October 30, 2009
Gary Vaynerchuk tastes a Canadian wine from the mini bar of his hotel.
GV in a relaxed mood on the road. Always entertaining
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Niagara Penisula is one of my favorite wine regions (and it’s not just because I original came from Canada. Lots of great wines. I’m especially partial to Vineland Estates. I get a case from there every time I’m in Canada which is at least twice a year.
Also have some 2004 Cave Spring Reisling, Strewn Cab blend, Stratus Cab Franc (great vineyard as well)
I was born in Toronto and love the city. I am actually thinking about moving back before the end of the year.
I really loved visiting Vancouver a few years back. Great city vibe, great people. I’d like to go back sometime soon.
Also, you didn’t check for Canadians in the hotel closet. Just sayin’.
Last wine: Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs NV champagne last week in Maui watching the sunset with the family. Great bottle, great moment.
I Love Canada, after all it’s my home and native land.
Last wine was Peter Lehmann, Barrossa, Clancy’s Legendary Red 2005 Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot, I liked it
Never been to Toronto but love BC as I lived there for a little while…
Last wine I had was a Sangiovese from the Hunter Valley near Sydney in Aus and although I was pretty excited about it, could only score it in the low 80’s… I’ll say 83. It was a bargain but I wasn’t feeing it but i’ll try the rest of the bottle with dinner in a few hours and see what it can bring to a meal.
Sup Gar! I am officially not a “Lurker” anymore! Love your shows!
I dunno if you remember us from your Corte Madera book signing at the Book Passagem I was leading the way with the group of Vayniaks in the back with the wristbands! I know you remember me! I bought a few bottles of the Dancing Hares and all i gotta say is…. “I’ll be darned!”
i grew up in niagara, live in toronto and so am totally biased – i love it here and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. gary, looking fwd to seeing you at democamp in december.
QOTD: niagara wines are improving, the reds are pretty inconsistent but there are some spectacular whites, esp from folks like strewn, tawse, stratus, etc.
QOTD: actually tawse winery, riesling, 2007. nomnomnom.
Ha, I’m actually working at CS right now for harvest. I have to agree with your rating of this wine, which I had last week. If anything, I’d say you were generous. However, they do great things with Riesling here, and I’m sorry you weren’t fortunate enough to taste one of those.
Toronto is awesome.
QOTD: 2007 Cave Spring Chardonnay – scored it 85, and thought it was better than the 2006. Very easy to drink and good with food.
I’ve had some great wines from Ontario, especially the Niagara area which Toronto is very close to.
One of my faves is the 2007 or 2008 Inniskillin Pinot Grigio. Good acidity, pear and melon notes. I had it with pork and it was delicious.
And Canada, definitely not without its faults but one of the best places on Earth. 🙂
2005 d’Arenberg High Trellis Cab. I gave it a 90.
Azur Rose 2007
the BEST cali rose I have ever tasted!
92+ very very provence oriented!
check it out; their sav blanc is very loire like as well!
Good show Gary. Miss you too bro!
QOTD: Kendall Jackson 2007 Sauvignon Blanc, and it was a 88+ for me!
Canada is great, never been anywhere aside from Niagra Falls and Montreal, but those were good!
Last wine was the Smoking Loon 2007 Merlot… it was good! and at $6 a bottle you don’t mind not finishing it! Rating it, I don’t know… 86?
Huge Niagara on the lake fan. Have been several times, visited a lot of great vineyards…… great fun to taste…. some fantastic things here, including the famous icewine….
but… one of my favorites – had one just the other day — 2007 Konzelman pinot blanc… fantastic! crisp, fresh, minerality… i score it 91. and for under $15.
Canada = Best damn country on the face of the planet.
Toronto = Nice, but I prefer my small home town (120k+), Barrie. GO LEAFS AND JAYS GO!
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