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: 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.