A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 779: Commisso Winery at Villa Bacchus

Commisso whites

Commisso reds

Villa Bacchus is a 32-acre estate winery and Bed & Breakfast located on the 75-year-old Commisso farm at the top of the Niagara Escarpment. The winemaker is Andrzej Lipinski, who owns Big Head Wines and is renowned for his appassimento wines. Continue reading

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The Top 15 Wines from Ontario I Tasted in 2020

The Top 14 15 wines from Ontario I tasted in 2020:

  • Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Pinot Noir 2018
  • Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Chardonnay 2018
  • Bachelder Lowrey Pinot Noir 1984 Plantation Old Vines 2018
  • Henry of Pelham Bin 106 “Lost Boys” Limited Edition Baco Noir 2019
  • The Farm Mason Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
  • Closson Chase Grande Cuvée Chardonnay 2017
  • Bachelder Wismer-Parke “Ouest” Pinot Noir 2017
  • Bachelder Lowrey Vineyard “Old Vines” Pinot Noir 2017
  • Kew Vineyards Soldier’s Grant 2017
  • Stratus White 2017
  • The Foreign Affair Winery Syrah 2017
  • Kew Amalia Sparkling Wine 2015
  • Angels Gate Sauvignon Blanc 2017
  • Charles Baker Ivan Vineyard Riesling 2017

And I almost missed mentioning this one:

  • Domaine Queylus Droite 2018 (a right bank Bordeaux style red, a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc)
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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 778: Webinar to Lebanon

Lebanese wines

December 1st: Participated in a webinar entitled “Lebanese Wine Heritage to Canada,” with Toronto sommelier Christina Brown. The purpose of the webinar was to enlighten wine producers in Lebanon about the LCBO and how to access it. We had both been sent wines from the Lebanese embassy and here was the tasting order.  (I tasted the wines that have my notes.) Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 777: BC Bubblies

Screen grab of winemaker Darryl Brooker

Tuesday, November 24th: A Zoom tasting with winemaker Darryl Brooker, head winemaker for the Mission Hill Family Estates group. Daryl had sent me four sparkling wines by four wineries owned by Anthony von Mandl. Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 776: Médoc Webinar

On November 17th, I participated in a Zoom webinar on the wines of the Médoc conducted by the Montreal sommelier Veronique Rivest, with one wine from each of the region’s eight appellations. (All the wines were deep ruby in colour.) Continue reading

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