’12 Bastiolo Barolo

Currently I am taking my WSET level 2 (basically part 2 of 4 towards some fancy shmancy diploma) and this week my tasting included a Barolo. Prior to this course, I actually had no familiarity whatsoever with Barolo (nor Italian wines in general), so this was an exciting part for me. The wine opened up... Continue Reading →

’09 Foxtrot Vineyards Pinot Noir

Wandering through Color de Vino I noticed this bottle of Foxtrot on their shelves and remembered reading a few articles about their minimalist cult-ish outfit (read: no tasting room) and figured I would give them a go. Plus John Schreiner, *the* authority on Canadian wine, regularly boasts about them. From the Naramata bench, this is... Continue Reading →

Finding Value

Now that I have a month of blogging about wine under my belt, I thought it was a good time for some reflection. If we look back at my posts thus far, one thing is abundantly clear: I am addicted to value wines. Like, I mean I am a total cheapskate. I don't think I have... Continue Reading →

’08 Neyen Espiritu de Apalta

On sale for nearly 20% off at Keg n Cork, I was drawn to this 80% Carmenere/20% Cabernet Sauvignon because frankly I had never heard of it. After a bit of research it seems that Neyen makes this one single red blend. I kind of respect that in this age of diversified offerings. Foxtrot in... Continue Reading →

’14 Manoir de la Tete Rouge Bagatelle

I had the opportunity to try this very unique Loire Cab Franc at Clementine, on Jasper Ave, tonight. It was a surprising Cab Franc in its style - very unexpected! The nose is rustic French - earthiness with some floral fragrance- and on the palate the raspberry turns nearly jammy but not quite, as the fresh quality... Continue Reading →

’14 LA Frenz Reserve Chardonnay 

Lately I've been having some difficulty reconciling the price of Canadian wine versus, say, Spain or Chile. Or Argentina. Or even villages-class France. We make some great stuff, no doubt, but it is often overpriced because of antiquated cross-border transport rules. However there are some exceptions where price is irrelevant and quality shines through. This... Continue Reading →

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