Cask & Barrel

Norman Hardie Riesling 2015

May
01

Consistently great Riesling in the perfect off-dry style. Strikes the perfect balance of sugar, acid, alcohol, and lime flavour. The rich texture and long finish might make you think the wine is sweeter than it actually is, but there’s no cloying sugar on the tongue. (4.5/5)

Norman Hardie Riesling 2015, Ontario CANADA

$21.00/750 ml, 9.8% abv, Riesling

The Dreaming Tree Chardonnay 2014

Apr
24

Moselland Bernkasteler Kurfurstlay Riesling 2014

Apr
17

My favourite Riesling aromas of white peach, lime, and slate are promising. There’s a tiny bit of effervescence and minerality, but not enough acid to balance out the sweetness. The alcohol stands out in the finish considering it’s only 10% abv. Not bad for the price, but a few more dollars should get you a much more balanced wine. (3.5/5)

Moselland Bernkasteler Kurfurstlay Riesling 2014, Mosel GERMANY

$10.95/750 ml, 10.0% abv, Riesling

County Road Beer Farmhouse Saison

Apr
10

The first beer I ever tasted from County Road Beer, and it gets better every time I go back. Perfect balance of alcohol, aromatics, bitterness, and a little bit of sour. This is the beer I want to have a full pint of after I’ve finished a tasting flight at the brew pub. (4.5/5)

County Road Beer Company County Road 3 Farmhouse Saison, CANADA 

6.6% ABV

Collective Arts Saint of Circumstance Citrus Blonde Ale

Apr
03

I love when citrus ales have only a hint of citrus. This Citrus Blonde Ale has a very slight note of lemon peel on the finish, and enough malt flavour to give it a bit more weight than your usual summer wheat beer. (3.5/5)

Collective Arts Saint of Circumstance Citrus Blonde Ale, CANADA 

4.7% ABV

Trail Estate Chardonnay Musqué 2015

Mar
27

Trail Estate Chardonnay MusquéBeautifully perfumed nose with rich tropical fruit and floral notes. The palate is surprisingly textured with some body from neutral oak aging, and flavours reminiscent of Viognier. Wines like these are a great compromise for the oaky Chard and aromatic white drinkers.  (4/5)

Trail Estate Chardonnay Musqué 2015, Ontario CANADA

$26.00/750 ml, 12.6% abv, Chardonnay Musqué

Bolla Valpolicella Classico 2015

Mar
20

bolla valpolicella classicoVery pretty cherry and violet bouquet. I love this style of Valpolicella — light-bodied and delicate with flavours of red fruit, cherry, and chocolate. It’s easy drinking, refreshing, and a great value red. (4/5)

Bolla Valpolicella Classico 2015, Veneto ITALY

$13.95/750 ml, 12.5% abv

County Road Beer Marzen

Mar
13

Descendants Harbinger American Pale Ale

Mar
06

American Pale Ales are usually more hop-forward than the Harbinger. There’s plenty of earthy, fruity hop flavour here, but it’s nicely balanced with a malty sweetness. Well made and very drinkable. (4.5/5)

Descendants Beer & Beverage Co. Harbinger American Pale Ale, CANADA 

5.5% ABV

Norman Hardie Cuvée de Roche 2014

Feb
27

This is probably my favourite style of Chardonnay, bursting with super bright lemon aromas and flavours. There is very minimal oak character, instead lots of fresh, tart acid to finish. One of the few oaked Chardonnays I would sip on its own without food. (4/5)

Norman Hardie Cuvée de Roche 2014, Ontario CANADA

$35.00/750 ml, Chardonnay