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!
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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!
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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!
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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…
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