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

Sweet vs. Fortified Wines

Mar
21

Wines from the March 21, 2016 blind tasting.

Compare a classic Canadian ice wine to a New World white port.

Trail Estate Ice Riesling 2014, Ontario CANADA
$38.00/200 ml, 11.0% ABV, Riesling

Karlo Estates Van Alstine White Port 2013, Prince Edward County CANADA
$29.00/500 ml, 18.0% ABV, Frontenac Blanc, Traminette

Oak Fermentation

Mar
21

Wines from the March, 2015 blind tasting.

These wines have been barrel-fermented to extract maximum oak characteristics. Taste the unique flavour profiles of oak expressed in three different grape varietals.

Kettle Valley Pinot Gris 2013, British Columbia CANADA
$24.00/750 ml, 13.6% ABV, Pinot Gris

Norman Hardie Cuvee “L” Chardonnay 2012, Ontario CANADA
$69.00/750 ml, 12.4% ABV, Chardonnay

The Grinder Pinotage 2012, Swartland SOUTH AFRICA
$13.95/750 ml, 14.0% ABV, Pinotage

Sparkling Wines

Apr
27

Wines from the April 27, 2015 blind tasting.

Compare high-low pairs of sparkling wine from around the world. Decide for yourself what’s worth the splurge and where you can save.

Peller Estates Ice Cuvée NV, Niagara Peninsula CANADA
$31.95/750 ml, 12.0% ABV, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
paired with
Colio Estate Wines Viva Spumante NV, Lake Erie North Shore CANADA
$7.95/750 ml, 5.0% ABV, Vidal (90%), Muscat (10%)

G. H. Mumm Brut Cordon Rouge NV, Champagne FRANCE
$64.95/750 ml, 12.0% ABV, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
paired with
Mumm Napa Brut Prestige NV, California USA
$25.95/750 ml, 13.0% ABV, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne NV, Champagne FRANCE
$67.95/750 ml, 12.0% ABV, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
paired with
Paul Delane Crémant de Bourgogne Réserve NV, Burgundy FRANCE
$20.10/750 ml, 12.0% ABV, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Aligoté

Old World Classics

Mar
30

Wines from the March 30, 2015 tasting.

These wines define the varietals and countries they hail from. Taste through some of the most famous styles of wine from the Old World.

Paco & Lola Albariño 2013, Rias Baixas SPAIN
$18.95/750 ml, 12.5% ABV, Albariño

Ernst Loosen Villa Wolf Riesling 2013, Pfalz GERMANY
$14.60/750 ml, 11.0% ABV, Riesling

Héritiers Dubois Vouvray 2013, Vouvray FRANCE
$16.95/750 ml, 11.0% ABV, Chenin Blanc

Pajun Barbera d’Alba Superiore 2009, Piedmont ITALY
$17.95/750 ml, 14.0% ABV, Barbera

Louis Jadot Bourgogne 2013, Burgundy FRANCE
$21.95/750 ml, 12.5% ABV, Pinot Noir

Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2010, Rioja SPAIN
$23.85/750 ml, 14.0% ABV, Tempranillo blend

Alsace

Feb
23

Wines from the February 23, 2015 regional tasting.

Taste through the major varietals grown in Alsace, France. Mostly white wines will be poured along with regional food pairings.

Pierre Sparr Pinot Blanc NV, Alsace FRANCE
$18.95/750 ml, 12.5% ABV, Pinot Blanc

Henri Ehrhart Pinot Gris Reserve Particuliere 2013, Alsace FRANCE
$18.95/750 ml, 13.0% ABV, Pinot Gris

Jean Biecher & Fils Riesling 2012, Alsace FRANCE
$14.95/750 ml, 12.0% ABV, Riesling

Trimbach Riesling 2012, Alsace FRANCE
$21.95/750 ml, 12.5% ABV, Riesling

Joseph Cattin Gewurztraminer 2012, Alsace FRANCE
$17.95/750 ml, 13.5% ABV, Gewurztraminer

Darting Pinot Noir 2011, Pfalz GERMANY
$19.95/750 ml, 14.0% ABV, Pinot Noir

 

Wine Styles

Jan
26

Wines from the January 26, 2015 blind tasting.

An intro to some of the major wine styles, including Old World, New World, whites, reds, sparkling, single varietals and blends. *Blind Tasting

Cavas Hill 1887 Brut NV, Penedès SPAIN
$13.20/750 ml, 11.5% ABV, Xarel·lo (50%), Macabeo (35%), Parellada (15%)

Jean-Marc Bouchard Le Vielles Vignes de Sainte Claire 2013, Chablis FRANCE
$24.95/750 ml, 12.5% ABV, Chardonnay

Lailey Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Niagara CANADA
$19.95/750 ml, 12.0% ABV, Sauvignon Blanc

Wolf Blass Gold Label Chardonnay 2013, Adelaide Hills AUSTRALIA
$24.95/750 ml, 13.0% ABV, Chardonnay

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages 2013, Beaujolais FRANCE
$13.95/750 ml, 12.3% ABV, Gamay

Le Clos Jordanne Village Reserve Pinot Noir 2011, Niagara CANADA
$30.00/750 ml, 13.5% ABV, Pinot Noir

Domaine Puig-Parahy Cuvée Georges 2011, Midi FRANCE
$16.95/750 ml, 14.5% ABV, Syrah, Carignan, Grenache

Remo Farina Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2012, Veneto ITALY
$16.95/750 ml, 13.0% ABV, Corvina (65%), Rondinella (20%), Molinara (5%), Other (10%)