A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 803: Bachelder’s Clos Jordanne and a couple of Aussies

Thomas Bachelder with Le Clos Jordanne wines

July 10th: Thomas Bachelder came over with samples of the Le Clos Jordanne Jordan Village Chardonnay 2019 and Le Clos Jordanne Jordan Village Pinot Noir 2019; and, very thoughtfully, he brought with him a selection of charcuterie. Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 802: The Foreign Affair, Stratus and a Bunch of Other Wines

The Foreign Affair wines

On Canada Day I had a zoom tasting with Rene Van Ede, the new winemaker for The Foreign Affair, a Niagara winery that specializes in appassimento and ripasso wines. Rene, who has made wines at Flat Rock Cellars, Tawse and Redstone, took over from Barclay Robinson in 2020. Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 801: The Newest Ontario Winery: Wending Home

Wending Home samples

After a successful career as Henry of Pelham’s winemaker and a Professor at Niagara College, Canadian Food and Wine Institute, Ron Giesbrecht has opened his own winery. He sent me samples of his 2020 wines (an auspicious year for a maiden vintage). Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 800: Huff Estate and Austrian Wines

It’s my 800th diary entry. I think I’ll celebrate by tasting some wine.

First, a set from Huff Estate, in Prince Edward County, Ontario.

Huff wines

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 799: Alsace and Austria Webinars

Tuesday, June 8th: Participated in two webinar tastings – one for Alsace and one for Austria. Along with other wine writers around the world I had been sent samples in small bottles. (I was unable to taste everything in the two-day sessions but will review other wines in subsequent blog entries.)

Beginning with Alsace and Domaine Bott Frères in Ribeauvillé:

Bott Frères wines

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