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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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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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Posted by Bruce on July 05, 2017
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Hey, all!

Here is a beautiful white I’ve been dying to do for awhile now. I first came across it last year that I bought on a whim because it sounded very interesting. Let me tell you this wine has it all and can be stored for a long time. Let me just go to the wine!

Cockfighter’s Ghost Semillon – New South Wales, Australia $23.95

The aromas this wine has is very pronounced with notes of citrus, honey, a slight toasty note. This wine a full-bodied with an almost oily texture and a nice crisp acidity. This wine can also age for at least 20 years but that doesn’t mean you can’t have one now haha. Enjoy with chicken, fish or on its own!

Thanks Erik!

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Wine with Erik F! The Easter Edition

Posted by Bruce on April 12, 2017
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Hey, everyone!

So I got a lot to share with you guys! (I’m also aware this is a bit late sorry thank you for baring with me!) I’ve been to 3 different wine tasting event in the last week and have tried many wines! Some that are amazing, some not so good, some in the LCBO, some not. The first event I went to was a California wine tasting that took place at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel (fancy right?), there were over 100 wineries there from all over California. Now not all of these wines are available in the LCBO, but some are, some will be released soon and others you will have to private order if you want them (but that process through the LCBO is annoying and long).

The first wine I would like to talk about was actually the first wine I tried at the event, it was a Cabernet Sauvignon, (I know very original) from First Press winery. This wine was to me a nearly perfect expression of the Napa Valley, it was fruit forward driven with silky smooth tannins and aromas of blackberry, cassis, vanilla, coconut, and mocha. This wine is available in the LCBO and is $24.95.

The next wine I would like to highlight is a sparkling rose from Chandon, why? Because this sparkling is an amazing value wine. The winemaker is actually a Champagne winemaker and has opened a winery in California. The wine is done in the traditional method (Champagne method) and is aged for a minimum of 12 months on the lees before release, this gives the wine so much complexity and only for the price of $33.95.

The next winery I would like to talk about is Cannonball winery. You have probably heard of this winery quite often the have a cabernet in the vintage section. I personally never tried them before and I got to try 2 of them, the first a sauvignon blanc, which was super refreshing and a lot of fun to drink. The wine had aromas of citrus lemon, tangerine, some floral notes, honeydew melon, and some green bell pepper, on the palette the had refreshing acidity and a long crisp finish. The cabernet was also fruit forward driven but still had some darker richer note like cassis, blackberry, and truffle with firm tannins that are well structured.

The last winery I would like to talk about is one the I had a bit of a moral dilemma for, only at first though, because their wine is organic (I’m against organics for many reasons maybe I’ll talk about it another day). So I said to the guy that I won’t try any and he’s like what? why? and so I tell him, he then tells me that it’s all biodynamic and I’m like omg why didn’t you start with that? (there’s a really big difference between organic and biodynamic, again maybe I’ll explain later). Let me tell you these wine were amazing (oh the winery’s name is Peter Franus wine company). The red so very smooth and very aromatic, very smooth and kind of rustic cabernet sauvignon. These wines are unfortunately not available in the LCBO but there is an agent you can buy it through, who was the guy that convinced me to try the wine.

On to the next! The Prince Edward County wine event. This event was much smaller but was nice because there weren’t as many people and it was easier to get to all the wineries. I could definitely say something good about all of the wineries there but I don’t have space to so I will point some out that really got my attention. The first one wasn’t actually a winery but a distillery, the only distillery in the County called Kinsip distillery. I know that I do reviews on wines but I love some spirits and have some educational background in it. This distillery blew me away, The vodka was made from 100% wheat and had such complexity and smoothness. they have a whiskey aged in oak with some maple mixed with it to give it some more sweet flavors. They even have a maple syrup that they aged in whiskey barrels and omg they are soooooo good! we were able to buy a bottle of the maple syrup and it was so worth it.

The next Winery I wanted to highlight is Three dog Winery and the Pinot Grigio they made (which is available at the LCBO). The Pinot was amazing and aromatic I asked him if it was blended with anything like sauvignon black because it had so much complexity and aromatics, which pinot grigios don’t normally have, he had to reassure me that it was in fact 100% pinot grigio haha.

The last winery I would like to highlight is the Traynor vineyard, the wines they are doing here are very old school. The wine I wanted to highlight from them was their Pet-Nat Orange wine, this wine is done in one of the oldest sparkling wine making methods (I recommend you read on their site how it’s done they put it very well) and it is such a fresh and still complex style that it really stood out from all the other sparkling that night (PEC has a lot of sparkling).

Now the last event! Oregon event! I actually went into this event with not much knowledge or examples of Oregon wines so this was a real eye opener for me, I had a really different perception of Oregon wines. I thought Oregon’s style of wines was going to be more like California where they are more fruit forward driven (new world style) but they were definitely more old world style driven. The wines were mostly Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris, with a few other varieties among them so there was a lot of wines that tasted very similar to each other (not saying their bad just nothing really stood out amongst those wines). There were a few wineries that I would like to say had terrific wines that did stand out but I am having trouble recalling which ones it was. To be totally honest this was my least favourite of the events it took us 20 minutes to get in and the show was only 2 hours long like I didn’t pay for an hour and a half I paid for 2. The music inside was very loud and it made it hard to talk to the people/winemakers talking about the wine as they poured it/I drank it, and it was very crowded. The winemakers and agents themselves were great, and I did have really great experiences talking with them but it was so short, I tried to make it to as many tables as I could and now that I’m trying to recall the names with the faces I’m actually having a lot of trouble. Very ashamed of it and I should have tried to do better maybe take my time to write things down but I didn’t so I will definitely take some of the blame.

So I believe that’s everything I wanted to talk about, I will leave links below for everything I talked about here. Thanks for reading! And thank you again for bearing with me!

First Press Cabernet Sauvignon

Chandon Sparkling Rose
Cannonball Sauvignon Blanc

Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon

Peter Franus Wine Company

Kinsip Distillery

Three Dog Winery Pinot Grigio

Traynor Family Vineyard, Pet-Nat Orange

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Erik Returns

Posted by Bruce on April 05, 2017
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Wine with Erik F returns next Wednesday! With a tasting double feature!



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