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From the Cellar

Just because I started a website called doesn't mean it's All-Ontario-All-the-Time. When I kick back at night my mood (and sometimes my curiosity) decides my wine of choice. And the title should read, "Uncorked and Un-Screwed Tonight" ... but that just sounds wrong.

Santar - Volver (Portugal / Spain)

29 Jan 2019


(April 1, 2018) ... A night of old Portugal and more recent Spain ...

Casa de Santar 2000 Castas de Santar (Portugal) ... A Dao blend of 40% Touriga Nacional, 30% Tinta Roriz and 30% Alfroheiro Preto - Lots of forest floor, dried cherry and earthy notes along with licorice, and a surprisingly fresh acidity that carries with it a savoury note - delicious for it's age and would be so even if it were a younger wine.

Tarima HillBodegas Volver 2011 Tarima Hill (Spain) ... A much younger, darker and fruitier wine that has plenty of plum, black cherry, black licorice, white pepper, and mocha. Delicious, full-bodied and worth every sip.


A Wine Before I Go (Spain)

06 Jan 2019



(December 27, 2017) ... One more wine from my own cellar before I head off to Australia and New Zealand ...

Zinio 2015 Garnacha (Spain) ... Rioja has never been a favourite of mine, the old school versions are just dated to me and seem to lean on oxidized and dried fruit along with forest floor instead of fruit, but as the new school of winemakers take hold they are bridging the gap and making Rioja seem relevant again ... case in point, this Zino has lots of up front fruit, namely cherry and plum backed by elegant spices, it's a little lean but ultimately it's a tasty wine with a spiced-cherry finish and 14.5% alcohol ... it really bridges the gap between the old school Rioja and the contemporary winemaking of other regions in Spain.


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