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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 847: A Mix of Reds & Whites

Joliesse Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 (California, $17.95, LCBO #16564) Deep purple in colour; cedary, vanilla, earthy, plum bouquet; medium to full-bodied, dry, savoury, clove and blackcurrant and red plum flavours; firmly structured, good length. (89) Château Vrai Caillou 2018 (Bordeaux; … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 846: I4C 2022

Friday, July 22nd: Up early to register before 8 am at White Oaks for the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration. The keynote speaker was Andrew Jefford, a regular columnist for Decanter Magazine and The World of Fine Wine, who gave … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 845: The Farm

The Farm Chardonnay 2020 (Twenty Mile Bench, $25): Bright, light straw in colour; toasty, spicy, apple bouquet; medium-bodied, dry, apple and peach flavours with a nutty finish. Beautifully balanced with lemony acidity. (90) The Farm Pinot Noir 2020 ($27): Medium … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 844: 13th Street and Other Wines

13th Street Reserve Pinot Gris 2019 (Creek Shores, Niagara) Golden straw in colour; peach pit bouquet with pear notes and a light floral tone; medium-bodied, dry, peach and pear flavors carried on lively acidity. Drink now. (89) 13th Street June’s … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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