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.

Meet the New Baby (France / Australia)

05 May 2017

 Gimarets(June 4, 2016) ... Spring is here and friends came over to dinner with their new baby (and older child) in tow and for the most part I was on my own for what to drink so I started with something light and refreshing:

Water WheelGimeret 2011 Beaujolais, it was light and pleasant and exactly what I was looking for in a starter wine: great fruit, ripe cherry, nice acidity, I could have happily and easily had this one all night. But that was not to be the case, instead I also opened a Water Wheel 2004 Shiraz, Bendigo (just to go older and funky) - spiced plum dominated with a whopping 15.5% alcohol - then there was the addition of mocha, chocolate, and cafe latte, finishing with a rich strawberry-balsamic note.


Rosemount 2006 GSM, Show Reserve (Australia)

30 Apr 2017

Rosemount GSM

(January 18, 2017) ... I opened up an ageing-box (a mixed case of wines I lie down), found this Rosemount wine and immediately cracked the cap. I remember this wine as a gorgeous bit of GSM magic, and picking it up at 20% off at a smaller retail location that may not have realized the liquid gold they were sitting on.  Now we're a decade from vintage date and maybe 7 years from my last tasting ... What I found was plenty of black fruits remained intact along with pepper and a healthy dollop of plum ... Finish stuck mainly to smoky black cherry along with vanilla and cinnamon notes. As time wore on the wine muted and dulled a little but that initial hour (or so) brought me back.


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