Monday, December 3, 2012
Having a bowl of world famous Galway Chowder & Viewpointe '05 Cab Merlot at @allensdanforth Both hit the spot
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Albero '10 Tempranillo Barrica. Organic, vegan. Soft, complex, balanced acidity. Spice, cocoa, red fruit, vanilla, very dry. From D.O. Utiel-Requena (Valencia) Spain. Aged 4 months in American oak. Bodegas Irzano is Spain's oldest winery, founded in 1335
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
La Granja Tempranillo Garnacha 2011, a remarkable value wine with a very pleasant taste. From the Cariñena D.O.
Dark ruby and captivating with full ripe flavours. Notes of red cherry and just a whisper of exotic spice. Sweet tannins and a velvet-smooth finish.
At just $5 in the U.S., I was a bit skeptical, but the label, the great varietals, and the wine region all convinced me I should try it. After tasting it and enjoying it with friends, the verdict is that this is a quality wine. I'll go back for more.
I purchased it at Trader Joe's in Chicago. No sign of it in the LCBO in Ontario yet.
Pair it with white meats, sausages, or wine and cheese.
Monday, September 24, 2012
A nice restaurant, & now they have good wine too! RT @GmaLozano: Ya es oficial en el Sueño de Baco de Madrid ya p...
Friday, September 21, 2012
With Chris & Ash sharin Left Hook Martini at Martini Bar Burlington. Server Carl gettin married in 2 days. Congrats
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha 2010. Burgundy, cherry red. Aromas of ripe red berries with traces of floral. The flavours are ample & structured with notes of blackberries, strawberries, dark chocolate, leather, vanilla and plums. Sweet and pleasant tannins,
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
@vidalblonde You should have come; check out these brother winemakers fr Casa de Vilacetinho Portugal.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Quinta da Alorna Branco (White) 2011. Just the most lovely floral fresh bouquet with notes of pineapple, and deli...
Friday, September 14, 2012
I paused a few moments outside to see the servers bring piping hot dishes to their patrons on the outdoors pedestrian street. I could see they all looked fabulous. So I ventured inside. I ordered the Fettuccine Bolognese. Handmade and fresh. Meat sauce to die for.
Owner-sons Tonino and Roberto made sure I was well looked after. Indeed I was. Superb in every way!
Thx! RT @zoltanszabo: @thewinebaron Alentejo, Ribatejo, Colares, Setubal Peninsula etc. plus all the rest, many a...
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
@Hinterbrook Hinterbrook Deeply Red. A nice wine w nice price at $11.95. Open, give it 10 min of air, then enjoy with hamburger or sloppy joes. It'll bring a smile to your face. Avail only fr the winery.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Sipping Foreign Affair Chardonnay '08. Very nice. 10% of the grapes were set aside to dry in the appassimento method, then aged in French oak for 13 months. Notes of peach, melon, vanilla, butterscotch, and a hint of grapefruit, with balanced acidity and
Friday, September 7, 2012
I'm sure you can hold it! Me, on the other hand ... RT @RhondaLawrie: @thewinebaron Mmm...looks delish....think ...
Obsessing over mountainous brownie, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream & 8 oz of Skor bits... How u say "mamma mia?"
Pineapple Smash Martini at Turtle Jack's, Appleby Burlington. Nice colour & flavour! Waiting on ribs!
Turtle Jack's fab rib combo, nachos with guacamole (made in-house fresh daily) & bruschetta. Fresh local. It's nice here on the patio on a Friday afternoon.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
@zoltanszabo Check out this note ☛ RT @vidalblonde: Domaine De Marcoux Chateauneuf Du Pape 1992 Tastes like a wal...
Monday, August 20, 2012
Enjoying his fabulous white wine blend with winemaker Andrzej Lipinski. Apasimento technique on 4 luscious varietals.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Bliss Merlot 2009, Mendocino. Dark ruby red, with a bouquet of blackberries, vanilla, dark chocolate & hint of du...
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Rosewood is just a cool place. Just 1 hour from downtown Toronto, you can come here to meet the bees, taste the wines and meads, have a light lunch on the patio or in the gazebo at the pond, and get away to another world.
The bees are presided over by such sweet people as "Queen Bee," "Social Bee," and others in the hive. And of course, you can see their busy winged cousins in action too. They provide a lot of the buzz. Of course!A great time to visit Rosewood: Sunday August 19, 2012. More below...
With pleasure, I'll cover the meads another time. But let me spend a few moments on the wines for now. After a prior visit to enjoy the hospitality, beverages and light lunch in this vibrant yet peaceful place, now I'm back to taste the wines more seriously. Thanks to Krystina and Gabi for their assistance.
Selected Wines of Rosewood Estates Winery
"As I taste the wines, I notice a common theme. They all come across clean." --- The Wine Baron.
- Semillon 2010 ($18) SC:1
Crisp, clean silver; bouquet & flavours of white peach, ripe yellow plum, and lemongrass. Long finish with a hint of spice. Very nice!
- Riesling Reserve 2008 ($20) SC:1
Crystal bright with a slight mineral nose with aromas and flavours of granny smith apple, citrus, and flint. The finish is refreshing, crisp and ultra-fresh. A lovely Riesling.
- Mima's Block Riesling ($18) SC:1
From their estate in Jordan, this single-vineyard wine is enticingly distinctive. Floral tree fruit nuances with a touch of lime lead to a slight hint of grapefruit.
- Natalie's Süssreserve Riesling ($15) SC:2
Minerality, peach, peach stone, wildflowers, and ripe sweet lemon in perfect balance. In the German tradition, this wine has a portion of unfermented grape juice added in to help create a unique masterpiece. Excellent.
- Chardonnay Reserve 2010 ($28)
Fermented naturally. Rich gold colour. Caramel, vanilla, and butter within a balanced frame of floral notes, nutmeg, pineapple and just a hint of toast. Long finish. Excellent.
- Pinot Noir Reserve ($40) Note: they have a nice $20 Pinot as well...
Pleasant French-inspired earthy notes with berry medley and strawberries. It pairs perfectly with wild mushroom tart. Try it!
- Merlot 2010 ($22)
A very well-crafted merlot with Bordeaux-like earthy notes (don't you just love that in French wines? Well some of the best Ontario reds sometimes have it too). Flavours of blackberry, sweet cherry, cocoa and a warm hint of vanilla. Winner of the Gold Medal at the 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards, London. A seriously prestigious award.
About the Upcoming Event:
On Sunday August 19th (4 - 8 PM) stroll, sip and savour food and wine pairings created by four all-star chefs from around Ontario.
This unique feasting winemaker’s dinner will showcase 8 award winning and new wines with dishes specially prepared by Top Chef Canada Season 2 Winner - Chef Carl Heinrich of Richmond Station, Chef Nick Benninger of Nick & Nat’s Uptown 21, Ortolan's creative talents, and Chef Luis Valenzuela of Torito Tapas Bar. The chefs have handpicked their favourite wines and are excited to showcase their dishes with this all-star lineup.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Callejo Riserva Ribera Del Duero 2006. Rich looking & tasting blockbuster wine. Deep dark violet red, w aromas &...
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Almradler: 40% beer & 60% herbal Alps lemonade by Almdudler. 2% alc. Beautiful beverage. Facebook.comalmradler
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
We're at Fraticelli's Italian Grill & Lounge, Richmond Hill. An authentic Italian restaurant that serves up a great experience. The editors and I wanted a change of pace from the ordinary. We wanted a place that could give us an exceptional experience in food, service, ambience, and wine. As the rest of this record of our visit will attest, we are getting it at Fraticelli's.
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PHOTOS: 1. Wine Cellar, 2, 3. Dining area, 4. Kitchen, 5. Exterior, 6. Patio, 7. Piano lounge, 8. Grilled Calamari, 9 - 11. Our pizzas and pasta.
The restaurant is housed in an attractive building in Richmond Hill, near Buttonville airport. The patio looks inviting - we'll have to do that next time. This time we eye the little lounge by the grand piano. It's tucked in the expansive bar area, replete with all the comforts and flat HD TVs. We look at the dinner menu for future reference. Very nice. But this is mid day, so we order from the lunch menu. Not an item here that each of us won't want to try in future visits...
From the grilled calamari to the two pizzas, to the authentic pasta, they are all delicious, fresh and authentic. Home-cooked meets cutting-edge. The service is also excellent. Our server loves it here and it clearly shows.
We enjoy several local Ontario wines (OK, it is now late afternoon). Excellent. There's rumour that they are considering expanding their selection of local wines and beers. Some exclusive. Sounds great.
This is a class act. We feel good being here. It's kind of fancy and comfortable at the same time. It truly reflects Italian fare and flair. The prices are reasonable. We're not easy to please. But Fratacelli's does it with ease. "Hey girls, when do we come back?"
Fraticelli's is part of Tortoise Restaurant Group, whose well-known establishments include Turtle Jack's and Local Eatery.
Fraticelli's Italian Grill & Lounge
10 Vogell Road,
Richmond Hill, ON