Cask & Barrel

Norman Hardie Riesling 2015


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

Collective Arts Saint of Circumstance Citrus Blonde Ale


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


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

Angel’s Gate Pinot Gris 2015


This wine saw some neutral oak barrels, giving it a pretty golden straw colour. I love the complexity of the nose, with beautiful notes of honey, mushroom, and stewed apple. The palate doesn’t live up to the aromas, and there isn’t enough flavour to balance out the dry, slightly tannic mouthfeel. (3.5/5)

Angel’s Gate Pinot Gris 2015, Ontario CANADA

$14.95/750 ml, 13.5% ABV, Pinot Gris

Collective Arts State of Mind Session IPA


Session IPAs are my favourite style of beer; I love the big hop flavour and the low alcohol content. This one is a little heavy on the bitterness, which would be fine for a regular IPA but takes away from the sessionable quality of this beer. (4/5)

Collective Arts State of Mind Session IPA, CANADA 

4.4% ABV

Trail Estate Baco Nouveau 2016


A purple hue and concord grape aroma announce the juicy, jam flavour of this Baco Noir. The tightly wound acidity and concentrated flavours make for a wine that drinks like a mouthful of fresh berries. The most refreshing Baco Noir you will ever taste, with a here-and-gone finish that’s perfect for non-red drinkers to ease into the style. (4/5)

Trail Estate Baco Nouveau 2016, Ontario CANADA

$25.00/750 ml, 11.2% ABV, Baco Noir

Nickel Brook Head Stock India Pale Ale


There’s a great balance of fruity, hopped flavour and rich malt. This beer reminds me of another craft beer I had years ago when I first getting into microbrews and it definitely has a nostalgic element for me. Love it. (4.5/5)

Nickel Brook Head Stock India Pale Ale, CANADA 

7.0% ABV

Collective Arts Rhyme & Reason Extra Pale Ale


Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling 2015


featherstone-black-sheep-riesling-2015Delicious, ripe stone fruit and sweet lemon-lime jump out of the glass. There’s great body and rich fruit flavour, paired with excellent balance make this a prime example of Ontario Riesling. (4.5/5)

Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling 2015, Ontario CANADA

$16.95/750 ml, 9.8% ABV, Riesling


Trail Estate Hughes Vineyard Riesling 2015


trail-estate-rieslingThis wild-ferment Riesling has a pretty, perfumed nose of lemon and sweet orange. It’s off-dry, but has plenty of minerality and tart acid to balance it out. The restrained palate of candied lime makes it a great apertif, with a clean finish leaving you thirsty for more. (4/5)

Trail Estate Hughes Vineyard Riesling 2015, Ontario CANADA

$28.00/750 ml, 10.0% ABV, Riesling