Archive for the Ontario Category

LCBO vs. SAQ Compared and Contrasted: the bottleDJ take

My fellow blogger, and friendly acquaintance, David Pelletier from has cornered the market in comparing pricing at the two largest liquor monopolies in Canada, Quebec's SAQ and Ontario's LCBO. Those terms are only slightly sexier than the fully expanded Société des Alcools du Québec and the Liquor Control Board of Ontario names. David's head-to-head comparisons have value, and tend to show that when comparing apples to apples on pricing, the LCBO may offer slightly better Read more [...]

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 [...]

Casa-Dea 2008 Cabernet Franc, VQA, Prince Edward County, Canada

I am a fan of Prince Edward County, and perhaps in parallel, I am also a bit of a PEC dissident when it comes to “The County.” That sense of dissidence has been emboldened by my very positive experience with the 2008 Cabernet Franc from PEC winery Casa-Dea. So many people want to trumpet the County as a Burgundian clone, turn it into a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay territory because of it's loamy soil. I do like their Pinots and Chards, but if I want a Burgundy red or white, I can usually get better Read more [...]

Grange of Prince Edward Trumpour’s Mill Pinot Gris 2008, Prince Edward County, Canada

Have you ever seen “Melba” mentioned in a wine review? The 2008 Grange of Prince Edward Trumpour's Mill Pinot Gris smells of peach (as in the famous dessert Peach Melba) and has a dry wheaty background like Melba toast (as in those crunchy hors d'oeuvre crackers). As it enters the mouth Macintosh and gala apple washes into peach and parties down in a very smooth creamy finish (the French would say onctueux) with a fleeting spiciness no heavier than the shadow it casts . Fruity without being sweet. Read more [...]

Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards Trumpour’s Mill Gamay Noir 2008, Prince Edward County, Canada

Gamay Noir is the grape that Beaujolais made famous. I have had a few Ontario produced Gamay Noirs and I always come back to the Grange's Trumpour's Mill as the reference. I have tasted three of four previous vintages and found them to have a fullness that would be the envy of any Beaujolais produced wines and a rather different taste range that made comparing wines from the two regions futile. The 2008 starts out pretty much as I remember the previous vintages smelling the same: small berry compote Read more [...]

Rosehall Run Chardonnay Sur Lie 2009, Prince Edward County, Canada

This wine would make for a great “Stump-the-sommelier” wine. Prince Edward County is just on the Canadian wine radar, so without ruffling too many feathers, Rosehall Run’s Chardonnay Sur Lie 2009 would stump most wine connoisseurs if they were asked where this wine came from on a blindfolded tasting due to it's obscurity uniqueness. As the name states you get a Chardonnay that gets creamy on the finish due to the “sur lie” barrelling. The taste components would also be difficult to cobble Read more [...]
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