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We received our loot today – 2 luscious bottles of red vino:

2007 Chateau des Charmes Cabernet Merlot (retails at $12.95)

Description: Cabernet-Merlot is a classically styled blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It is a medium-bodied red wine with flavours of spicy red bell pepper, raspberry and cassis. It is ready to drink now but will develop with a few years in the bottle.

Best 2012 to 2016

2008 Tawse Meritage (retails at $58.15)

Description: 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Franc. individually matured in French oak barriques. Building on the success of its predecessors, this wine is incredibly balanced, rich, complex. The deep ruby colour has an inky character. The wine displays the best characteristics of the component varieties; ripe dark fruits, wonderful earthy notes of tobacco, cedar and freshly turned soil, spicy elements of pepper, bitter dark chocolate and licorice. This is a beautiful wine with very good aging potential.

Best 2013 to 2017

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Excited. 🙂

We received our July wine a couple of days ago.

1st wine:  2008 Cab Franc – Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery

Ravine is one of our favourite wineries – so excited about this bottle.

Winery Food Recommendation: Pairs well with turkey, pizza, lasagna and roasted lamb dishes.

Review by David Lawrason:

A fine effort in a difficult vintage. It has a lovely lifted savoury nose with well integrated cedar, light smoke, red and blackcurrant fruit, thyme and sage. It’s slim, bright and juicy and vibrant, if still youthful starchy and greenish. Excellent flavour concentration here. Best 2012 to 2015.

Review by Tony Aspler:

  • Colour: Ruby
  • Nose: Cedar, oak note, red berry
  • Taste: firm, well balanced, sweet blackcurrant fruit, good length
  • Drinkability: Hold (short term)

2nd wine: 2009 Growers Blend Pinot Noir – Tawse Winery

Tawse also makes some very good wines.

Winery Food Recommendation: Pinot Noir is an exceptionally versatile food pairing wine. It gives a lighter, less tannic choice to pair with virtually and dish! Growers Blend brings great complexity that make it an excellent choice for red or rose pastas, pizza, roasted whole chicken and turkey, and grilled fish, especially salmon. Try marinated pork tenderloin with herb smashed potatoes, served with a simple “drippings gravy”.

Review by David Lawrason:

This is a vibrant, exciting young Pinot that takes me back to the Cotes de Beaune in Burgundy – Santenay perhaps because of some toughness. It has a vibrant, fragrant nose of cran/raspberry nicely embedded in cinnamon, mocha cream, clove and smoke from good wood. It’s medium weight, firm and a touch sour from the acidity of the vintage but fruit, spice and tannin dominate the finish. Rather bitter cranberry finish. Age it 2013 to 2017.

Review by Tony Aspler:

  • Colour: Ruby
  • Nose: Minerally, black cherry, well integrated oak
  • Taste: Dry, elegant, cherry and raspberry flavours; fine spine of acidity
  • Drinkability: Hold (short term)

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So after a strange delay and a skipped month (May) with our wine of the month club membership, it turns out our membership had run out but they had forgotten to remind us to renew! So, I hopped online to renew our order. They assured me we would receive the deal that was going on back in May. We usually receive 2-3 bottles of red wine from Ontario so we renewed for the same thing.

Our June wine delivery arrived today and they actually sent us 5 bottles! Woohoo! Nice. 🙂

The five are:

Coyote’s Run 2008 Meritage

Southbrook 2010 Connect Rosé

Pondview 2009 Cabernet Franc

Strewn 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

Southbrook Triomphe 2008 Cabernet Franc


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I’m a bit late posting about our April wine of the month delivery, I know… 🙂

We got three reds this time:

  • Peninsula Ridge 2009 Merlot
  • Southbrook Vineyards 2008 Triomphe Cabernet Franc (best 2012 to 2015)
  • Lailey Vineyard 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (best 2015 to 2020)

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Another awesome delivery this month! 2 medium-bodied reds to enjoy. Excited.

Tawse 2008 Pinot Noir Laidlaw Vineyard

Winery food recommendation: This is a substantial Pinot Noir and works very well with stronger flavours. Try barbecued ribs, sausages, and steaks. Excellent with all roasted meats and stronger fish, like salmon.

Review – David Lawrason: This has a lovely nose with a calm, elegant rappport. Look for bright currant/cran fruit, vanilla, earth and tobacco notes. It’s mid-weight, a bit sinewy with some green tannin, but overall it has a solid, firm and lively feel. Still youthfully tannic, so it need to cellar about three years. Excellent length.

Malivoire 2009 Old Vines Foch

Winery food recommendation: Definitely a red meat red! Flavours match best with hearty foods such as stews (beef or lentil), as well as roasted or barbecued meats. Duck is another excellent choice. Also, ideal with earthy Portobello’s or other flavourful mushrooms.

Review – David Lawrason: This is deeply coloured, with a lovely floral, blackberry, cinnamon, chocolate nose. Expect some dusty rosehip tea notes as well; very pretty. Its rather tart and juicy on the palate; almost skimpy in feel, with moderate tannin and considerable blueberry and clove on the finish. Very good length.

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What a treat this month!

Anytime we receive something from 2007, we’re happy. 🙂 But this month, it was even better:

Henry of Pelham Estate 2007 Cabernet Merlot Reserve

(by David Lawrason)

This has a soft, sweet and pretty nose of blackberry , vanilla/mocha, tobacco and herbs, in that order. It is medium-full bodied, quite rounded and polished with considerable but well integrated tannin. This has very good focus and excellent length, with some gritty tannin. Best 2011 to 2015, although some versions, like 1999, have surprised with their longevity.

(by Tony Aspler)

Colour: Deep ruby

Nose: Vanilla oak, cedar, red and black currant

Taste: Well extracted, sweet fruit, firmly structured with a firm tannic finish

Stratus Vineyard – 2007 Stratus Red

(by David Lawrason)

Those expecting a blockbuster from this iconic red in Niagara’s excellent red 2007 vintage may not be aware that winemaker J. L. Groux’s outlook is French-school finesse and poise, not power. The fruit – from seven grape varieties – is ripened to a perfect raspberry-cherry pitch then layered with dried herbs, background coffee, cedar and vanilla. It’s mid-weight, delicate yet firm etched with perfect acidity and dusty tannin. Excellent to outstanding length. Best 2013 to 2018, maybe longer.

(by Tony Aspler)

Colour: Ruby

Nose: Cedar, black currant, red currant

Taste: Well extracted fruit, firm structure, good length

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This is pretty funny. We visited the Southbrook winery on the weekend and bought a Syrah. We received our wine of the month delivery today (3 bottles since we renewed in July) and one of the bottles was the very same one we purchased on the weekend. Ha! Funny. At least we know we’ll like it. 🙂

We’re members of the Winery to Home wine of the month club which ships Ontario wines to our place every day. Our plan is one red and one white every month.

This month we received a Southbrook 2008 Triomphe Syrah – we actually tasted this during our wine tasting day on Saturday. It was very peppery and we enjoyed it a lot. So yay – we have another bottle – safely tucked away in our wine fridge. 🙂

The white wine we received from Henry of Pelham and was a 2009 Sibling Rivalry White and has a striking label. It’s  a blend of Riesling, Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer. From the description: “Long names and hard to pronounce, so we call this wine “White”. Not just another single varietal wine – why choose one grape when you can have three? Think lime citrus and apple freshness with a dash of lychee fruit, in that order.” Looking forward to tasting it!

The “extra” bottle is a 2008 Cabernet Franc from Coyote’s Run.  This is one we’ve never tasted before so we’re looking forward to it as well.

As a bonus for our renewal, they also shipped a copy of the 2010 Canadian Wine Annual magazine “Your complete guide to the nation’s wineries”. It lists all the Canadian wineries as well as some great articles about wine, wineries and places to east, stay and play. Can’t wait to read through it, sitting by the pool, enjoying the sun…

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February Wine: 3 bottles!

We received our February wine early and since we renewed our “wine of the month”, we got a free bottle! I have the pics on my other laptop (and of course I’m too lazy to go transfer it over at this moment) so you’ll have to take my word for it. 🙂

The red has to be held (best from 2011 to 2016). It’s a 2008 Trius from the Hillebrand Estates Winery. “A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec. This full-bodied wine has soft tannins and balanced acidity and showcases a bouquet of sweet spice, toasty oak, black cherry and plum. This wine leaves flavours of cherry, red berry and currant with a hint of licorice n the palate.” Interesting notes from the winemaker: 

We had a dream to create a wine that would set a new benchmark for winemaking in Niagara-on-the-Lake. And in 1989 at Hillebrand Winery, Trius was born.

We selected the best Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes and perfected the art of the blend in a wine simply called ‘Trius Red’. Just two vintages later, Trius Red won the trophy for the best red wine in the world at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London, UK.

We opened the white last night (and enjoyed it with the shrimp cocktail). It’s a 2008 Lepp Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc from the Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery. “A nose of yellow apple, hay and watermelon with a touch of fresh cedar. The palate is nice and crisp, medium weight with flavours of white grapefruit and mineral.”

The free bottle is a 2007 Merlot Reserve from Legends Estates Winery. “This Merlot is big and bold! It represents our record-breaking 2007 Vintage perfectly. Aromas of blackberry, cherry and even a hint of chocolate. The taste is rich almost jam-like, with a very long finish.” Sounds yummy!

I’m still learning how to figure out what it is I’m tasting and all the different flavours and notes, etc., but I figure the more I taste, the better I’ll become. 🙂

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Wine of the Month – January

We received our 2 bottles on Friday! Sorry no pic this time but here’s the info:

Red: EastDell Estates 2006 Merlot Reserve

Winemaker’s tasting notes: A deep purple in colour, this wine exhibits a raspberry and plum nose with bell pepper, rosemary and cedar aromas pushing through in the background. Nicely complex with layers of black cherry, tobacco and tart cranberries and blueberries competing for a full finish. Very approachable now, but given time in the cellar the upfront tannins will soften and this wine will continue to mature.

White: Cave Spring Cellars 2008 Gewürztraminer

Winemaker’s tasting notes: An intensely aromatic nose with scents of ginger, lychee, rosewater, orange blossom and a hint of comb honey; the front-palate is luscious, and just off dry, rolling in the middle into rich, expansive spice and marmalade flavours that carry into a lingering, cleanly balanced finish of orange peel, clove and ginger.

We already opened the red. It was just OK…we’re still dreaming about the 2006 Merlot from Ravine and when we attend the “Days of wine and chocolate” in NOTL in February, we’re considering picking up a case…

I’m looking forward to the white – it sounds wonderful!

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December Wine of the Month

So we received these babies yesterday:

THE RED is a 2008 Gamay from the Malivoire Wine Company Ltd.

VQA Appellation: Beamsville Bench

Review (by David Lawrason): This nicely catches the light and lively spirit of gamay wih a fresh, bright nose cran-raspberry fruit, vague vanilla and peppery spice very pretty. Half was aged in older, natural wood for eight months. Light-bodied, smooth and a touch sweet yet pleasantly piquant, with very fine tannin, moderate alcohol heat and pure cran finish. Very good length. Chill lightly and enjoy with casual fare.

Review (by Tony Aspler):

Colour: Ruby

Nose: Minerally, plum and cherry notes

Taste: Fresh, fruit, plum and cherry flavours with a hint of sweetnss and lightly seasoned with oak.

Drinkability: Now.

THE WHITE  is a 2008 Wismer-Foxcroft Riesling from the Tawse Winery.

VQA Appellation: Twenty Mile Bench

Review (by David Lawrason): Tawse continues to branch out in terms of discovering new sites and building quality in Ontario. It placed a very close second for Winery of the Year honours at the 2009 Canadian Wine awards. This is a juicy off-dry riesling ith a classic nose of pear, petrol and lemon. It has good weight for the vintage with lively, tense and refreshing acidity and firm lemony finish. Very classy if just a bit too tart for some tastes. Excellent length. Should hold well for 5 years or more.

Review (by Tony Aspler):

Colour: Straw with a lime tint

Nose: Minerally, grapefruit zest, white honey

Taste: Lime with energetic acidity, fresh ad lively with a crab apple note. Delicious.

Drinkability: Hold (short term) – 5-7 years

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