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    Handsome Brut Sparkling Wine (Niagara) - Wine Review

    Tonight's wine is brand spanking new and was very recently launched at the LCBO. Crafted by award-winning Angels Gate Winery, I received this sample to try and share my thoughts with all of you. This dry, sparkling wine is available in small quantities throughout the province as part of the LCBO General List.

    9 readers - By Jason Solanki/ Vintages Wine Picks & Reviews

    LE CLOS JORDANNE CLAYSTONE TERRACE CHARDONNAY 2007

    LE CLOS JORDANNE CLAYSTONE TERRACE CHARDONNAY 2007 Slightly golden in color with a varietal chard nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays some lovely chard fruit along with some nice vanilla and oak coming through nicely through medium finish. It’s a smooth well made chard I would give it a solid 89! Yumm. I bought it back in June 2012 and it has kept well.

    7 readers - By John Galea/ Canadian Wine Guy

      Judging by the Juice: 2014 Okanagan Preview

      hiredBelly.com - - 7 readers - Grapes being harvested in Oliver, BC. (courtesy BCWI) Fancy yourself a wine geek? How about this? This week I went to one of the more unusual tastings in which I’ve participated. The idea was to bring the excitement of the harvest right to Vancouver—for those of us city slickers who aren’t able to make it to the Okanagan (or elsewhere). The B.C.

      Bolla ‘Soave’ Classico 2012 – Something different for the Pinot Grigio lovers!

      Girls Go Grape - - 7 readers - Hello wine lovers and happy #wineWednesday. I hope you week has been productive and enjoyable. I was up in Penticton for BC VQA panel earlier this week and was able to meet up with Judy Kingston, owner of Serendipity Winery in Naramata for an interview during her craziest time of the year. Judy is nothing short of a modern-day renaissance woman whom I have tremendous respect for.

      Recipes from Wine Country: Warm Mushroom Salad with Reif Estate Cabernet Merlot

      Natalie MacLean - - 6 readers - Warm Wild and Domestic Mushroom Salad Sponsored Post Falling for Cabernet Merlot Autumn is the perfect time for you to start living the Reifstyle, an ideal time to enjoy the bounty of the fall harvest with Reif Estate’s VQA wines. Chef Robin Howe from Wine Country Catering makes it easy with his warm mushroom salad that will pair expertly with a medium bodied rich red wine like ...

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      Super Local White $12.95

      … Here’s a SUPER-PLEASANT LOCAL WHITE FOR $12.95 Fall is ‘local season’ at the LCBO I’ll be posting my favourite finds over the next few weeks. Starting with this delish white from Hinterbrook, a relatively new winery on Niagara’s Lakeshore. I’ve previously mentioned their Sauvignon Blanc – which is part of this blend, along with Chard Musque…

      2 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      Oct. 25 LCBO Wine Picks: Tuscany + Chile

      … of notches is the Quady Elysium that's made using the Black Muscat grape and ideally suited for pairing with rich desserts. Enjoy my wine recommendations for this week. Cheers! Red Wine: CALITERRA TRIBUTO SINGLE VINEYARD CARMENÈRE 2011 - Colchagua Valley, Chile (#056630) (XD) - $16.95 DOMAINE DES BACCHANTES CÔTES DU RHÔNE 2012 - AC, Rhône…

      4 readers - By Jason Solanki/ Vintages Wine Picks & Reviews

      The Golden Mile Bench gets closer to reality

      … for the Sub-GI, has had their own Margaret’s Bench vineyard (located further up the mountain) excluded from the Golden Mile Bench Sub-GI. They will only be able to label wines from that vineyard as BC VQA Okanagan Valley. The novelty of something new will drive the gold-rush mentality at the beginning but ultimately it will be up to each region…

      3 readers - By Wine Country BC

      A hip of wine from Hidden Bench

      … are notes on the 16 other wines tasted at Hidden Bench that day. Not to mention a sumptuous Coq au Vin. Hidden Bench La Brunante 2011 and Select Late Harvest Gewürztraminer Vendanges Tardives 2013 Hidden Bench Estate Riesling 2013, VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario (183491, $23.95, WineAlign) The Estate Riesling is as vigneron…

      2 readers - By Michael Godel/ Godello

      Judging by the Juice: 2014 Okanagan Preview

      …Grapes being harvested in Oliver, BC. (courtesy BCWI) Fancy yourself a wine geek? How about this? This week I went to one of the more unusual tastings in which I’ve participated. The idea was to bring the excitement of the harvest right to Vancouver—for those of us city slickers who aren’t able to make it to the Okanagan (or elsewhere). The B.C…

      7 readers - By Tim Pawsey/ hiredBelly.com

      A cultivated tale of two Okanagan wineries

      … elevated the efficacious fortunes of Southbrook Vineyards in Niagara and Versado in Argentina. Her categorical work on the home front has raised the bar for the Okanagan and for Sperling Vineyards. The Kelowna winery concentrates on a Sparkling wine program, along with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris and Marechal Foch from…

      5 readers - By Michael Godel/ Godello

      NIAGARA’S MOST CONSISTANT ‘SUPER STAR’ RED

      … The Bordeaux blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot) was one of the first red wine successes in Niagara. A French guy, JL Groux, working at Hillebrand Winery, set the standard with a wine called Trius. He made believers of even the most sceptic, and I remember taking Trius to Ireland and wowing restaurant colleagues. JL moved…

      4 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      Where does your wine REALLY come from?

      … represents the future of VQA in BC. We need to certify that those grapes come from where they are stated. The words “Naramata Bench” on a label means absolutely *nothing* legally and the grapes for a wine labelled as such can come from anywhere (although most likely the Oliver / Osoyoos area, especially for reds). While some regions might argue…

      4 readers - By Wine Country BC

      LCBO Vintages release – October 11, 2014 (WVN 202)

      … quickly, more quickly than in the past. The consumer benefits from this new policy with more choice, which is good… the downside is LCBO front-line staff members are under growing pressure to put more wines on the shelves in 0ften-confined Vintages display areas… British Columbia, Okanagan Valley – VQA Okanagan Valley NK’MIP QWAM QWMT Chardonnay 2011…

      2 readers - By W John Switzer/ The Winesights Reader

      Made in BC — Really!

      … in Vancouver on a not-so-Fall day in September and they did not disappoint. In fact, BC wine is coming of age. We only need to share it and to gain more exposure and access to these wonderful wines. That said, what follows are just a few of the wine gems I came across at the trade tasting: Bonitas Winery – www.bonitaswinery.com – Pinot Gris (2012…

      2 readers - By cultureofwine

      Light & Easy

      …TAKE A WALK ON THE LIGHTER SIDE: PINOT NOIR Silver Bay is about as light as you can get in Pinot, and certainly easy drinking. At room temperature I did not care for the slight sweetness, but after chilling, I could not stop gulping the stuff. Perfect for family events, dips/snacks and all popular foods. But it must be chilled. I believe…

      1 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles
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