Cask & Barrel

Farina Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2014


farina-valpolicella-ripasso-2014Delicious nose of dark red fruit and plum. Ripe fruit flavour with a wonderful balance. This is a great value Ripasso that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Would benefit from decanting for an hour or so. (4/5)

Farina Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2014, Veneto ITALY

$16.60/750 ml, 13.5% ABV

MacKinnon Brothers Wild Peppermint Stout


This isn’t a gimmicky “Christmas” peppermint. There’s no sweet, artifical mint aroma. The chocolate malt flavour of the stout is balanced with a refreshing hit of well-integrated peppermint that enhances, not overpowers. (4/5)

MacKinnon Brothers Wild Peppermint Stout, CANADA 

4.8% ABV

Where to Stay in Bloomfield


angelines-babylonAngeline’s Inn (pictured)
7 rental types including suites in the main inn, an updated motel, and private buildings like the Chalet, Babylon Cabin, or Coachhouse

$119 and up
433 Main Street
Bloomfield, ON

The Inn at Huff Estates
$159 and up from October to May
$229 and up from May to October

2274 County Road 1
Bloomfield, ON
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Bloomfield is full of charming Bed and Breakfasts, all a short walk to Main Street. Prices vary based on room size and demand, but most rooms start around $125. Here’s a few I recommend:

Pierre Sparr Cremant d’Alsace Brut Reserve


pierre-sparr-cremant-dalsaceThere’s a very pretty floral nose on this cremant, with lovely white peach and apple. It’s slightly off-dry with a rich, fruity flavour to balance out some bracing acidity. (4/5)

Pierre Sparr Cremant d’Alsace Brut Reserve, Alsace FRANCE

$18.95/750 ml, 12.5% ABV, Pinot Blanc