Tasting Notes: Created as an homage to Grand Marnier's founder, this reincarnation of Cuvée Louis Alexandre is a blend of 82% VSOP Cognac and 18% bitter, aromatic bigaradia orange liqueur.
Rich and smooth, the palate offers notes of candied orange, vanilla and zesty citrus, before a finish of caramel, bergamot and rich oak notes.
To bring it up a notch just add ice and a 1/2 ounce of XO Cognac with a twist of orange.
Tasting Notes: Dutchman Derrick Neleman studied to become a biodynamic farmer. After his training he ended up on vineyards in Spain and realised this is where he wanted to make his own wine. He settled in Valencia and focusses on making wines which reflect the terroir. All Neleman wines are made without the use of pesticides or additives and are certified vegan. They also plant trees to compensate their CO2 emissions and are carbon proof certified.
The chardonnay in this wine was late picked to achieve an advanced point of ripeness, the muscat was harvested early to retain crisp acidity levels and subtle floral notes. Fresh floral aromas on the nose follow through to the palate with notes of white peach and citrus. Well balanced with a fresh finish. Bottled with a helix cork which acts as a `cork screw cap`.
Tasting Notes: Cotes du Rhone Villages Les Coteaux has elegant berry-fruit aromas and a hint of cedar and spice, soft supple tannins blending with the cherry-fruit flavours result in a wine that is rich and smooth on the palate.
Brambly fruit underpinned by subtle oaky nuances, lovely sweet spice; warm star anise with a touch of cinnamon. Mostly unoaked, a small proportion (15%) is part aged for 22 months in a few new but mostly older oak barrels to bring depth and subtle notes of complexity.A delicious accompaniment to grilled meats, heart-warming casseroles or a classic shepherd’s pie.
Tasting Notes: This bold wine with breakbeats of berries, heavy bass lines of dark chocolate and high notes of tobacco is sure to get a standing ovation. An experienced trio of Cab Sav, Merlot and Cab Franc deliver on the structure, colour and taste of a classic bordeaux style blend. Pair with strong cheeses, beef short ribs, meatballs in hearty tomato sauce, Portabello mushroom burgers, and rare sirloin steak.
Tasting Notes: Chenin Blanc is a versatile white-wine grape variety that has been cultivated in France for nearly 1300 years. However, it has found a new home in the vineyards of South Africa. This country has surpassed France to become the largest grower and producer of Chenin, and it remains the most-planted variety there. This barrel fermented Chenin Blanc is created from vineyards that are over 40-years-old. Eye: lemon lime gold. Nose: honeysuckle, pear, gala apple, lemon olive oil, mango. Palate: very balanced, full bodied, complex, with pear, preserved lemon, tart apple sauce, beeswax, whisper of oak, shredded coconut, pineapple. delicious right now but will continue to develop until about 2024 and maybe longer in good cellar conditions. Pair with grilled fish, chicken, duck, pork, soft creamy cheeses, salads. Vegan Friendly, Fair Trade Accredited. A steal at $32, multiple award winner.
Price: $ 31.99 750ml
Tasting Notes: I know I'm choosing another premixed old fashioned but I just tried this one and WOWZA it packs a punch. It's sitting at 40% ABV and has delicious baking spices, cherry, citrus and vanilla flavours. The bottle claims to serve 3 cocktails and it sure does. This is the perfect little bottle if you're going to social distance in a friend's backyard. Cheers!
Tasting Notes: Moraine Riesling is entirely Naramata Bench fruit, of which nearly half is estate grown clone 49. It’s all whole bunch pressed and wild fermented in three batches over four weeks, six weeks, and nine weeks at very cool temperatures (under 13C). The result is a juicy, fresh white with a lot of tension pushing off the fruit sugars in one direction and the citrus acidity in the other. It’s a mineral, stony, citrus affair you could serve with a favourite curry.
Tasting Notes: Gorgeous nose, pungent and complex with layers of aromas that transfer into the palate. Notes of gooseberry, key lime and herbs and jalapeno pepper hints give way to grapefruit and more tropical fruit richness, followed up with a touch of minerality. The palate gushes with pink grapefruit, gauava and a sweet, tart interplay that is fresh and vibrant. This has exceptional length and for the price this is a screamer. It is reported that Casa de Bosque makes one of Casablanca’s best Sauvignon Blanc (actually Chile’s best) and supplies Sauvignon Blanc grapes to some well known wineries with big names who know this to be true. Exceptional value, this wine has great purity and vibrancy that gushes with crisp fruit, with a finish you could keep time with.
Tasting Notes: Nice rose color with a persisitent mousse followed by numerous fine bubbles.
On the nose there’s red fruit scents combined with citrus fruit aromas. Well-balanced and fleshy, this beautiful rose shows on the palate the same fruity flavors as the nose. Some pungent notes on the finish give it a pleasant freshness.
It's a good candidate to pair with a fruit dessert or to serve as an apéritif.
Tasting Notes: Pink Whitney starts with the Original New Amsterdam Vodka base made from the finest grains, distilled five times, and filtered three times. Lemonade flavors and certified colors are blended before bottling at 60 proof. It pours to a cloudy pink lemonade color. The aroma is sweet lemonade with an ethanol backing. The intensely sweet entry is part lemonade part lemon Pixie Stix. The flavor builds to a lemon peel and yellow Sour Patch Kids peak. It fades with tart sugar dipped whole lemon flavor, and finishes candy sweet with lemon peel, and grain vodka taste.
Tasting Notes: By far one of the best roses in the province, the Dirty Laundry "Hush" has an exquisite nose of salmonberry and raspberry, followed by an equally impressive palate of fresh, ripe field berries with a lingering, slightly off-dry finish. This wine would be a perfect partner with fresh spinach, strawberry and goat cheese salad, grilled chicken, salmon, or simply as a patio sipper all on it's own! Definately a must buy for the summer season!
Tasting Notes: This month's pick is JP Wisers Old Fashioned. I love an old fashioned and I think this one is the best premix I've tasted so far. It has fantastic orange notes and is great simply served over ice. Inexpensive and an easy crowd pleaser.
Tasting Notes: From a vineyard overlooking Skaha Lake, in Canada's Okanagan Valley, this Viognier is a unique style with complex aromas, lightly toasted. With 4 months in new French oak barrels, this Viognier has a touch of spice and vanilla, finishing with starfruit and peaches creating a rich voluptuous mouth feel. A delicious white that pairs well with chicken, fish, and some spicier Thai and Indian dishes.
It's such a great value right now too!
Tasting Notes: Throughout her career, acclaimed winemaker Susana Balbo has had the opportunity of working internationally. She was the first Argentinean woman hired as a consultant to wineries worldwide: Spain, Chile, Italy, Brazil, Australia, and California. Crios ('offsring') is her cutting edge line of products. Eye: vermillion, purple, garnet edge. Nose: big ripe fruit, with black cherry and black currant up front. Palate: full, with black currant, vanilla, cocoa powder. Medium grippy tannins show youthful muscles. Good pedigree. pairs with red meats on the grill ( Argentina, pampas, beef, si si), aged hard cheeses. Drink now - 4 or 5 years after vintage date.
Price: $18.99 750 ml.
Tasting Notes: Since I've had my paws walked off these past few months while my Humans have been home more, I'm taking the month off! But, if you're looking for some good whisky suggestions for Dad, take a look at my previous month's picks. Depending on his style, you can't go wrong with any of these! My Dad will likely want me to take him for a long walk on Father's Day, and I'll be only too happy to oblige! Woof! Woof!
Distinctly Marlborough, this Sauvignon Blanc exudes vibrant ripe citrus notes, crunchy greens and hints of tropical guava on the nose
On the palate it is refined, and elegant with natural fruit weight, vibrant citrus pith and slight chalky finish.
Pair with oysters, mussels or just as a "patio deck " sipper!
Tasting Notes: A 100% Viognier from the Nicole Estate in the Pézenas commune of southern France. Floral on the nose with ripe stone fruit, Meyer lemon, honeyed stone-fruit finishing long and spicy with clean mineral notes. An excellent viognier to pair with roast chicken, or spicy foods. Regularly sells for $23.00, it's on sale for an amazing price. Stock up while it lasts. Will be great for summer sipping.
Tasting Notes: This robust Californian white wine is a blend of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Riesling from the Central Coast region. The wine underwent a partial malolactic and barrel fermentation. Aromas of toasty oak and golden apples. Pair with roast chicken and family entanglements. As the back label reads for this marketing-driven wine branded with the HBO series "Game of Thrones": From the arid climate of Dorne to the lush vineyards of The Reach, the topography of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros is as diverse as the wine we produce. Against the backdrop of the ever evolving struggle for the Iron Throne and amidst the howling winds of winter, nobles raise their glasses and toast to luck in the wars to come. This was priced at $30.99 but with an amazing discount from the company representing it here in Alberta we can offer it at $15.99. Wow!
Tasting Notes: A GREAT deal right now. Originally 18.99, on special for 12.99. Pairs well with red meats, making stews, and self isolation! Medium violet/ruby colour; currants, cherries, oak and spice and lavendar on the nose; dry, medium-full-bodied with a ripe fruit centre, supple tannins and good length on the finish.
Tasting Notes: Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz give the wine a rich, savory character and great structure. Dolcetto lends brightness and lift, and contributes spice, tannins and a fresh, crisp acidity to the plate. A bright full bodied wine perfect for pairing with beef, lamb, pork, spicy food, mature and hard cheese, poultry, mushrooms and mild and soft cheeses.
Tasting Notes: Just as it’s important to support small business, it’s also important to support Canadian made products.
This isn’t your usual Alberta Premium as it’s not only cask strength but also a limited release. It sits at 65.1% abv and isn’t for the beginner whisky drinker.
It has delicious notes of spicy oranges, oak and caramel.
Tasting Notes: In honour of Italy, and these challenging times requiring something a little stronger, the Negroni Cocktail is a favourite of mine! Mix equal parts gin, sweet vermouth and Campari together, pour over ice with a slice of orange.
Tasting Notes: The 2017 Limited Edition Reserve Viognier was farmed from a single vineyard estate in West Osoyoos where the semi-arid climate and desert-like condition provide an ideal environment for grapes with a high skin-to-juice ratio. The result is vibrant flavor and intensity. After a gentle pressing we fermented the Viognier in a mixture of concrete eggs, oak barrels, and stainless steel tanks. The concrete eggs have given the wine incredible texture and weight, the oak barrels have added more texture and a little spice, and the stainless tanks have kept all that amazing apricot and melon fruit.
This delightful Limited Edition Viognier has intense aromatic notes of jasmine and dried apricots. A full-bodied white wine with flavours of warm summer peaches and hints of candied ginger, it is a wine that stimulates all the senses!
Tasting Notes: This is an everyday kind of wine with a blend of merlot and corvina grapes.
Flavours of ripe fruits, such as plums and raisins with pleasant notes of spices and vanilla. Rich and bold palate with very ripe, red fruit flavours. A solid structure and beautiful balance between soft tannins and lifted acidity. This is a great wine for roasts, red meats and hard cheeses.
This wine will improve over the next four years with further bottle ageing.
Tasting Notes: Maison Louis Latour is one of the most innovative producers in Burgundy. In 1979, with a view to expanding the business the valley of the Ardèche river with its clay and limestone-based soils was chosen as the ideal location to produce top-quality Chardonnay wines. The Grand Ardèche comes from the best vineyards, carefully selected every year when harvesting begins. The grapes are pressed and the must is placed immediately in oak barrels made by the cooperage at Latour,20% new barrels, where the wine will age for approximately 10 months, like the great wines of Burgundy.
Of a pretty pale yellow colour with golden tints, the Grand Ardèche 2015 reveals gourmet notes of pastry, vanilla and apricot on the nose. Ample and round in the mouth, it offers aromas of brioche bread and toasted hazelnut.
Food pairing special with shellfish and fish.
Tasting Notes: Want the luck of the Irish? Writers Tears Single Malt is a tasty choice that won't leave you feeling unlucky. This Irish whiskey is named for the Irish writers and playwrights of the 19th century who used to seek solace at their local watering holes.
This expression sits at 46% abv, is triple distilled and matured in oloroso sherry casks. It has a beautiful red colour which attributes to its name - Red Head.
The tasting notes are raisin, pineapple and creamy melted chocolate. Although it packs a little bit of heat, the notes are subtle.
Tasting Notes: A delightful Albarino, hand harvested and carefully fermented at a controlled temperature between 12-15ºC. The wine is then aged on lees in steel tank for 6 months with “batonnage”.
Intense, clean and brilliant yellow in color. It has a complex nose with great depth, harmonious and elegant. Ripe white fruits (apricot, peach), white flowers, mineral and iodized touches. It has great aromatic persistence.
A tasty, powerful and round wine, with a wonderful perfectly integrated acidity. A complete wine: elegant and delicious, harmonious and complex. With a long aging potential.
Tasting Notes: Winter isn't quite over yet, so after my dashes through the snow, which I absolutely love, I like to come home and enjoy something that will warm me up and satisfy my fussy palate.
Ledaig is medium gold in colour; aromas of peat, fresh smoke and dried pear; rich sweet flavours with a smoky, peaty, spicy palate; long finish. 46.3% ABV.
From the Tobermory distillery on Mull, a Gold Medal winner at the 2008 International Wine and Spirits Competition.
I know it's March and St Patrick's Day and all, but as a wee white dog from Scotland, I prefer my Scottish malts!
Tasting Notes: To make this delicious rose port grapes are crushed, and within a few hours, the juice is decanted to limit contact with the skin to avoid too much color extraction; it fermented at a cold temperature for 10 days.
The grapes used are Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Sousão.
Quevedo's pink port shows a modest but fresh - floral nose. On the palate, spicy, fresh , integrated notes and round finish. A pleasure to drink.
Tasting Notes: Vouvray: even if you know little about wine you are likely to recognize this name. It is the proprietary name given to the many different styles of wine made in this region from the Chenin Blanc grape. Demi-Sec indicates an off dry style: not fully sweet like a dessert wine, but not bone dry. Eye: 15 karat gold, lime tints. Nose: dried peach, apple cider, washed stones, chalk, with time opens to clover and creamed honey. Palate: Smooth, round, full, dried apricot, peach, canned pears in syrup, good depth, medium length finish. Firm acid holds the fruit together. Drink now, although this wine will age for a period of time. Pairing: extremely versatile. It can handle spicy foods like enchiladas, and will also match roasted pork, fowl (Easter ham, Easter Turkey). It will pair with your macarons or biscotti for dessert, and will complement you showcase cheese board.
Price: $23.99 750 ml
Tasting Notes: A great BBQ wine from the Lodi area of California.
This is a luscious full-bodied red wine that combines ripe berry notes and pronounced jammy flavours. On the palate there’s notes of cherry jam mixed with dark plum and fig. On the nose there’s dark berries with hints of chocolate and a touch of vanilla.
Ripe tannins add the necessary structure for pairing with food such as BBQ-marinated pork ribs, beef and vegetable skewers or T bone steaks.
It would be good to chill this wine a little before serving.
Tasting Notes: Islay Storm captures the essence of the unique and mysterious energy that surrounds the famous island of Islay.
Situated off the west coast of Scotland, Islay is at the mercy of the mighty Atlantic Ocean, whose treacherous storms have been shaping the landscape for thousands of years.
Raging seas, ferocious currents and hidden rocks have sent hundreds of ships to their destiny. Then they give way to calm sunny days, white sandy beaches and lochs full of peaty spring water.
Islay malts are unlike any other malt whiskies – they are robust, smoky and peaty, with hints of the sea and spicy sweetness – combining the torrents and tranquility of this magical island.
ISLAY STORM WON A “SILVER – OUTSTANDING” AWARD IN THE 2017 IWSC INTERNATIONAL WINES AND SPIRITS COMPETITION. THIS IS AWARDED TO WHISKIES WHICH SCORE BETWEEN 86 AND 89.9 POINTS IN A BLIND TASTING.THE IWSC IS RECOGNISED AS ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS IN THE WINES AND SPIRITS INDUSTRY.
Nose: Pungent peaty smoke. Phenolic with a little coastal breeze.
Palate: Lovely sweet peatiness. Some iodine and sea salt balance with vanilla notes and some spice.
Finish: Waves of smoke. Fantastic length.
Tasting Notes: Made at the Caffo distillery in Italy to an old family recipe, the Vecchio Amaro Del Capo is a richly aromatic liqueur featuring 29 different Calabrian herbs and roots. This finely-tuned blend results in a liqueur full of earthy, wonderfully bitter flavours (part of which comes from the quinine in the recipe). The recommended serving temperature of this liqueur is -20°C, so enjoy it chilled after dinner to make the most of this classic amaro.
Tasting Notes: The nose presents evident plum and pepper spice and is complimented with the essence of black olives and subtle hints of toasted oak. The palate has complex cassis and dark chocolate notes exquisitely balanced with fine tannins to provide great length and a smooth finish. Pairs well with slow cooked pork shoulder with fennel, rosemary, and roasted vegetables.
Tasting Notes: Marechal Foch is a hybrid varietal that does very well in continental climates. It is one of only a handful of wine grapes in which the flesh (as well as the skins) is deep red. The wine cannot be called 'Port' because it is not made in Portugal. Eye: molasses, dark coffee rim. Nose: rum raisin ice cream, black cherry jam, figs. Palate: viscous and unctuous, but not cloying, dried currants, dark raisins, plum reduction, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla extract. Pairs well with Valentine's Day dark chocolate, dried fruits (figs, dried cherries), blue cheese, cigars, contemplation in your favorite leather chair. Drink now, but will age for another 2-3 years and perhaps longer.
Price: $26.99 375 ml.
Tasting Notes: This is my first staff pick and, since it's the also the month of February, I thought I would choose a whiskey that made me fall in love with bourbon.
Eagle Rare is made by the Buffalo Trace distillery and aged for 10 years. It delivers nice, feisty peppery notes. Great served neat and a special treat in an old fashioned cocktail.
Tasting Notes: The Alceo Tempranillo 2017 definitely over-delivers for it's modest price! It offers intense floral aromas with flavours of raspberry, cherry and notes of sweet spices and thyme on the palate, along with blueberries and plums. A rich and full-bodied Spanish Tempranillo. It has good structure and a generous finish of fruit and spice, with a perfect balance of acidity.
Tasting Notes: Probably one of the BEST red wines I have ever tasted. Smooth, deep red with balanced acidity and intense flavours. Notes of chocolate,
sour cherry, dark berries, plum and smoke. Great with italian food, tomato based sauces, charcuterie, or steak.
Tasting Notes: This sparkling shows appropriately evanescent, with fine and lingering perlage.
The colour is pale straw yellow with greenish glints.
The nose is intense, fruity, with hints of Golden apple and lemon; prevailing floral notes of wisteria and acacia.
Flavours are fresh, well structured, pleasant and harmonious on the palate.
Excellent both as an aperitif and throughout the meal; always suitable for important occasions. I enjoyed this with east coast oysters.
Tasting Notes: The Ode to Lorraine is a blend of the finest barrels of each of the Elderton Nuriootpa vineyard varietals. Each year, through meticulous work on the tasting bench, we select a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot which best reflects the nuances of each variety. The 2014 vintage is a blend of parcels, fermented in concrete open fermenters, with selected barrel ferments and press cuts, giving warm and generous fruit characters, spiciness and generous length, whilst still being a Cabernet Sauvignon dominant blend.
Style Rich and sophisticated
Colour Dark ruby
Aroma Plum, dark fruits of the forest and chocolate
Palate Warm and generous fruit characters, spiciness and generous length
Drink Drink now or cellar confidently for 10+ years
Tasting Notes: Bring the spirit of Ireland to any celebration with Baileys Espresso Crème Irish Cream Liqueur. Our 34 proof liqueur offers the taste of fresh ground espresso beans on top of Irish cream and chocolate that ends in a smooth, classic Bailey's finish. The blend of spirits and whiskey uniquely preserves the classic taste of the Irish cream and is perfect in coffee or in a hot chocolate. Simply pour over ice cream for an indulgent dessert
Tasting Notes: Carmenere, the grape that was once a staple in French Bordeaux vineyards, has found a new home in Chile, where the climate and geography provide almost ideal conditions for this late ripening sun lover. Eye: semi-opaque, black plum, crimson rim. Nose: cocoa, plum, dried dates, black cherry, black licorice, kirsch. Palate: plums confirmed, dark chocolate, black currants, vanilla, chewy tannins, but not unbalanced. This wine belies the price: lots of stuffing here. Drink now. Probably ageworthy for another 2 - 3 years in good conditions. Pair grilled meats, hard cheeses, sturdy pasta dishes with red sauce, burgers in the summer.
Price: $19.99 750 ml.
Tasting Notes: One of the newest additions to their brand, the Ciroc White Grape Vodka doubles down on the brand’s grape-based expression by combining their famous vodka with the crisp and lush flavors of French white grapes. Each batch of this vodka begins with "snap frost" grape varietals namely Mauzac Blanc from the Gaillac region of France and Ugni Blanc from the Cognac region which are distilled five times to create a clean, clear, and exceptionally smooth spirit. This spirit is then infused with the flavors of French white grapes and other natural flavors before being cut with pure water and finally bottled.On the nose, the vodka yields a pleasing aroma of lemon, buttered pastry, and hints of medicinal notes, paving the way for a crisp palate consisting of licorice, citrus, grapey notes, and herbal undertones before wrapping up with a silky and satisfying finish.
Tasting Notes: This Malbec is made from grapes grown in the Andes Mountains, shipped chilled to Napa Valley and produced with the same techniques as famous Caymus Cabernet. Falling outside standard labeling rules, it does not include a vintage date but is known by the voyage from which it travelled (Voyage 7 is the 2017 vintage). Offering scents of ripe plums and cherries, this wine is powerful and supple, with flavours of French oak and soft tannins.
enjoy now or cellar for years ahead.
Tasting Notes: Gewurztraminer roughly translates to 'spicy traminer'; it's a famously aromatic variety, and Quails' Gate has crafted a text book example with the 2018 expression. Eye: pale gold, green hints. Nose: a fruit salad of lychee, white peach, gala apple, and rose petal. Palate: honeysuckle, pear, orange-ginger marmalade, Turkish delight. Enough acidity to hold the fruit accountable. The wine is an excellent foil for Christmas turkey; it can accommodate both white and dark meat, and will handle the tricky sides including cranberry sauce! Drink now. Oh and for those who need to know it's vegan friendly. If you want to know more about vegan friendly wines, read my article on our website. Merry Christmas to you and all your loved ones!
Price: $23.49 750 ml.
Tasting Notes: Ogio Zinfandel Rosé is a very refreshing wine with delicious strawberry and raspberry flavours and a slight sweet finish.
Specially selected grapes were grown in south east Italy.
Ideal with spicy food, fresh fruit desserts or simply on it’s own. At this time, by far one of my faves.
Tasting Notes: Once a festive treat exclusive to the Canadian armed forces, with a nod to our fighting men and women, we are proud to bring you the finest Canadian cream liquor...Moose Milk!
This locally handcrafted creamy liquor made in Alberta, will add a special new flavour to your coffee, or hot chocolate beverage. Or enjoy it cold,on the rocks like a Canadian winter! Either way, it's a fun new entrant to the cream liqueur scene.
Tasting Notes: A blend of rye, corn, and malted barley. This bad boy has incredible flavour for its price! Nose: is much bolder than the barrel select. You get the Forty Creek's signature toasted oak coming through, alongside port, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, and raisins. Taste: Fairly smooth citrus entry with some good nice oakiness (lots of toasted oak!). Spicy rye builds up followed by a vanilla fade followed by warming dry rye once again. The whole whisky has a bit of a port wine feel to it also. The whisky also can seem to change as you drink it, as if you are drinking a different one every time. Toasted oak, cloves, honey, and a bit of nuttiness also feature. There’s some good underlying sweetness throughout as well, and pretty nice mouthfeel as well…quite brilliant. Finish: A long dry lingering spicy rye finish, with some nuttiness and a touch of grape juice. Eventually the spice dies down to vanilla, particularly if one drinks some water after. After some time there is even some black olive coming through…which to me is a manifestation and development of some of the earthiness found in the nose.
Tasting Notes: Alvear Criadera A is a “Fino que va para Amontillado”, a very old fino made with Pedro Ximénez grapes with more than 12 years of biological ageing that has already started the oxidative ageing. It keeps the strength and energy of the “flor”, a “flor” that resists to die and that perfectly reflect the character and minerality of the “albariza” soils from the “Sierra de Montilla”.
The nose is intense, clean and deep, with emerging hints of a young amontillado (dry fruits) over a classic fino structure (almonds, veil yeast…).
The palate is very dry, expressive and powerful, with salinity notes, coming from the concentration of its long ageing process, and a silky finish.
Due to it’s being very dry and high in salinity this would pair well with young to medium cheddars, ham, almonds and tapenade.
Tasting Notes: This little guy won bronze at the International Wine Challenge in 2018 and at the Decanter World Wine Awards in 2017. With a nose of white peach, this wine comes with complimentary notes of green apple, stone fruit, and light citrus. Light with a touch of acidity.
Tasting Notes: A rich royal purple color and the nose has a sweet earthy aroma with citrus and pear and apple notes. On the palate, the fruity profile changes ever so slightly featuring plums and cherries and a touch of citrus. It tends to want to wander in the direction of the sweetness but is pulled gently back by a bit of tartness that balances the palate nicely.You could even add some fresh fruit to spice this baby up a bit more, and adding a few ice cubes wouldn’t hurt it either.
Tasting Notes: Grapes are grown high at altitudes of 2100 -2400 feet above sea level in Lake County, north of Napa. The wild lands are cooled by winds of Clear Lake and higher peaks to the North, allowing the winemaker to practice sustainable vineyard management. A flock of sheep clean the vineyards removing excess canopy and reduce the need for chemicals while providing natural fertilizer. This wine is blackberry and dried cranberries with notes of pepper and allspice. A lengthy finish shows hints of cedar with ripe fruit and toasted oak. Delicious with red meat, good cheddar cheeses, and great company.
Tasting Notes: " A good blended scotch for the masses" was the distiller's objective. Containing 50% Lowland grain whisky aged in first fill American Oak barrels, the rest is malt, around 7% from Speyside and rest from 2 Highland distilleries. Aged in combinations of 10% first fill sherry butts, 27.7% oak barrels with new charred French Oak heads and the rest in first fill American ex bourbon barrels.
OK, that's the technical stuff, but how doe it taste?? This very pale whisky starts off citrusy and apricots, with dry hay on the nose. Creamy like a creamsicle with waves of vanilla pudding, apricot preserves, marzipan in the mouth. With a medium finish, a little bitterness but wows with the vanilla and marzipan. A wee bit of green apple skins at the end. With a few drops of water, it brings the grass to the nose making the grains sharper, on the palate some smoke is revealed offering meaty peat and charcoal. It's a perfect dram for a chilly November night!
Tasting Notes: Beautiful blend, 75% Chardonnay, 25% Sauvignon Blanc, aged in wood 9 months and stainless 9 months respectively.
Straw yellow in color. To the nose its shows intense aromas of yellow pulp fruit, citrus notes with delicate vanilla scents. The mouth is round, velvety, fresh and long lasting.
Complex wine with distinct personality and keen mineral notes that can be savored after many years in the bottle.
Tasting Notes: Pinot Noir from Germany...say whaaa? And yet here we have a great expression from Andreas Bender, whose reputation is based on meticulous attention to details and a dedication to modern sustainable viticulture and old world vinification. Eye: deep amber, red plum, dark tea. Nose: plums, cinnamon, loam, rose petal, orange rind. Palate: medium body with light grained tannin, red plum, strawberry compote, hints of clove and currant. Fragrant, balanced, with a satisfying depth. If you like Old World Pinot Noir but might not like Old World prices, give this wine a go! Drink now - 2021
Price: $22.99 750 ml.
Tasting Notes: A blend of Carignane, Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache and Viognier.
Aromas of fresh rose petals and wild berries. Flavors of juicy strawberry, bright raspberry, with a lush lingering finish.
Pair with grilled steak, lamb, burgers and brats, lemon garlic angel hair pasta, blue and goat cheeses. And top off with some luscious dark chocolate or black forest cake.
Tasting Notes: Founded in 1850 Vina Carmen is Chile's oldest winery, well known ever since for its contemporary style. Its Grand Reserve range underlines the purity and intensity of each variety grown in a specific terroir, and hows Chile's great diversity.
Origin: The grapes were sources and handpicked in our 'El Pacifico' Vineyard located in the coldest part of the prestigious Leyda Valley, only 8 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean.
Style: Pinot Noir, of intense red color, was aged for 10 months in oak barrels. With aromas of red and black fruits as well as mild floral notes, the wine shows a good structure on the palate, dominated by its fresh fruit and soft tannin's that contribute to its long and persistent finish. Of medium volume, it will develop an attractive bouquet and evolve well in the bottle preserving the terroir character.
Tasting Notes: What a bargain! Carmen Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 was among the most relevant Chilean wines of the May 2019 London Wine Competition where more than 16,000 wines were tasted. Receiving an outstanding 97 points and a coveted Platinum Medal, this wine more than over-delivers for it's modest price.. Sourced from the best alluvial terraces in Alto Maipo Region by the Andes Mountains, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is deep and intense ruby-red in color.
The nose presents aromas of black currants, blackberries, and licorice with smooth, elegant cedar notes. The palate is very rich and generous yet fresh and vibrant at the same time. The wine has abundant fruit and firm tannins that lend structure and depth.
Tasting Notes: Monte Xanic has been producing wine in the Valle de Guadalupe since the late 1980s, making them one of the older wineries in this now-booming region. Monte Xanic wines have been witness to history in Mexico - their Chardonnay was the wine used to toast the signing of NAFTA in 1992, and Gran Ricardo was served at a dinner in Mexico to honor Pope John Paul II. With meticulous winemaking practices and an attitude of continuous improvement, the Monte Xanic wines are some of the most awarded and well known in the Valle.
This Cabernet Sauvignon has a balance of rustic structure and fruit that makes it great with food. Blackberry and cassis mingle with sweet tobacco and leafy earthiness. Some new French oak adds spice and weight.
Pairings: Goes best with hard, aged cheeses, steak,hamburgers, lamb.
Available in 375 ML only, here is a chance to experience a great Mexican wine from the Baja!
Tasting Notes: The nose is an attractive mix of florals and dark fruit with a touch of licorice. The mouth feel is silky smooth suggesting an almost hypnotic balance throughout the wine. On the palate, the fruit is fresh and peppery with bits of anise, blueberries, tobacco, dark blueberry. Fine value and a wine made for beef.
Tasting Notes: Torrontes has quickly risen to become Argentina's signature white wine grape. Susana Balbo, famous for her expressive wines, has crafted a version with some serious breeding; unlike most Torrontes, this one has been barrel fermented. She takes it a notch up: classic aromas, then bam! Mineral, edgy palate. Eye: very pale lemon lime, clear edge. Nose: heady: lychee, lemon verbena, gardenia, vanilla. Palate: lithe, firm, roasted plantain, traces of toasted brioche, lime rind. A distinctive wine of good structure. Drink now - 5 years after vintage date. Pair with seafood, poached fowl, soft cheeses.
Price: $27.99 750 ml.
Tasting Notes: A complex, harmonious blend of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris, grown on steep hillside vineyards with grey and blue slate. After the spontanious fermentation with natural yeasts is complete, the wine is aged for 12 months in neutral oak. Dry, well balanced with depth and typical Mosel minerality.
Tasting Notes: Whether we want to believe it or not, Autumn is coming, and Shelter Point Sunshine Liqueur is all you will need this fall to stay happy. This stuff literally tastes like spice cake! Drink it cold, drink it hot, add it to your pumpkin spice latte, hell you can even add it to your pancakes! What ever your fancy, Sunshine will compliment. Strong notes of orange, maple, and allspice.
This dry purplish red coloured wine features medium woody, spicy, fruity and vegetal scents and offers a broad texture as well as firm tannins.
Pairs" oh so well" with beef or lamb!
Drink now or keep 5 years following the vintage.
Tasting Notes: This is a stunningly great price for this Chilean red wine made from old vine hand-picked Pinot Grapes. Aromas of sweet cherry and berry with some smoke. Pair with veal and roast chicken.
Tasting Notes: The Zenato family makes a range of wines to accommodate a variety of palates and price points. Based in traditional Valpolicella territory ( Veneto), they are known for quality right across their portfolio. The Veneto Rosso is made from grapes that have been partially dried, then fermented Amarone style. The result is a wonderful wine ready to drink but tasting like it's been sitting around for a while. Eye: dark scarlet, magenta rim, burnt sienna tones. Nose: black currant, blackberry, red licorice, black cherries, vanilla.
Palate: medium body, cherry reduction, dates, plum skin, dark chocolate, medium fine tannins. An excellent expression!! A perfect pizza/pasta wine; would not be lost against a rich lasagna. Drink now, but if you want to cellar it, buy a case (You get a 10 % case lot discount hint hint) Keep them for about another 2 - 4 years after vintage date. Impress your friends!
Price: $18.99 750 ml
Tasting Notes: Opening flavours of bright red cherry linger on the palate. Juicier black cherry, black currant, fig and baking spice are found a few sips in. Dried rosemary, oak and peppercorn spice hit the taste buds towards the finish. With a lighter mouthfeel, medium tannins and a medium acidity this red will leave you with a tingle of a cherry cough drop that's delicious till the last sip
Tasting Notes: Whitley Neill, originating from 1762 is made from a 100% grain spirit that is steeped with botanicals prior to being distilled in a beautiful antique copper pot still called ‘Constance’ who is over 100 years old.
A handcrafted gin of exceptional quality inspired by the glory of the English Country Garden. The essence of Rhubarb adds a tart crisp edge, to the smooth English gin base, whilst the real ginger extract warms the palette for a full bodied complex finish.
Tasting Notes: Some Viogniers are too perfumed for my taste, this one is perfect!
Incredibly aromatic with fresh Okanagan peaches, apricots, and pears complimented by hints of ginger and jasmine flowers. A terrific balance of texture and acidity. Farmed from a single vineyard estate in West Osoyoos where the semi-arid climate and desert-like condition provide an ideal environment for grapes with a high skin-to-juice ratio. The result is vibrant flavor and intensity. After a gentle pressing we fermented the Viognier in a mixture of concrete eggs, oak barrels, and stainless steel tanks and barrels.
Tasting Notes: I know it's summer, but the rains in Edmonton haven't allowed me to explore the trails as much this year as I apparently get a wee bit too dirty and muddy. I don't mind, it's the baths afterwards I'm not to keen on! So, to get through the wet summer days, I'm enjoying a few wee drams of this Highland whisky. A favourite expression in the Dalmore stable, this 15-year-old is elegant and smooth, with lipsmacking texture and the flawless balance one would expect from blending maestro Richard Paterson. Matured in Matusalem, Apostoles and Amoroso Sherry casks, it proffers all those winter spice, orange zest and chocolate notes characteristic of Dalmore.
Tasting Notes: Gemma di Luna Pinot Grigio reveals everything that is so loved in Veneto Pinot Grigio - fresh, fruity, light and crisp with plenty of acidity. Aroma for this wine include white peach and mango taffy with a taste of sweet yogurt, lime zest, and underripe strawberry
Tasting Notes: TH..."Terroir Hunter"
This wine's roasted, savory bouquet contains blackberry, cinnamon, olive, earth and oak aromas. It hails from Pirque, one of Chile's hotbeds for traditional Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate is chewy and deep, with spicy black-fruit flavors and oak-derived notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Dark fruit and herbal touches flood the finish. Drink now–2023.
Tasting Notes: Located deep within the mountains in the Yamaguchi Prefecture is Asahi Shuzō brewery, and this is their premium sake which jump-started a failing sake brewery to world renowned status in as little as two years. The care which goes into crafting this sake shows immediately upon opening, with a balanced and delectable aroma of flower petals and lawn clippings, complimenting the palate which tastes primarily of melon and a creamy semi-sweetness imparted by the remaining unfermented rice husks which add both body and a balanced acidity to this premium sake.
Tasting Notes: Goes well with smoked meats, aged cheese and beef. This new traditional mead is made with an aromatic Alberta honey with an earthy, toasted caramel essence, a lingering smokey finish, and light honey mouth feel. it's medium amber colour hints to the richness of it's flavour.
Tasting Notes: This classic Bordeaux blend of Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon is a good example of the effect of short term ageing. It is now almost three years old, and the two varietals have knit together nicely. The 2016 recipe: 75% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Semillon. This recipe changes year to year, depending on climate conditions. Eye: medium straw, bright green tints, lime edge. Nose: pear, gala apple, cut lawn, grapefruit. Palate: crisp, with washed stone, jicama, green bean, lime cordial, a good brace of juicy acidity to hold it up. Drink now. Pair with goat's cheese based appetizers, chicken salads, a good friend on a summer patio!!
Price: $27.51 750 ml
Tasting Notes: The whiskey-drinking world stood to attention when Beam Suntory announced earlier this month the release of a new whiskey called Legent, “a unique bourbon that brings together the best of the East and West in a way no other whiskey producer can.”
The whiskey pronounced “lee-jent” , starts as standard recipe Beam family straight bourbon, which is then “aged in red wine and sherry casks before being blended with more Kentucky Straight Bourbon.” The fuss isn’t just over how it’s made, but by whom. Fred Noe( Beam family) did the distillation, and our friend Shinji Fukuyo, the Chief Blender of Suntory, completed the blend.
You catch the sherry and wine influence right away. The nose is rich and seductive, with notes of citrus, stone fruits, and chocolate, all in a delightful little slurry. There’s a hint of floral here — perhaps cherry blossoms that carries over into the palate, where a wonderful fruitiness washes over the tongue. Notes of sandalwood, almond butter, and some butterscotch provide a chewy nuttiness to the whiskey, one which melds nicely with the fruitier attack. The finish sees a bit of barrel char and some beef jerky notes, and the fruit all but vanishes as the more savoury components really start to strut their stuff.
It never drinks hot — I would never have guessed this was 94 proof.Also, at $61.99, this is a steal!
Tasting Notes: 2018 was a strong year for Pinot Gris in the Okanagan. This wine saw a small amount of barrel aging and the majority in stainless steel. Excellent fruit and spice with pears, apples, and figs. A hint of struck match quality which tightens the nose up a little. Generous and with lovely ripe fruit on the palate with a round finish.
This versatile wine goes with everything, or nothing at all. Try it with seafood, pork, lemon chicken, or hot wings, or sip it on its own.
Tasting Notes: This Washington State Merlot is deep purple, almost inky, so we expected it to be vigorous. But it’s remarkably restrained, lightly scented of violets and red earth. It’s a bit thin on the palate, offering only a hint of the dark back-story we expect of Merlot. Overall, this wine is well made.
Note: Although the Powers label is owned by the same organic producer that makes Badger Mountain, this wine is not organic. We do applaud the efforts of this grower to produce wine that’s grown sustainably, without synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or fertilizer. We hope the Powers line will come into the fold soon, too.
Tasting Notes: This gin is clear, with a distinctly sweet candied lemon peel fragrance. The soft palate finishes with mild violet jazzed up by white pepper and a hint of coriander. Tailor-made for an Aviation.
Tasting Notes: I love the Red version, now I love the Rose too!
Made from Garnacha, this charming wine shows lifted aromas of raspberry, cranberry, grapefruit and Gala apple on the nose, leading to a vibrant palate that is juicy and bright. The wine offers pristine fruit flavours and zesty acidity, finishing long and mouth-watering.
Perfect with an aperitif or any starter, Asian food or any spicy fusion food. Chill before serving.
Tasting Notes: Whisky in July you say! Aye I say! This is the third in the Legend Series and it's a winner.
Nose: Creamy and luxurious vanilla. A hint of virgin oak intensity and desiccated coconut.
Palate: Chocolatey as it opens, before diving into clotted cream and honey.
Finish: Cherry ice cream topped with almonds. A subtle touch of fresh kumquat
Tasting Notes: This Cabernet Sauvignon expresses aromas of mocha, ripe berries, violets, and blackcurrant with layers of subtle black pepper, toasted oak and rich vanilla. This beautifully crafted Cabernet Sauvignon enters the palate with layers of ripe blackberry and chocolate covered cherries. The round and luscious mouthfeel is accented by soft tannins and a hint of spice that weaves into a smooth, lingering finish.
Great with red meats( think steaks!) in time for BBQ season!
Tasting Notes: This nonvintage wine is another dellcious new idea from Ernst Loosen. It is made in a style that is true to the Pinot Noir grape, which produces the most elegant and delightful sparkling wines in the world. A very enjoyable and invigorating rosé Sekt. The perfect drink to welcome friends or to enjoy outside on the patio.
Tasting Notes: 55% Garganega 45% Chardonnay. Aromas of white flowers of acacia, jasmine, bouquet of citrus such as pineapple, grapefruit and orange, apple, pear and mango and light note of bananas. The palette is fresh and pleasant thanks to its sustained acidity. Great wine to beat the heat with!
Tasting Notes: #roseallday
Alìe, or “Halia”, a figure from Greek mythology, a sea nymph and a symbol of sensuality and beauty.
Alìe, an elegant rosé with a pale pink hue and subtle ruby highlights, is a stylish, beautifully-balanced blend of Syrah and Vermentino, varieties that express their finest qualities when grown near the sea. Scents of white flowers, wild strawberries and citrus peel combine with a hint of earthy minerality, typical of this growing area. With its delicate structure and lengthy, complex finish, Alìe is both an enchanting aperitif wine, as well as a delicious accompaniment to a meal. From House of Frescobaldi.
Tasting Notes: Nomad is a unique whisky, ( like Me!). A collaboration between sherry producer González Byass and Whyte & Mackay master blender Richard Paterson. A blended Scotch whisky aged for more than five years in sherry butts is shipped to Jerez for further year's ageing in PX casks. It is imbued with the characteristics of the wild, open space of the Scottish Highlands. A new concept that takes the Whisky itself on a journey from its birthplace to the warm and humid plains of Jerez.
Tasting Notes: Garganega (Gar-ga-nay-ga) is the queen of white Veronese grape varieties, and is most well known for being the principle grape varietal in the famous Soave (So-ah-vay). Also, it is one of Italy’s most widely planted varieties, and it is one of the oldest. The northern Italian élite have been praising Soave wines (and thus Garganega) since at least the 6th Century. Eye: pale straw, green tints. Nose: Pear, grapefruit pith, golden delicious apple, steamed green bean, chalk. Palate: refreshing and clean, with apple flesh, washed stone, lemon curd, cantaloupe, parsley leaf. Medium short finish. A very tasty wine, good as an aperitif with vegetable crudités, poached fish, chicken salad. Drink now.
Price: $14.99 750 ml
Tasting Notes: Laphroaig Quarter Cask offers an irresistible doubling of flavour, due to the double maturation in two barrels made of American oak. Still-maturing whisky from the standard ex-bourbon barrels is transferred to quarter casks and left to rest at the warehouse just a stone's throw from the Atlantic shore. This process represents Laphroaig breathing new life into a once-defunct tradition: the use of the smaller cask size, which ensures increased contact with the oak, creating a soft and velvety edge to complement Laphroaig's distinctive peatiness. On the nose the sensation is toffee and caramel, caused by the vanillas and tannins of the American oak, plus a dryness from the wood oil. The finish is long and alternates between this sweetness and smoke. Great for someone just starting to try out smokey scotches.
Tasting Notes: It’s origins are set in a once-small fishing port of Vilanova i la Geltrú. Gin Mare is pot distilled in an old chapel. Though the signature botanical is the local Arbequina olive, it’s the citrus element of Gin Mare that is the most extraordinary.
The peels of both bitter and sweet orange and regionally grown lemons are macerated for a year in neutral spirit before distillation.
The other botanicals are macerated and distilled separately and all of the aforementioned are blended to produce the final Gin Mare product.
With a strong forward aroma of rosemary followed by more gentle hints of juniper, this gin displays its unique qualities immediately. The taste is herbal and aromatic and not overpowering or unbalanced in any sense, and the added citrus becomes more present. The unique character of this gin ensures it tastes at home whether on its own or in a simple G&T or Negroni.
Tasting Notes: An excellent vintage from the region of Cariñena, this is a dark, dense blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo and Carignan. Aged for two years in half American & half French oak, then another three years in bottle before release, it conveys a powerful elegance and style. A delicious bottle worth much more than the sticker price!
Tasting Notes: The “revolutionary” small batch gin, called McQueen and the Violet Fog is made in the hills of Jundiaí, Brazil and contains 21 botanicals including lemongrass, pomelo and jasmine. Along with classic gin notes of juniper, citrus and flower, the gin’s six unique ingredients include handpicked basil leaves from India, Portuguese rosemary, Mediterranean fennel seed, calamansi from the South Pacific, star anise native to Vietnam, and acai locally grown in Brazil.
This distinctive gin reveals something new with every sip: heat, spice, juniper, herbal, citrus and floral notes, all the touchstones of gin, balanced perfectly. Best served in a martini glass over smashed ice and possibly an olive or two.
Tasting Notes: Launched in February 2019, Crown Royal Peach Flavored Whisky is a limited edition release. The brand's signature whisky is blended with "the sweet and flavorful taste of juicy Georgia peaches." Recommended serving on the rocks or with iced tea. Bottled at 70 proof.
"The aroma of this flavored whisky is filled with ripe peaches including the skins. Some barrel spices make it through, but the nose is all about the peach. The whisky is not entirely overwhelmed on the palate, but it's close. There's a little heat from the proof and the finish is more sweet-bitter than bittersweet. Make sure to adjust for sweetness in mixed drinks. Try adding to an Arnold Palmer on a sunny afternoon.
Tasting Notes: From Jost Vineyards!
Just in time for the spring and summer months ahead on the patio!
The delicate effervescence of this refreshing white wine heightens the aromas of flower scents and stone fruits.
This wine plays on the tip of your tongue then captures your taste buds with a combination of mild sweetness and stone fruit flavours balanced on the palate with crisp mouthfeel from acidity and effervescence.
An off dry wine, Selkie is the perfect aperitif enjoyed on its own. Serve well chilled!
Tasting Notes: Chinaco is the only tequila brand distilled in Tamaulipas, on the Gulf of Mexico, something they had to fight the Mexican government to do as it wasn't a designated region for the production of tequila. The Reposado tequila is aged between 8-11 months in oak, some of which previously were used to age Scotch whisky. No caramel coloring, oak extract, glycerin, or sugar is added. The Reposado shows the sweetness from the barrel in vanilla, chocolate, and wood spices. The palate is soft and creamy smooth with gentle baking spices and bitter lime pith. Not many left and it's being discontinued in our market!
Tasting Notes: Game of Thrones Fans! Enjoy a dram or two of this while watching your favourite series!
House Tully forged strong alliances and built a history of honour, family and duty. Built along the banks of the River Fiddich, Glendullan Distillery originally relied on the waters it lay beside, using a water wheel to power the entire distillery. Like the Tullys themselves, this single malt can benefit from a splash of water, opening up flavours of green apple, honey and sweet vanilla.
Aged in ex-bourbon casks, this single malt has a light straw shimmer and a heady opening of Madagascan vanilla on the nose, followed by hints of clove spice. On the palate the initial drive is fresh green apples, then the clove flavour from the nose is there, but accompanied by warm cinnamon notes. The finish slips into a red berry flavour with vanilla and a hint of cherry bakewell.
Tasting Notes: Primitivo (aka Zinfandel thanks to DNA analysis which confirmed it is the same varietal) has a a storied history, dating way back to its roots in Croatia. The name roughly translates to "early one", referring to its early ripening. Its modern day home is Italy, especially Puglia, although it is famous across the ocean in California where under the Zinfandel moniker it acquired the title of the American 'National Grape'. Eye: medium opaque, deep sanguine, brick rim. Nose: black cherry, black licorice, tobacco leaf, sage, white pepper. Palate: soft entry, espresso, black plum skin, dark chocolate, roasted walnut. Soft tannins, good balance, long finish. Pair with pasta and rich tomato sauces, hard cheeses, lasagna. Drink now - 2021, 2022
Tasting Notes: The nose is light and well-balanced. There are notes of malted barley and honey, a touch of spice and fresh fruit salad. The palate is of medium-body with notes of calvados and barley, a touch of honey and mixed peels and notes of oak. The finish is quite long with oak and caramel.
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Tasting Notes: Classic cocktails demand classic liqueurs and no liqueur is more classical than the Pierre Ferrand Dry Orange Curaçao. Crafted in consultation with cocktail historian David Wondrich and based on a 19th century recipe, it is a traditional French “triple sec” – thee separate distillations of spices and the “sec” or bitter, peels of Curacao oranges blended with brandy and Ferrand Cognac. The result is a rich, complex and balanced liqueur that will bring new sophistication to your Punches, Slings, Fizzes and, of course Cocktails. It is also delicious straight up or on ice.
Tasting Notes: This 2015 vintage won the inaugural Veritas Vertex Award – defeating 1638 other entries to be crowned the Veritas competition’s champion wine across all varietals. Made with thick-skinned grapes from old vines, the full-bodied Chenin Blanc was fermented and matured for 14 months in French oak barrels. It offers ripe, baked apples and apple pie spice on the nose.
The rich and complex palate is characterised by yellow fruits opulent caramel, vanilla cream and toasted cashew – all framed by a beautifully balanced acidity and supported by a sumptuously textured mouthfeel.
Subsequent vintages are also winning prestigious awards both in the Chenin category and in best whites. A must try - not a light weight white! Excellent pairing for sweeter and spicier dishes, in particular the South African favourite Bobotie .
Tasting Notes: Spring is still good to enjoy a wee dram, especially after brisk walks in the windy, muddy parks which are full of great smells as the snows melt! And, like me (Mum says I'm sigle minded at times!) this Douglas Laing's Single Minded series is a range of Small Batch Single Malts from across a variety of Scotch Whisky regions. This expression, a Bunnahabhain 8 Years Old, has been matured in a refill hogshead. The nose is sweetly scented, gently maritime, distinctly spiced and gristy. On the palate detect lots of rich juicy barley, with a soft oily twist and late burnt fruit. The finish comes with a hint of salt, subtle spices, more cereal and even more spice. Slàinte!
Tasting Notes: Bochet is a type of mead that is made from honey that has been caramelized. It yields a dark, clear mead with a complex flavour.
It is a 14th century recipe using toasted honey and spices
Tastes of roasted marshmallows , carmel
a great after dinner treat, enjoy with your deserts!
Tasting Notes: Corbieres is an important sub-region of Languedoc-Roussillon in the Southwest corner of France. Its forte is herb/spice scented red wines made from the predominant trio of Grenache, Mourvedre, and Syrah. This one, made by reknowned winemaker Gerard Bertrand, is a textbook example. Eye: medium roast coffee, amber tones, black cherry core. Nose: Thyme, red plum, caramelized onion, red peppercorn. Very 'savory'. Palate: extremely smooth, textured, and balanced. Pomegranate reduction, blueberry skin, notes of grilled pork patty. Excellent knitting!! A really good food friendly wine, which will match many cuisines from cheesy casseroles to grilled beef or game. And the price is hard to beat. Drink now, can be cellared 2 - 3 years in good conditions (7 - 8 years after vintage date).
Price: $21.00 750 ml.
Tasting Notes: Ciroc vodka is distilled from grapes using fruit from both the Mauzac Blanc and Ugni Blanc wine grapes. It was one of the first grape-based vodkas on the market causing no small amount of controversy in the spirits world. The vodka is distilled to minimum specifications of alcohol levels to maximize the grape aromatics and flavors.
Tasting Notes: Ruby red, intense and very deep in color. Full Bouquet, with aromas of blackberries, plum, lemon rind and blackcurrant aromas. Complimented by licorice, black olives, pope tobacco notes. Full-bodied with supple tannins.
Tasting Notes: With March 8 International Women's Day, a celebration of a talented wine maker Virginia Willcock, she has celebrated 27 vnitages in Margaret River and won several International Wine Awards. "This wine has classic red fruits and chocolate boysenberry and bright cassis too. Really upbeat and bright, with a little gravel thread. Super refined palate with smooth and fleshy texture. The tannins spread fine and even and there is plenty of red berry fruit and chocolate through the finish. Really fine. Best from 2019. "James Suckling 93 points. Vegan.
Tasting Notes: The much anticipated core range of the GlenAllachie distillery from Speyside was finally launched in July 2018. This 12 Year expression features whisky matured in Pedro Ximénez sherry, oloroso sherry, and virgin oak casks. It opens up with a pronounced butterscotch accompanied by lots of candied banana and honey, as well as pencil shavings and malt.(I know because I ate a pencil once!) The palate is soft and gentle but a tad spicier than how it smells on the nose. The texture is lovely creamy and mouth-coating. A perfect dram after a brisk walk in the late winter snows!
Tasting Notes: A small batch, quadruple distilled gin crafted by Simon Buley, using only the finest pure grain spirit, natural Scottish water and 11 botanical ingredients. The bill consists of five locally forged and six traditional botanicals. Made in a London Dry still with a dry and crisp aromatic taste accompanied by a long dry finish. The aroma is fresh, floral, citrus with a slight spice. The flavour is clean, crisp with a hint of sweetness balanced by the full body of the gin.
Tasting Notes: Savouring this beer is quite complex, because of the use of various fruit concentrates such as mango, apricot, peach and passionfruit. The predominant taste is peach and apricot. Golden yellow, cloudy because of the wheat beer. A very persistent lacing head. Nice and easy drinking, not too sweet and low in alcohol at 3.6%.
Tasting Notes: Blanc de Noirs is characteristically marked by cherry, currant and strawberry aromas and flavors. These red fruit flavors build in the mid-palate and finish with a soft, lingering creamy texture.
Tasting Notes: Offers a rounded profile, filled with cherry, raspberry and spice flavors. This is driven as much by the vivid acidity as the refined tannins, ending with elements of fruit, spice and mineral. Drink now through 2022. Rated as "Smart Buys", Wine Spectator ,Score - 92.
Tasting Notes: The Loire Valley is a home to many varieties of wine grape, but one of the most typical is Chenin Blanc, which makes up this wine. Vouvray comes in two styles: dry, or slightly sweet (douce). This one is lovely. Eye: light lemon tints, apple flesh. Nose: Quince, white peach, apricot, honeysuckle, mineral. Palate: Round and soft, with peaches, rose petal, apple sauce, Turkish Delight; washed gravel, minerality, and medium acidity pull it all together. Very nice indeed!
Price: $20.99 750 ml
Tasting Notes: A beautiful coupling of international and indigenous varietals! This wine was chosen to celebrate the passion of Valentine's Day and the month of February.
Ruby red in color, aromas of red berries and Marostica cherries are underscored by notes of blackberries and mint. On the palate, it is full-bodied with fresh acidity and sweet tannins.
Pair this wine with grilled ribeye steaks, champignon sauces, duck-confit risotto, or traditional Venetian cavallo dishes.
Tasting Notes: Beringer Bros. Chardonnay is picked at the peak of flavor development from top sites across California and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks with 25% malolactic fermentation. 20% of the wine is aged for 60 days in second-pass charred American Oak barriques which previously held Bourbon.
This wine has a bouquet of ripe apricot, vanilla beam, and slightly burnt buttered toast. Creamy and mouth-coating, the palate evokes apple pie and vanilla ice cream with caramel coming through on the lingering finish.
One would think with the bourbon aging it may come across as a heavier style chardonnay but it's actually lighter in body than some others that have seen oak.
Pair with grilled scallops, lobster tail or chicken topped with mushroom sauce.
Tasting Notes: If I could make this my staff pick every month of the year I would. Deep ruby red wine with amaranthic undertones. The nose expresses eye-catching fragrances of cherry jam and dates, in addition to vanilla and licorice aromas. The palate is marked by hints of red fruits and soft shades of wood. Warm, good fragrance, with vigorous yet delicate tannins, this wine has a persistent finish. This wine will forever stay in my top 5 for best wines.
Tasting Notes: The second release in their experimental series, made by 20 malt masters gathered on site.
20 chosen casks from the warehouse later, to create this fantastic single malt.
Classic fruitiness with hints of apple blossom and plump pear.
Perfect balance of rich vanilla oak with golden sugar and touch of liquorice.
On the palate deep and mellow complemented by toasted almonds and cinnamon.
Finishes long with a savoured sweet oak finish.
Tasting Notes: It's the month of LOVE! This luscious, velvety, red wine is 60% Merlot and 40% Corvina from the Veneto Region of Italy and is perfect for sharing with someone special. Produced in the appasimento method where the grapes are naturally dried on the vine. This causes the grapes to lose about half their weight but it concentrates their flavours naturally. The grapes are pressed and then fermented before being aged in oak casks for 3-4 months. Full-bodied and rich with dark fruit flavours of blackberry and black cherry balanced by a solid structure due to the elevated alcohol, acidity and soft tannins. It's perfect pairing with roasted and grilled meats, stews and other rich dishes. Also excellent with mature firm cheeses.
Tasting Notes: The only coffee flavored rum sold in the US. Blended with natural Brazilian coffee.
Notes of butterscotch, toasted marshmallow, toffee.
Tasting Notes: Just in time for Valentine's Day, this rosé is a blend of Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon and will hit the right note of romance. For those that don't know, the winery is located on the site of a former laundry, which was actually the front for a brothel located on the second floor. Eye: salmon, oeil de Perdrix. Nose: Strawberry, rhubarb, rose petal, gala apple. Palate: clean and crisp, just a touch off dry, dried cranberries, raspberry coulis, quince, washed stone, medium length finish. A little naughty, and a whole lot nice. Drink now.
Tasting Notes: Mint, honeysuckle, and pepper fill out the nose, with more mint, fresh cut grass and some spicy rye in the palate. The finish is long and spicy, with more honeysuckle, rye and barrel coming through.
The rye will be most notable for its' spice balanced by its' richness on the palate. Cheers and Happy New Year!
Tasting Notes: Milton Greene photographed Marilyn in his New York studio on March 28, 1955 for LOOK magazine. The shoot included Marilyn flowing in her black robe snuggling with a Pekinese dog. This is the label for the 31st Vintage of this remarkable Napa Valley Merlot.
This Merlot is a rich ruby wine with purple hues. The aromas exhibit good intensity with a complexity of cassis, blueberries and hints of spice and earthy characteristics. This Merlot is a deep rich scarlet wine with purple hues. Flavours of tart cherries, vanilla and a bright lingering finish. Very enjoyable now but will age well for 4-7 years.
A double gold winner that will make almost any meal better —from steaks to pizza.
Tasting Notes: Let's start off the new year with a bit of bubbly! Like its rose counterpart, the wine is soft and fruity. With attractive apple fruits and bright lemon to give freshness, it's a rounded wine that has perfumed white fruits and a ripe, always fresh aftertaste.
Tasting Notes: The palate is full-bodied in texture, showing bountiful notes of raspberry jam, baked strawberries and a hint of cherry cola atop cocoa flavors and powdered tannins. The mid-palate shows layer upon layer of cranberry, dried rose petal and vanilla, carrying to the finish.
Tasting Notes: Formerly known as Yellow Label, this is a very popular bourbon, aged a minimum of five years in oak barrels for extra smoothness and carefully blended for a consistently smooth, creamy flavour.
On the nose, pear and light fruitiness, floral, spice and honey.
Crisp and smooth hints of apple, finishes soft.
Hard to find in Canada.
Beauty at this price point!
Tasting Notes: Love this elegant Chardonnay! It's bright, light golden yellow in colour with good depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is finely balanced with rich, ripe and deep fruit aromas of citrus, tropical fruit and yellow stone fruits entwined with a layer of mealy complexity. With creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak, and fine, lifted lemon-curd nuances, it has excellent complexity and detail. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and sweet with luscious and succulent flavours.
Tasting Notes: A perfect dram to warm you after a playful romp in the snows of January! Adorned with golden detailing, Tullibardine Sovereign is a delicious creamy single malt which was aged in first-fill bourbon barrels before bottling. Expect plenty of vanilla and spice from this Highland beauty.
Tasting Notes: This graceful Reserva is the perfect panacea to the post-Christmas "I don't have much money in the bank account" blues. A blend of Tempranillo and Graciano, it is sourced from old vineyards with very low production settled on poor soils of Ebro’s terraces (these are all very good things!!) in the area of San Vicente de la Sonsierra (La Rioja). Eye: medium garnet with sienna brick rim. Nose: ripe, full, with black cherry, black licorice, dark coffee notes, and a truffle edge. Palate: Good tannin integration and nice balance. Plums, fig paste, dried dates, plump mid palate and a dry close. Drink now.Pair with a variety of foods: try it with a hearty risotto that has some chorizo in it!!
Price: $18.49 750 ml.
Tasting Notes: This flavored vodka extension from the French vodka brand infuses black raspberry and other natural flavors with their flagship grape-based vodka. Cîroc Black Raspberry is a limited edition released fall 2018, in time for the holiday season.
Tasting Notes: A fantastic and very unique offering from El Dorado. This is a perfectly blended rum cream with the spice balancing out the richness of the liqueur. Great on its' own, in coffee or as an addition to treats such as over vanilla ice cream, it is a perfect addition to the bar anytime and especially over the winter/Christmas season. Cheers!
Tasting Notes: THIS IS A VERY SPECIAL WINE AT A PRICE POINT THAT ONLY SPAIN SEEMS TO BE ABLE TO HIT FOR A WINE LIKE THIS!
With state-of-the-art winemaking and vineyards located between 450 and 700 meters altitude, the wine is made from grapes of low yielding vines of at least 25 years of age.
100% Tempranillo, the selection of grapes is carried out with the help of Vistalys, the latest optical selection table , which carries out a strict control so that only perfect berries go through. The stalks are removed from the grapes without squeezing them. Grapes are maintained in controlled conditions, with long macerations at low temperatures in oak casks The pressing is carried out using a pneumatic vertical press and the malolactic fermentation then takes place in brand new American oak barrels. Cold-hot rooms are used at specific times to help the malolactic fermentation process
The wine is aged for a total of 10 months in new American oak barrels.
Colour: This is a highly-concentrated, dark cherry-red wine.
Nose: A lively, delicate nose with liquorice and fresh fruit aromas of the Tempranillo variety, with spicy hints. It keeps the essential aromas of compote fruit.
Palate: It is ample and fleshy and has elegance, complexity and power. On the palate, it shows soft tannins and liquorice, a velvety structure and a long, delicious and persistent finish.
Food matches: Red meats, stews, game, cured cheeses.
Tasting Notes: Hailing from New Orleans in the early 1800's. Antoine Peychaud was a Creole and apothecary, making concoctions of his bitters and brandy that he served to peers and patrons. Peychaud eventually became the lead bartender of the Sazerac Coffeehouse where he continued mixing simple cocktails with his bitters to much acclaim. It is this belief in simplicity and quality that serves as the basis for Peychaud’s Aperitivo. Delightful and refreshing, Peychaud’s Aperitivo is best served over ice or in the Royal Street Fizz, or as I like it, in a Negroni cocktail. Stock this in your bar this holiday season and amaze yourself with the range of cocktails you can make to impress your guests!
Tasting Notes: Original Cask Strength (61.2% APV) Meaning 'the original' in Gaelic, A'bunadh is made in homage to Aberlour's founder, James Fleming and has achieved a cult following among malt lovers. Deep rich amber colour with copper highlights; heady aromas of toffee, smoky brine and peach compote; creamy, sweet and laden with warm toffee and baked fruit notes. Delicious sipping in front of a roaring fire during the wintery Christmas season, my favourite spot!
Tasting Notes: Rocca delle Macìe has become one of Tuscany's leading wine estates. Sasyr, as its name suggests, is a singular and sublime blend of Sangiovese and Syrah grapes from the Tuscan vineyards of Rocca delle Macìe.
Carefully selected ripe grapes are harvested by hand. The two varieties are fermented separately at carefully controlled temperatures to preserve color and freshness of fruit flavors. 15% of the Sangiovese is aged in French oak barriques for six months.
Intense red fruit aromas of ripe cherry, blackberry and raspberry. A succulent, supple well-structured palate with a silky smooth finish that gets better if you can make it last.
Very versatile; will complement red meats, hearty, robust vegetarian dishes, pastas and risottos with flavorful sauces.
Tasting Notes: Rated at 94 points by Wine Spectator Milla Cala is rich and refined, delivering unctuous dark fruit and spice flavors that offer a creamy svelteness. Slate and mineral accents linger on the complex finish, with dark chocolate and olive notes. Consists of Cab, Carmenere, Cab Franc, Syrah, and Merlot.
Tasting Notes: "From the wunder down under - Ben Glatetzer"! This is Heartland's flagship wine. The precise balance is the calling card of the 2015 vintage. The aromas are surprisingly diverse for such a young wine. Dark fruits envelope spice and herb characters that evolve in the glass. Directors’ Cut Shiraz is enhanced by judicious oak that gives a framework to the generous fruit. The lingering finish is typical of this wine and predicts a long and distinguished future. Pairs well with BIG red meat!
Tasting Notes: Priorat is a small, dynamic wine region in Catalonia, north-eastern Spain, whose intense, full-bodied red wines have shot to fame in the past few decades. Priorat wine is made from old-vine Garnacha and Cariñena. The 2014 is a classic amongst classics! Eye: dense, deep violet/black, ox blood. Nose: an explosion of violets, jasmine, sandalwood, nutmeg, plums, black currants, black licorice, black cherries. Palate: big and ripe already, with currants, plums, espresso, vanilla, cassis, truffle. Tannins firm and present, but great integration. This wine is the Torres Family 'vin du guard' and will stand prolonged time in good cellaring. Think Christmas gifts for that someone special, but buy one or two for yourself. At the price, it's a steal. Critically acclaimed, world class value. Tasted twice with consistent notes.
Price: $60.99 750 ml.
Tasting Notes: This great scotch is matured in sherry casks, making for a wonderful "fall in the air" dram between the classic Islay peat intensity and lip-smacking wine-like sweetness.
On the nose, Cinnamon-dusted banana, maple syrup, a whiff of bonfire smoke.
On the palate,Peaches in syrup and fresh raspberries, earthy peat and a touch of tobacco.
Finishing in rum-soaked raisins and prunes. ginger root, clove and marmalade .
Tasting Notes: The grapes were carefully selected and handpicked early October to get maximum ripeness. They were then dried on the stalks for about 15 days, making them lose 50% of their weight. This method, called “Appassimento”, gives the wine its richness, complexity and characteristic notes of ripe fruits.
Ideal with roasted meats or mature and savoury hard cheeses or on its own with friends and family. Could use some decanting.
Tasting Notes: Spicy, citrusy , and lightly sweet - full of orange and spices - clove and a big kick of cinnamon. Light oak, vanilla, and light Canadian whisky spices hold the whisky together between the vibrant orange and the tingling spices. The finish is a battle between cinnamon and orange. Really nice on a hot day . This fits really well alongside in your beer cooler during a BBQ.
I can't help but compare. The BarChef project produced a cocktail which you could serve in a high end cocktail bar, but this is more your standard bar old fashioned (and it's better than many I've had in bars!).
Tasting Notes: A Douglas Laing Single Minded bottling of 8 year old single malt from Islay's Bunnahabhain distillery, drawn from a single hogshead. The nose - robustly coastal, with a core of vanilla-rich barley. The palate - lightly oaked, still packed with sea salt and malt, and finishes with coriander, menthol and earthy smoke.
Tasting Notes: Fruit for the Cracking Black Shiraz was cultivated at Malpas Road Vineyard, where the soil is relatively infertile due to its black soil that cracks apart. Hence, the reference to the soil composition as Cracking Black, the inspiration for the name of this innovative range. This juicy Shiraz is dark cherry red in colour. Aromas of bright satsuma plum and dark cherry flow off the nose, combined with a dash of licorice, spice and mocha notes. The palate is dominated by dark plum, while cherry notes linger on and are later joined by flavours of red berry, dark chocolate and savoury spices. Aged in French oak, it shows a great generosity borne from superior structural tannins and a surprising fruit length. Powerful and full-bodied, this wine pairs well with leaner red meats, beef stews, mildly spicy ethnic foods and grilled lambs. Drink now or cellar to 2030.
Tasting Notes: Ahh! History and Whiskey & Royalty!
Established in 1812, the Royal Brackla Distillery was granted a Royal Warrant by King William IV in 1833, and therefore bears the name “Royal” on their label as legal designation within the British monarchy. This distinction is shared only by the still currently active Royal Lochnagar and the former Glenury Royal distilleries. Of these three, Royal Brackla was the first to be granted.
Amber gold, medium legs. Nose: Strong sherry, malt, oak, light alcohol burn,
Palate: Dry sherry, sweet vanilla, almond, spice; specifically distinct ground black pepper notes, lightly oily mouth feel.Finish: Strong pepper notes, fruit and honey aftertaste, very light burn.
Tasting Notes: Sémillon is one of the wine world's unsung heroes. Although the gold-skinned grape is more known for producing France's most famous and revered sweet wines, Sauternes, it is capable of producing excellent dry wines as well. Eye: medium burnished gold, apple juice, straw rim. Nose: layered with apple butter, preserved lemon, snap pea, quince, washed gravel, dragonfruit, and honey notes. Palate: full, round, notes of roasted green beans, jicama, golden delicious apple, extra virgin olive oil. Clean, smooth, and tasty! Drink now: best at 50 -55 F ( 5 - 8 C). Could probably mature for another couple of years. Pair with poached chicken in cream sauce, seared fish, steamed green veggies.
Price: $21.49 750 ml
Tasting Notes: A beautiful Guyanese rum perfect for the changing weather heading into winter. The nose exhibits a bouquet of dark brown sugar, toffee, stewed stone fruits, prunes and molasses. The palate has a beautiful rounded mouthfeel complimented by flavours of sweet, warming spices, dark brown sugar, toffee and prunes while maintaining balance with notes of a golden syrup known as Treacle.
Tasting Notes: Foris was one of the first vineyards to plant the now ubiquitous “Dijon Clones” 113, 115 and 375. Starting with just twenty five buds of each, the winery patiently tended and propagated the vines until they had enough plant material to start supplying nurseries in California. Quickly word spread about the quality of these new clones. Today, many of California and Oregon’s most famous Pinot vineyards can trace their parentage directly back the original clone field on Foris’s flagship Maple Ranch Vineyard.
Although the vineyard determines the ultimate quality of a wine, there are many choices that both the grower and wine maker have in shaping its overall style. One of the most important decisions is harvest dates. We have long felt that while ripe is good, over ripe is not better. We also walk lightly in our use of oak, preferring to incorporate a percentage of once-filled French oak barrels each year instead of the more heavy handed new wood. Overall, it’s a very minimal approach to wine making that respects the integrity of our wonderful fruit.
2014 was a big vintage for the Foris Pinot Noir. An early, warm vintage produced wines that are darker and more robust than is typical for Foris Pinot Noir. A little more of everything; color, concentration, tannin, depth of fruit, and a little more contribution of French oak to balance the more full bodied style. The dark hue telegraphs the big flavors of plum, blackberry, black cherry and brown spices that complement it all. While big, rich and concentrated, the plush texture brings the wine into balance and flows into a long, smooth finish.
A thanksgiving suggestion, you will not be disappointed!
Tasting Notes: "Antu" means sun in the Mapuche native language. This Chilean Syrah has fleshy black fruit and spices. The vines are planted at an altitude of 300 metres above sea level in volcanic soils and they face north on steep slopes. Great concentration and depth of flavour. Exotic black and sweet purple plums and dark spices on the finish of this Chilean red wine made from Syrah grapes. Amazing quality for the price. Full-bodied, rich. This full-bodied red wine pairs well with grilled meats.
Tasting Notes: I know... few have ever heard of the grape, Pais - but it is considered the oldest grape in Chile and has just recently being rediscovered.
This is a beautiful and polished expression. Red current fruit with an earthy tobacco and spice laden palate. Fine and firm tannins, graphite minerality. Excellent value and Fairtrade!
Tasting Notes: This wine is an unmistakable Coonawara Cabernet/Shiraz blend. It gives you the menthol and licorice typical of this blend from Australia. Also on the palate are lovely, deep, ripe berry flavours. It is light on the oak and ready to drink now but could be cellared 3-5 years.
The Musician delivers silky tannins with a long elegant finish.
I think it is a perfect wine for a cool, fall evening by a warm, cozy fire.
Tasting Notes: Rum Chata is a combination of five-times distilled Caribbean rum and the freshest real dairy cream with a touch of Madagascar vanilla, cinnamon, and other secret spices from around the world. Uniquely flavourful, light & creamy.
Tasting Notes: A unique blend of Pear liqueur with old cognac giving birth to a drink balancing the sweetness of the liqueur and the character and strength of the cognac. At first, a golden colour announcing a unique richness, then a surprisingly fresh nose, opening on fruit mingled with delicate elder flower fragrant and to finish, a well rounded, mouth-watering palate, expressing the fine and youthful pear aromas evolving toward a sharp, fresh and expresssive finish, characteristic of cognac. Versatile enough to be drunk as an after dinner digestif, on its own or poured on crushed ice.
Tasting Notes: The McLaren Vale is a versatile wine region: a wide array of grape varieties can be grown successfully.Shiraz leads the way, and with Grenache and Mourvedre, the trio makes a tasty GSM. Eye: Ox blood, purple/scarlet, brick edge, semi-transparent. Nose: Sage, leather, dried cherry, nutmeg, black olive, red plum. Palate: medium body, soft entry, fine tannins, dried cherry confirmed, black licorice, medium roast coffee notes, tomato paste. The wine is entering its prime and should maintain for another couple of years. Very ready to drink now! pair burgers, grilled sausage, ribs.
Tasting Notes: The name of the winery plays with the old roman name of Cariñena "Care" that evolved from the meaning the "antigua llanura" (the old plains) this is also a play on words to the English word "to care" using in the same vein, the most traditional methods of production that were once used in the winery.
This vintage has rated higher than any other for this wine.
Nose: A strong aroma with a predominance of white fruits. Combination of floral, vegetable, and mineral notes.
Taste: Intense and pleasant. Passing to fresh and unctuous taste. Flavours of some very expressive white fruit. Long finish with hints of herb.
Tasting Notes: Woof! Now that the temperatures are dropping and even I'm wearing a colourful sweater on my walks, I love this Scotch when I come home from the trails! Deep amber with copper highlights,vinous and fruity on the nose, with additional notes of caramel and burnt sugar; medium-full body, with a light sweetness and a gentle warmth, the texture is full, round and mouthcoating, delivering flavours of caramel, citrus and sweet vanilla. Mum laughs when I lick my lips! ooh! and it comes in a gorgeous red box too!
This Original Wheated Bourbon Whiskey features an exceptionally smooth taste, substituting wheat for rye grain. Bottled at 90 proof, this bourbon stands out with its burnt orange color. Its softer flavor notes make this bourbon great for sipping or making cocktails.
A sweet nose with a presence of caramel. Tasting notes of honey, butterscotch, and a soft woodiness. It's smooth, delicate and calm. Features a smooth finish with a sweet honeysuckle flair
"Replacing the rye grain in our recipe with wheat provides for an exceptionally smooth taste. W. L. Weller is a truly outstanding buy." -Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Scored a 93 by Jim Murray Whisky Bible in 2018!
A "steal of a deal"!
Tasting Notes: "A cocktail as quintessentially Albertan as an Oil Derrick and equally as revered by King Ralph himself"
I couldn't have put it better myself. By far one of the most delicious tasting products out there for caesars. It's spicy pickled pepper brine lends a bold dimension to the classic cocktail.
Not a caesar fan? Marinate chicken, put it in a sauce. The recipes I've been inspired to do with this product are mind blowing. 10/10
Tasting Notes: Lots of light floral notes on the nose with hints of herbal aromas. A developing bitterness on the palate, but rather fresh with some fruit and herb flavours coming through. Creates a long lingering finish.
1 ounce Campari
2 ounces orange juice (no pulp)
1 ounce sparkling water
Tasting Notes: This is a blended whisky made with malt whiskies from the Yamasaki and Hakushu distilleries plus grain whisky from the Chita distillery. It has beautiful aromas of honey, orange and light oak. In the mouth you can taste black pepper, cinnamon, orange and apricot.
The bottle is a lovely display piece with 24 facets representing the Japanese seasons.
This is a lovely whisky to share with good friends.
Tasting Notes: A clear, dark amber colour with the strong legs expected of a fortified wine with 17% alcohol. The nose is predominantly caramel with a bit of apricot and hints of butterscotch and banana. On the palate, this wine is smooth and rich, with the full body of a fortified wine. This is an outstanding expression of the Muscat grape, which is so often used for simple, sweet sipping wines, or to add floral notes and softness to white blends. It is highly recommended as a dessert wine, or for general sipping. It's a great alternative to Port, being a bit fresher and fruitier than most Ports. The wine can be enjoyed chilled, but that does lock in a bit of the complexity, especially on the nose.
Tasting Notes: Enticing aromatics of stone fruits and poached pear with underlying notes of vanilla and creamy cashews. With only a portion of the pressed juices seeing French oak, the palate is bright with citrus notes and fresh cut pineapple that slowly unveils characteristics of buttered toast with a thin layer of marmalade. This is a beautifully balanced Chardonnay that has encouraged many to re-discover the merits of a well-made Chardonnay.
Tasting Notes: Hailing from Islay, this is one "Groovy" Whisky!
Part of the whisky that makes up Grooves was matured in red wine casks that were very well-charred, resulting in heavy grooves in the surface of the wood. A mellow though flavoursome dram.
Vanilla fudge, toffee popcorn and tarred orchard fruits rise through a big, salty opening. Savoury BBQ notes of cured Italian meats are percolated by paprika, green chilli and scorched herbs. Antique leather and damp oak form an interesting backdrop.
Tasting Notes: Deep crimson in color with sweet and spicy notes of fresh herbs and cloves on the nose. On the palate, intense flavors of fruit with hints of black pepper on the palate. Ends with great structure and long finish. Super versatile when it comes to pairing with food but try with duck confit and experience a bit of heaven.
Tasting Notes: The Russian River Valley is one of California's coolest and foggiest AVAs and its cool growing season and long, slow ripening period promotes complexity and balance in the wines, especially Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Eye: light gold, green tints, Nose: a deep layered nose with brioche, gala apple, pear, coconut oil, toasted oak and a whiff of aged white cheddar. Palate: Full, round, generous: challah French toast, white peach, pear confirmed, pineapple, medium long finish. Balanced and supple. Drink now - 2021.
Price: $36.49 750 ml.
Tasting Notes: This month I thought I'd share a favourite summer cocktail. Served widely in Italy, the Aperol Spritz is refreshingly delicous, easy to make and looks pretty in the glass! Aperol is an Italian apéritif made of gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona, among other ingredients, and is 11% ABV. Simply put ice in a large glass, fill 2/3 with Prosecco, another Italian delight, top up with Aperol, add a slice of orange and Voila! Happy Summer Sipping!
No price as Prosecco prices vary. Aperol is about $27.00.
Price: $27.00 for the Aperol
Tasting Notes: After chasing my ball around the dog park, I get pretty thirsty! So in summer, I like to sip a Scotch cocktail instead of my usual neat Scotch. Here's my favourite! To make muddle 1/4 cup of raspberries, 1/2 tsp. sugar, 1oz favourite scotch whisky, 1 oz of guava nectar (exotic!) and a splash of raspberry liqueur. Place all in a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a doggie dish....oops I mean a glass! Top with a bit of Club Soda, and garnish with a few raspberries and mint! I can lap these up all afternoon! Woof!
Price: $$30.00 - $75.00 depending on the Scotch
Tasting Notes: Bonarda is a red Argentine grape with a reputation for making soft, bland wines that are usually used for blending with Malbec to soften the hard tannins and big body of the Malbec. It's unusual to see Bonarda varietal wine, but this one is a great indication of what Bonarda can really achieve. It's a dark red wine with distinctly purple edges, indicating a young wine, but certainly ready to drink right now. The nose is rich and spicy, with cloves and nutmeg in evidence. On the palate, the wine is soft, slightly tannic, and reminiscent of the flavour of Cabernet sauvignon. It's noticeably fruitier than Cabernet, though, with plum and just a hint of chocolate. This wine is very enjoyable by itself, or would be perfect with medium bodied cheeses or charcuterie.
Tasting Notes: I love this gin. It's very smooth, almost a little sweet. Great flavor. Smooth enough to sip straight, un-chilled but makes a very tasty martini too. it has berries, juniper, blueberry and blackberry flavor notes.
Tasting Notes: This Godello and Dona Blanco wine from northwest Spain is absolutely delicious. On the nose you will find pear, peach,apple,lemon and white flowers. It has a wonderful balance of acidity and alcohol. It will pair very well with paella, scallops, grilled fish, camembert or a creamy havarti.
Tasting Notes: The 2016 wine from Paso Robles area in California utilizes small lots of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, along with Petit Verdot to produce a rich, delicious and easy drinking Bordeaux-inspired red.
Enticing berry, plum and vanilla notes highlight the dark fruit and spice aromas. Layers of similar berry fruit and baking spice stack the palate, balanced with waves of tannin on a long, dry finish.
Think BBQ red meats!
Tasting Notes: Try the famous Taylor Fladgate White Port Cocktail:
1/3 Taylor Fladgate White Port
2/3 Tonic Water
some leaves of mint or slice of lemon
Made from white grapes grown mainly on the upper slopes of the Douro Valley. The grapes used include the Arinto, Boal, Codega, Esgana, Cao, Folgasao, Gouveio, Viosinho, and Rabigato Varieties.
It has a rich fragrant nose with aromas of mellow fruit and hints of honey and oak. Full body; velvety palate and long flavourful finish.
Tasting Notes: Malvasia is actually the name given to an ancient family of grape varieties capable of making wine in any feasible color or style. Well travelled, it has good adaptability to various environments. Eye: medium gold, straw. Nose: intensely aromatic with floral (lavender, gardenia) notes, apricot, lychee, cold cream, Turkish delight. Palate: white peach, jicama, steamed green beans, washed stones, medium - low acid. This is a great thirst quencher on a hot day, and is at its best well chilled. It would pair nicely with a creamy risotto, poached fish, or salads. Drink now.
Price: $20.99 750 ml.
Tasting Notes: Toasty melon and peach aromas are oaky but elegant, sort of like nice Burgundy. A round balanced palate definitely suggests quality Chardonnay, but this is 95% Viura and the rest Malvasia. Oak and spice flavors render white-fruit notes secondary, and the finish is more of the same. Stands up on it’s own but try with lobster bisque or oysters in shell.
Tasting Notes: Lots of berries but not sweet. 60% Syrah & 40% cabernet .
Nice and smooth with a long finish.
Great flavor, best to age for another couple of years (if you have the self control).
Tasting Notes: I don't get a kick from cocaine. But it's safe to say you will get a kick out of Cocalero. It's a herbal spirit made with the South American coca leaf and 16 other botanicals including guarana, juniper and ginseng. This can be enjoyed ice-cold from the freezer, or in a variety of cocktails.
Tasting Notes: Korenwijn (grain wine) is an older style of genever dating from the 18th century; it's usually aged in oak casks. The recipe for this Korenwijn: 1/3 corn, 1/3 rye and 1/3 malted barley. Botanicals: Juniper, Licorice, Aniseed. Cask type: 200 litre New American Oak. Nose: Sweet honey, pine needle, vanilla, wax, Red River cereal. Palate: Smooth and soft. Notes of toffee, cream of wheat with liquid honey. Try it as a stand alone 'sipper'!
Price: $88.99 1,000 ml.
Tasting Notes: Long Island Spirits named their whiskeys after the First United States Volunteer Cavalry - the "Rough Riders" - originally organized by Long Island's own Teddy Roosevelt in 1898 to fight in the Spanish-American War. The whisky is a mash bill of 60% corn, 35% rye and 5% malted barley. After initial aging in new charred oak, It is finished in merlot and chardonnay casks from local wineries. The wine casks themselves are washed in local brandy before the bourbon goes in for final aging.
"This tastes like a PB & J! Rich, sweet cereal and vanilla flavors with a distinct peanut characteristic in the finish. Adding this to casks influenced by wine and brandy makes it grapey. The rye gives it a zing of clove, pepper and allspice to round it out. It's the tastes of childhood comfort in a grown up glass!"
Tasting Notes: Just returned from Portugal and enjoyed a wonderful tasting with Luis Pato. He is the leading winemaker in Portugal growing only indigenous grapes in the Beira Atlantico region northwest of Coimbra. With the intense mineral quality of the native Bical and Cercial grapes judiciously married together, he has created an exceptional wine with Old World elegance. This is a rare, age worthy white wine. This 2013 vintage is tasting superbly and will continue to do so.
Tasting Notes: Referenced as having the most complex aromatics in Speyside this dram pours a golden amber colour and offers a sweet, peaty, caramel nose that is layered with herbal, citrus, cocoa and floral aromas; medium bodied and malty with hints of sweet wood smoke and sandalwood on a medium length finish. Love getting my little paws on this one!
Tasting Notes: Authentically brewed with locally grown ginger, considered to be the finest in the world. This beer has a crisp, refreshing, full bodied ginger taste.
This beer is perfect for your summer patio and will pair deliciously with Chinese, Thai, Indian and of course Jamaican dishes!
Tasting Notes: It’s name means “Chilean Oak” for Mapuche, the original inhabitants of central and southern Chile. Oaks surround the vineyard where this wine is born.
Organic and biodynamic agriculture is the best way to obtain more balanced, healthy and productive vineyards, resulting in a better quality of grapes and, therefore, better wines. This is Emiliana’s philosophy when it comes to vineyard management.
This brilliant six-variety blend of mostly Syrah and Carmenère with lesser amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvèdre, Malbec and Petit Verdot is one of Chile's greatest reds. Smooth, subtle and savoury, it's much more than the sum of its parts, with Asian spices, red and dark berry fruit and fine tannins.
This is a complex wine that will take your BBQ experience to a higher more flavourful level.
Tasting Notes: Dark red with the purple edges of a young wine. The tannins are already fairly soft, and the wine is very drinkable now, but should age well for another 5 years. The nose and palate are rich, classic Cabernet Sauvignon. The intense nose has bell peppers, blackberry, and dark chocolate. The palate has black currant and plum. There's a lovely lingering finish, which is just a little puckerish from the tannins. Serve this wine with roast beef or strong cheeses, but it is soft enough to enjoy on its own.
Tasting Notes: I love this Gin! The Botanist is an artisanal Islay gin made by Bruichladdich Distillery. It is the only gin made on Islay and is distinctive for its augmentation of the nine classical gin aromatics with a further 22 locally picked wild Islay botanicals. It's delicious sipped over ice, with a splash of sparkling water and slice of lemon or lime, as a G & T or my favourite a Basil Martini! (Check out the recipe on Pg 3 of Latest News on this website!)
Tasting Notes: This blended white wine from Dao Region, is made of 30% Encruzado, 20% Cerceal Branco , 20% Malvasia, 15% Bical, and 15% Arinto. Manually harvested in 15kg boxes. Spontaneous fermentation with ambient native yeasts in closed stainless steel tank for 10-12 days until dry. Temperature controlled with water from natural sources in the vineyard. Naturally no malolactic fermentation because of high acid. Beautiful, nutty and pear-like aromas. Tactile mouthfeel with a clean finish. 12.9% alcohol.
Tasting Notes: La Pinta has a surprisingly fresh and complete taste profile and can quite literally be chilled and poured straight into the glass as a perfect cocktail. The ultimate smoothness of Clase Azul silver tequila blended with pure and rich pomegranate flavors combine into the most delicious spirit…
Appropriate for a sipping martini, rocks cocktail and even a chilled, neat shot.
Tasting Notes: My pick this is in celebration of Pride Month. Souvenir (Pride) Vodka is quadruple distilled rye vodka from Ukraine's heartland. It's softness, clarity and pureness are only rivaled by some of the most expensive vodkas on the market. Enjoy it with friends and celebrate equality.
HAPPY PRIDE EVERYONE!
Tasting Notes: Sèvre et Maine is the most significant region producing Muscadet wine in the Pays Nantes. Sur Lie indicates that the vinified wine has rested for a time on the spent yeast cells and other solids that are by products of fermentation, which sink to the bottom of the fermentation vessel. This gives extra depth and richness. Eye: very pale straw with lime tinges. Nose: pears, white peach, washed stones, snap pea, flint. Palate: light and brisk, with lemon verbena, honeydew melon, green apple, tart and juicy acid in good balance with the fruit. Very clean and fresh. Drink now. Would do nicely with some seared scallops, or escargots in garlic butter. Gets the taste buds going!!
Tasting Notes: Beautiful ruby colour with aromas of chocolate, vanilla and butterscotch. Blueberry and blackberry on the palate, full bodied like a Cab with the softness of a Carmenere.
It will pair well with a spaghetti bolognese, pizza, ribs and lamb stew.
Tasting Notes: From the Roussillon area of France where Jean-Marc and Eliane Lafage have some Chardonnay planted near the Mediterranean, they have developed a remarkably complex and mineral version of the variety. There is no botrytis here so as a result, they resort to aging a small percentage in barrel – usually less than 30%. The remainder of the wine is aged in tank on the lees of Viognier. One of my favourites, this chard delivers soft elegance and creamy butteryness without overpowering your palate. Break out the oysters.
Tasting Notes: From South Australia, a single variety red wine made from Petit Verdot, a relatively unknown minor variety used in red Bordeaux wines. The wine is very dark, with purple edges and noticeable tannins, indicating a youthful wine. The nose has blackberry and anise, and the palate is full of berry fruit. This wine is well balanced, with distinct acidity that makes it ideal for Alberta's BBQ season. An inexpensive wine that will go well with BBQ'ed burgers and steaks, and could be set aside for a few years if you have the patience to let it develop.
Tasting Notes: After being walked off my feet these past few months while my Humans have been home more thanks to Covid 19, I'm taking the month off. But, as it is Father's Day coming up soon, I was reviewing my favourites over the last year or so and think there's a lot of good choices there. So if you're wanting to buy Old Pops a whisky for his special day on June 21, have a browse through them! YOu can't go wrong. If you still can't decide, talk to one of the Aligra staff and they'll help you select a perfect bottle. As the saying goes "let sleeping dogs lie". I'll be the wee white dog relaxing on the cool grass. Woof!
Tasting Notes: A sangria on a hot sunny day is incredibly refreshing. Whether you serve up carafes with this goodness at your next party or add a recipe tag and resent it as a gift, there’s many ways to celebrate this refreshing summer beverage.
70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, and 10% Molinara
The grapes are hand picked, crushed, and fermented, thus, preserving its fresh and young character. The grapes then undergo a cold pre-fermentation for approximately five days; total contact with the skins is maintained for about 20 days. By the time the skins are drawn off, the highly aromatic wine has obtained excellent color and structure. It is placed in cold storage for four months before undergoing the "ripasso" process, which entails fermenting the wine on Amarone must for a period of 20 days, resulting in increased color, aroma, body, and fruit flavor. Once the wine is prepared for aging, it matures for 18 months in casks and barrels, which adds complexity, structure and refinement. Afterwards it undergoes an additional month in the bottle before release.
Intense ruby brightened by purple reflections
Ample and remarkably complex with vinous tones; well-defined scents of cherries, mature plum, fig with notes of violet and dried tobacco against a tenuous background of dark chocolate
Dry on the palate with a fine and harmonious balance, great strength, and a sturdy body; reveals stewed wild berries, smoking tobacco, and exotic spices, leads to plush and moderate tannins; demonstrates persistence and complexity on the palate
Suggest decanting 1 to 2 hours
Perfect match for roasted meats and pasta with garlic sauce
Tasting Notes: This Rosé opens with spice and ginger on the nose, balanced by fragrant aromas of red fruit and antique red rose. The palate is succulent and lightly sweet, with juicy watermelon and honeycomb flavors, framed by a zesty hint of white pepper. It is sleek and sexy with a drape of black wax over the top and one shoulder of the bottle which complements the fresh, light honeysuckle pink colour of the wine.
Tasting Notes: The Isle of Jura is nestled off the West Coast of Scotland - where I come from! It’s only 60 miles from Glasgow as the crow flies, but 60 miles has never felt so far away. With only one road, one pub, one distillery and one big whirlpool, Jura is as beautiful as it is remote. Which explains why the deer outnumber the 200-strong population by a country mile! I love chasing them too! George Orwell even went so far as to name it ‘the most un-get-at-able place’ while he wrote his classic novel 1984 here. The original distillery has stood in its spot since 1810 but fell into ruin. In 1963, the folks at Jura decided to resurrect it and with it, helped to revive the local community. Jura Origin signifies the rebirth of the Jura distillery and rebuilding of the community; each bottle carries the ancient Celtic symbol for beginnings. Distiller’s Notes: Colour: Warming golden glow. Nose: Soft nuances of American white oak with a smooth, sweet aroma of honey. Taste: A refined, smooth and clean tasting liquid with gentle oak flavours, followed by highlights of caramel and soft liquorice. The warmth of roasted coffee beans lingers long in the mouth.
Cheers and Woof!
Tasting Notes: A blend of Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cab Franc gives this Okanagan rose great structure. It’s bold flavours of fresh picked strawberries, red currant & watermelon satisfies big time when the temperatures start rising. It’s definitely meant for the patio to enjoy on it’s own or paired with spicey foods like a chorizo pizza.
Tasting Notes: 56% Merlot
6% Petit Verdot
This Bordeaux is aged 12 months in French oak.
The nose has black pepper, blackberry, spicy herbs and bell peppers.
The palate is on the lightish side with raspberry, blackberry and sweet strawberry on the finish.
Pairs well with beef,lamb and poultry.
A light but still robust Bordeaux.
Tasting Notes: "Duas Quntas" translates to "Two Farms'. Quinta de Ervamoira is hot, dry, and low altitude. Quinta dos Bons Ares is cooler, windier, and high altitude. The result: a big, complex, structured red wine. Grapes varieties: Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional. Eye: inky magenta, indigo violet. Nose: black plum, black licorice, vanilla, black olive, hint of truffle oil. Palate: full, round, ripe black currant, pencil lead, espresso, bitter chocolate, truffle confirmed, medium full tannins, good grip. Medium long finish. This wine needs a bit of airing out before consumption, or give it 6 - 8 years cellaring after vintage date. Delicious!!
Tasting Notes: Just as the name suggest, this product is definitely something else! Light and refreshing with a taste of mandarin and grapefruit. Add some tequila for a tasty paloma. Definitely a great choice for summer this year!
Tasting Notes: White wine from Lugana is a rarity here; it's a relatively small area in northern Italy, divided between Lombardy and the Veneto, with the wines made from the Trebbiano grape, which is called Turbiana locally. The colour is pale straw. The nose is mineral with a hint of apple, and as the wine warms in the glass and opens up, there is a hint of caramel. The minerality of the nose is evident on the palate, too, which is well balanced, with strong acidity. As the wine opens, the palate becomes fruitier, with notes of apple, peach and citrus. This will be a refreshing summer patio wine, but it also has the structure to go well with seafood, pasta, or chicken dinners. Excellent value for the price!
Tasting Notes: Stunning. Unusual. 70% Chardonnay 30% Sauvignon Blanc aged 8 months in barrel. With it’s amazing minerality, this is an age worthy white wine that should be considered in anyone’s cellar. But I'm drinking some this weekend!
Tasting Notes: Awarded 92 points in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible, I'm sharing this with my Grand Dog Father this weekend. It's a rounded, smooth blend,with a slightly sweet finish that has a mellowness one expects from a well balanced whisky. Each whisky in the blend has been aged minimum 12 years and selected to combine the strengths and subtleties of Scotch whisky at its best. Woof & Cheers!
Tasting Notes: Mare is a Mediterranean gin flavoured with four principal botanicals: basil, thyme, rosemary and, most unusual of all, the Arbequina olive. Alongside juniper, cardamom and citrus, these different botanicals create a strangely satisfying gin. Possibly one of the most smooth and delightful gins I’ve tasted.
Tasting Notes: The Uco Valley is home to several of Argentina's top producers. The valley is noted for vineyard altitude: 1300 metres (4,300 ft) above sea level for this particular expression. Eye: cranberry, deep violet, magenta rim. Nose: kirsch, vanilla, red bell pepper, sweet tobacco. Palate: plums, black cherry reduction, black licorice, full, round mouth feel, medium grain tannins, medium length finish. Good value! Some depth and short term ageing potential; drink now, or hold up to four years after vintage date. Think burgers, ribs.
Price: $21.99 750 ml
Tasting Notes: Deep red wine with strong legs and a purple, youthful rim. Black cherry on the nose, with a hint of smoke. The palate is predominantly cherry with a bit of citrus. The wine is noticeably acidic, and will stand up well to pasta with a tomato-based sauce. The tannins are quite soft, making the wine very approachable now. This is a relatively straightforward Chianti, a bit more fruit forward than the usual Classico style. It's easy to enjoy and excellent value for the price.
Tasting Notes: The Empress 1908 gin was created by Victoria Distillers in collaboration with the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria British Columbia.
This beautiful gin is comparable to a London Dry and is delicious in many classic cocktails.
The indigo colour comes from butterfly pea flowers and will change colour when mixed with anything acidic.
You will taste notes of juniper, grapefruit, ginger, cinnamon and rose.
Tasting Notes: ROSSO NOBILE al Cioccolata is a noble red wine with finest chocolate aromas. The intensive flavor of dark berries and the soft vanilla notes of red wine are carefully blended with finest chocolate aromas to create an irresistible taste experience.
Be seduced twice by ROSSO NOBILE a Cioccolata – casual evenings and romantic hours will turn into moments of true pleasure.
Tasting Notes: This unique grape makes a wine that shows hints of forest fruits and cedar. It's very well assembled in mouth, with the complexity of rustic and purity of the vineyards of "foot franc" (Pie Fanco). It has been aged 11 months in French oak. 94 points.
This wine hit me on a personal note. The aromas bring me back to a time when I lived in rural North Carolina. Backyard bonfires at night, the smell of burning cedar wood. A very nostalgic experience.
Tasting Notes: The Ned is classic New Zealand-style sauvignon blanc. Clear pale lemon in colour; pronounced aromas of green pepper, citrus, passion fruit and gooseberry; on the palate, extra-dry, with medium acidity and medium body; flavours of white grapefruit, tropical fruit and lime.
Tasting Notes: This bold and fruity rum is made in Guatemala and aged for 23 years.
On the nose it opens with brown sugar and toffee and finishes with toasted marshmallow and dark honey.
The palate begins with burnt sugar and cocoa and finishes earthy and nutty.
Enjoy this delicious rum with dessert or all on its own, it is a real treat!
Tasting Notes: A Riesling for True Riesling Lovers and Appreciators!
Pale straw in colour with green hues. Enticing aromas of freshly squeezed lemon with a hint of white flowers. Bottle aged characters of toast, clove oil and lemon grass have started to emerge. The palate shows great length and depth with concentrated power, pristine fresh lime juice overlaid with toasted brioche, sage oil and lemon grass. The wine finishes with a fresh natural acidity which balances the flavour intensity. Released in 2016 after 5 years of bottle age, this wine will gracefully continue to age for many years for those who appreciate bottle aged Riesling.Try with Foie Gras or duck breast with five spice glaze or fresh gnocchi with olive oil and shaved truffles.
Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly
Tasting Notes: I know I'm a Scottish Dog! But as a friendly salute to my Irish friends and a toast to St Patrick's Day, I've selected an Irish Whisky this month!
Redbreast is a beautifully balanced single pot still Irish whiskey, with a warm, generous texture, rich, sweet flavours and a spicy kick. In the view of many connoisseurs, the finest Irish whiskey available. Besides, it sounds like it's describing me! Woof!
Tasting Notes: this "crazy named" pinot noir is bursting with ripe cherry,coffee & chocolate on the nose.
On the palate, silky, bursts of red berry fruits, and French oak spice.
(aged in Oak 10 months)
Tasting Notes: The 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel is a blend of 16 different vineyard blocks of old vine zinfandel vineyards with an average age of 86 years. With berries and spice on the nose, dark, sweet fruit fills the palate with just a hint of black pepper. This wine has a long, lingering finish. Whether you pair with a burger, ribs, barbecue or a roaring fire, this wine is sure to please. It goes down easy so a second bottle may be handy.
Tasting Notes: Babich Black Label Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc was first produced in 2005 and for a time was exclusive to restaurants and bars. A small portion of juice was fermented in old oak barriques to contribute to the weight and complexity of the wine. Eye: light straw, lemongrass, light green tints. Nose: green apple, gooseberry, papaya, white peach. Palate: Clean, soft, washed gravel, gooseberry, lime rind, dried pineapple, cantaloupe, kiwi fruit. Juicy and invigorating. A very good Sauvignon Blanc with a nice balance. Drink now, but with a proviso: this wine will develop over two or three years in good cellaring conditions, and morph intentionally to the pineapple and kiwi fruit notes. very interesting....
Tasting Notes: It is a light sparkling wine with an elegant azure blue tonality. Balanced in its acidity, supplemented with its light sweet taste.The nose has tropical to citrus notes with subtle hints of grass. It is an innovative new generation wine to pair well with desserts.
This wine will add a fun twist to any party that will sure catch people's eye!
Tasting Notes: This is a flavoured sake with a lovely herbal nose, noticeable coconut and a hint of lemon. The palate is well balanced but with refreshing acidity and a noticeable flavour of coconut. In the glass, this sake has the typical Nigori cloudy, milky appearance, with a slight yellow tinge. Like other Nigoris, it needs to be shaken well before serving, and should be served well chilled. (You'll find it in the cooler at our store, already chilled.) With its noticeable acidity, this sake would stand up well to sushi and fish dishes, but the coconut infusion makes it a great stand-alone drink, as well.
Price: $19.99 / 330 mL
Tasting Notes: This is a delicious whisky when I'm feeling like some spicy tasting Scottish marmalade, but with a good nip to it!
O my nose I smell lime and orange peel, coconut and sultanas, with spice and rich dried-fruit notes.
On my palate, Spice up front, with ginger and nutmeg leading to toasted almonds and lemon.
Finish: Sweet vanilla and lemon zest fading to white chocolate and spice.
Tasting Notes: A perfect choice for chilly winter February evenings and comfort food!
Plums and cherries reign on the palate, with fine acidity, but not with that over-the-top tartness. The black pepper and fruit spiced with bits of cardamom are perfect flavours for Spaghetti Bolognese or mushroom risotto.
Tasting Notes: Also known as Korean vodka. It has a very smooth taste and is lower in calories and in proof than vodka.
It is delicious mixed with fruit juices such as watermelon, kiwi and lemon in cocktails.
Enjoy a Korean Soju while watching the Olympics in Seoul!
Tasting Notes: a very fine French 2015 Muscadet from the Loire Valley
Dry,sappy,and fresh on palate, with hints of white flowers
Ideal with seafood, but pairs well with other dishes
Tasting Notes: Grenache is a grape varietal that does extremely well in Barossa's warm, dry climate. The vines are trained free standing, close to the ground; those used in this wine are between 35 - 80 years old. Color: Cranberry, burnt Sienna, magenta rim. Nose: Violets, bramble, black cherry, red currant, sandalwood. Palate: Soft, smooth entry, fine grain tannin, cranberry reduction, red currant, dried plum, clove notes. very much a 'drink now', but has the added advantage of medium term cellaring potential (3 - 5 years after vintage date). Great with Panini sandwiches, roast vegetables, roast chicken. Suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets.
Tasting Notes: Intense deep purple colour . Elegant nose showing red fruits, cassis and graphite.
fresh palate,great texture, soft yet vibrant tannins. Pairs well with risottos or game meats
Tasting Notes: This blended Irish whiskey is exceptionally smooth, with added richness from partial finishing in Sherry casks, and the luscious buttery flavour that is typical of Irish whiskeys. Excellent value for the price.
Price: $39.99 / 750 mL
Tasting Notes: Las Rocas Garnacha offers vibrant aromas and flavors of dark cherry and blackberry. Well-integrated nuances of oak and round tannins underscore these decadent fruit flavors to create a rich, well-structured wine.
Having first tasted this wine at a tapas bar in Canmore, Alberta, I couldn’t get enough. It paired well with the charcuterie and chorizo meatballs. If you don’t mind BBQing in -20C, this wine will go great with most grilled offerings. Great value!
Tasting Notes: This Chardonnay is in the top 25 picks of Italian white wines in 2017!
Fresh, bright, green apple and peaches, stone fruits.
Nice mineralogy , reminds of new world sauvignon blanc.
Enjoy chilled with seafoods, or just alone as a "sipper"
Tasting Notes: A dark, juicy, concentrated red wine. Black cherry, violet, mint, dark chocolate and vanilla oak on the nose and palate.
A wonderful full, smooth, round red for a steak dinner or just for drinking with good friends.
Tasting Notes: Nose: Chocolate and some nutmeg off the bat before the smoke develops, balanced by dried apricot, plum and, increasingly, zesty orange too.
Palate: Plump dried fruits are complimented by vanilla, dried apple and waves of smoke and wood spice.
Finish: Liquorice and more fruit too, plus a return of some chocolatey notes.
Overall: More pronounced smoke than you’d find in a regular Highland Park, as you'd expected, but it never threatens to dominate proceedings – this is no chimney of a dram, far from it. The smoke is always balanced.
Tasting Notes: Brick red/tawny in colour, with delicate nutty aromas and a hint of dried fruits. On the palate, very well balanced with a youthful fruity, luscious character, which integrates well with a long spirity finish. In the 375 ml bottle, this is a delight to sip by a fire on a January night, with or without the last piece of Christmas cake.
Price: $17.99 (375ml)
Tasting Notes: Robbie Burns, Poet Laureate of Scotland! This single malt is endorsed by the world Robert Burns Federation as an official Arran Single Malt.
It's light, aromatic and very versatile. You can sip it on it's own, as a cocktail or paired with a meal. It looks like golden sunshine, smells sweet and cramy, like honey, toffee and pecans, summer fruits. Tastes of the sweetness of apples and citrus. Like the Bard himself, this is Poetry in a Glass!
Tasting Notes: A modern, fruit-driven Douro red that is soft, round and silky with lots of ripe red and black cherry fruit in a medium-bodied frame
Tasting Notes: Kamptal, named for the river Kamp that traverses it, is a wine growing region centered in the town of Langenlois. The DAC ( Districtus Austria Controllatus) is the official appellation for Kamptal Grüner Veltliner, and was established in 2008. The varietal has gained popularity and for a time was the darling of the wine community: restaurants carried (and still carry) Gru-v, a common contraction of the proper name. Eye: straw gold, lemon grass tints. Nose: Bosque pear, honeysuckle, golden delicious apple, snap pea. Palate: Clean and brisk. Washed stone, pear skin, dragon fruit, kiwi, cantaloupe. Smooth entry, nice balance between juicy fruit and tangy acidity. Medium finish. A solid effort, food friendly. Try with turkey salad, other salads, poached chicken, light pork dishes, grilled fish, soft cheeses.
Price: $$22.49 750 ml.
Tasting Notes: Perfect for the holidays! A chocolate and hazelnut (think traditional Italian Nutella-like spread from Turin) liqueur made with Bottega's grappa. It's creamy, oh so chocolaty and delicious over ice, or ice cream!
Tasting Notes: 3 year old rum from Zuidam distillery in the Netherlands. Very dark amber in the glass, reminiscent of a certain Tennessee whiskey. Nose reveals a great deal of cherry, brown sugar and a touch of sherry notes. Palate enters with a touch of heat and spice, cherries return and give way to honey sweetness. Finish lingers but doesn't drag.
Tasting Notes: This wine from the 2015 vintage with a medium to light lemon colour has aromas of stone and citrus fruit, rounded out by tropical fruit framed by light spicy notes from the barrel aging. These flavours continue on the palate with a complex minerality framed by a full round mid palate and a refreshing crisp finish. This wine can be consumed in the near term or aged for 5 to 8 years. Perfect food wine for white wine lovers at your holiday table!
Tasting Notes: Aged in bourbon barrels, this rich California red has notes of cassis, black cherry, vanilla and oak. It makes a great gift for the barbecue-and-bourbon fan.
Big hit at a recent tasting in our store!
Tasting Notes: David Swift Phinney is the creator of this wine which became an instant cult classic. It's inspired by the "mixed blacks" first made by the Italian immigrants who settled in the Napa Valley. Although the label has changed hands, David still remains behind the scene. Zinfandel base, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Syrah, and Charbono supporting. Nose: big, with vanilla, marionberry, black cherry, and plum. Palate: concentrated, dark fruit pie, stewed blueberry and black cherry, hints of cocoa, tannins present and firming up the massive fruit. This is a luscious wine that would be a great Christmas gift; better yet, buy two: one for you, one for that lucky someone.
Price: $$67.99 750 ml
Tasting Notes: A true gift of Christmas. The ancient spices of Frankincense and myrrh in a traditional London style gin.
It leaves with a mouth feel of balsamic and lemon.
A great gift for your favourite gin lover or the adventurous friend looking for something new.
Tasting Notes: The Hardy Pineau Blanc Le Coq d'Or is a delightful way to enjoy the 'little brother of Cognac'. A classic Pineau, created with all the passion and knowledge that Hardy Cognac are famed for, this is a drink to be enjoyed in many ways.
Enjoy over ice or with a mixer, or it's especially good as a component in a cocktail. Black Le Coq d'Or also pairs exceptionally well with desserts - try it with a Tarte Tatin or a Red Berry Pie.
Tasting Notes: opens with dark notes of coffee and cocoa, then transcends into black fruits, cherry, plum, with hints of mint, herb,spice
aged in French Oak and American oak
Elegant finish filled with notes of nut and spices
Great price point!
Tasting Notes: A Blend created by 12 bartenders from five countries were brought together to create The Bartender's Blend, using whiskies spanning five decades
Nose: Dried apricot, milk chocolate, honey and green tobacco leaf.
Palate: Delicate cherry blossom and buttery brioche, undercut by zesty notes of ginger, resulting in an edgy and expanding whisky.
Finish: Longlasting warmth.
Tasting Notes: Pale gold blended whisky from Suntory, comprised of Chita grain, and Hakushu and Yamazaki malts. Nose is banana and caramel with the faintest hint of smoke. On the palate, a silky mouth feel enhances the fruit notes providing lychee, more banana and vanilla. Finish is a bit short, giving corn and mild smoke. A very well balanced blend.
Tasting Notes: For centuries, Alentejano`s main link to the wine world was in the production of cork. Thanks to ambitious privately owned estates, however, by 2010 the region commanded a large share of the domestic wine market and an expanding export share. The wines are charming and fruit forward, and this is no exception. A blend of Syrah, Touriga Nacionale, Aragones, and Alivcante Bouchet. Eye: medium dense ox-blood, magenta rim, black coffee notes. Nose: herbal: sage, thyme, plum skin, red licorice, black cherry.
Palate: nice balance. Good mouthfeel, medium grain tannins, plum, currant, chokecherry, compote, pomegranate. Drink now. Had it with a deli meat pizza and it fit right in! 13.5% abv.
Price: $$18.99 750 ml
Tasting Notes: It's sparkling and it's beautiful in the glass!
A dramatically beautiful sparkling rose: a rich, vibrant pink color. A rich red fruit bouquet precedes an elegant palate of strawberry and black currant, resulting in a perfect harmony of aroma, taste, body,and finish: refreshing but not too sweet. A delicious, delicate blend of three of France's most famous rose grapes: Syrah, Cinsault, and Grenache, aged for the perfect effervescence and blended with a 100% Syrah dosage. We have half sizes, 750 mls and 1.5 litres which are on sale!
Tasting Notes: A passionate expression of a great Lodi Pinot Noir. This wine creates a lasting impression with substantial flavors and aromas, yet has a delicate palate. Perfectly balanced, medium bodied flavors of black currant accented with a hint of spiciness. Deliciously smooth, rich, and velevety for a sensational finish. This wine is wonderful straight out of the bottle, but has complexity to improve over several years.
Pairs well with grilled salmon, roast beef, chicken cooked in red wine, or any dish that features mushrooms as the main flavor element. Some additional food that match well as Pinot Noir are roasted and braised preparations of lamb, pheasant, and duck, as well as grilled, meaty fish such as salmon, shark and swordfish.
Tasting Notes: A sparkling Burgundy!
Creamy,salmon coloured Cremant with cherry, strawberry, fresh bread and juicy red grapefruit.
Dry and crisp and perfect for toasting special occasions or just sipping before dinner.
Tasting Notes: This scrumptious malbec has an intense violet colour with black/blue shades. Ripe black fruit aromas (blackberries, ripe cherries & plums) with floral hints of violets and some spicy notes.
Barrel aged in French oak for 18 monnths.
Tasting Notes: On the nose, lemon, grilled pineapple and oyster shell. On the palate, peach, papaya and crisp tangerine notes are complemented by a touch of spice, brioche and complex minerality. Balanced acidity lingers on a long ¬finish.Wonderful addition to the thanksgiving table!
Tasting Notes: "This isn’t another celebrity whisky. Instead, it’s a Canadian whisky with a patriotic flavor profile. The palate is amped up by a raw spicy edge that’s implied on the nose of caramel and rye bread spices. If other whiskies are described as spice bombs, then this whisky in TNT. After the fuse has been lit, it doesn’t waste time transitioning to sweet vanilla and young rye grains. Ol’ Dirty cleans up on the backend gliding politely into timeless citrus pith."
Tasting Notes: Dark amber in the glass, but still brilliantly clear. The nose pushes honey and cinnamon sugar at you with mild, barely noticeable smoke. On the palate, the honey remains at centre stage, backed by oak and evergreen notes while the smoke becomes stronger. Finish is quite warm, of medium length and very pleasant. Bottled at 43%.
Tasting Notes: This luscious fruity wine can be paired nicely with ham or turkey or some spicy Thai food. It displays notes of apricot, gooseberry, citrus, peach and cantaloupe. This wine can also be enjoyed as a sipper with friends.
Tasting Notes: Greeted with sun-ripened raspberries and freshly ground white peppercorns on the nose, this Zinfandel is saturated with flavors of red berries and cranberries. Laced with a hint of savory herb in the background, the traditional tones of juniper lead to a full and ripe finish, while 12 months of aging in two year old barrels wraps the wine in spicy oak and a touch of vanilla wafer.
Tasting Notes: Characterful and fashionable, Verdejo is Rueda's pride and joy. Its distinctive blue-green bloom presumably inspired its name. Eye: pale straw, gold/green tinges. Nose: Layered: peach, apricot, snap pea, washed gravel, golden delicious apple. Palate: Grilled pineapple, quince, lemon curd, grapefruit pith. Clean, medium full body, good balance between acid and fruit. Juicy, medium lengthy finish. By all accounts, can be aged, but is delicious right now. 13% abv.
Price: $$20.49 750 ml.
Tasting Notes: Hailing from Etude's California's Central Coast Santa Barbara region, Lyric Pinot Noir is elegant with silky tannins and bright acidity. It is rich in ripe cherry, red raspberry and strawberry notes. Youthful yet complex with delicious hints of cinnamon, cardamon, sandalwood and cola on the palate. This versatile wine can be enjoyed with a variety of different foods. A winner with Thanksgiving Dinner!
Tasting Notes: A great "little gem" from Spain, and priced so well!
From the La Mancha region in Spain, a fine little blend, Tempranillo (95%) and Petit Verdot (5%)
Lighter translucent blood red, blackberry on the nose.
Slightly sweet tannins, not over ripe, with red currant and other red fruit flavours.
Gentle acidity, a fine young wine!
Think antipasto platters, although will pair with beef, pasta, and poultry .
Tasting Notes: Amalaya translates to “hope for a miracle” in the indigenous language of the now extinct tribe – the Calchaqui.
Intense gold in colour with tints of green. On the nose this wine is intense and complex with aromas of citrus and grapefruit typical of Torrontes. Delicate and silky on the palate with great freshness and crisp acidity on the distinctly mineral finish.
95 pts Decanter Magazine
Tasting Notes: As ripe as it is fruity, but sufficiently fixed on blackberries to stay on the varietal track, this broad, slightly viscous, full-bodied Zin fits the district style perfectly. From Lodi, California. A great pairing with barbecue and I like just sipping on this one!. At at this special price, it's a little gem that really over-delivers!
Tasting Notes: Fairview is one of the most innovative wine farms in South Africa, making consistently good to excellent wines. The 2015 expression, a word play on Cotes Du Rhone, is comprised of Viognier 61%, Roussane 20%, and Grenache Blanc 19%. Eye: Golden Delicious apple skin, marigold/lime. Nose: A melange of white peach, apricot, honeydew melon, snap pea, washed stone. Palate; clean, good balance of acid and fruit, medium full body, Pink Lady apple, quince, melon. juicy and very approachable. This wine delivers good complexity for a fair (and Fair Trade!) price. Drink now, cellar up to 3-5 years after vintage date. Check it out!!
Price: $$15.99 750 ml.
Tasting Notes: Nose: Quite thick and full. There is a beautiful sweetness with notes of toasty oak, toffee, spicy stewed fruits, a touch of resin and a lovely crème anglaise character.
Palate: Full and sublimely smooth with notes of stewed Bramley apples, malmsey, a touch of aniseed and a hint of spice.
Finish: Good length with toasty oak notes and a creamy sweetness.
Tasting Notes: Clear mezcal espadin with tight, lingering pearls and very light body. Nose is smokey, beyond that it reveals very distinct agave, citrus and herbaceous notes with a touch of sea salt. As it enters the palate it becomes deceptively sweet while retaining the smoke; citrus becomes more pronounced and bruised mint nudges the agave out of the spotlight before sliding down with amazing softness. Finish lasts and lasts, with a drying effect that makes you want more. Bottled at 90 proof
Tasting Notes: An innovative approach to "twice barrelled" bourbon creates the rich and colourful flavour.
First matured in charred oak barrel, then a second barrel deeply toasted.
Deep amber in colour, rich notes of dark fruit, caramel,honey,chocolate,marzipan, and toasted oak.
Tastes full bodied with mix of vanilla, dark Carmel, hazelnut, apple, fruit and spices.
Long and creamy finish with hint of honeyed apple.
Tasting Notes: A very complex, beautifully balanced blend of Malbec, Cab Franc & Cab Sauv with vibrant red – and blackcurrants combined with dark plums and a lean, mineral finish. The fruit character is extremely rich but is also bright and bouncy, exuding freshness.
Refined and with lovely purity, this has great sweetness on the finish and a lifted hint of violets. Grown-up and very well done.
96 pts Wine Decanter – Top 10 Exciting wines for 2016
Tasting Notes: Very intense red colour with aromas of fresh red and black fruits and a hint of eucalyptus. It's oak aging brings out notes of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. It has soft tannins and the palate is balanced.
Tasting Notes: Col Solare is a partnership between Tuscany's Marchesi Antinori and Washington State's Chateau Ste. Michelle. Shining Hill is the English translation of “col solare”. Red Mountain, one of the Columbia Valley's most celebrated sub-appellations, is an ideal spot for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. It is named for the red-hued native grass that grows on its slopes. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot. Eye: Opaque Indigo/purple. Nose: layered with plum, black cherry, menthol, espresso, graphite, vanilla, espresso. Palate: sinewy, muscular, and extracted, with medium full tannins, plum skin, black currant, blackberry, bitter chocolate. Good length to the finish. Drink now, better to wait: 7 - 12 years after vintage date.
An organic red wine from Italy where the grapes are left to dry on the vine before the vinification process begins. Aromas of black pepper and ripe fruit. Smooth mouthfeel, with blackberry and dark plum, along with some herbal notes. Medium finish. A great summer BBQ wine!
Tasting Notes: Layered aromatics of dark fruit, nutmeg, dark chocolate, with a touch of black pepper and a hint of vanilla on the nose. A complex wine with slight earthy tones and long finish, reminds me of a good Hermitage. Try with roasted leg of lamb with garlic, shallot and herb demi glaze.
Tasting Notes: Limited release, non chill filtered, slightly peated single malt from Tomatin. Dark gold colour, bordering on amber. Nose is citrus forward, lime and lemon, with lots of vanilla and fleeting herbal notes. Very soft entry on the palate, it hits the tongue with next to no heat. Dark roast coffee, milk chocolate and nutty notes are the stars here with just enough smoke to notice. Finish is short, sweet and smoky. Bottled at 46%.
Tasting Notes: An amazing, affordable single vineyard wine from Barossa, Australia's premier wine growing region. This Cabernet Sauvignon is earthy, with nose of cassis, blackcurrant and mint. It's ripe and the dark fruit characteristics dominate on the palate while the fine tannins give structure to the wine without overpowering it. A great BBQ wine for the summer!
Tasting Notes: Derived from rocky limestone this wine is rather deceptive. It begins with bright fruit then evolves into a complex Pinot Noir.
There is an absence of oak but a terrific mineral saltiness
Tasting Notes: Though modeled after horchata, a Mexican drink made with ground almonds, rice and cinnamon, this liqueur is made with rum and cream. It has an opaque, milky appearance, almondy notes and a spiced aroma. Thick, velvety and tongue-coating, this liqueur-like rum evokes egg nog and goes down easy.Serve over ice, with coffee or enjoy alone. This delicious liqueur will not let you down.
Tasting Notes: 2015 - 91 pt.s Wine Decanter Magazine
A cool climate chardonnay that has spent time on the lees to give it extra complexity and dimension – resulting in richly textured and intense buttery characters and ripe apple and citrus fruit.
An inexpensive yet great alternative to Burgundy!
Tasting Notes: The first thing you notice about this spirit is the bottle. It's a heavy glass decanter-style bottle with a sturdy stopper. A very nice presentation.
Upon opening, the scent of toasted nuts is immediately apparent. It's a very pleasant aroma, like roasting chestnuts at Christmas time.
Its Very smooth and buttery, with a prominent flavor of sweet nuts and a hint of vanilla. It has a silky texture that makes it go down very easily, despite an alcohol content of 26.5% (53 proof).
Creamy Crispy Crunch
1 oz. Trader Vic's Macadamia Nut
1 oz. Trader Vic's Coconut Rum
1 oz. Irish cream
Mix liquors and add coffee. Top with whipped cream.
sweet, nutty and delicious.
Tasting Notes: Subtly effervescent and off dry with perfect, refreshing balance.
Sip on its own in the summer or enjoy with aromatic Southeast Asian cuisine featuring ingredients such as cilantro, lime and lemongrass.
Tasting Notes: American rye whiskey from the company of the same name. Very deep amber colour bordering on fresh motor oil and sticks readily to the glass. Nose is amazingly rich with candied ginger, orange zest, faint caramel and a touch of peach. Ginger forward on the palate giving way to exceptional rye spiciness and vanilla. Finish stays for what seems like days with a noticeable heat. Water takes away a bit of the edge while retaining all the flavour. Bottled at 90 proof.
Tasting Notes: this delightful gin is aged and matured in 200 litre oak casks, after windmills help grind the various grains, keeping an old school feel start to finish.
It is then bottled at 44% proof
notes of Carmel,vanilla,coming through alongside crisp herbal juniper notes make this a natural for a gin and tonic on the deck.
Oh those lazy hazy days of summer!!
Tasting Notes: A fresh white wine made from Verdejo white grape varietal that is native to Spain. This wine is a fine example of the wonderful Verdejo wines from the Rueda wine region. With an intense nose and aromas of tropical fruit, like pineapple, it is a very fresh wine with a fruity, long finish. Great pairings with cheeses, starters, salads and seafood. A great summer wine. Serve at 6-8 degrees celcius.
Tasting Notes: The Dundee Hills lie on the Western edge of the broad Willamette Valley, and are noted for their ruddy colored clay-like Jory loam soils. Typically, wines made here are soft, smooth, and readily drinkable, yet retain cellaring potential.This 2012 expression is a beauty. Appearance: semi-opaque, cranberry, pomegranate. Nose: violet, raspberry coulis, red plum, blueberry. Palate: supple and graceful, soft entry with medium acidity and smooth tannins reaching mid-palate. Notes of strawberry reduction, prune, red currant, loam, truffle. The palate promises further concentration of these elements with cellaring. Drink now, or defer gratification for up to 8 - 10 years after vintage date. Pair with seared tuna, beef bourgignon, pork tenderloin.
Tasting Notes: Nose: Deliciously fragrant with orange blossom, roasted lemon and a touch of thyme. Hints of brown sugar sweetness.
Palate: More lemon notes develop on the palate paired with pine. Cardamom spiciness. Maybe even a touch of Fino sherry?
Finish: Waxy fruit and another kick of cardamom.
Tasting Notes: Herbaceous notes on the nose like green pepper and black pepper. Good structure and great acidity that gives a lot of freshness. Soft tannins with raspberries and ripe black currant. Barnyard and earthy wine!
95 pt. Decanter Magazine
Tasting Notes: It's summer! Time for Roses! I am really enjoying this fresh, lively Rose wine from Cote du Rhone. It's named for the latitude which runs 2 kms from Domaines cellars at Tain L'hermitage. Sourced from 2 farms on the property from vines over 20 years old and sustainably managed, this fresh, minerally rose with floral notes of wild berries, pepper and cherries. 50% Grenache 40% Cinsault and 10% Syrah, it's a classic Provencal style Rose. Enjoy for sipping, with appetizers, salmon, shrimp, pork or chicken dishes on the barbeque. Sante!
Tasting Notes: Floral, honeydew, petrol, and lemon notes chased with green apple, citrus, slate and nectarine flavours describe this Riesling. It’s smooth, crisp and balanced with bright acidity and a spicy finish making it a sublime food wine. Enjoy it with Dungeness crab, barbecue and mild cheeses.
Tasting Notes: The exact recipe is a secret but we do know Amaro Montenegro contains 40 herbs and botanicals.
On the nose it is very floral with rose, lavender,coriander,black pepper, licorice abd saffron.
On the palate it is floral and not too sweet with a light mouth feel.
It is a bitter and and finishes with a subtle earthy spice.
Enjoy on the rocks, neat or in a cocktail.
Tasting Notes: The purple-colored Corral de Campanas is 100% Tinta de Toro, 50% aged in tank with batonnage and 50% in French and American oak, half new. It gives up a fragrant perfume of cedar, scorched earth, espresso, cherry, and cassis. Forward, smooth-textured, and sweetly-fruited, this easy-going, pleasure-bent wine will drink well for another six years.
Tasting Notes: Mead is a venerable brew made from honey; its history stretches back thousands of years. Alberta is Canada's largest producer of honey, and the most productive honey province. Alberta’s commercial beekeepers produce an average of 144 pounds of honey per hive each year – twice the world average. So it's a no brainer to be in the mead making business. This Bochet (beau-shay) is a 'burnt honey' mead. Color: deep bronze/golden. Nose: hints of caramel, buerre brulee. Palate: smooth, lovely, with depth. Hints of rancio, roasted apricot, toasted almond. It's similar to an Olorosso, but with some sweetness. Pair with butternut squash soup, cheese platters, Spanish style tapas. Drink now.
Tasting Notes: A lighter coloured, medium to full bodied blended whisky from Suntory. On the nose, a prominent green apple scent with undertones of ripe pear and faint vanilla. As it enters the palate, it warms the mouth gently with more developed vanilla and smokey back leading to a pleasant but fleeting finish.
Tasting Notes: A delicious liqueur made from pomegranate juice, tequila and vodka. The taste starts tart and sweet then launches into a tart tequila flavor. It is easy to drink and complements a variety of drinks. This is a great additive to champagne, or to just enjoy on the patio with some ice and cranberry juice.
Tasting Notes: Fruity raspberry, & semi-sweet on the palate - this slightly frizante rose, made from a combination of Cabernet and Tempranillo, grapes is the perfect for summer. A perfect companion for spicey foods, salads or even on its own with some fresh berries!
Tasting Notes: A handcrafted vodka created from the spicy Viognier grape, with interesting tropical notes on the nose and a smooth finish with a substantive aftertaste. This vodka mixes fantastically with a wide selection of citrus juices or can be enjoyed alone.
Tasting Notes: Smooth aged rum with natural vanilla,caramel and tropical fruit notes great for rum punch poolside or sipping it straight.
Tasting Notes: Vanilla, allspice and maple syrup tones on the nose become wood and cocoa on the palate. The finish has roasted orange peel and a subtle heat. Enjoy with nuts and hard cheeses.
Tasting Notes: Rose wines are a delightful "sipper" on the deck this summer again!
"The Ned"has a classic bouquet of rose tinged summer berry fruits and cream, and combines with a neatly rounded fleshy palate balanced by a bright, crisp acidity and dusting of ultra fine Pinot Noir tannin.
Tasting Notes: From 100% Trebbiano grapes from the oldest vines in the Poderi Massimo vineyard near Lake Garda Italy, this is one of my all time favourite white wines. Luscious and intense flavours of stone fruit, vanilla and white flowers are beautifully layered on the palate. It is a brillant gold colour with a magnificent floral bouquet. Enjoyed solo, or pair it with Rotisseri Chicken, veal scallopini, calamari or scampi. It's a treat you should not miss!
Tasting Notes: A blend hearkening back to mid-late 19th Century Bordeaux, when Malbec was more an ingredient in the recipes. 60% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petite Verdot. Eye: deep violet/black, with burnished magenta rim. A 'glass-coater'. Nose: good depth with blueberry reduction, black cherry, vanilla, mint leaf. Palate: Cherry confirms nose, bramble, mocha, plush, full body, soft tannins, nice balance.
Drink now; cellar potential possibly 5 years from vintage date. Pair with hamburgers, ribs, lamb chops, cheddar cheese, mild gouda. You could even try squeezing some 60-70% dark chocolate in there.
Tasting Notes: On the nose the 'Great King St. Artists Blend' is a gentle, slightly sweet, & creamy whiskey with light, elegant notes of citrus fruits and a touch of vanilla. Carrying flavors of soft grain, apple crumble, vanilla & cream, without excess alcohol burn, this whiskey is a beautiful and silky sipping whiskey. Neat or on the rocks, its great fresh whiskey for the upcoming summer.
Tasting Notes: a beautiful plush cabernet from California.
tones of raspberry, plums with notes of earth and smoke on the nose.
round tannins provide structure without any rough edge.
Ideal choice for slow simmered stews, roasts.
Drink now or will age nicely.
Tasting Notes: Carmenere was very important in the Medoc and Graves before the twin scourges of oidium and phylloxera in the late 19th century. It found a new home in Chile and has become a signature varietal. This wine is opaque, almost black, with a vibrant magenta rim. Nose: black licorice, date, plum, tobacco, hint of eucalyptus. Palate: full body, medium firm and fine grained tannins, plum echoes the nose, currants, mocha. long silky finish. Drink now, suitable for short to mid term cellaring. Think baby back ribs, marinated rib eye steaks. BBQ season is a`comin...
Tasting Notes: Made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes in a white wine style this wine is best served nicely chilled as an aperitif or summertime sipper.
On the nose it is very aromatic with citrus blossom, green pear and biscuit characteristics.
The palate is full and fruity with pear, baked apple, peaches and nectarine.
This wine finishes with an exoctic spice and tropical flavour.
Tasting Notes: Most of Luis Pato’s wines are built for the long haul, and the Vinhas Velhas white, made from three indigenous Portuguese grapes, Bical, Cercial (or Cerceal), and Sercialinho, is no exception. With bracing acidity reminiscent of a dry-grown Australian Riesling that will cut through the fattiest of foods, this is a perfect complement to Easter dinner, and can be cellared for some years under good conditions.
Tasting Notes: Love this Chardonnay! It's a creamy-textured, charming style that’s easy to drink yet is deceptively complex and layered, with a mix of vanilla-scented oak and vibrant peach, nectarine, honeydew and apricot flavors. Long on the finish.
Wine Spectator Gives it 93 points. Try it with my favourite pairing- chunk of French bread spread with roasted garlic and a slice of Cambozola cheese! Heaven!
Tasting Notes: Toscana IGT
92 pts – Wine Decanter
The youngest and third wine of the great Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, Le Volte A is a blend of Sangovese, Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon. Half done in oak and half in concrete. Easy drinking, fresh and fruity. Medium to light body, Drink now. Great with pizza, steak florintina
Tasting Notes: A subtle, yet memorably zesty citrus twist that makes it ideal for a classic martini, a highball, or an invigorating short on the rocks.The Rangpur lime, which smooths out the gin, is actually a hybrid fruit between a lemon and a mandarin orange.
Tasting Notes: A generous full bodied red wine full of inky forest fruits, layered with blackcurrant pastilles and dark chocolate characters. The combination of the dense fruit characters and supple tannins linger through to a persistent Cabernet finish.
A smooth sipper, enjoy with red meats (think BBQ steak) or on its own!
Tasting Notes: A bright, juicy, spicy Pinot that slides down easily.Red cherry/raspberry rhubarb fruit with soft edges. Very drinkable and ready to go with grilled duck, pork or chicken or sipping slightly chilled. Solid northern BC pinot style.
Tasting Notes: A magical Gran Reserva from Rioja. This Tempranillo with a touch of Garnacha is aged for 36 months in oak and rested for 6 years. It is a very elegant wine with a complex nose and a lingering aftertaste. Wonderful in a glass, phenomenal with beef.
Tasting Notes: Finished in ex-Cabernet Sauvignon casks from California, which impart some bright fruit notes to the nose, this is clearly a corn-heavy grain whiskey both on the nose and on the palate, with Christmas spice giving way to red fruit and the tannins from the wine casks ensuring the sweetness mid-palate doesn’t dominate.
Tasting Notes: Zesty lime and grapefruit aromas on the nose. The palate is fresh and focused with ripe citrus, stone fruit, fennel and mineral notes on a nice, long finish.
Tasting Notes: This vintage of Napa Cabs is arguably one of the best.
This wine has aromas of plum, cherry, and cassis; highlighted with cedar, tobacco and vanilla. The mouth is layered with jammy flavors of raspberry, red currants, and black cherry. Ripe tannins focus the palate and provide a lengthy finish of spice and red fruit.
Price: $34.99 ($31.99 Wine Club)
Tasting Notes: Siegerrebe (zee-guh-RAY-buh) (your'e welcome) is a cross between Savagnin Rose and Madeleine Angevine and has been known to achieve robust, to say the least, levels of sugar when fully ripe. (Sieger, in German, = 'champion'.) This, potentially, can lead to almost dessert wine sweetness, but in the hands of Gray Monk, the grapes are subdued. Eye: soft, light gold, with straw bale notes. Nose: lychee, honeysuckle, apricot, white peach, washed stones. Palate: clean, mineral, McIntosh Apple, peach, orange marmalade. Low acid. Medium short finish. Drink now. Drink chilled. Great with moderately spicy dishes; think enchiladas, burritos, mild curries. Also excellent with fruit salad, or light mousses, aged cheeses. Buy a few and be ready for the patio!!
Tasting Notes: A Winter Harvest Rye vodka from Lithuania. 5 times distilled provides an elemental softness and purity with a presentation that is spectacular.
Tasting Notes: A wonderfully smooth vodka with a delicious chocolate flavor. Its a 35% abv. vodka that you would never know was there. Perfect mix for a black Russian, white Russian or a vodka martini, hot chocolate or to enjoy on its own.
Tasting Notes: I describe this wine as my "go to". Easy drinking, fruit driven wine with herbal overtones, bursting ripe berry and plum fruit of the Garnacha. Soft and round on the palate, this wine has limited extraction and tannin to enhance youthful consumption. Year after year it's consistent and certainly doesn't break the bank! Goes great with tomato based pasta dishes, cold cuts, mixed tapas or just because you want a glass of wine!
Tasting Notes: Clear garnet-ruby in colour with violet, cherry and blackberry on the nose. It has a beautiful light spicy finish with smooth tannins and good acidity.
It would pair well with placed salmon, glazed ham, pork or to begin with appies.
Tasting Notes: This bold structured red wine is a blend of Malbec (85%) and Merlot (15%)
Aged in oak for 14 months, this deep purple wine has notes of black and red fruits, with vanilla and spice.
Enjoy with beef and cheeses.
This lovely wine deliveries without breaking the bank!
Tasting Notes: A limited release of 6 000 bottles, this whisky was aged entirely in ex-Sauternes casks. The unctuousness, intense sweetness, and density imparted by the Sauternes brings out some of the sweetness of the malt, emphasising its underlying citrusy, maritime character, and integrates marvellously with the heavily peated spirit. Bottled at 50% abv rather than 46%, the higher alcohol content lightens the flavour profile on the palate.
Tasting Notes: Elegant. Color: deep sanguine, brick magenta on rim. Nose expresses layers: dark chocolate, black licorice, blackberry, tomato paste, sandalwood, kirsch. Palate: round and full, with fine grain integrated tannins, notes of black currant, cranberry reduction, dried dates, black olive brine, and a pleasant chokecherry compote note on the medium length smooth finish. Drinks very well now; will continue to gain for 2 - 3 years (and possibly more) in good cellar conditions. Pairs with a range: braised beef, pasta and marinara sauce, roast lamb or pork, hard cheeses. This wine is food friendly!
Tasting Notes: 96 pts. Decanter Awards
This delicious blend is comprised of Malbec (60%), Cabernet Sauvignon(25%) and Petit Verdot (15%), it is silky-smooth and complex - with a nose of dark spiced dark fruit, and a palate of plum, blackberry and vanilla. Aged 6 months.
Tasting Notes: Arguably one of the best California vintages ever, this special 50th anniversary bottling by the iconic California producer, who was instrumental in putting Napa on the world wine map.
It is a very approachable Bordeaux-style blend of 59% Merlot, 25% Cab Franc - with Cab Sauv, Petit Verdot and Malbec taking up the rest.
Plums, black berries, dark chocolate, oak spices on the nose and the palate. Full bodied, savoury texture with ripe acidity and polished tannins.
Price: $ $73.99
Tasting Notes: Hailing from "the red wine bowl" of South Africa, the syrah vines were imported from France before the turn of the century. Named after the buzzards that circle and play in the thermals above the vineyard, these vines have been planted in the coolest and least sun exposed slopes in Rustenberg. The result is a consistent and full bodied Syrah. Deep purple and inky, initially strong and meaty developing complex aromas of cinnamon, violets and cloves. Concentrated and gratifying length. Decant first. Ages 8-12 years.
Tasting Notes: A rum blend aged for 4 years in American whiskey and bourbon barrels.
It is blended as a mixing rum but, is smooth enough to be enjoyed over ice.
A great winter warmer!
Tasting Notes: often referred to as "poor man's Chatauneuf du Pape", this French blend of Grenache (62%) and Syrah (38%)Is dense and bright, full nose of black olives and spicy plum.
On the palate, lively freshness and firm structure.
Finish is long with medium tannins.
Tasting Notes: Deep aromas of dark cherry and strawberry that lead to soft notes of cedar, mocha and leather. A medium bodied, yet balanced wine with a leong finish.
Tasting Notes: Fruit forward with ripe plum, dried Morello cherry and dried cranberry leading the way; supple fine grain tannins mid palate give a firm but smooth structure. Plush mouth feel.This wine is drinking nicely at the moment but does portent short to medium cellaring. Could pair with charcuterie, roast lamb or pork, hard cheeses
Tasting Notes: Huge value here in a maturing, complex and quite rich traditional Rioja. Aromas of cured meat, leather, peppery spice... A delightful blend of Tempranillo, Graciana and Grenache.
Tasting Notes: I love anything Ginger! Originally commissioned in 1903 by the Royal Physician to stimulate and revivify His Majesty King Edward VII when he was exposed to the elements on morning rides in his new horseless carriage. Made in the Netherlands by Berry Bros. & Rudd, it is made from macerated ginger in high end spirit and lemon oil is added for an uplifting citrus note. 41%alcohol. Great paired with chocolate or added to whisky, mulled wine or hot apple cider for a lovely winter warmer.
Tasting Notes: Fresh and crisp Sauvignon Blanc.
Citrus and straw aromas, slight minerality.
Clean acidity, smooth finish, with hint of lemon.
Tasting Notes: An incredibly versatile liqueur.
A family recipe of 43 different Mediterranean
citrus fruits and botanicals.
Tasting Notes: The flavor is light and doesn't taste artificial nor is it too aggressive. The flavor is sweet and rounded out by real whiskey flavors.
It is a great sipping whiskey but will be a standout for interesting and unique cocktails.
Tasting Notes: Managed by Champagne Salon (along with Champagne Krug, one of the two pre-eminent Champagne houses) and Laurent-Perrier, the Delamotte Champagnes represent exceptional value for money.
There is a cultural image of Champagne – light, fizzy, frothy. Many Champagnes defy that image; the Delamotte Blancs de Blancs, from the greatest Grand Cru Champagne village for Chardonnay-based Champagnes, however, doesn’t: with considerable elegance and finesse, it brilliantly fulfils them.
Tasting Notes: This Tempranillo has robust black-fruit aromas of berry and cassis that come with a mild animal note and leathery scents. This is jammy and big in terms of mouthfeel, while flavours of raisin, berry and chocolate finish meaty and loamy.
Tasting Notes: In honour of our September trip to South Africa – This is a 5 blend red: Pinotage: 40% Shiraz: 24% Merlot: 23% Grenache: 7% Mourvedre: 6% A bright fruit packed, full-bodied spicy blend with good balance and a long finish.
Tasting Notes: Five grape blend. 47% Merlot, 35% Petite Sirah, 9% Charbono, 8% Cab Sauv, 1% Petit Verdot. One of Napa’s finest winemaker’s, Bob Foley makes deep, fruity, “heady” wines. The Griffin boasts straight-forward blueberry, black raspberry, black cherry liqueur flavors along with black licorice, black tea and black pepper sensations. It’s rich, juicy, full-flavored and smooth.
Tasting Notes: “Incredibly perfumed for a Cabernet Franc, as the nose is very floral and made me think of a Malbec rather than a Cabernet Franc. The spiciness of all these Eggo wines comes from the grapes and the fermentation and aging in cement, as none of the wines see any oak. And I tell you one thing, you do not miss the oak or the complexity or anything, it’s all here.” – 94 pts Robert Parker
Tasting Notes: An organic red wine from Italy where the grapes are left to dry on the vine before the vinification process begins. Aromas of black pepper and ripe fruit. Smooth mouthfeel, with blackberry and dark plum, along with some herbal notes. Medium finish.
A great summer BBQ wine!
Tasting Notes: Smooth aged rum with notes of caramel, natural vanilla and tropical fruits, great on its own or try it in a rum punch poolside!
Price: $$74.99 regular price this rum is now on sale for $36.00
Tasting Notes: 100% Trebbiano grapes, from the oldest vineyard on the Poderi Massoni Vineyard near Lake Garda, Italy, this is one of my all time favourite white wines. It is elegant, sophisticated and bursting with an intense floral bouquet, with flavours of stone fruit, vanilla and white flowers. Luscious and layered, it can be enjoyed solo, or paired with Rotisserie Chicken, Veal Scallopini, Calamari or Scampi.
Tasting Notes: Elegant. Color deep sanguine with brick magenta on the rim. Nose expresses layers: dark chocolate, black licorice, blackberry, tomato paste, sandalwood, kirsch. The palate is full, round, with integrated fine tannins, juicy black currant, cranberry reduction, dried dates, black olive brine, and a pleasant chokecherry compote note on the smooth, medium length finish. Drinks exceptionally well now; will continue to improve in good cellaring conditions for 2 - 3 years, and perhaps longer. Pair with many foods; pasta with marinara sauce, veal scaloppini, roast lamb, hard cheeses. This wine is food friendly!
Tasting Notes: Intense deep deep purple colour. Elegant nose showing red fruits, cassis and graphite. Fresh palate, great texture, soft yet vibrant tannins. Pairs well with risottos or game meats.
Tasting Notes: Deep aromas of dark cherry and strawberry with subtle notes of cedar spice, mocha, and leather. Rich and red fruit flavors that lead to medium body and tannins. A concentrated but balanced wine with a nice long finish.