A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 863: An Eclectic Bunch of Canadian Wines

Ruff Pinot Noir 2019 (St. David’s Bench, Niagara)
Made by Andre Proulx at Rockway Vineyards. Light ruby in colour with a tawny hue; raspberry and tea leaf nose with a light fragrance of violets. Medium-bodied, sinewy, red plum and cranberry flavours with a fresh finish. (88) Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 862: Gold Hill Winery

The Gill family, proprietors of Gold Hill Winery, owns 65 acres of vineyards in the Okanagan Valley with 24 acres on the Golden Mile and 32 acres in the heart of Osoyoos. Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 861: Eclectic Bunch of Wines

Ivory & Burt Old Vine Zinfandel 2019 (Lodi, $19.95, Vintages #4793031, to be released Jan. 7th)
Deep ruby in colour; earthy, leathery, blackberry nose; full-bodied, dry, richly extracted, meaty but well-balanced and well-integrated oak, with a minty note on the finish. (90)

Hola Cava Reserva Organic (Barcelona, $17.95, Vintages #545848)
Golden colour with a green tint; active mousse; toasty, apple nose; medium-bodied, dry, well-balanced; yellow apple flavour. (89) Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 860: Port Dalhousie Underground Tasting

December 1st: I was invited to a tasting put on by the Port Dalhousie Underground – sixteen wines, mainly sweet.

Here is the list, which doesn’t include the half-bottle I found in my cellar.

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 859: Thomas Bachelder, Poet Laureate of Niagara Terroir

Saturday, November 19th: The day of the first big winter snow storm. Mary Delaney, Thomas Bachelder’s partner, graciously picked me up to drive me to the “Bat Cave” – Thomas’s wine cellar on Lundy’s Lane – to taste his Toussaint release of 2020 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir – nineteen wines in all. Continue reading

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