Essex Winer Review

Wine of the Month 2010


January 2010
Essex Wine Review - Wine of the Month, January 2009

Mastronardi Casa Nostra Baco Noir 2008

On New Year’s Eve member’s of the Cottam Wine Society gathered to ring in 2010 and conduct a blind taste challenge to pick the best local Baco Noir. Eight local Baco’s and one from the Niagara region were uncorked.

Colio 2008, Pelee Island 2008, Mastronardi Casa Nostra 2008, Erie Shore 2008, Muscedere 2007 Reserve, Aleksander 2007, D’Angelo 2007 Reserve, and Sanson 2005 Reserve. From the Niagara region, Henry of Pelham 2005 Baco Reserve was also thrown into the mix to make things a little more interesting.

Mastronardi Casa Nostra 2008 and Sanson 2005 Reserve tied for first place. Sanson’s 2005 Reserve Baco was a previous “Wine Of The Month” (October 2009)

Mastronardi’s Baco Noir is now available at many local LCBO’s for only $10.

CLICK HERE to see reviews of Mastronardi Casa Nostra Baco Noir 2008.





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February 2010
February 2010 - Wine of The Month, Pelee Island Cabernet Merlot 2008 (Stepped up to the Plate)

Pelee Island Cabernet Merlot 2008 (Stepped up to the Plate)

February is the month of giving from the heart. We salute Pelee Island Winery for all that they have done for communities across Ontario and for stepping up to the plate!.

Every month, over 320,000 Ontarians are served by food banks, and forty percent are children. Buy local, Share local is a campaign in support of our neighbours, our local producers, our environment and our economy.

Pelee Island Winery has selected the Ontario Association of Food Banks as their Charity of Choice. 10% of the sales proceeds from the Pelee Girls Cabernet Merlot and Chardonnay will be donated to the Ontario Assoc…iation of Food Banks to help your neighbours facing hunger.

CLICK HERE to see reviews of Pelee Island Cabernet Merlot 2008 (Stepped up to the Plate).





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March 2010
March 2010 - Wine of The Month, Aleksander Estate Chardonnay 2008

Aleksander Estate Chardonnay 2008

I can’t help but wonder how busy it must be at local wineries in the month of March as I enjoy this Chardonnay. Prunning is well underway as the wineries wonder what will be in store for the 2010 vintage.

Aleksander Estate Winery has been producing a lovely Chardonnay and this 2008 is no exception. I tasted this wine last May shortly afer it was bottled. It was quite good then and seems to be really improving as it sits in the bottle. Wonderful citrus notes greet the palate. There is a nice balance of acidity and sugar making this a nice quaffer.

Aleksander’s 2007 Chardonnay sold out without much notice. If you haven’t tried this one yet, get it before it’s gone.

CLICK HERE to see reviews of Aleksander Estate Chardonnay 2008.





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April 2010
April 2010 - Wine of The Month, Muscedere Vineyards Baco Noir Reserve 2007

Muscedere Vineyards Baco Noir Reserve 2007

Every so often I open a bottle of wine that just sets itself apart from all of the rest. This is one of them. The Lake Erie North Shore wine region offers the perfect growing season for baco. That’s why there are so many good ones from this area.

This wine has received the following awards:

2009 “Wine Access Canadian Wine Awards” Silver medal
2009 “All Canadian Wine Championship” Bronze medal

Spring is official here, fire up the BBQ as this Baco pairs well with BBQ’ed foods. It’s great with pizza too!

CLICK HERE to see reviews of Muscedere Vineyards Baco Noir Reserve 2007.





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May 2010
May 2010 - Wine of The Month, Sanson Estate Riesling 2008

Sanson Estate Riesling 2008

When out touring the local wineries this summer make sure this wine is on your “Must Buy” list. It’s a wine that reflects the soil and climate of Lake Erie North Shore. A wonderful example of the region’s terrior!

Nice acidity, mineral and petrol notes. Zesty with hints of peach and one amazingly long finish. Ontario excellence.

CLICK HERE to see reviews of Sanson Estate Riesling 2008.





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June 2010
June 2010 - Wine of The Month, Viewpointe Estate Winery - Barrel Fermented Chardonnary 2006

Viewpointe Estate Winery – Barrel Fermented Chardonnary 2006

Viewpointe’s Barrel Fermented Chardonnary has been consistently one of Lake Erie North Shore’s best wines. Their 2005 vintage was extraordinary and the follow up was not going to be easy to match. The winemaker’s at Viewpointe succeeded!

Their passion and desire for perfection are reflected in this wine. Wonderfully complex in the nose and taste. The 2006 Vintage was released to the public on Mother’s Day. It’s worth a visit to the winery even just to purchase this wine.
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CLICK HERE to see reviews of Viewpointe Estate Winery – Barrel Fermented Chardonnary 2006.





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July 2010
July 2010 - Wine of The Month, Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery Riesling  2009

Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery Riesling 2009

Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery has been on a roll lately with their new releases. Three fanastic Chardonnay’s, one barrel fermented, one with a little bit of oak and the third with no oak at all. With all the chardonnays going on their Riesling could easily be overlook but you will be missing a real treat if you do.

Excellent value paired with a fanastic Riesling make this a great summer time choice. Looking for a refreshing summer time sipper? This is it. It’s light enough to sip on, lots of tree fruit such as peach and lemon followed by a wonderful mineral backbone to make this one the most complete, complex and balanced Rieslings sold in Essex County.

CLICK HERE to see reviews of Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery Riesling 2009.





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August 2010
August 2010 - Wine of The Month, Erie Shore Sellar Secret 2007

Erie Shore Sellar Secret 2007

Erie Shore Vineyard is located in the heart of Essex County’s cottage country and it is no surprise that local cottage residents have discovered this wine to sip on while at their weekend home. It is so popular that the vineyard can’t keep it in stock. On two recent visits to the winery I tried to buy more of this wine only to be told that it was temporary sold out.

One sip and you will see why it is so popular. It’s tropical, refreshing and a perfect match for a hot summer day in August. It’s only available at the winery, so if you see it on the shelf, BUY IT before someone else does. It won’t last long.

CLICK HERE to see reviews of Erie Shore Sellar Secret 2007.





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September 2010
August 2010 - Wine of The Month, Sanson Estate Syrah 2007

Sanson Estate Syrah 2007

A well deserved Gold award winning wine at the 2010 All Canadian Wine Championships.

This very well could be the finest syrah from Lake Erie North Shore priced under $20. Intense dark fruit, black pepper, and silky tannins. A joy to drink! This wine is a MUST BUY when touring Essex County’s vineyards.

When this syrah is gone, there won’t be any more like it for a while. The vines from which the grapes came from to make this wine have been pulled out. Get some before it’s gone.

This is the second time this year a Sanson Estate wine has been chosen as “Wine of the month” (May 2010 – Sanson Estate Riesling 2008) . They have been producing some fantastic wines lately.

CLICK HERE to see reviews of Sanson Estate Syrah 2007.





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October 2010
October 2010 - Wine of The Month, Mastronardi Syrah 2007

Mastronardi Syrah 2007

Over the past few years Lake Erie North Shore wineries have been making some excellent Syrah’s. Typical long, hot dry summers along with moderating breezes from Lake Erie set up the perfect condition for the syrah grapes to ripen to their fullest potential.

Mastronardi’s 2007 Syrah is a steal. Currently selling for $12.95 this is a wine that COULD sell for double this price and would still be an excellent value.

This is a BIG red wine perfect for a Fall BBQ, spicy, tobacco notes, juicy black cherry fruits, and well integrated tannins make this wine an award winner.

CLICK HERE to see reviews of Mastronardi Syrah 2007.





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November 2010
November 2010 - Wine of The Month, CREW Riesling 2009

CREW Riesling 2009

Colchester Ridge Estate Winery (CREW) has received previous accolades for an early vintage of their riesling when it was selected as the 2008-09 official white wine to be served at official legislature functions at Queen’s Park. CREW’s 2009 riesling is even better than their 2007.

This riesling is an expression of Lake Erie North Shore’s cool climate terroir. Note the crisp acidity, citrus fruits, mineral back bone and wonderful balance of this wine. A joy to chill and serve.

Pick up this wine to have on hand this holiday season to serve when guest arrive. They will thank you for it!

CLICK HERE to see reviews of CREW Riesling 2009.





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December 2010
December 2010 - Wine of The Month, Muscedere Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Muscedere Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Every December I get asked which local wine would make the perfect gift to give this holiday season. This year, Muscedere’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 vintage is my suggestion. It is a gift that is good to give and even better to receive.

It’s juicy, ripe, and very complex. This is what the red wines of Lake Erie North Shore are all about!

But don’t wait until the last minute to buy this wine. Muscedere’s red wines sell out quickly. They recently sold out of their Cabernet Franc 2008, this one will sell out soon too!

CLICK HERE to see reviews of Muscedere Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2008.





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