Viewpointe Auxerrois 2006 VQA

A sibling of chardonnay, this white wine offers very interesting alternatives in flavour. Medium gold with a spicy, grapefruit nose with a hint of creaminess. Flavours of grapefruit rind, honeycombe and a whisper of vanilla. Very easy to enjoy. Balanced. Reminds me a bit of a well-crafted Grüner Veltliner. Long finish. This is a COOL wine and highly suitable for sharing with your Valentine. Wine Baron.

Joseph Andert Grûner Veltliner Reserve 2007

The most fun Ive ever had in a white wine. What makes it so special? It bursts with fruity liveliness! Aromas of pear and tangerine lead to flavours of green apple, pear and grapefruit rind. Its a dry wine, with hints of minerality and a round mouthfeel. It is delicate, complex and balanced, with a charming and lingering finish. Will arrive in Ontario mid April 2010. Expected to be $15.95.

Allens Galway Chowder, Viewpointe Pinot Grigio

Warmin me knickers and every other frozen part o me body at Allens in Toronto. The Superb Galway Chowder and VQA Pinot Grigio are doing the trick. Now Im staring down a 21 year old Balvenie the other side of the bar. Hmmmmm….

In the meantime, bartender Glenn is looking after me like royalty.

Chateau Grand Picque-Caillou – Bordeaux Rouge, 2005 ($25) 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. “An elegant silky seductress!” 60% cabernet sauvignon, 10% cabernet franc, 30% merlot. Not oak-aged. Available in Ontario.

Cornerstone 2008 Estate Apricot wine

Aromas of Apricot jam and delicate candied fruit. Sweet, nice acidity, and easy to enjoy. This delicate fruit wine has an elegant finish. Would pair well with white pasta or game fowl. $10 for 500 ml. Available only from the winery (in person, by phone, or cs_apricotweb order).

Cornerstone Estate Winery
Beamsville, Ontario
905 563 6758

Domaine Des Haut Chassis, Croze Hermitage 2007 ($18 US) RATING: 92

This affordable French wine is dark with a mature nose of clove, dusty earth, and white pepper. Its enticing flavours included red berries, cassis, tangerine, and blueberry compote with smokey components and minerality. It has astounding complexity that goes on and on. The finish exhibited vegetal qualities of asparagus and black olive. This wine is like a young person with an old soul. Long finish. Want to impress?  Serve this one to your guests. Trust me.

Hoo Roo Creek Australian Shiraz 2006 – $13.95

Not in stores.   Deep red colour with big red fruit nose.   Australian in character yet with considerable old world influence from the French winemaker there.   More beautifully balanced and complex than most Aussie Shiraz, with well-hidden tannins and lovely fruit complexity.  This one is full of lovely red fruit flavours with raspberry, blackberry and a touch of spice  and a long lasting flavorful finish.  For the quality, the wine is attractively priced.  Available thru our site (click on “to parent site” from the blog home page.  Enjoy it By-The-Glass at Spencer’s in Burlington or Ancaster Old Mill.

Viewpointe 2005 Cab Merlot – $16.95

Viewpointe 2005 Cab Merlot.   Hard to believe, lots still available!  Not in LCBO.  Available from me or from the winery (same price of course).  Classic Bordeaux style.   Cassis, black cherry, black currant, spice, dark chocolate, leather.  Wow, this is a nice wine.  Very approachable and easy to enjoy.  A “premium” type of wine.  Nice price.

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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Logo Mirror in the booth

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


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

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