Wine & Memories

Hi friend,

What wine are you having tonight? Me? Thanks for asking. On this cool June evening I’m having a 2013 Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon …smooth and delicious!

Now this isn’t just “any bottle of wine” to me. This happens to be the first bottle I ever gave to my significant other way back in 2013. To be clear, not the EXACT bottle, but the same producer.

The story goes…*takes a sip

It was her birthday and we were a few weeks into hanging out. At the time she loved to party and have a couple of drinks (mostly beer and whisky) of course. Naturally I headed down to the local liquor store to see if there was something I could find that she might like. Instead of heading to the beer fridge, I made a line for the vintage wine section. Almost instantly THE bottle appeared to me…Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon!

Why Liberty School? It happened to be the street she was living on at the time. Clever right? Well at least I thought so. I gave it to her with a little explanation and she loved it!

Fast forward a few years…

We are still enjoying this wine! Every time we open a bottle we get taken back to that night. The smell, the taste, the memories. The Hope Family and Liberty School will always have a special meaning to us.

Have you had any special memories with a special wine?

Cheers,

Nick
Wine Cru Reviews
http://www.winecrureviews.ca

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Wine Watch: Check Out “Decanted” This Weekend on Netflix Canada

Hello!

I’m constantly adding movies to “my list” on Netflix Canada and there is one you should add to yours – “Decanted” by filmmakers Nicholas Kovacic and Matthew Riggieri.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a winemaker in Napa Valley? The planning of harvest season? The pressure of choosing your brands next wine label and name? This movie puts you in the shoes of those who live the wine life everyday at the vineyard. While this movie might ruin the romance of having your own winery, it is a short education on what it is really like to be a winemaker in one of the best regions in the world.

The following winemakers and wineries are featured:

Steve Reynolds – Reynolds Family Winery
Anthony Bell – Bell Wine Cellars
Philippe Melka – Melka Wines
Julien Fayard – Covert Estate Winery
Aaron Pott – Pott Wine
Mike Martin – Italics
Heidi Barrett – Barrett Wines
Michael Scholz – St. Supery

I just finished watching this movie and was entertained from start to finish. I’m sure you will love it as well!

Cheers,

Nick
Wine Cru Reviews
http://www.winecrureviews.ca

 

 

Coming Soon!

Hey everyone,

Just wanted to let you all know that the Wine Cru Reviews team will launching our new website in the next week or so! It will  be a “home base” for us and will hopefully act as a resource for you.

We will have access to Canadian wineries, educational opportunities and much more!

In the meantime check out our Instagram and twitter pages to see what we are sipping on – @winecrureviews

Exciting times ahead…get that bubbly ready and celebrate with us when we go live!

Cheers,

Nick
Wine Cru Reviews
http://www.winecrureviews.ca

Good Ole Gamay Noir

Hey!

What are you sipping on? I’m having some Gamay Noir from the Niagra Peninsula and it is gooooooood. This wine is light, fruity and pairs beautifully with a warm summer night!

When you think of Gamay, you probably think of Beaujolais first and that makes perfect sense.  I mean these guys have been doing it very well for centuries now. However, this grape varietal is gaining popularity in other cool climate areas, such as Canada.

If you are a fan of pinot noir, then there is a good chance you will like gamay noir, as they share a lot of the same characteristics. The gamay I’m having this evening features cherry, raspberry, strawberry, floral and earthy aromas and flavours. Love it!

One thing to note about gamay noir (or Beaujolais) is the price point. This stuff can be cheap and deliver great quality! You can easily get a bottle for $10-$15 Canadian and be very happy. However, I you want to spend a little more you can get stuff that will knock your socks off! For example, The Grange of Prince Edward makes some of the best Gamay Noir that Ontario has to offer. For an investment of $22.95 CAD you can have one of the best experiences with this grape varietal.

So next time your friend says they like to drink Beaujolais, pour them a glass of Canadian Gamay Noir, and watch their eyes light up!

Cheers,

Nick
Wine Cru Reviews
http://www.winecrureviews.ca

 

Skip the Sauvignon Blanc and Grab Some Semillon

Hey!

Often we gravitate towards something we are familiar with, and wine is no exception.

For white wines, I often witness people reaching for the typical Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. DON’T DO IT! I mean don’t get me wrong, those are two great varietals, but wine is an experience….why not try something new once in awhile?

If you are a lover of Sauvignon Blanc, I recommend you try Semillon. It shares a lot of the same characteristics as Sauvignon Blanc, but carries a bit more weight in my opinion. There is a good chance that if they were poured side by side at a blind tasting, you might have a hard time telling the difference between the two.

So if you are looking to try something new, without straying too far from “the usual”, ask for a Semillon!

Have you had a knock-it-out-of-the-park Semillon before? If so, please let us know which ones so we can compare!

Cheers,

Nick
Wine Cru Reviews
http://www.winecrureviews.ca

 

 

 

Try Canadian Cabernet Franc Now!

Hey there!

What’s in your glass today? For me, it’s some Niagra Peninsula Cabernet Franc from Magnotta Winery. This full bodied 2013 VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) wine features inviting aromas of red berry fruit, spice, earth, herbs and oak. On the palate this wine delivers much of the same, with a nice long finish!

Magnotta winery is one of the many Ontario VQA producers who are establishing Cabernet Franc as a “go to” varietal for Canadian wine consumers. These grapes are often blended with cabernet sauvignon, merlot and baco noir…it also makes for amazing Canadian icewine! Canadian winemakers are serious about their Cab Franc, and the quality found is a reflection of that.

For those who love big reds like Cabernet Sauvignon or Carmenere, Cab Franc is worth the try. It shares a lot of the same characteristics, but the earthiness and herbal notes give it a bit of a twist. Now this “twist” isn’t for everyone! I often find this varietal to be a big hit or miss with people who try it for the first time. Eyes either light up with joy or a cringe of the face sometimes occurs.

For those who don’t appreciate the wine at first, often all that is required is a little oxygen! It is recommended that you decant your wine with a decanter or simply remove the cork and let the wine sit on the table for 30-40 minutes before enjoying the first glass.

Whether you are sure about Cab Franc or not, it is worth exploring!

Cheers,

Nick
Wine Cru Reviews
http://www.winecrureviews.ca

 

 

 

 

What are you drinking?

Hi there,

I’m slowly sipping on a white cotes du rhone and trying to figure out what I would like to say for this first of many blog entries from myself and the team here at Wine Cru Reviews. For someone who usually has a lot to say, this writing thing is kind of hard. More wine needed maybe?

Mainly, I would like to welcome you, our reader… probably my mom. Actually pretty doubtful – simply opening e-mail can be a struggle for her. She’s great at using her iPhone though. I digress…

Our team of wine lovers are hoping to simply bring you quality wine content in a fun and unintimidating way. What does that mean to us? Well to me that means, interesting stories and facts about wine makers/producers, funny stories, winery experiences and adventures, detailed reviews about Canadian and international wines, and a whole lot more in an “easy to drink” kind of way. We will see how this blog evolves over time!

Our commitment to you is to provide straightforward opinions about the wines we try and to provide an educational component to them.

Time for a top up.

So what is it that you are drinking?

Do you try and drink local or are you all about trying stuff not found in your own backyard? I think it’s important to try to support local as much as possible, but it is equally important to explore what the wine world has to offer. It is amazing to me how a varietal can taste drastically different from region to region, country to country. Shiraz from Australia, Malbec from Argentina, Cabernet Franc from Canada? Let us know!

Are you a seasonal wine drinker? Pinot grigio and rose wine in the summer? Big full bodied cabs during the cooler months? In Canada,  particularly in Eastern Ontario, we spend more than half the year surviving our cool climate weather. I tend to enjoy both red and white wines year round, but do find myself gravitating towards certain regions or countries from time to time. Right now, while we patiently wait for summer to arrive I find myself trying many different white wines and lighter reds. However, it did snow a little today… and it is May… might have to switch back to something heavier to warm me up!

One more glass…

It is safe to say that it is our hope that you follow along and participate by commenting and e-mailing us (info@winecrureviews.ca) about anything wine related. Let us know what you are drinking!

Cheers,

Nick
Wine Cru Reviews
http://www.winecrureviews.ca