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680 NEWS wine reviews, April 27–28, 2019

Curva Tinto 2016 Many of the Douro’s port houses are making table wines from the same grapes they use to produce port. One such wine, now on Vintages’ shelves, is Calem’s Curva Tinto 2016. An equal blend of four of … Continue reading

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Wines of the Week for April 25, 2019

Robert Mondavi Chardonnay 2015 (Napa Valley; $29.95, Vintages #310409): Light straw in colour; toasty, spicy nose of peach and apple with a forest floor note; medium-bodied, dry, apple, lemon, pear flavours with well-integrated oak: very Burgundian in style, lovely mouth … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 718: Big Head Tasting

Wednesday, April 10th: Andrzej Lipinski invited me to a one-on-one tasting at his Big Head winery.

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680 NEWS wine reviews, April 20–21, 2019

Clos Malverne Le Café Pinotage 2015 Pinotage, South Africa’s signature grape, is a crossing of Burgundy’s Pinot Noir and the Rhône’s Cinsault, first produced in 1925 and originally called Hermitage. An interesting example of the wine made from this grape … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 717: A Taste for BC

Tastings of BC’s CedarCreek and Sperling Vineyards – among other wines. Fattoria di Piazzano Colorino 2015 (Tuscany – $35.95): Opaque purple colour; cedary, spicy, earthy, black cherry bouquet with a light floral note; medium-bodied, dry, floral, cherry flavour with a … Continue reading

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