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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: 92 Wines from 35 Wineries

17 Sep 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

13th Street 2016 Cabernet-Merlot
13th Street 2017 Pinot Gris, Creek Shores

Angels Gate 2016 Pinot Gris
Angels Gate 2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Angels Gate 2016 Shine

Featherstone 2016 Cuvee Joy Rosé
Featherstone 2017 Sauvignon Blanc

Fielding 2015 Pinot Noir, Lowrey Vineyard
Fielding 2016 Rock Pile Red

Flat Rock Cellars 2015 Chardonnay, Rusty Shed

Henry of Pelham 2015 Family Tree White
Henry of Pelham 2016 Chardonnay
Henry of Pelham 2016 Family Tree White
Henry of Pelham 2016 Riesling, Speck Family Reserve
Henry of Pelham 2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Henry of Pelham 2016 Sibling Rivalry Red
Henry of Pelham 2017 Pinot Grigio
Henry of Pelham 2017 Pinot Noir
Henry of Pelham 2017 Riesling
Henry of Pelham 2017 Riesling, Estate
Henry of Pelham 2017 Rosé

Hidden Bench 2017 Rosé, Locust Lane

Honsberger 2017 Riesling

Kacaba 2016 Chardonnay, Oak Aged
Kacaba 2017 Pinot Gris, Jennifer’s
Kacaba 2017 Rosé, Rebecca
Kacaba 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Susan’s

KEW Vineyards 2013 Tradition
KEW Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay, Old Vines

Leaning Post 2015 Pinot Noir
Leaning Post 2017 Sauvignon Blanc

London Born 2016 Pinot Blanc, South Kensington

Malivoire NV Bisous Brut (2018)
Malivoire 2017 Melon
Malivoire 2017 Rosé, Ladybug
Malivoire 2017 Rosé, Moira

Megalomaniac NV Bubblehead (2018)
Megalomaniac 2016 Riesling, Grounded
Megalomaniac 2017 Personality
Megalomaniacs 2017 Riesling, Narcissist
Megalomaniac 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Savvy
Megalomaniac 2017 Savagnin, Eccentric

Organized Crime 2017 Sauvignon Blanc
Organized Crime 2017 The Mischief

Domaine Queylus 2015 Chardonnay Tradition
Domaine Queylus 2015 Chardonnay Tradition
Domaine Queylus 2015 Pinot Noir, Signature
Domaine Queylus 2015 Sept Terroir

Redstone 2016 Viognier, Redfoot Vineyard

Tawse 2013 Cabernet Franc, Redfoot Vineyard
Tawse 2016 Riesling, Carly’s Block
Tawse 2017 Chardonnay Unoaked

The Farm 2015 Pinot Noir, Black Label

Thirty Bench NV Riesling, Sparkling
Thirty Bench 2015 Merlot, Small Lot
Thirty Bench 2015 Pinot Noir, Small Lot
Thirty Bench 2016 Riesling, Steel Post
Thirty Bench 2016 Riesling, Wild Cask
Thirty Bench 2016 Riesling, Winemaker’s Blend
Thirty Bench 2016 Riesling, Wood Post


Chateau des Charmes 2016 Pinot Noir Estate
Chateau des Charmes 2017 Sauvignon Blanc

Five Rows 2017 Riesling
Five Rows 2017 Sauvignon Blanc

Pondview 2016 Viognier
Pondview 2017 Chardonnay Sur Lie
Pondview 2017 Vidal, Lot 74 Sparkling
Pondview 2017 Skipping Stone

Reif Estate 2014 Cabernet Franc, Cherry Wood

Stratus 2017 Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon, Tollgate

Prince Edward County

Closson Chase 2017 Mosaic

Hinterland 2017 Ancestral
Hinterland 2017 Whitecap

Huff Estates 2015 Cuvee Peter F. Huff
Huff Estates 2015 Merlot, South Bay Vineyard
Huff Estates 2017 Pinot Gris
Huff Estates 2017 Rosé
Huff Estates 2017 Chardonnay Unoaked

Keint-he 2014 Pinot Noir, Greer Road
Keint-he 2016 Pinot Gris
Keint-he 2016 Riesling, Voyageur
Keint-he 2017 Arrow-Matic White
Keint-he 2017 Rosé, Portage

Lighthall 2016 Pinot Noir
Lighthall 2017 Progressive
Lighthall 2017 The Fence

Rosehall Run 2016 Certain Ratio
Rosehall Run 2016 Riesling, Acid Head

Sandbanks 2016 Cabernet-Merlot, Shoreline

Stanners 2016 Pinot Noir

Other Regions

Alton Farms 2015 Cabernet Franc

Holland Marsh Wineries 2016 Merlot Reserve








Drinking with my B-I-L (Italy / California / Argentina / South Africa)

15 Aug 2018


(December 23, 2016) ... Suddenly my brother-in-law fancies himself a wine drinker - I am happy to oblige and especially if it can help empty the Christmas case from Virgin Wine Club - it means I don't have to claim as much (and get dinged with duty) at the border ... so I gave him a glass and we drank and talked a little wine ... I'm proud of you Chuck:

AsadoFontana Della Giovinezza 2012 Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva (Italy) ... an 18 month in oak Cannonau (aka Granache) that smelled of plum, boysenberry, and spice with flavours of cigar box, spice, baked black fruit; it ended with a drying note of coffee and leather

SpierAsado 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Argentina) ... a simplistic wine that doled out some very nice aromas and flavours: blackberry, cassis and smoke plus blueberry, mocha, pepper, and black cherry.

Spier 2015 North Bank Malbec (South Africa) ... it was typically South African with a tarry, truck tire finish and smell but there was also a mocha mid and silky entry that saved this one Raymondfrom being a "down the sink" wine.

Raymond 2015 'The Inaugural' Cabernet Sauvignon (California) ... talk about typical this one had California markings in spades with plenty of raspberry, blackberry and cassis; all fruit, very gulpable.


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