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.

Report from : Aveleda Through the Ages

06 Aug 2020

(July 6, 2020) … I would think, for the majority of us, Vinho Verde is not one of those wines you sit in the cellar and wait patiently for it to mature, we buy it, chill it, pop the cork (or unscrew the cap), pour it into the glass and drink up. During the “new normal” (for now) Zoom meeting and virtual tasting, the folks at Aveleda wanted to show that while Vinho Verde is one of those quintessential hot weather wines, if you do happen to lose one in the cellar, or want to “age” the wine you aren’t doing anything wrong.

Three wines were tasted during the hour and a half “meeting”, the oldest was 8 years old (2012) and the youngest was the current vintage wine (2019) all three were the Quinta da Aveleda Loueiro / Alvarinho blend … here are some notes about those wines:

2012 … nice lime and mineral note yet shows a little more weight in the mouth than one would expect from Vinho Verde; there is a certain creaminess that appears mid-palate that has flavours reminiscent of lanolin, yellow grapefruit and lemon – after about an hour in the glass the wine starts to really show its age, but before that it was the freshness that was truly inspiring and surprising. Aveleda Bottles

2015 … really pretty nose, but the palate does not reciprocate; floral notes with lanolin backing and a long finish – it needed an hour to blossom and become impressive, but it never got to the level of interest that the 2012 achieved. Still drinkable.

Since the 2019 is the current vintage and currently available here is the full tasting note – as I had published it a few weeks back:

Quinta da Aveleda 2019 Loureiro & Alvarinho Vinho Verde
$12.60 – Portugal – LCBO #89995 … (General List)
68% Loureiro and 32% Alvarinho, with 4 and a half months on lees … this Vinho Verde is bright and fresh and fruity and such a delight; we all need Vinho Verde like this in the summer. It has lovely freshness like green apple, lime and floral notes (and that’s just the nose); the palate and finish continue this “liveliness” and freshness and there’s a pith-like note to keep it all from pushing into the realm of sweet. Hello patio sipper.  (*** ½+)

A very interesting and eye-opening tasting … I don’t think I will be holding any Vinho Verde in my cellar for future use, but I’m glad to know that if one happens to get lost / misplaced or rolls under the couch for a number of years – when the bottle gets re-discovered it won’t immediately be destined to go down the drain – it will be worth a taste.


British Columbia Wine Roundup - Spring 2020

12 Jun 2020


I like to wait till I get enough British Columbia wines so I can release them as their own “report” – here I have 39 BC wines from 10 wineries that really are worth picking up - and come this July (according to reports) Ontario is opening up to deliveries from other provinces - so getting these wines will be even easier (or not "illegal") and that's a good thing ... 

click on wine name for the full review


Baillie-Grohman 2018 Pinot Noir, Terraces

Burrowing Owl 2016 Merlot
Burrowing Owl 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Burrowing Owl 2017 Meritage
Burrowing Owl 2018 Chardonnay
Burrowing Owl 2018 Pinot Noir

CedarCreek NV Sauvignon Blanc Homeblock Sparkling Brut
CedarCreek 2017 Pinot Noir, Estate
CedarCreek 2017 Pinot Noir Platinum Block 4
CedarCreek 2017 Syrah – Platinum, Haynes Creek
CedarCreek 2018 Pinot Noir, Estate Grown
CedarCreek 2019 Pinot Gris, Estate Grown
CedarCreek 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Estate Grown

Culmina 2019 Chardonnay, R & D
Culmina 2019 Gruner Veltliner, Unicus
Culmina 2019 Riesling, Dry-ish - R & D

Dirty Laundry 2017 Bordello
Dirty Laundry 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dirty Laundry 2018 Pinot Noir
Dirty Laundry 2019 Riesling

Intrigue Wines 2018 Chardonnay
Intrigue Wines 2019 Social Sparkling
Intrigue Wines 2019 Social White

Lakeside Cellars 2016 Cabernet Franc
Lakeside Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Lakeside Cellars 2016 Portage Red
Lakeside Cellars 2016 Syrah

Laughing Stock 2017 Blind Trust
Laughing Stock 2017 Pinot Noir
Laughing Stock 2018 Chardonnay
Laughing Stock 2018 Viognier

Mission Hill NV Reserve Brut
Mission Hill 2017 Shiraz Reserve
Mission Hill 2018 Chardonnay Reserve
Mission Hill 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve

Rocky Creek Winery NV Wild Blackberry
Rocky Creek Winery 2016 On the Mark
Rocky Creek Winery 2017 Serius Red
Rocky Creek Winery 2018 TLC



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