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.

Washington Story 1 : Matthews vs Tenor

23 Apr 2019

 

(March 2019) ... Are Matthews wine and Tenor wines two different wineries under the same roof? No … the difference between the two labels is style of winemaking, according to owner Bryan Otis.  Matthews showcases the art of the blend – even wines named “Merlot” have other grapes added in; while Tenor is all about varietal expression – the wines are all 100% mono-varietal, sourced from a variety of vineyards around Washington State. Which wines are better is totally up to the taster and his or her taste, but here’s a look at some of those wines … click on the wine name to read the full review.

Are Matthews wine and Tenor wines two different wineries under the same roof? No … the difference between the two labels is style of winemaking, according to owner Bryan Otis.  Matthews showcases the art of the blend – even wines named “Merlot” have other grapes added in; while Tenor is all about varietal expression – the wines are all 100% mono-varietal, sourced from a variety of vineyards around Washington State. Which wines are better is totally up to the taster and his or her taste, but here’s a look at some of those wines … click on the wine name to read the full review.

Matthews’ Best …

2018 Sauvignon Blanc … (*** ½)

2015 Claret … (****+)

2016 Claret … (****)

2015 Reserve Claret … (****+)


Tenor’s Best …

2016 Sauvignon Blanc … (*** ½)

2016 Chardonnay … (*** ½+)

2013 Merlot … (****)

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon … (**** ½)

2016 Malbec … (****+)

2016 Syrah … (****+)

 

 

 

Ontario Wine Reviews: 62 Wines from 33 Wineries

11 Apr 2019

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

Colio Estate 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Bricklayer’s Reward
North 42 Degrees 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Black Series

 

Niagara Escarpment

16 Mile Cellar 2014 Chardonnay, Civility
16 Mile Cellar 2014 Chardonnay, Rebel
16 Mile Cellar 2017 Renegade Rosé

Back 10 Cellars 2017 Pinot Noir, Blood Sweat & Years
Back 10 Cellars 2017 Riesling, The Big Reach
Back 10 Cellars 2017 Rosé Coloured Glasses
Back 10 Cellars 2017 Smitten Sparkling

Calamus 2016 Meritage
Cloudsley Cellars 2015 Pinot Noir, Glen Elgin Vineyard
Cloudsley Cellars 2015 Pinot Noir, Twenty Mile Bench
Cloudsley Cellars 2016 Pinot Noir, Niagara
Foreign Affair 2016 Dream
Foreign Affair 2017 Syrah

Good Earth 2017 Aria, Sparkling Rose
Henry of Pelham 2018 Three of Hearts Rosé
Leaning Post 2017 Clockwork, Skin Fermented White
London Born Wine Company 2016 Cabernet Franc
London Born Wine Company 2017 Sparkling Rosé
Lundy Manor Wine Cellars 2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Malivoire 2016 Cabernet Franc, Wismer Vineyard
Malivoire 2018 Rosé, Moira

Redstone 2015 Cabernet-Merlot, Redstone Vineyard
Redstone 2017 Viognier, Redfoot Vineyard
Ridgepoint 2012 Pinot Noir
Rosewood 2016 Riesling, Renaceau Vineyard
Rosewood 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Sans Heir
Rosewood 2017 Follow the White Rabbit
Rosewood 2017 PTG Notorious

Tawse 2014 Cabernet Franc, Laundry Vineyard
Tawse 2016 Pinot Noir, Grower’s Blend
Vieni Estates NV Momenti Sparkling
Vineland Estates 2017 Cabernet Franc

 

Niagara-on-the-Lake

Big Head 2016 Merlot Select
Big Head 2016 Riesling Dry
Big Head 2017 Chenin Blanc “Raw”
Big Head 2017 Gewurztraminer
Big Head 2017 Pinot Gris “Raw”
Big Head 2017 Savagnin “Raw”
Big Head 2017 Sauvignon Blanc “Raw”

Colaneri 2017 Cabernet Franc, Unita
Jackson-Triggs 2016 Merlot, Grand Reserve
Konzelmann 2016 Meritage Reserve
Lakeview Cellars 2016 Malbec
Niagara College 2014 Blanc de Blanc Brut, “Balance”
Niagara College 2017 Fume Blanc, Gastronomy
Niagara College 2017 Pinot Noir, Gastronomy
Niagara College 2018 Pinot Noir Rosé, “Balance”

Peller Estates NV Ice Cuvee Rosé
Peller Estates 2016 Riesling, Signature Series
Peller Estates 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Private Reserve
Pondview 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Bella Terra


Prince Edward County

Closson Chase 2016 Pinot Noir, Closson Chase Vineyard
Karlo Estates 2017 Pinot Noir, Lake on the Mountain
Morandin Wines 2016 Melot Unfiltered, Lizak Vineyards
Morandin Wines 2017 Pinot Gris, County – Sangreal Estate Vineyard


Other Regions & Virtual Wineries

2027 Cellars 2017 Pinot Noir, Edgerock Vineyard
2027 Cellars 2018 Gamay Rosé, Wismer Foxcroft Vineyard
Bachelder 2017 Chardonnay, Mineralité
Rolling Grape 2017 Farmhouse Red

 

 

 

 

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