No Trophy Pinot Noirs For Me: Part 2

Wrapping up our brief foray into what many call the heartbreak grape due to its thin skin and susceptibility to frost damage otherwise known as the Pinot Noir grape. This one is a Wakefield Pinot Noir from Adelaide Hills. It has a light ruby colour. As for aromatics a bit of a classic Pinot NoirContinue reading “No Trophy Pinot Noirs For Me: Part 2”

Mastroberardino’s Falanghina del Sannio 2018

Having been on a private tour with winemaker, Antonio Capone, from Mastroberardino of several Mastroberardino vineyards in Vesuvius in the Greater Naples area I doubt I will ever forget their name. On occasion we receive a smattering of their wines at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO). The latest is a Falanghina Del SannioContinue reading “Mastroberardino’s Falanghina del Sannio 2018”

No Trophy Pinot Noirs For Me: Part 1

Burgundy is simply the best for Pinot Noir for those whose fat wallets are willing to drop a bundle of cash for trophy wines. Not being a captain of industry, cardiologist, neurologist or a lottery winner my budget is limited. So laugh away fat cats as I try a $17.95 Rock Point Pinot Noir 2018.Continue reading “No Trophy Pinot Noirs For Me: Part 1”

Romanian Wine: Alira 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

So what new wine wave is going to hit North America? Could it be wines from Romania? Why not. Romanians have been making wines far longer than Canada although its dreary Communist years certainly did not help their wine industry. But with the execution of Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989 it was good-bye communism and perhapsContinue reading “Romanian Wine: Alira 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon”

This time it is to Celebrate What? Why Not This Moment? Some French Crémants

Often we pop open some Champagne to celebrate an occasion. You may say there is nothing to celebrate in these COVID times. So many deaths, suicides, episodes of mental illness and deprivation of personal liberty. Go ahead and take the negative track. However being a student and practitioner of mindfulness why not celebrate the momentContinue reading “This time it is to Celebrate What? Why Not This Moment? Some French Crémants”

Stag’s Hollow Willingness to go Beyond the Pale: British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley Canadian Wine’s Centre of Innovation?

Tempranillo Joven  from Stag’s Hollow now a Dolcetto Rosé. In Piedmont in Italy is where you’ll find Dolcetto except of course in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. Dolcetto means “little sweet” and has little acidity making it extremely easy to drink. This Rosato (Rosé) has a very intense pink colour leaving one with the impressionContinue reading “Stag’s Hollow Willingness to go Beyond the Pale: British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley Canadian Wine’s Centre of Innovation?”

A couple of Chardonnays from British Columbia’s Meyer Family Vineyards (MFV)

2020 was a good vintage year in the Okanagan. The Chardonnay is a blend from four different vineyards two of which, Old Main Road on the Naramata Bench and McLean Creek Road in Okanagan Falls, are MFV’s. The other two are the Anarchist Mountain Vineyard in Osoyoos and Cellarsbend Vineyard on the Naramata bench. ThisContinue reading “A couple of Chardonnays from British Columbia’s Meyer Family Vineyards (MFV)”

Stag’s Hollow Has Guts! 2019 Tempranillo Joven

There is an ocean of Tempranillo in Spain and quite a lot in the Douro in Portugal where it is known as Tinta Roriz. But in Beautiful British Columbia? You just may think you are hallucinating when you see “Tempranillo” on a Stag’s Hollow bottle. No dreaming buddy you are staring at bravery and innovation.Continue reading “Stag’s Hollow Has Guts! 2019 Tempranillo Joven”

A Couple of New Pinot Noir Releases From Meyer Family Vineyards in The Okanagan

Meyer Family Vineyards (MFV) produces some of the best Pinot Noirs I have had and I mean not just in Canada but internationally. So the first one we will try is MFV’s Pinot Noir-Old Block Okanagan Valley 2019. Although an inviting ruby colour it is so very lightly clouded and this is not surprising asContinue reading “A Couple of New Pinot Noir Releases From Meyer Family Vineyards in The Okanagan”

Stel+Mar’s 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon

You will not find this wine on the Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s shelves quite yet. If I remember correctly these guys brought us Rosé and Chardonnay in cans. The man behind the scenes is winemaker and master blender Phillip Zorn out of California. Years ago he wowed me with his bargain basement priced PinotContinue reading “Stel+Mar’s 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon”