Category Archives: Ontario

Pinot Noir, Le Clos Jordanne, Le Grand Clos, Twenty Mile Bench VQA, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, 2011, 13.5% abv.

When in Ottawa, I walked into the Constellation speciality store and purchased this.  Perhaps I should have known better, but hope springs eternal. I thought, “Going to their upper end product may make a difference!” It didn’t. Made with Pinot … Continue reading

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Sauvignon Blanc, Open Wines, Niagara Peninsula VQA, Ontario, Canada, 2013, 12.5% abv, $12 @ LCBO

After arriving late at the hotel located in the heart of the Niagara Peninsula, I selected this bottle from the wine list to take to my room.  I was hopeful that being in the heart of Ontario’s wine region, I … Continue reading

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Pinot Gris, Malivoire, Beamsville Bench VQA, Ontario, 2014, 12.5% abv, C$19.95

There is something really rewarding about turning up at a winery you’d thought would be cool, meeting the folks pouring, seeing the place, tasting the wines and realizing that what you’d imagined is spot on. I went to Malivoire on … Continue reading

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Baco Noir, Reserve, Henry of Pelham Family Estate, VQA Ontario, 2012, 14% abv, C$24

It was a hot and sweaty day. Today my son moved into residence at university.  So, following the ritual unpacking, meeting of floormates and first cafeteria visit, I left him to his own devices (including a concert) and quickly plugged … Continue reading

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Tawse, Quarry Road Vineyard, Chardonnay, Vinemount Ridge VQA, Ontario, 2011, 13% abv. C$34.95

Irony of ironies, although I live in Canada, it’s almost impossible for me to purchase a wine grown and produced in Ontario living here on BC’s west coast. This was picked up during a trip to the Niagara region in March 2015. … Continue reading

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Malivoire, Gamay, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, 2013, 12.5% abv, C$17.95

Prohibition. Prohibiting something rarely, if ever, accomplishes the original goal.  Whether it involves anti-drug campaigns, teenage abstinence programs or international trade embargoes, relying on fear, shaming and isolation tactics rarely produce the hoped for results. This extends to alcohol; the … Continue reading

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Wayne Gretzky Estates, No 99, Cabernet Merlot, Niagara Peninsula VQA, Ontario, Canada, 2013, 12.5% abv, $15.95

I’d forgotten how cold Ottawa is in the winter time.  Chilly.  Icy.  Brrrr. But alcohol is warming, so the first thing I did after I made it to my hotel was make a beeline for the closest wine store.  Of course, … Continue reading

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