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 – 2011 Gérard Bertrand La Clape Grand Terroir

La Clape Grand Terroir, another solid offering from Gérard Bertrand, one of our favourite producers in Languedoc-Roussillon… We enjoyed this Rhône-style red blend, which offered a nice balance of dark and red fruit, combined with earth, leather, and tobacco notes. Made in a classic, old-world style, La Clape Grand Terroir offers pretty much what you’d expect from … 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 – 2013 Escudo Rojo

This Escudo Rojo blend could use more time in cellar… This Chilean red blend, a classy-looking offering bearing the heralded name of Baron Philippe de Rothschild, came across as bold, sharp, and a little aggressive, with green cedar notes and gritty tannins. And that was after having decanted it for a good hour. We’d recommend … Read more

Wine Review – 2012 Batasiolo Barolo

A big, bold Barolo we would definitely drink again… Name: Barolo Vintage: 2012 Producer: Batasiolo Region/Country: Piedmont, Italy Grape Varietal(s): Barolo Consumed: At La Cucina restaurant in North Vancouver, Canada Recommended By: Picked it off the wine list Cost: $72 CAD (although we found it for $29.95 CAD at the LCBO) Bottle Presentation: A simple, … Read more

Wine Review – 2014 La Vite Lucente

A Merlot-Sangiovese blend with excellent potential… Name: La Vite Lucente Vintage: 2014 Producer: Luce della Vite, Frescobaldi Region/Country: Tuscany, Italy Grape Varietal(s): Merlot and Sangiovese Alcohol content: 13.5% Consumed: At Bella Gelateria and Pizzeria in Vancouver, Canada Recommended By: Picked it off the wine list at the restaurant Cost: $75 CAD at the restaurant (available … 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 – 2010 Glenelly Grand Vin

A balanced, complex South African red blend at a tremendously good price… Name: Glenelly Grand Vin Vintage: 2010 Producer: Glenelly Estate Region/Country: Stellenbosch, South Africa Grape Varietal(s): Syrah (36%), Cabernet Sauvignon (34%), Merlot (20%), Petit Verdot (10%) Consumed: At home Recommended By: The last chance bin at the LCBO (though other locations, especially in the … 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

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