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Pinot grigio beats chardonnay!
Cool California Pinot
Rioja Bourdon and on...
Baby Got Middle
Icewine is for pairing


Tasting Notes

Terrific deluxe meritage from Two Sisters

One of the newest (and fanciest) wineries in Niagara on the Lake is Two Sisters Vineyards. It's been open a couple of years now and has a great location off the Niagara Parkway. I was very impressed with the Eleventh Post meritage I picked up back in May.

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Chardonnay

A cool California chardonnay

 While it's very much a big and bold California chardonnay, this La Crema from the Sonoma Coast also has nuanced aromas and flavours and a good amount of acidity. The 2014s are being released at Vintages on August 20.

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Ontario

Beer bust

Beer in grocery stores could be seen as a holiday present that many people in Ontario have been waiting for for a long time, and that wait is over.”

Kathleen Wynne, Sept. 23, 2015.

The real Christmas present was under The Beer Store's tree: a raft of restrictions on a limited number of supermarkets with a very slow rollout process.

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Tasting Notes

A classic cab franc from Niagara

Cab franc is cab sauv's poor cousin... in Bordeaux it is rarely the main grape in the blend and the pure cab francs from Loire Valey appellations like Chinon remain inexpensive afterthoughts. Have you ever even seen a California cab franc? 

While it lacks the power and fruit of cab sauv, cab franc performs well in Ontario. Here's a classic example of cool climate cab with its distinctive bell-pepper green note. It's from Chateau des Charmes. 

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California

Another cool Cali pinot from La Crema

La Crema is known as a Sonoma winery, but it also has vineyards in Monterey. And even though it's around 120 miles south of San Francisco, Monterey is quite cool, thanks to the chilliness of the Pacific at that point. The cool shows in La Crema's 2014 Pinot Noir. 

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Tasting Notes

Columbia Crest impresses

A trio of wines from Columbia Crest in Washington state show an impressive price/quality ratio. Top favourites chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and merlot from this often overlooked wine region were featured in a release at the LCBO at the end of June.

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Ontario

Frame-up: The Beer Store, beer tax and beer prices

Upon announcing the signing of the “framework” agreement on revised beer retailing laws, Premier Wynne specifically mentioned that one of the objectives of was to keep Ontario’s beer prices “among the lowest in Canada”. The Beer Store’s spin on deregulation also argues that it keeps prices "low". But how true is that? 

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Published Articles

Bar report: Upselling vodka

Vodka currently dominates the country’s spirit category, according to Statistics Canada. In B.C. and Quebec, it also reigns supreme, while in Ontario, it holds the number-2 position, according to the respective liquor boards. But vodka still offers great potential for bar managers to look for both margin improvement through higher-value cocktails, or upselling to premium brands that continue to gain strength in the market.
 

 

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