Complex bouquet offers beguiling raspberry, cherry, cinnamon spice and a light whiff of vanilla. Refined flavours of cherry and raspberry come in a velvety smooth package with good overall structure. Superbly integrated fruit, spice, creamy chocolate and fine oak round out the finish. Drinking well now but can develop further.
Has aged extremely well, showing mature red fruit and leather with still some brightness and acidity; multi-layered and harmonious with loads of depth. 80% Barbera and 20% Nebbiolo.
Very pale colour; intensely perfumed nose of orange blossom and cardamom. Light on the palate with lovely grapey flavours of orange, crushed cardamom seeds and rose petals with balancing acidity. Pitch perfect with great length. As good as dry Muscat I’ve tasted from Alsace.
A lovely nose of lemon, pear, apple, subtle spice and swirling mineral notes. A nicely balanced Chard on the palate with a refreshing citrus core followed by spice and melon notes. Light and fruity with a zesty finish.
Brewed in the Munich Helles Lager style, this pale-coloured brew shows a soft creamy head with floral and nutty malt aromas. Lightly sweet citrusy flavours are delivered in a light-bodied package, finishing with a touch of nutty bitterness. Easy drinking.
Feinherb is a relatively new German descriptor meaning “off-dry.” This example is light straw in colour with a spicy, minerally, floral nose of sweet limes; it’s light-bodied, with a honeyed grapefruit flavour. Good value for the price.
Though labeled as a “vodka” and bottled at 40% ABV, this pale amber spirit comes off more as a traditional herbal/fruit liqueur. The vodka base is infused with herbs, spices and dried fruits and barrel-matured. The result hints at cardamom, ginger, white pepper, plum, vanilla and caramel. Viscous and fairly sweet, yet packing enough heat so as not to come off as cloying, it’s spicy and warm on the palate with just a hint of wild herbs and honey. Try chilled neat, or mix with an equal part of apple juice in a Champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a cinnamon stick for an apple mimosa (created by Toronto-based mixologist Ger Cullen).