G. Marquis The Silver Line Pinot Noir 2017, Niagara-On-the-Lake, Canada

Alcohol/Volume: 12.5% REVIEW: A beautiful ruby coloured hand-harvested Pinot Noir with aromas of black cherry, strawberry, cedar, vanilla bean, cinnamon, and black pepper. After a swirl, aromas of violet also seep through. Tart on the palate with sour cherry and field berry flavours along with vanilla and wood notes, it is medium bodied with silky tannins… Read More G. Marquis The Silver Line Pinot Noir 2017, Niagara-On-the-Lake, Canada

Lungarotti Rubesco Sangiovese Colorino 2015 Rosso di Torgiano, Umbria Italy

Alcohol/Volume: 14.5% REVIEW: This Italian Red made from Sangiovese and Colorino is complex on the nose with aromas of strawberry jam, smoke, cedar, sweet spice, autumn leaves, chocolate, leather, and black pepper. This is a food friendly wine with moderate but well integrated tannins. It is full bodied with strawberry and plum flavours, as well… Read More Lungarotti Rubesco Sangiovese Colorino 2015 Rosso di Torgiano, Umbria Italy

Tapiz Torrontés, Sparkling Wine, Extra Brut, Mendoza Argentina

Alcohol/Volume 13% REVIEW: It’s a rare treat for me to sample Torrontés in a sparkling form. This dry sparkling wine is fragrant on the nose with aromas of rose, cantaloupe, lychee, clementine, and sweet lemon. On the palate it has citrus flavours, a mix of clementine and lemon, or more accurately pomelo with floral and… Read More Tapiz Torrontés, Sparkling Wine, Extra Brut, Mendoza Argentina

Jean Geiler Crémant d’Alsace Brut, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France

12.5 % alcohol/volume REVIEW: This pale yellow sparkling wine has aromas of crunchy red delicious apple, peach, melon, mineral notes, pineapple, honey, and hints of sweet spice, vanilla, and almond. It is medium-bodied and dry on the palate with crisp acidity. It has some richness with lots of minerality and flavours of orchard fruit, red… Read More Jean Geiler Crémant d’Alsace Brut, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France

Dufouleur Père et Fils Brut, Crémant de Bougogne, Burgundy France

Alcohol/Volume: 12% REVIEW: Lots of fine bubbles are found in this pale straw coloured Sparkling Wine made from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Aligoté. On the nose, there’s aromas of baked apple pie in a rich buttery crust as well as zesty lemon and roasted macadamia nut. It is a medium to full bodied sparking wine… Read More Dufouleur Père et Fils Brut, Crémant de Bougogne, Burgundy France

Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2015, Alghero, Italy

Alcohol/Volume: 14.5% REVIEW: Made from Grenache, this full-bodied Red has aromas of plum and cassis spread with notes of cedar and a mix of fresh and dried flowers. The fresh flower aromas are leaning towards lilac and violet. There’s also notes of chocolate, black pepper, and mint. The dark fruit, chocolate, and black pepper follow… Read More Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2015, Alghero, Italy

Marques de Casa Concha Carmenère 2010, Peumo Chile

Alcohol/Volume 14.5% REVIEW: A purple-hued Chilean Red that is meaty and has aromas of cassis jam, blueberry pie, violet, sweet tobacco, cedar, vanilla, and sweet spice. It is full-bodied on the palate with smooth tannins and an acidity that is perfectly balanced with the flavours and structure of the wine. It has tart blackberry, dark… Read More Marques de Casa Concha Carmenère 2010, Peumo Chile

Il Falcone Riserva Castel Del Monte 2012, Puglia Italy

Alcohol/Volume: 13.5% REVIEW: This ruby coloured Red made from the Italian native grape Nero di Troia is very fragrant on the nose. It has juicy aromas of sour cherry and plum as well as floral notes of violet and rose. In addition, there is chocolate, cedar, leather, cloves, and cinnamon. The tart fruit follows through… Read More Il Falcone Riserva Castel Del Monte 2012, Puglia Italy

Jacobsons: Bringing Friends Back to the Table

By: Melanie Lloyd For well over a decade, Jacobsons Gourmet Concept has been my favourite specialty food shop in Ottawa. Located in New Edinburgh, this store offers lots of charm and brightness. It has friendly and knowledgeable staff and offers a great selection of delectable goodies and delicacies, not to forget their outstanding cheese bar. Their… Read More Jacobsons: Bringing Friends Back to the Table