Archive for the Niagara Category

USA Vs. Canada Wine Pitched Battle: Château Saint Jean Reserve and Norman Hardie Chardonnay

Château Saint Jean Reserve Chardonnay 2007, Sonoma, California, United States   Norman Hardie Chardonnay 2009, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada   Following the highly entertaining and bizarrely officiated Canada v. USA Olympic Women's soccer semifinal, I have pitted highly reputed Chardonnays from both countries against each other in rematch. I promise to be no more biased than the FIFA appointed ref Christina Pederson, and not allow my true patriot love effect my judgement Read more [...]

Stratus Red Wine 2007, Niagara, Canada

Not often do you hear a Canadian wine being described as “Jammy,” the 2007 Stratus Red from Stratus Vineyards in Niagara, Ontario comes close. Cassis, cherries and blackberries are ripe and clean. I expect the subtle savoury spices in the wine to only get stronger as the wine ages. A blend of red grapes culled from the best-in-vineyard vines have produced a very strong wine that can wave the flag of Canadian wine-making identity. Musical match: Neil Young's “I'm the Ocean,” from his awesome Read more [...]

Wildass White 2006 and Stratus White 2006, Niagara, Canada

Wildass and Stratus are two brands coming from the same Niagar-in-the-Lake winery, and it doesn't take a marketing Guru to guess which line is sold at a higher price! The overall philosophy at the vineyard is to make blended wines. These two whites are built from the same components, coming from the same vineyards, but the particularly good grapes are reserved for stratus line. The Wildass White, a 2006 showed me tastefully creamy strawberry notes above all else. But it also had some age and maturity: Read more [...]

Featherstone Estate Winery Red Tail Merlot 2008, Niagara, Canada

Featherstone Estate Winery from the Twenty Mile Bench in the Niagara region of Ontario presents a take on Merlot that tastes like a fresh fruit salad of strawberry and watermelon with a drop of cassis. Not exactly typical Merlot descriptors, right? The bottle claims that wine maker and falconer Louise Engel is dedicated to sustainable farming and allows hawks to keep the peace on the vineyard, and pests at bay. Not exactly typical grape growing, right? From the get-go, I found the aroma to be Read more [...]

Fielding Estate Winery Red Conception 2008, Niagara Peninsula, Canada

Fielding Estate Winery of Beamsville, Ontario have released a very modestly monickered 2008 Red Conception. A bottle of wine that isn't weighed down by lengthy description of the varietals used, soil ph levels or weaselly qualifiers like “Cold Climate.” The back label informs the purchaser that they can go to the winery website and find out what varietals are used in the wine, but in the spirit of calling a good red wine, red wine, I will leave the varietal hunting to those who care. The wine Read more [...]
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