By: Melanie Lloyd 13% alc./vol. REVIEW: A blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cab Sauvignon, this easy drinking and slightly smoky Italian Red has aromas of plum, blackberry, and beets, with floral and chocolate notes, as well as hints of cinnamon. On the palate, it is medium-bodied with juicy dark berry and plum flavours as well… Read More Monte Antico 2014, Toscana Italy
By: Melanie Lloyd 13.5% alc./vol. WINE REVIEW: A ruby coloured Red with aromas of plum, blackberry, menthol, eucalyptus, anise, fennel, sweet spice, cedar, black olive, and hints of milk chocolate. On the palate, it has tart plum and blackberry flavours with a touch of sweet spice and cedar and a slightly bitter finish. It is… Read More Fontanafredda Ebbio Nebbiolo 2014, Langhe Italy
By: Melanie Lloyd Over a decade ago, while living in Hintonburg, Absinthe was one my favourite date spots. This was prior to having kids and having to plan for a sitter. Back then, Absinthe was in a garage converted into a restaurant on Holland. It was small and cozy with limited seating, friendly service, and… Read More Absinthe: An Intimate Warm Restaurant with Fantastic Food!
By: Melanie Lloyd 14.1% alcohol/vol. WINE REVIEW: On the nose, this full-bodied Red has aromas of ripe blueberry and jammy cassis spread, with notes of menthol, cinnamon, violet, potpourri, cocoa, and hints of black pepper and vanilla. With flavours of cassis, plum, cinnamon, floral notes and cocoa, it has fresh acidity and velvety tannins that… Read More Stags’ Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
By: Melanie Lloyd A week and a half ago, I attended Outstanding in Their Fields, the Taste and Buy event hosted by Savvy Wine Company at Ottawa City Hall. It was an opportunity to sample Ontario wine while chatting with winemakers from across the province. Ottawa City Hall offered a perfect venue for this event. There was… Read More Exploring Ontario Wine through Savvy Wine Company
By: Melanie Lloyd REVIEW I am surprised that this wine has 13% alcohol as it doesn’t feel like it has that much, and it certainly doesn’t taste like it. This light bodied Red made from Gamay is juicy on the palate, fresh, and the tannins are silky smooth. On the nose, we have aromas of… Read More Chateau Grange Cochard Morgon Vielles Vignes 2014
By: Melanie Lloyd REVIEW: This straw coloured crémant has delicate aromas of baked apple, crème brûlée, freshly baked bread, citrus, and almond. It is medium bodied and creamy on the palate, with flavours of lemon, baked pie crust, and almond at the finish. Tasted October 2018 WINE-FOOD PAIRING: Great on its own, with pan-seared fish,… Read More Bouvet Excellence Brut Crémant de Loire
As the weather drops, nothing sooths the soul like comfort food and a yummy glass of wine. Here are my recommendations on wine to pair with some of my favourite comfort meals. MAC AND CHEESE Give me ooey gooey macaroni and cheese on a crisp day. Mine includes old Cheddar, Mozzarella, and Swiss. I always… Read More What Wine to Drink With Comfort Food!
By Melanie Lloyd Over the past few months, I had the opportunity to sample wine from the Ottawa-Gatineau area through a couple of tastings and a wine expo. This blog will focus on red wine and is simply a starting point to the many wines from the area. A special shout out goes to Donna… Read More Red Wine from Ottawa-Gatineau: Embracing the Uniqueness