Summertime Wine Finds

By / Wine + Drinks / September 17th, 2014 / 1

I think The Cars put it best when the sang: “Summer, summer, summer summer … turns me upside down”.

While we are most definitely no longer in summer (calendar-wise yes, weather-wise no – just ask Calgary), the summertime period did cause me some upside down moments, especially when I decided to clean out my office: Oh the things I found.

Some of those things included forgotten wine reviews, of some pretty good wines, so now it is time to share:

Two Oceans 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa ($10.95)

Yes there are the typical grassy and grapefruit notes, but there is also some orange and cantaloupe elements that sneak their way in with a slightly bitter pith-like nuance to the finish.

The Dreaming Tree 2010 Crush, California ($16.95)

With Dave Matthews (yes the singer) as the “co-creator” of this wine you’d expect laid back and mellow, but there is some nice complexity starting with the deep black cherry, plum, strawberry and cinnamon … it’s easy drinking but it’s so much more than your typical celebrity wine.

Pepperwood Grove 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel, California ($13.95)

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this sweet plum, cherry cola, vanilla wood, dried raspberry and fig number, all back by a touch of spice to keep it honest.

For more wine suggestions, see our other #WineWednesday posts.



Michael is an award-winning journalist: Promoting the Promoters Award Cuvée 2010 and Ontario Wine Awards Journalist of the Year 2012.  He is also a national and international wine judge - Ontario Wine Awards, All Canadian Wine Championships; Best of Riesling — Germany; Essencia do Vinho — "Top Wines of Portugal".  He is currently the President of the Wine Writers Circle of Canada and the wine columnist for Ottawa Life and Grand magazine as well as regular contributor to Tidings, and Grapevine ... his reviews have also appeared in the LCBO Vintages magazine. Michael has also added a YouTube channel to his activities where he reviews bottles of great Ontario wine on a weekly basis. In whatever he does, it is Michael’s desire to educate, inspire and encourage others to grow their own love and enthusiasm for wine – and to realize that it is their palate that ultimately makes the decision.

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