Category Archives: Wine Lover’s Diary

A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 833: Twisted Lola – Wines of Flat Rock Cellars, Pelee Island and Niagara College Teaching Winery

Lola Limited Edition White 2020 (Pelee Island, $17.95, LCBO #256510, to be released in LCBO’s P3 period, which begins May 21st) A blend of 33.5% Pinot Gris, 33.5% Auxerrois and 33% Pinot Blanc. Light straw in colour; minerally, lightly floral, … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 832: Malivoire Wines and a Crackerjack Douro Red

Malivoire Bisous Brut (Beamsville Bench, Niagara) A blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir, fermented separately in older French oak barrels and aged on the lees for 36 months. Pale straw in colour with an active mousse of tiny … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 831: Light Tasting Week but Serious Wines

CVNE Imperial Reserva 2016 (Rioja, $39.95, Vintages #424390) Dense purple in colour; spicy, coconut, strawberry nose with a cedary, lead pencil note; medium-bodied, dry, strawberry and plum flavours with lively acidity and well-integrated oak. (90)

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 830: Dealcoholized Wine, Burrowing Owl and Other Delights

As a wine writer, I had never really taken dealcoholized wine seriously. It was rather like driving a Ferrari and never getting out of first gear. But, putting prejudice aside, I decided to accept some samples that were kindly offered … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 829: A Light Tasting Week but Great Quality

Inniskillin Montague Vineyard Chardonnay 2019 (Four Mile Creek, Niagara; $25.95, Vintages #238642) Bright, golden straw in color; lightly toasty nose of apple with a floral top note; medium-bodied, dry, beautifully balanced, apple and lemon flavours with a suggestion of oak … Continue reading

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