Category Archives: Wine Lover’s Diary

A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 702: Versado

Wines tasted this week: Black Hills Carmenère 2016 (Southern Okanagan): deep purple colour; savoury, herbal nose of blackcurrants; medium-bodied, dry, blackcurrant flavour carried on lively acidity. (89) Franciscan Estate Chardonnay 2015 (Napa Valley, $25.95): Bright straw in colour; buttery, toasty … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Dairy, part 701: Great Tasting Week

Monday, July 9th: Tasted CedarCreek Meritage 2015 from the Okanagan: dense purple in colour with a cedary, blackcurrant and blueberry nose; medium-bodied, dry, fruity, blueberry flavour with a light floral note; beautifully balanced and long on finish. Tuesday, July 10th: … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 700

Tuesday, June 26th: Deborah and I drove into Toronto, she for a hair appointment and I to attend a retrospective tasting of Mission Hill’s flagship wine, Oculus – ten vintages from 2006 to 2015. The tasting was conducted by Darryl … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 698: New Notes

Latest tasting notes. Cipes Blanc de Blanc 2012 (Okanagan Valley – 100% Chardonnay: $46): pale straw colour; active mousse; minerally nose of apples and brioche; light-bodied, dry on the palate with a suggestion of toast and honey and apple and … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 697: Loire Valley

Thursday, May 17: Moira and Martin Malivoire ordered a car for the airport which picked us up first. An Air France flight overnight to Paris. At Charles de Gaulle Airport we had a couple of hours layover before our flight … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 696: Sous Vide Dinner

On Sunday (April 22nd) Deborah and I had dinner with our friends Brian and Mary. Brian prepared the whole meal sous vide, apart from the smoked Artic char, which he smoked himself. A bottle of champagne to start, a Sancerre … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 695: Ravine Vineyard

The highlight of the week was a visit to Ravine Vineyard on Saturday with Deborah, my son Guy, his wife Sasha, their baby daughter Isla and two of their friends. Winemaker Marty Werner toured us around the winery and led … Continue reading

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