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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.

International Wine Round Up

15 Nov 2019

I taste a lot of wines through Vintages and various tasting around town and abroad - but these wines crossed my desk and needed tasting, so I did that too … these are either at or are coming soon to the LCBO, you can link to the full review by clicking on the wines name or you can just see the score beside the name (it’s up to you)

Argentina …

Argento 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva ... (*** ½) Argento
Argento 2017 Chardonnay ... (***)
Luigi Bosca 2016 Malbec, Single Vineyard ... (*** ½+)

 


Australia …

Best's WineBest’s 2016 Shiraz, Bin 1 ... (*** ½+)

 

 


France …

Domaine Barons de Rothschild 2016 Legende Medoc ... (*** ½)
Drapier NV Brut Nature ... (*** ½+)
Gerard Bertrand 2018 Viognier Reserve Speciale ... (*** ½) Gerard Bertrand
Gerard Bertrand 2017 Fitou ... (*** ½)
Jean Claude Mas 2017 Merlot, Les Tannes en Occitanie ... (****)
Les Vignerons de Buzet 2018 Sans ... (*** ½)
Mouton Cadet 2016 Bordeaux ... (*** ½)


Kim CrawfordNew Zealand …

Kim Crawford 2019 Pinot Gris ... (***+)


Portugal …

Curvos 2018 Loureira ... (*** ½)

Curvos

South Africa …

Nederburg 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, The Winemasters ... (*** ½+) Nederburg
Fleur du Cap 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Essence du Cap ... (***+)


United States …

Fess Parker 2016 Pinot Noir, Sta Rita Hills ... (*** ½)
Franciscan 2017 Sauvignon Blanc ... (***+)
Kendall-Jackson 2017 Pinot Gris Vintners Reserve ... (***+)
Robert Mondavi 2015 Chardonnay, Napa Valley ... (*** ½)
Simi 2017 Chardonnay, Sonoma County ... (*** ½)
The Ultimate Long Shot 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon ... (*** ½)
Tom Gore 2017 Sauvignon Blanc ... (***+)

Tom Gore

 

Report from : Flights of Chardonnay i4C – 2019

11 Nov 2019

July 19, 2019 ... Another great night for Flights of Chardonnay, there was a threat of rain and thunderstorms earlier in the day so they called off the extra ticket sales, which meant more leg and shoulder room for those in attendance … but it was another sweltering evening and many were finished pouring within an hour and a half to two hours of starting (who wants to be in the heat when you can liberate yourself by serving up a larger “tasting”) … as for the wines – Ontario showed well, but I was after the stuff that I had not tried before and so here is my list of the wines that pulled off the impossible – making me like Chardonnay:

Four Stars and Above … click on wine name for full review
Benjamin Bridge 2013 Reserve Brut – Nova Scotia, Canada … ****
De Wetshof Estate 2018 Robertson Chardonnay Limestone Hill – South Africa … ****
Marcel Cabelier 2016 Cremant de Jura – Jura, France … ****+ Cremant de Jura

Three-and-a-Half-Plus stars …
Black Hills 2017 Chardonnay – British Columbia, Canada
Esk Valley 2017 Chardonnay – New Zealand
Quails’ Gate 2017 Chardonnay – British Columbia, Canada

Three-and-a-Half stars …
Catena Zapata 2017 High Mountains Chardonnay – Argentina
Domaine Laroche 2018 Saint Martin – Chablis, France
Ha Ha Wine Company 2017 Marlbrough Chardonnay – New Zealand
Paul Cluver Wines 2017 Estate Chardonnay – South Africa
Vina Echeverria NV Nina Brut, Blanc de Blancs – Chile

Three-Plus stars …
Moillard 2017 Bourgogne Chardonnay – Burgundy, France


Finally, the three Ontario Chardonnays I tasted for the first time … (wine name linked to full review)

Cloudsley Cellars 2017 Chardonnay, Twenty Mile Bench … (****+)
Westcott Vineyards 2017 Chardonnay Estate … (****)
Ravine Vineyard 2016 Chardonnay Reserve … (*** ½)

 

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