Category: Chardonnay

🍷  Happy Wine Wednesday! Enjoying 2014

Closson Chase Vineyard Chardonnay from Prince Edward County tonight. Mature and still appealing. Drink now if you have any left. Full review here:


TENSLEY WINE COMPANY:  Delicious, classic, affordable California

– we said delicious, affordable, and California all at once. This is is
generally one of those situations where you can only pick two. And
that’s why we’re excited about Joey Tensley. He started out in 1998 with
very small production intending to make wines that let some of the
unique and little-known vineyards of Santa Barbara County speak for
themselves. Almost twenty years later Tensley is well-known for
producing excellent wines in this region, one of the only growing areas
in the world with a mountain range that runs east-west. That aspect
creates a lot of different microclimates. While Tensley and its
reputation continue to grow, Joey remains true to his original
philosophy: “Get out of the way and let the vineyard speak for
itself.” Tonight, our good friend Paul from T. Edward Wines will be behind the Lions Club Bar pouring three Tensley wines for you. It is August, and two of them will be CHILLED. A/C is cranking as always in the Shrine of Wine and of course we’ll have the WINE, BREAD, CHEESE, and VINYL!

Tensley Wine Company, Joey Tensley Chardonnay Central Coast 2017

us, drinking this wine is kind of like going back in time – a classic
early California Chardonnay designed for drinking but before industrial
farming and cynical winemaking set in and everyone got all upset and the
reputation of Chardonnay was twisted forever. This is as good a time as
any to remind ourselves that Chardonnay is simply one of the world’s
greatest grapes. It can grow almost anywhere and it’s essentially
neutral so it will take in the terroir like nobody’s business. In this
case that’s the sunny California Coast
running from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, an area famous for its
profound natural beauty and for making world class Chardonnay. $20

Tensley Wine Company, Santa Barbara County Syrah Lite 2018

Syrah “LITE” comes from a Coastal vineyard in Santa Barbara from fruit
that was harvested less ripe than most grapes in the area. Syrah is what
Tensley is most known for, and in this case has the skill to bend the
beast without breaking it. This Vin de Pays version
is just the kind of wine we’re looking for most of the time these
days. Try one of our favorite tricks – hold it up to the light and
imagine drinking it cold. Then drink it of course. Indigenous yeast and
six months in neutral barrel. Organic & very chillable.  $17

Tensley Wine Company, Joey Tensley Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast 2017

Damn. Somebody’s
been practicing. That’s what we thought when first tasted this –
Tensley is just a good wine maker. It’s really that simple. This wine
defies flavor profile expectations for cabernet where it’s grown and yet
is also classic cab. Delicious deep red and black fruit
flavors, cassis and a little spice, nicely integrated tannins. It’s a
wine that is sure to please many looking for bigger reds and it’s also a
fantastic barbecue wine. From Guyot trained vines, the wine sees 8 months in French oak with no more than 15% of that new.  $20

🍷👅TASTING TONIGHT 6-8PM! @heartofthebeat from is behind the bar pouring wines exclusively from @tensleywines DELICIOUS, CLASSIC, AFFORDABLE CALIFORNIA! Yes, it IS possible… #drinkwine #californiawine #joeytensleywine #tensleywineco #chardonnay #syrah #cabernetsauvignon #greenpoint #goingtocali (at Dandelion Wine)

2018 De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay

Starting the week off strong with this South African Chard. Lime, apples, muscat gummies, apricots, and light nuts on the nose. Similar on the palate with limestone notes. Nice, unoaked Chardonnay. 

4/5 bones



13.5% abv

Robertson (Western Cape), SOUTH AFRICA

🍷  Discovering minerality in these fine wines from Chablis. Both available for purchase at LCBO. 92 and 90 pts, respectively. Read all about it here:

🍷  Enjoying this lovely $17 Wakefield Clare Valley Estate Chardonnay (88+ pts) from Australia tonight. Coming to LCBO VINTAGES July 20. Full review:

2011 Chapel Down Three Graces Sparkling

Happy Monday after a long holiday weekend and an epic USWNT win! Celebrating with some special British bubbly on this fine Monday. Loads of yeast – sourdough almost going to panettone and fruit cake, lemon, and brown apples on the nose. Mouthwatering acidity on the palate with lemon, marzipan, and cleaner bread notes. Yum!

4/5 bones


Chardonnay (58%), Pinot Noir (34%), Pinot Meunier (8%)

12.5% abv

Tenterden (Kent), ENGLAND, UK

🍷  Recently tasted some fabulous wines from one of Niagara’s newest and hottest wineries – Queenston Mile Vineyard. Read all about it here:

Hattingley Valley Classic Reserve Sparkling

Loungin’ on a lazy Saturday with a sparkler from merry ole England! Apple crème, parmesan rind, vanilla, and apricot on the nose. Creamy vanilla and apple notes on the palate with stone fruit, marzipan, and nice lemon acidity on the finish. 

3/5 bones


Chardonnay (48%), Pinot Noir (33%), Pinot Meunier (17%), Pinot Gris (2%)

12% abv


JURA TASTING TONIGHT featuring the 🍾🍷wines of @tissot.v @winemc2 @girondarama GONNA BE DOPE 🤯 6-8pm 📷: @lucylu_bk #drinkwine #greenpoint #jura #arbois #cremant #rosé #poulsard #trousseau #pinotnoir #chardonnay (at Dandelion Wine)