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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 868: Flat Rock’s Yeast Experiment

Flat Rock Chardonnay 2021 (Niagara Peninsula, limited time offer $2.00 off, Jan. 29–February 25, $19.95) Straw colour; lightly toasty, yellow apple bouquet with oak spice and a hint of apple blossom; medium-bodied, dry, crisp, apple flavour with lemony acidity. Mouth-watering … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 867: Lakeview Cellars Wines

Lakeview Wine Co. Sparkling Brut 2017 (Niagara Peninsula, $45) Bright straw, active mousse of small bubbles. Toasty, apple nose with a light floral note; medium-bodied, crisply dry, lemony-apple flavour; fresh and lively on the palate. (89) Fresh Wines Sparkling Rosé … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 866: An Assortment

Cave de Hoen Mausberg Brut Blanc Crémant d’Alsace ($18.95, CSPC #416578) Bright, pale straw in colour; minerally, crabapple nose; medium-bodied, dry, well-extracted apple flavour; fresh and lively on the palate. Good value. (90) White House Wine Co. Riesling Pinot Grigio … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 865: Kacaba & Township 7

Kacaba Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2019 (Niagara Escarpment, $33.15) Deep ruby in colour with a purple hue; cedary, toasty, spicy, tobacco nose of plum and blueberry; medium-bodied, dry, savoury, red plum and cherry flavours carried on fresh acidity. Nicely balanced, with … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 864: Happy 2023!

Saw in the New Year with this excellent traditional method sparkler from Luxembourg: Bernard-Massard Cuvée de T’écusson Brut. A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Riesling. Bready nose; medium-bodied, dry, well-extracted apple and pear flavours. (90) Other wines … Continue reading

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