Cask & Barrel

Bolla Valpolicella Classico 2015


Descendants Harbinger American Pale Ale


Norman Hardie Cuvée de Roche 2014


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


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


Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling 2015


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

Domaine Allimant-Laugner Cremant D’Alsace


domaine-allimant-laugner-cremant-dalsaceThis is one of those Cremants that would be a suitable substitute for Champagne. It’s got the yeasty character and enough complexity to raise it above the usual under-$20 sparkling wines. Some pretty lemon and apple flavour too. (4/5)

Domaine Allimant-Laugner Cremant D’Alsace, Alsace FRANCE

$19.95/750 ml, 12.5% ABV