Is Guinness as good in Canada as in Ireland?

Having been to Guinness in Ireland last year, we came back intigued about this.   So we decided to test the pints this side of the pond.

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Read about our visit to Allen’s on the Danforth in Toronto.  We sipped, we sniffed and we tested.

The results are IN. Find out just how good a Canadian pint can be.  See  wineandleisure.com/allens

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Andert Gewürztraminer 2008

weingut andert, austria
Gewürztraminer (on the Left) 1 of 4 new wines from weingut andert, austria

From:  Neusiedlersee Wine Region,   Austria.  Light gold in appearance, with delicate aromas of rose petal and lychee. An elegant presentation of tropical fruit and pear with the perfect balance of acidity, light toasty vanilla and slight creaminess. Nice mouthfeel with a lingering finish that entices you for more. Can cellar for 5 years. Fermented and stored in oak barrels for 3 months then transferred to stainless steel tanks. These vines are grown in gravel.    Pairings: Asian cuisine, asparagus, light cheeses.   Retail: $28.95

Viewpointe Pinot Grigio 2006

An astoundingly popular varietal, this wine is less austere than many PGs. It displays enjoyable fruity tones of fresh, ripe honeydew melon, smoky pear and a hint of apple on a crisp finish. Enjoyed it at Allens Restaurant on Danforth in Toronto. My favourite English Pub.

Chateau Grand Picque-Caillou – Bordeaux Rouge, 2005

($20)  RATING: 90.

A charming Bordeaux with fruity, earthy and subtle spicy aromas. A very nice nose. A light wine with nuances of black and red berries, subtle cherries, raisins and vanilla. Many of the aromas continue in the flavours with additional notes of ultra ripe strawberries. Light tannins. Smooth finish. It’s a round wine. Delicate, lively and easy to enjoy. Joe called it “An elegant silky seductress!” 60% cabernet sauvignon, 10% cabernet franc, 30% merlot. Not oak-aged.

Sauvignon Blanc from Southern Austria

Wohlmuth Sauvignon Blanc: one of the finest in the world.

I just hosted Gerhard Wohlmuth Jr on his first trip to Canada.  We visited potential restaurant clients and set up distribution in Ontario.  The attraction to me is that these wines are exceptionally clean and elegant.  They will be an excellent addition to the North American market.  Ontario agent: http://www.carriagetradewines.com/
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