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Wine with Erik! Christmas Edition 2018

Hey everyone!

It’s almost Christmas time!!! Time for another great wine selection!!

Dr. Loosen Riesling 2017, Mosel, Germany – $14.95
This wine has always been one of my favourite rieslings becuase of its amazing value. but be fast! this wine fly’s off the shelf! The wine bright, clear and has aromas of lemon, peach, and apricot. On the palette it has a soft sweetness wish mouthwatering acidity to balance it out which is what makes it a classic Mosel Valley riesling. Enjoy it on its own or with a spicy Thai chicken.

Foreign Affair Dream 2015, Niagara, Canada – $29.95
So I know I try to keep the wines I chose at a reasonable price but I really want to put this wine on the table for you guys because this winery if doing some awesome things here in Canada. This winery puts their grapes through the appassimento process which means the dry the grapes out on racks for a few months befor they crush and press them. By doing this it creates a less diluted flavour and a rich wine. They use this in lots of Italian styles such as Amarone and they wanted to bring that style here to Canada. Okay no lets talk about the wine. The wine Is dark and has complex aromas of blackberries, vanilla, black cherries, figs, leather, and a sweet spice. On the palette the wine has silky smooth tannins layered beautifully with a nice acidity. Enjoy it this year but for a great experience save it for 2 years. Enjoy on its own or with some strong cheese or bbq steak.

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Wine with Erik Halloween Edition

Posted by Bruce on October 31, 2018
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Hey everyone!

I heard you missed Sarah and I! I had no idea people read my little reviews let alone enjoy it! Thank you so much for that support! Life has been crazy right now and haven’t had a lot of time for myself or write a review but I’m setting aside on this lovely detour the TTC has created for us this weekend! So I picked a wine for Halloween! I realized most people are celebrating it this weekend but for those who are celebrating it on the proper day or for those that want a spooky wine for that night here we go!

Apothic Dark, California -$16.95 (That’s it!)

This wine is a deep dark purple colour and has wonderful notes of blueberries, black currant, cherry, dark chocolate and maybe a touch of vanilla! The wine is bursting with this fruit note mentioned and had a touch of sweetness which is balanced beautifully with the acidity and tannins givng a silky smooth finish! I absolutely enjoyed drinking this wine! Much more than I thought! Even my roommate, whom only drinks white, enjoyed a glass with me!

Hope you enjoyed this wine review! Thank you again for you support!! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!


Wine with Erik! He’s back!

Posted by Bruce on September 20, 2018
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Erik: Hey everyone!

It’s great to be back! I actually just got back from BC and spent a lot of time on Vancouver Island checking out the wineries there and seeing how they’re doing and let me tell you there’s some interesting stuff coming out of there. If you ever get a chance to go out there I recommend going to some of the wineries in the Cowichan Valley. Especially the ones further north of the valley near Duncan.

Anyways lets get to the wine. I wanted to pick something with warm oak/spice notes and black fruit flavours to go with lamb and the fall that’s creeping upon us. I might have done this wine in the past but it’s just so good that I’m going to talk about it again!

Beronia Tempranillo – Rioja, Spain – $21.95

A beautiful deep ruby colour with notes of of vanilla, smoke, blackberry, black cherry and oak. The wine has a wonderful full body with soft tannins and warm spice, an absolute pleasure to drink! I recommend this wine with braised lamb (Check out Sarah’s blog) or BBQ burgers! Enjoy everyone!

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Erik will be back monthly on the 20th! It’s great to have you back bud!

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Back this September!

Coming this September!

Sarah & Erik are back but this time teaming up to pair Sarah’s amazing recipes with Erik’s scrumptious wines in review!

Stay tuned!

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(For Sarah Germani’s recipes please check past blogs, Journey With Germani)

(For Erik Fleming’s wine reviews checknout past blogs, Wine with Erik)


Wine with Erik! Victoria Day edition!

Posted by Bruce on May 02, 2018
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Hey all! Erik here once again!

Its pre long weekend stock the cellar time so I got a couple wines ready for ya! I went away to the Niagara region last weekend so since last month I did PEC, this month I’m going to have Niagara wines!

Red stone sparkling rose – $29.95

This is one of my favorite sparkling a in Niagara and is consistently good every year. This wine has a lovely pink colour and has a very tasful label. The wine has soft creamy bubbles, only a touch of sweetness and mouth watering acidity to balance it all together. Very great sparkling for out in the sun!

Thirty Mile Bench gwertraminer – $29.95

My friend didn’t enjoy this wine while we were going through the Niagara but it was the first one we had and was still my favorite of every style we had of this wine. And that’s the fun thing about this wine! It has many different styles and people love it or hate it so try at your own risk! On the nose the wine has notes of honey, peach, spice, lychee and floral note but I’m bad with flowers so not sure haha. On the mouth the wine has a rich kind of oily body, is very dry, and has a nice acidity that isn’t to sharp. Have this on its own slightly chilled or with some old cheese.                                             Chateau de Charmes Cabernet Sauvignon – $15.95
This is a fun fruit forward wine with some oak to soften it even more. On the nose it has notes of dark cherry, blackberry, black current, and vanilla. It’s a dry wine with nice soft tannins and juicy acidity with the fruit just bursting out to greet you. Enjoy on its own or with BBQ burgers!

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Wine with Erik “Soooo Ontario”

Posted by Bruce on April 04, 2018
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Hey guys!

So This month I decided to do 3 Canadian wines, and more specifically, Ontario wines. I recently finished taking my Canadian Wine Scholar course and fell in love with Canadian wines all over again. I have always loved Canadian wines, I mean it’s what made me want to get into the wine industry. But getting to experience all these wines and really look into our history was just fantastic. So I have decided to pick a red, a white, and a sparkling of what are some really great examples of what Ontario has to offer. So let’s go into it.

Henry of Pelham Cuvee Catherine Brute – $29.95
This is one of my favorite sparklings. This wine has aromas of citrus, melon, apple, and some bready toasty notes. On the palate, the wine is dry with a light body and crisp mouth-watering acidity, the bubbles are also very delicate. Enjoy this bubbly with a roast turkey, a citrus salad or on its own in the sun!

Charles Baker Ivan Vineyard Riesling 2016 – $27.20
This Riesling is from the Twenty Mile Bench and it is sooooo fantastic! I consider this one of the best examples of what Canada has to offer. The winery is also known as Stratus. This wine has a bright nose with aromas of apple, citrus, petrol, and minerality. On the palate, this wine is dry, with refreshing acidity to make you pucker a little. This body is light and has a pretty decent finish. I highly recommend giving this wine a try despite the price. Pair it with pad thai, grilled salmon with lemon, or again enjoy it on it’s own! It really is fantastic!

Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Baco Noir 2016 – $24.95
Baco Noir is a very interesting grape that I have not found much outside of Canada and this is a great example of what Canada is doing with it. I never really appreciated Baco Noir all that much until I tried this one and decided since I’m keeping it Canadian themed, I should choose a red that we are really doing different things with. On the nose, this wine has darker aromas of coconut, blackberry, cassis, cherry, vanilla, and chocolate. On the palate, this wine is dry, with lower tannins and good acidity with an overall medium body for easy drinking.

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Wine with Erik! A puddle of bubbles!

Posted by Bruce on March 07, 2018
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Hey everyone,
I am making up a theme for march right now and its going to be rainy spring? Sounds sad but I promise it wont be! I mean, who doesn’t love at least listening to the rain? For me it’s relaxing and makes me happy (but once I have to go out in it I get very grumpy haha) It also means that the flowers will start blooming soon and spring will have arrived. So I picked a wine that kinda fits this theme. It’s a sparkling rose and I’ll explain why I picked it (with the help of some friends). I picked a sparkling rose because sparkling wines are fun to drink and the bubbles are what I am considering to be the rain, they both make a kind of gentle pitter patter sound don’t you think? The pink/salmon colour is representing the beginning of spring because its pretty and I said so. This sparkling is light, fruity and fun just like spring should be, we are leaving winter behind and warmer weather is coming, lets have fun! Okay now I think I’ll get into the wine!

De Chanceny Cremant de Loire Brut Rose – $19.95
Here is a lovely sparkling to help bring in the spring weather. This wine isn’t overly complex but it still has fun aromas of strawberry, raspberry and grape fruit. The bubbles are light but creamy and the acidity is mouth watering with just a trace of sweetness to balance the wine. Easy drinking and super fun enjoy on its own or with a Caprese salad.

Also on a side note, I’ve been doing this for, I think, 2 years now and I’m running out of ideas of what to do to and keep it fresh. I want to know what you guys want to see! So let Bruce know of what you guys want to see or themes you want me to do so I can get it for the next month. I’m thinking about doing this from now on, and I know there will be more than one idea for every month so I’ll try and shoes what I like the most or what is the most popular idea. Cheers guys!

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Wine with Erik!

Posted by Bruce on February 07, 2018
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Hey, everyone!
Was it just me or did January feel like forever? Well here’s hoping February will go by a bit faster and get some nicer weather going with a wonderful Zinfandel from California.

Liberty School Zinfandel 2012, California – $21.95

This is really a nice style of Zinfandel. Normally Zinfandel is very dark and spicy, but this style has really focused on bringing out all the juicy fruit notes and has some soft toasty notes that intertwine beautifully. There are aromas of plum, blackberry, cherry and some smoke. On the palate, the wine is dry with balancing tannins and acidity making the wine feel soft. I definitely recommend giving this wine a try, it comes to the LCBO every year and tends to sell out by summer so get on it! Enjoy it with pork tenderloin, burgers, or I had it with a pizza.

Thanks guys!

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Wine with Erik! A Happy New Year Sparkling

Posted by Bruce on December 29, 2017
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Hey, Everyone! It’s Erik! I’m back from some great snow boarding and have I got a great sparkling to get you partying this New Years Eve!

Freixenet Cordon Negro, Cava, Spain – LCBO $13.25
This sparkling is a wonderful example of a Spanish Cava. Cava is a wonderful style of sparkling similar to champagne but it is a fraction of the cost. This one here has a beautiful gold hue to it and has notes of green apple, grapefruit, and minerals. On the palette, this bubbly is dry with a crisp acidity and creamy bubbles making this wine very soft. The flavours match the nose but has a more toasty note on the finish. Enjoy this on its own or as an aperitif.

Thanks for reading!

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