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.

Taste Oregon: A Journey of Discovery

19 Jun 2018

(April 10, 2018) ...

There was a lot of exciting wines to taste at the Taste Oregon show back in April 2018 in Toronto – no way to taste them all in one afternoon – but here is a smattering of some of the best wines I found

click on the wine name for full review

Pinot Noirs ...

Adelsheim 2015 Pinot Noir, Breaking Ground ... (*** ½+)
Adlesheim 2013 Pinot Noir, Elizabeth’s Reserve ... (****)
Chehalem 2015 Pinot Noir, Ridgecrest Vineyards ... (****+)
Domaine Roy & Fils 2015 Pinot Noir, Yamill-Carlton Incline ... (****+)
Elk Cove Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir, Mount Richmond ... (*** ½+)

Hyland Estates 2015 Pinot Noir, Coury ... (****)
Valley View Winery 2014 Pinot Noir ... (*** ½+)
Walter Scott 2016 Pinot Noir, Sojourner ... (*** ½+)
Willamette Valley Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir Estate ... (****)

Chardonnays ...

Foris Vineyards 2016 Chardonnay ... (****)
Hyland Estates 2016 Chardonnay, Old Vine ... (****)
Iris Vineyards 2014 Chardonnay ... (****)

Other Grape Varieities ...

Valley View Winery 2014 Tempranillo


Ontario Wine Reviews: 59 Wines from 39 Wineries

06 Jun 2018

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)

Niagara Escarpment

Aure 2012 Cabernet Franc Reserve
Flat Rock 2015 Chardonnay, Good Karma
Fogolar Wines 2015 Cabernet Franc, Picone Vineyard
Henry of Pelham 2016 Cabernet-Merlot
Kacaba 2014 Syrah, Terraced Vineyard
London Born Wine Company 2016 Gamay, Holburn
Malivoire 2016 Viognier, Stouck Vineard
Redstone 2013 Cabernet Franc, Redstone Vineyard
Redstone 2016 Pinot Gris
Redstone 2016 Rosé

Rockway Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Franc, Small Lot
Tawse 2014 Pinot Noir, Growers Blend
Tawse 2015 Sparkling Rosé, Quarry Road Vineyard
Tawse 2016 Gamay Noir, unfiltered
Tawse 2016 Gewurztraminer, Quarry Road Vineyard
Thirty Bench 2015 Riesling, Wild Cask “Small Lot”
Vineland 2015 Cabernet, Elevation
Westcott 2016 Temperance


Between the Lines 2015 Chardonnay Reserve
Cattail Creek 2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Chateau des Charmes 2014 Riesling, Old Vines
Chateau des Charmes 2015 Pinot Noir Estate
Chateau des Charmes 2016 Chardonnay, Barrel Fermented
EastDell 2011 Cuvee Brut
iCellars 2016 Riesling Icewine
iCellars 2017 Sauvignon Blanc
iCellars 2017 Cabernet Franc Rosé
Joseph’s 2009 Pinot Noir, Proprietor’s Grand Reserve
Lakeview 2016 Viognier

Marynissen 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Platinum Series
Marynissen 2015 Pinot Noir, Platinum Series
Niagara College 2016 Viognier
Peller 2012 Merlot, Andrew Peller Signature Series
Pillitteri 2013 Cabernet Franc Icewine
Pillitteri 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine Reserve
Pillitteri 2015 Cabernet Franc Icewine Reserve
Pillitteri 2015 Cabernet-Merlot
Pondview 2014 Cabernet Franc, Bella Terra
Trius 2016 Pinot Gris, Guardian – Clark Farm
Trius 2016 Viognier
Two Sisters 2015 Senza
Wayne Gretzky 2015 Pinot Noir, Estate Series
Wayne Gretzky 2016 Baco Noir

Prince Edward County

Casa-Dea Estates 2015 Cabernet Franc
Closson Chase 2015 Pinot Noir, Churchside Vineyard
Closson Chase 2016 Chardonnay, South Clos
Closson Chase 2016 Mosaic
Del-Gatto 2016 Pinotage, Odyssey
Del-Gatto 2016 Vidal
Huff Estates 2017 Rosé

Karlo Estates 2015 Marquette
Karlo Estates 2016 Pinot Noir
Lacey Estates 2017 Chardonnay INOX
Lacey Estates 2017 Rosé, Emily
Lighthall 2016 Chardonnay, Ramirez Vineyard
Sandbanks 2015 Foch-Baco Noir, Sleeping Giant
Trail Estates 2016 Chardonnay
Trail Estates 2016 Pinot Noir


Adamo 2015 Chardonnay Oaked, Willms Vineyard






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