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Ontario Reviews : The Best Wines of Taste Ontario 2019

22 Mar 2019

A Little Rant Before We Begin ... 

This week I’m looking at the wines that super-impressed me at Taste Ontario last month … 8 wines in total from the 50 wineries in attendance (plus a couple of bonus wines).   Taste Ontario is a great showcase for Ontario wineries to get their wares in front of writers, sommeliers and buyers (restaurant and others), which is why I found it incredibly insulting that the glassware used to showcase those wines could only be described as sub-par at best.  If we are going to change the minds of restaurants and sommeliers about the unique and special nature of Ontario wines it certainly isn’t going to happen using a glass like the one being forced upon attendees at Taste Ontario. It’s time to step it up Taste Ontario organizers – spend a little extra for better stems, wineries would certainly appreciate the effort – they put their best wines forward in the bottle – organizers need to help them take that final step and get better glassware to heighten the first sip experience, otherwise you’re handcuffing wineries at the worst possible moment: if you want to know how passionately I believe the wrong done to Ontario winemakers was, listen to this Two Guys Talking Wine podcast.  And now, with all that off my chest let’s look at the best wines at the show:

 Click on the wines name to see the full review:

Adamo 2016 Merlot, Edgerock ... (****+)

Domaine Queylus 2016 Cabernet Franc, Tradition ... (****+)

Flat Rock Cellars 2017 Chardonnay ... (****+)

Malivoire 2016 Pinot Noir, Small Lot ... (****+)

Muscedere Vineyards 2016 Meritage ... (****+)

Redstone 2015 Syrah, Estate ... (****+)

Stratus 2017 Gamay ... (****+)

Vieni Estates 2013 Appassimento Classic Method Private Reserve ... (****+)

 

Bonus Wines …

Flat Rock Cellars 2017 Pinot Noir ... (****+)

Stratus 2016 Cabernet Franc ... (****+)

 

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Ontario Reviews : The Best of Taste Ontario 2019

 

 

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