WINE REVIEW - Juiceless January!


Well here's this weeks wine review and yes I'm still on my Juiceless January escapade and must say as much as I miss my wines...I've done extremely well! Not that I'm counting but one more week left! All these wonderful wines be found at your local wine shop or LCBO in Ontario!

  1. Burrowing Owl, Merlot, Okanagan Valley, 2018, $39.95. Burrowing Owl is one of BC’s more iconic producers. This will allow some aging, give this 2-3 years, or decant if drinking now.

  2. There is a chunk of the release devoted to Chilean wines. The wines put forward aren’t spectacular, but there are a few values: Aquitania, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley, 2016, scored 90 by Parker. Montes Alpha, Special Cuvee, Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua Valley, 2017, $24.95. Both are drinking now

  3. Domaine La Bazilliere, Muscadet de Sevre et Maine , Sur Lie, Loire, 2019, $13.95. Still one of the best value crisp, dry whites globally. Drink now

  4. Les Vignes de Bila-Haut, Cotes du Roussillon Blanc, Midi, 2018, $15.95. Another great value white, mainly grenache blanc. Drink now, scored 92 by Jeb Dunnuck

  5. Remy Ferbras, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, 2017, $50.95. 2017 produced some fine cndp. $51 is about as cheap as you can get for Chateauneuf. Drink after decant, scored 90-93 by Parker

  6. Tiefenbrunner, Pinot Grigio, Alto Adige, 2019, $19.95. This is a perennial favourite, not overly complicated. Drink now

  7. Isole e Olena, Chianti Classico, Tuscany, 2017, $38.95. Certainly on the higher price level for Chianti, but Isole is on a higher level, similar in quality to Fontodi, and Volpaia. Hold 2-3 years

  8. Ontanon, Riserva Rioja, 2011, $24.95. This has a fair bit of bottle age on it, and should be in its prime drinking window now. Scored 91 by Decanter

Please enjoy!



Review by Oliver Herbst