Category Archives: chardonnay

Artevino 2010 Wine Awards: some of the best wines in Prince Edward County

Last month, I had the chance of joining a distinguished group of Canadian wine experts at Huff Estates, as we judged over 75 wines from Prince Edward County, for the 2010 edition of the Artevino awards. I had been invited by David Lawrason, who headed the jury, to join Michael Pinkus, Billy Munnelly, Tony Aspler, Konrad [...]
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Adventures Abroad: Malbec Days in Cahors, and Ontario Chardonnay in London

For the next four days, I’m going to be all malbec, all the time. I’m just about to get on the plane that will take me across the Atlantic, as I head out to Cahors, in Southwest France, for the International Malbec Days and a particular tasting challenge at Château Lagrézette. The former provided the opportunity [...]
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Notes from Harvest at Closson Chase: decisions, decisions…

I know I was supposed to write more about the harvest I took part in at Closson Chase, last week, but you know what? That stuff was tiring. For a guy my height (6′4″), picking low-lying grapes for several hours is rather tough on the knees and back. And when you follow all that picking with [...]
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Tasting notes: Le Clos Jordanne, Le Clos Jordanne Vineyard 2006 chardonnay and pinot noir, Twenty Mile Bench

I’ve been a fan of Le Clos Jordanne wines since their first release, the 2004 vintage, two years ago. Made from young vines, they may not have had the depth of great wines, but they certainly showed the promise. It was terrific to taste pinot noir that from the Niagara that had such a clear [...]
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Tasting note: Champagne Pol Roger 1988

There are still some people out there who pretend that there is no point in ageing champagne. I still can’t figure what gave them that idea. I’ve had several bottles of well-aged champagne over the years, and it has always proved delicious, with an added complexity and subtlety that the bright effervescence of youth simply [...]
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