Cave de Hoen Mausberg Crémant d’Alsace, Alsace France

Alc./Vol. 12.5 % REVIEW: Made from handpicked grapes using the traditional method, this bubbly is subdued and not overly expressive in terms of aromas. Rich pear pastry is most prominent on the nose followed by peach and hints of banana cream pie and hazelnut. On the palate, the rich pasty follows through with notes of… Read More Cave de Hoen Mausberg Crémant d’Alsace, Alsace France

Tedeschi Marne 180 Amarone della Valpolicella 2015, Italy

Alc./Vol.: 16 % Review: An opulent wine that is floral on nose with aromas of dried violet petals followed by sour cherry, strawberry, dark fruit, leather, damp cedar, undergrowth, roast beef, menthol, and baking spice. It has oomph on the palate and is full-bodied. This wine needs food! In terms of flavours, it has dark… Read More Tedeschi Marne 180 Amarone della Valpolicella 2015, Italy

Taylor Fladgate 20 Year Old Tawny Port, Douro Valley, Portugal

Alcohol/Volume: 20% Review: An opulent and smooth Tawny Port made by one of the oldest Port houses. Visually, it has hues of amber with bright cherry reflections. On the nose, there are rich aromas of buttery caramel, dates, fruitcake, and sweet decomposing autumn leaves with wood notes and hazelnut. On the palate, there’s a pleasant… Read More Taylor Fladgate 20 Year Old Tawny Port, Douro Valley, Portugal

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

Santa Carolina Reserva de Familia Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Maipo Valley, Chile

Alcohol/Volume 13.8% REVIEW: A dark and ruby hued Cab Sauv that is complex and seductive on the nose with juicy blackcurrant and blueberry aromas and notes of violet, dark chocolate, cedar, leather, sweet tobacco, black pepper, mushroom, and hints of vanilla. It is full-bodied on the palate with tart blackberry and plum flavours and a… Read More Santa Carolina Reserva de Familia Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Maipo Valley, Chile