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On the Road with the Grape Guy

On the Road with the Grape Guy is a on-going feature that follows me from event to event ... I post my thoughts, feelings and reviews of what happened and what I tasted ... basically it is here that I review the events I attend and the things that thrilled me.

Ontario Wine Reviews: 53 Wines from 24 Wineries

26 Jan 2020

Not all reviews make the newsletter, there's just so many good wines and not enough space ... so every three to six months (or so) I clear out the backlog of wines ... here are the reviews that were written but until now have never seen the light of day. 

(click on the wine name to link to the full review)

Lake Erie North Shore

Nothing this time round


Niagara Escarpment

Creekside 2016 Malbec, UndercurrentCreekside
Creekside 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Backyard Bubbly
Flat Rock Cellars 2018 Pinot Noir
Flat Rock Cellars 2018 Riesling, Nadja’s Vineyard
Harbour Estates 2010 Merlot, Family Reserve
Harbour Estates 2012 Premier Vintage, Family Reserve
Harbour Estates 2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Harbour Estates 2018 Pinot Grigio

Henry of Pelham 2018 Fume Blanc
Henry of Pelham 2018 Pinot Noir
Henry of Pelham 2018 Riesling Estate
KacabaKacaba 2017 Cabernet
Kacaba 2018 Chardonnay Unoaked
Legends 2016 Merlot Reserve
Legends 2016 Petit Verdot

Malivoire 2017 Cabernet Franc
Malivoire 2017 Gamay, CourtneyMalivoire
Malivoire 2018 Gamay, Small Lot
Malivoire 2018 Viognier, Stouck Vineyard
Organized Crime 2017 Petit Verdot



Between the LinesBetween the Lines 2017 Pinot Noah Reserve
Between the Lines 2017 Lemberger Reserve
Big Head NV Big Bang
Big Head 2018 Gamay Noir

De Simone 2017 Chardonnay
De Simone 2017 Riesling
De Simone 2017 Vidal Blanc SparklingDeSimone
Hinterbrook 2016 Cabernet Franc
Hinterbrook 2016 Wanderlust
Hinterbrook 2018 Merlot Ripasso
Hinterbrook 2018 Pinot Noir Rosé

Inniskillin 2017 Vidal Icewine Gold
InniskillinInniskillin 2018 Riesling Icewine
Pillitteri 2018 Pinot 2 (squared)
Pondview 2016 Blanc de Blanc
Pondview 2017 Chardonnay Sur Lie
Pondview 2017 Viognier

Reif Estate 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, First Growth
Reif Estates 2016 Merlot, First Growth
Strewn 2016 Chardonnay, Canadian OakStrewn
Strewn 2018 Pinot Grigio
Strewn 2018 Robust Rosé
Trius 2018 Gamay Noir


 Prince Edward County

Closson ChaseClosson Chase 2017 Pinot Noir, Closson Chase Vineyard
Hinterland 2018 Chardonnay, L’Imparfait Negociant - Quarry Road
Huff Estates 2018 Pinot Grigio
Keint-he 2016 Pinot Noir Portage

Long Dog 2014 Chardonnay, Bella Bella
Long Dog 2015 Chardonnay, Bella BellaLong Dog
Long Dog 2015 Pinot Noir, Otto
Long Dog 2016 Pinot Noir, Top Dog


Other Regions & Virtual Wineries

Meldville Meldville 2018 Chardonnay, 4th Edition




The Wines of Boekenhoutskloof w/ Marc Kent

22 Jan 2020

(October 2019) ... Marc Kent, Managing Partner & Technical Director of Boekenhoutskloof, addressed a small group of writers and sommeliers to introduce (or re-introduce) them to the wines of Boekenhoutskloof, a winery with a long name, a short history and yet wines you’ve most certainly seen on shelves (of the LCBO and other places), but may not immediately have had any indication that they came from this 7 million bottle (across all their properties) production house.

Marc welcomed us all by saying he loves when “like-minded people get together” to share wine, “we might never get rich, but we’ll have a god time being poor.”

We travelled through a range of South African wine appellations and introduced ourselves to the newest ( 2 years old ) : Cape Town appellation – the others are relatively known to oenophiles, Stellenbosch, Swartland and the tiniest of them Franschhoek (which makes up only 1% of national plantings).  Boeken Cabernets

Here is a list of the wines I tried that impressed – 15 were poured, 11 were scored and full reviews can be linked through to by clicking on the wine name:

Vinologist 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Cape Town … (*** ½)
Porcupine Ridge 2019 Chenin Blanc, Swartland … (*** ½+)
Patina 2017 Chenin Blanc, Swartland … (*** ½)
Porcupine Ridge 2018 Syrah, Swartland … (*** ½)
Patina 2017 Syrah, Swartland … (*** ½)
Boekenhoutskloof 2017 The Chocolate Block, Swartland … (*** ½+)
Boekenhoutskloof 2015 Syrah, Swartland … (****)
Vinologist 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Swartland … (*** ½)
Boekenhoutskloof 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch … (**** ½)
Boekenhoutskloof 2015 Semillon, Franschhoek … (*** ½)
Boekenhoutskloof 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Franschhoek … (****)


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