A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 843: Kacaba, On Seven, Backyard Vineyards (Kelowna) and Others

Kacaba Vineyards & Winery Rebecca Rosé 2021

Kacaba Vineyards & Winery Rebecca Rosé 2021 (Niagara Peninsula, LCBO #227025, $20.15)
Gamay grapes. Pink with a bluish tint; strawberry nose with a thread of minerality; medium-bodied, dry, strawberry flavour with a cranberry note; crisp on the palate; well-balanced and easy drinking. (88.5)

Kacaba Vineyards & Winery Reserve Riesling 2021, Kacaba Vineyards & Winery Summer Series Susan’s Sauvignon Blanc 2021, Kacaba Vineyards & Winery Irresistible Joanne’s Blend 2019

Kacaba Vineyards & Winery Reserve Riesling 2021 (Niagara Peninsula, $21.15)
Pale straw in colour; minerally, honeyed grapefruit zest bouquet with a light petrol note; light-bodied, floral, lime and grapefruit flavour; elegant, fresh and lively with a lingering lemony finish. (90) Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 842: Peller Estates Wines

John Peller with his JEP blend

Before my trip to Naples, I had been invited by John Peller to taste his latest release – JEP XXI (John Edward Peller, blended in 2021). This a Bordeaux-style blend from five vintages, crafted by winemaker Katie Dickieson – 45% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 100% French oak. Deep purple in colour, with a savoury, toasty nose of plums and currants with oak spice; medium-bodied, dry, elegant and harmonious with a lovely mouth-feel, well-balanced with ripe tannins. Very much in St. Julien style. (92). The price: $79.95. This bottling celebrates the Peller company’s 100 years of winemaking in Canada.

In addition to the JEP XXI I tasted the following Peller Estate wines before dinner in the cellar: Continue reading

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Donation Request: Grapes for Humanity Fine Wine Auction

A letter from Doris Miculan Bradley:

Today I’m writing to you as the president of Grapes for Humanity (GFH), to share news and remind you of our 2022 Virtual Charity Wine Auctions.

The 2020 and 2021 GFH Virtual Charity Auctions were successful beyond our imagination thanks to the generous support of our donors. In 2020, we supported the hard-hit hospitality industry with hundreds of thousands of dollars. In 2021, we funded vital investments into a greener future with Tree Canada and The Nature Conservancy of Canada.

This year, in addition to our continued support of Tree Canada and The Nature Conservancy of Canada, we will help repair a war-torn Ukraine through The Halo Trust.

In perilous times like these, we need to come together as a community and support positive action. By donating to the GFH auctions, you can do this and actively help make a difference. We are partnering with Waddington’s, Canada’s pre-eminent fine wine auctioneer.

We are asking wine lovers to dig deep into your wine cellar, and donate one, two, a few bottles, or cases, towards these efforts. GFH will provide you with a tax receipt for the appraised value of your donation. The deadline for donations is June 30, and the virtual auction is October 12–19, 2022.

Read more details about the auction, and donating wines on the GFH website here.

We are Grateful for Your Consideration.

Doris Miculan Bradley
Grapes for Humanity

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 841: Salone Vitignoitalia in Naples

Mount Vesuvius

Saturday, June 4th: Flew from Toronto to Amsterdam – KLM business class. Great service. Two glasses of Nicholas Feuillatte Brut Réserve Champagne before going prone in my seat to sleep without dinner. In the Lounge in Toronto began talking to two couples who were flying to Paris. They had been at the airport since early this morning. Their flight had been postponed several times and was finally meant to board at 10 pm. Then their flight was cancelled!

Arrived in Naples at 4:40pm and a car met me at the airport to take me to the Excelsior Hotel, which is on the coast within sight of Mt. Vesuvius and the Castel dell’Ovo, where the Salone Vitignoitalia wine fair will be held June 5–7. Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 840: Northern Spain


Hosted by Tony Aspler and Stephen Pauwels
From Friday, May 13, to Friday, May 20, 2022

Friday, May 13th (The only Friday 13th of the year): Flew to Bilbao to join the group (several of whom had already arrived in Europe and were acclimatized to the time change). A taxi picked Deborah and me up for the hour-long trip to the coastal town of Santander, regional capital of the province of Cantabria, a land of ancient towns, pretty fishing villages and mountain valleys stretching along the Bay of Biscay. Continue reading

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