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.

Hill & Dale 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz (South Africa)

19 Mar 2017

Hill & Dale 2003

(December 29, 2016) ... My last notable wine of 2016 was this Hill & Dale 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz which, when I posted on Facebook and Instagram, many thought it was Over-the-Hill & Dale, and I would have thought so too, so wasn't I pleasantly surprised to find out that not only wasn't this wine completely dead, but actually was drinking quite well; sure it was old and showed its age but there was no reason I could find not to drink it: leathery notes with mocha/coffee, and some smoky - peppery-ness to the finish ... paint me impressed.

Christmas Eve with a Joel Gott (California)

08 Mar 2017

Joel GOtt 2014

(December 24, 2016) ... Over the Christmas "break" I tasted many bottles of wine, but I have to hand it to my new nephew (and friend) Michael - first off he has the right name - and second for bringing the bottle of Joel Gott 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, 815 ... it was a party we both attended and I had been given a bottle by my buddy Dave, a 3L Trader Joe's Veneto Rosso that cost him $20 ... not sure if this was a gag gift or a you-gotta-try-this gift, it was a pleasant bottle, but nothing earth-shattering (considering the price what did I expect, honestly), but Mike brought the Joel Gott and saved me from having to drink the Rosso on my own: mocha, black cherry, plum, touch of cedar and enough depth to make it interesting.


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