Laurent Miquel Region/Country: Pays d’Oc, France Grape Varietal(s): Viognier Consumed: at home Recommended By: SAQ selection Cost: $24.15 (SAQ) Bottle Presentation: Textured, simple and elegant label, although the top and bottom pieces are at stylistic odds, which detracts from the overall … Read more

Wine Review – 2014 Twisted

You would not go wrong making this blend your house white… Name: 2014 Twisted Vintage: 2014 Producer: Flat Rock Cellars Region/Country: Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada Grape Varietal(s): Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Chardonnay Consumed: At home on a gorgeous summer’s evening Recommended By: LCBO rack Cost: $16.95 Bottle Presentation: Distinctive, clean, modern, and, to some degree, artistic … 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

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