On the Road with the Grape Guy

On the Road with the Grape Guy is a on-going feature that follows me from event to event ... I post my thoughts, feelings and reviews of what happened and what I tasted ... basically it is here that I review the events I attend and the things that thrilled me.

Ontario Wine Reviews: 35 Wines from 20 Wineries

22 Sep 2017

Not all reviews make the newsletter, there's just so many good wines and not enough space ... so every three to six months (or so) I clear out the backlog of wines ... here are the reviews that were written but until this time have never seen the light of day.  (click on the wine name to link to the full review)

Big Head NV Big Bang Sparkling, Blanc de Noirs
Big Head 2015 Chardonnay, Old Vines
Big Head 2015 Riesling, Dry
Cattail Creek 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Small Lot Series
Creekside 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Backyard Block
Creekside 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Backyard Bubbly

Fielding NV Brut, Traditional Method
Fielding 2013 Chardonnay, Estate Bottled
Fielding 2015 Gamay
 Henry of Pelham NV Cuvee Catharine Rosé Brut
Huff Estate 2016 Rosé

Inniskillin 2014 Sparkling Vidal Icewine
Inniskillin 2015 Merlot / Petit Verdot, “Discovery Series”
Inniskillin 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé
Kacaba 2016 Effervescence
KEW Vineyard 2014 Riesling, Old Vines

Malivoire 2016 Musque Spritz
Malivorie 2016 Rosé, Moira
Niagara College 2015 Cabernet-Merlot, Balance
 Niagara College 2015 Gamay Noir, Balance
Niagara College 2015 Rosé
Niagara College 2016 Gewurztraminer

Pelee Island 2016 Lola Blush
Peninsula Ridge 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Wismer Vineyard
Pondview 2016 Rosé
Pondview 2016 Vidal, Lot 74 Sparkling Brut

Redstone 2015 Viognier
Rockway Vineyards 2013 Vidal Icewine
 Rockway Vineyards 2013 Vidal, Late Harvest
Rockway Vineyards 2014 Rosé Spritz, “Patio 9”
Rockway Vineyards 2015 White

Southbrook 2014 Connect White
Stratus 2016 Rosé
Sue-Ann Staff 2015 Vidal, Lavelle’s
Two Sisters 2016 Sauvignon Blanc





Canada Roundup - September 2017

15 Sep 2017

Every so often I’ll add a number of new reviews en masse to the website - this time it is Canada's turn:

All of these wines come from across Canada, well actually just from two provinces (British Columbia and Nova Scotia) - but they are across the country: 20 wines in total ... see below for the list of wines just added and then click on individual wine name to see the full review:

British Columbia ...

Arrowleaf 2014 Vidal, Select Late Harvest
Black Sage Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Black Sage Vineyard 2014 Merlot
Blue Mountain 2015 Chardonnay
Blue Mountain 2015 Gamay Noir 
Blue Mountain 2015 Pinot Gris
Burrowing Owl 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Burrowing Owl 2013 Meritage
Burrowing Owl 2016 Chardonnay

Joie Farm 2014 PTG
Joie Farm 2016 Brut, Plein de Vie
Joie Farm 2016 Brut, Quotidian
Nk’Mip 2015 Chardonnay, Qwam Qwmt
Quails’ Gate 2015 Chardonnay, Rosemary’s Block
Quails’ Gate 2015 Chardonnay, Stewart Family Reserve
Stag’s Hollow 2014 Vidal, Tragically
Stag’s Hollow 2015 Vidal, Tragically

Nova Scotia ...

Benjamin Bridge 2011 Brut, Method Classique
Blomidon 2014 Chardonnay
Lightfoot & Wolfville 2014 Wild Ferment Chardonnay, Ancienne




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