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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 733: My Tasting Week

Henry of Pelham Pinot Grigio 2018 (Niagara Peninsula – $14.95, LCBO #250217): Pale straw colour; minerally nose of white peach with a floral top note; medium-bodied, dry, peachy, well-balanced with lemony acidity giving the wine a long finish. Good value.  (88) Henry … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 732: Latest Tastings

My tasting week… Joie Farm En Famille Reserve Chardonnay 2017 (Okanagan – $30.35): Bright, pale straw colour; apple, toasty oak nose with barnyard notes; medium-bodied, richly extracted, green pineapple and melon flavours, Beautifully balanced with well-integrated oak and a long, … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 722: And Now for Something Completely Tasteful

A whole lot of tasting going on…

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 721: Tasting CheckMate Chardonnays

All 2015 – the hottest year on record in BC. But winemaker Philip McGahan managed to maintain balancing acidity by picking early. CheckMate Capture Chardonnay 2015: Bright straw colour; peachy-pineapple nose with oak spice and vanilla notes; medium to full-bodied, dry, … Continue reading

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Wines of the Week for June 6, 2019

Arterra Special Edition Pinot Noir 2016 ($29.95, available at Wine Rack stores) Deep ruby colour; spicy, smoky, tarry nose of black raspberry with vanilla oak notes; medium-bodied, vanilla, black plum and black raspberry flavours; mellow tannins ending on a charred … Continue reading

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