Cask & Barrel

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

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

Descendants Harbinger American Pale Ale

Mar
06

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

Angel’s Gate Pinot Gris 2015

Feb
20

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

Feb
13

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