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!!
Price: $23.99 750 ml
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: 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!!
Price: $22.99 750 ml.
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.
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.