Category: red wine

2014 1849 Wine Company “Declaration” Cabernet Sauvignon

Straight. Chillin’. Robust, fruit-forward, full-bodied wine. Blueberry pie filling, blackberries, and oak. Long and sweet. 

3/5 bones


Cabernet Sauvignon

15% abv

Napa, California, USA

🍷  My top wine picks from December 7 LCBO VINTAGES Release are now posted on the blog. Fine wines for festive get-togethers + fizz + lots more:

2008 Scacciadiavoli Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG

Opening Christmas season with this wine from one of the oldest wineries in Montefalco DOCG. “Scacciadiavoli” literally means “to cast out the devil” and this winery apparently got its name from a reclusive Shaman who was known for using the local wine during his exorcisms. My humans just use this wine to deal with me on Mondays after holidays. Big and bold on the nose with plums, cherries, blackberries, leather, deep wood, and aged balsamic. Dark cherries and dark plums on the palate with dark tea tannins, leather, and wood. You can definitely get a sense of the alcohol. This wine makes you want to grab a bite of italian cured meat, or perhaps a filleto al tartufo (steak with truffles).

4/5 bones



15% abv

Montefalco Sagrantino (Umbria), ITALY

🍷  My top wine picks from November 23 LCBO VINTAGES Release are now posted. Coveted, Iconic Wines for the cellar or gift-giving is the theme + plus lots more:

2014 Evening Land “Seven Springs Vineyard” Pinot Noir

Raising a glass in honor of all of those who have served this Veterans Day. A funkier nose than usual for Oregon – underripe cherries, cola nut, raspberries, twigs, and some earth and mulch. A bit lighter, less complex on the palate – again with cherries, cola nut, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and light wood. Enjoy!

3/5 bones


Pinot Noir

13.1% abv

Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA

🍷 TGIF! Enjoying

2015 Marqués de Cáceres Excellens Cuvée Especial (87 pts) from Rioja tonight. Vegan-friendly wine arriving in LCBO VINTAGES tomorrow for $17. Full review:

2015 Dominio del Plata Susana Balbo Signature Malbec

This is me waiting for weekend to start… starting with this excellent Malbec. Cassis, blackberries, mushrooms, and some smoke and tar notes on the nose and palate. Really nice!

4/5 bones


Malbec (95%), Petit Verdot (5%)

14.5% abv


2017 Burckel Jung Alsace Pinot Noir

Bundling up on this Thirsty Thursday with this Alsatian Pinot! Cherries, forest strawberries, and potpourri on the nose. Cherries and strawberries on the palate with a hint of stems. Quite lovely, but with an unexpected hint of sweetness on the finish.

3/5 bones


Pinot Noir

13% abv

Alsace, FRANCE

🍷  My top wine picks from November 9 LCBO VINTAGES Release are finally posted. Top California wines featured + lots more. It’s a big one!

🍷 Enjoying 2006

Manga del Brujo (88+ pts)

from Spain tonight. I would say it has aged quite well for an $18 wine. Full review here: