Holiday Wine Team Tasting: Your Wines for Gift Giving and Entertaining

On Sunday, 22 wine-loving, football-sacrificing souls (it was Grey Cup) gathered to taste more than 70 spectacular wines.

Click on the arrow above to hear about Jennifer’s favourite wine from the tasting, a Chilean Carmenere with bright acidity, nice little spice, great for a wide variety of foods.

Jennifer Macdonald

Jennifer MacDonald Havers
Wine Columnist, Ottawa Citizen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 29 tasting

 

 

Monique explains her reasons for picking Taittinger Champagne to toast her celebration events.

 

 

Monique Ippolito

 

 

Monique Ippolito
Wine Columnist, Ottawa Living Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 29 tasting 1

 

 

Craig’s take on Beringer Quantum red wine blend, the complex aromas and pairings.

 

 

Craig Kuziemsky

Craig Kuziemsky
MBA Professor, University of Ottawa & Wine Blogger

 

 

 

 

Nov 29 tasting 2

Terry notes flavours of apricot and peach, very sweet wine balanced by the acidity of the Riesling he’s selected.

 

Terry Jeans 2

Terry Jeans
Wine Blogger, Ottawa Wine Guide

 

 

 

 

Our Tasting Team

 

 

Heather Wall 2

Heather Wall
Wine Columnist, Huffington Post Canada

 

 

 

 

Cherie Cole

Cherie Cole
Accredited Sommelier & Blogger

 

 

 

Jane Staples 1

Jane Staples
Wine Columnist, Ottawa Wedding Magazine

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Macdonald

Jennifer MacDonald Havers
Wine Columnist, Ottawa Citizen

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Steeves

Matt Steeves
Wine Expert, CTV Morning Live

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtney Flood

Courtney Flood
Wine & Food Blogger

 

 

 

 

 

Monique Ippolito

 

 

Monique Ippolito
Wine Columnist, Ottawa Living Magazine

 

 

 

 

Sean O'Regan

Sean O’Regan
Director, National Capital Sommelier Guild

 

 

 

 

 

Tania Thomas

Tania Thomas
Wine Expert, Rogers Daytime Television

 

 

 

 

Craig Kuziemsky

Craig Kuziemsky
MBA Professor, University of Ottawa & Wine Blogger

 

 

 

 

 

David Skinner
Wine & Travel Columnist, Outdoor Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donna Hargrove

Donna Hargrove
Wine Blogger & Tasting Group Leader

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doug McMillan Photo

Doug McMillan
Accredited Sommelier & Blogger

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Lefresne

 

Jane Lefresne
Wine Blogger & Sommelier

 

 

Jon Steeves

Jon Steeves
Accredited Sommelier & Blogger

 

 

 

 

 

Pam Chiles

Pam Chiles
Wine & Food Blogger

 

 

 

 

Rachelle 3

Rachelle O’Connor
Wine Blogger & Judge

 

 

 

 

 

Terry Jeans 2

Terry Jeans
Wine Blogger, Ottawa Wine Guide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kimberly Inkstader 2

Kimberly Inksater
Accredited Sommelier & Blogger

 

 

 

 

 

Wines Tasted

Get the full shopping list here showing you which stores have these bottles in stock now.

 

Red Wine

Urlo (Scream) 2013, Delle Venezie IGT, Italy: $17.95  Full Review

Ravage 2014, California, United States: $19.95 Full Review

The Grange of Prince Edward Estate Winery Estate Pinot Noir 2012, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: $16.95  Full Review

Magnotta Winery Grand Reserva Carménère 2012, Maipo Valley, Chile: $29.00 Full Review

Sterling Vineyards Vintner’s Collection Merlot 2013, California, United States: $15.95 Full Review

Barossa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Barossa Valley, Australia: $19.95 Full Review

Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz 2014, Barossa Valley, Australia: $19.95 Full Review

Barossa Valley Estate Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre 2014, Barossa Valley, Australia: $24.95 Full Review

Beni Di Batasiolo Langhe Rosso Dolcetto Barbera Nebbiolo 2013, Piedmont, Italy: $17.95 Full Review

Creekside Syrah 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: $14.95 Full Review

Heartland Spice Trader Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Langhorne Creek, South Australia, Australia: $17.00 Full Review

Beringer Founders’ Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, California, United States: $17.95 Full Review

Beringer Quantum 2012, Napa Valley, California, United States: $69.95 Full Review

Fontanafredda Ebbio Nebbiolo 2013, Langhe, Piedmont D.O.C., Italy: $19.95 Full Review

Tom Gore Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Sonoma County, California, United States: $15.95 Full Review

Chapoutier Les Grands Merisiers 2012, Chateaueuf-Du-Pape A.O.C., France: $34.95 Full Review

Enigma Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, California, United States: Full Review

Creekside Estate Winery Cabernet Merlot 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: $14.95 Full Review

Escorihuela Gascón 1884 Malbec 2013, Mendoza, Argentina: $16.95 Full Review

Convento San Francisco Crianza 2009, Ribera Del Duero D.O., Spain: $19.95 Full Review

Palacio De Sada Crianza 2011, Navarra D.O., Spain $16.95 Full Review

Grand Vin De Glenelly Red 2009, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: $19.95 Full Review

Château De Ségure 2012, Fitou A.P., France: $16.95 Full Review

Oyster Bay Pinot Noir 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand: $19.95 Full Review

Sa’solin Terre Di Verona Valpolicella Ripasso 2012, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: $17.95 Full Review

Menage A Trois Midnight Red 2013, California, United States: $17.50 Full Review

Villa Cafaggio Chianti Classico 2011, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: $19.95 Full Review

Marchesi de Frescobaldi Tenuta Di Castiglioni 2012, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: $21.95 Full Review

Creekside Estate Winery Laura’s Red 2012, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: $19.95 Full Review

The Grange of Prince Edward Estate Winery Estate Pinot Noir 2013, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: $16.95 Full Review

Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Napa Valley, California, United States: $49.95 Full Review

Rosés

Ruffino Rosatello, Italy: $15.95 Full Review

Sparkling Wine

Menage A Trois Prosecco, Doc, Italy: $17.95 Full Review

Trapiche Extravaganza, Argentina: $17.95 Full Review

Maccari Prosecco, Treviso Doc, Italy: $16.95 Full Review

The Grange of Prince Edward Estate Winery Brut 2013, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada $29.95 Full Review

Jackson-Triggs Methode Cuvee Close Sparkling 2014, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: $ 14.95 Full Review

Oyster Bay Cuvée Rosé, Barossa Valley, South Australia, New Zealand: $21.95 Full Review

Jackson-Triggs Entourage Grand Reserve Méthode Classique Brut 2011, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: $22.95 Full Review

[yellow tail] Red Moscato Bubbles, South Australia, Australia: $13.95 Full Review

Santa Margherita Brut Valdobbiadene Superiore Prosecco, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: $17.95 Full Review

Flat Rock Cellars Riddled Sparkling 2009, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: $29.95 Full Review

Michelle Brut Sparkling, Washington State, United States: $16.95 Full Review

Taittinger Brut Reserve Champagne, Champagne A.O.C., France: $59.95 Full Review

Piper Heidsieck Brut Champagne, Champagne A.O.C., France: $54.95 Full Review

Henry of Pelham Winery Cuvee Catharine Rose Brut, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: $29.95 Full Review

Kim Crawford Fizz Methode Traditionnelle 2009, Marlborough, New Zealand: $30.00 Full Review

Ruffino Prosecco, Tuscany, Italy: $18.00 Full Review

Cono Sur Sparkling Pinot Noir Rose, Bio Bio Valley, Chile: $13.90 Full Review

Trapiche Extra Brut Sparkling 2014, Mendoza, Argentina: $11.95 Full Review

Hinterland Vineyards Whitecap Method Charmat 2014, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: $22.00 Full Review

White Wine

Domaine Des Huards Romo Cour-Cheverny 2011, Loire A.P., France: $21.95 Full Review

Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: $44.95 Full Review

Jean Geiler Pinot Gris 2013, Alsace A.C., France: $19.95 Full Review

Henry of Pelham Winery Chardonnay 2014, Short Hills Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: $19.95 Full Review

Tom Gore Vineyards Chardonnay 2014, Sonoma County, California, United States: $15.95 Full Review

Trésors De Loire Joseph Verdier Vouvray 2014, Loire A.C., France: $17.95 Full Review

Beringer Founders Estate Chardonnay 2013, California, United States: $16.95 Full Review

Oyster Bay Pinot Grigio 2014, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand: $18.95 Full Review

Enigma Chardonnay 2013, California, United States: $13.95 Full Review

Scacciadiavoli Grechetto 2014, Umbria I.G.T., Italy: $14.95 Full Review

Henry of Pelham Winery Riesling 2013, Short Hills Bench, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: $24.95 Full Review

Placido Pinot Grigio 2013, Delle Venezie I.G.T., Italy: $11.95 Full Review

Beringer Founders’ Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013, California, United States: $16.95 Full Review

Reif Estate Winery Hanging Man Kerner Nouveau 2015, Niagara River, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: $13.00 Full Review

Oyster Bay Chardonnay 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand: $18.95 Full Review

Creekside Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: $13.95 Full Review

Creekside Estate Winery Pinot Grigio 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: $13.95 Full Review

Urlo (Scream) Pinot Grigio 2014, Delle Venezie Igt, Italy: $15.95 Full Review

Meiomi Wines Chardonnay 2014, Sonoma Monterey Santa Barbara Counties, California, United States: $26.95 Full Review

Dessert Wine

Forté Generations Wine Company 2007, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: $16.95 Full Review

Inniskillin Niagara Estate Vidal Sparkling Icewine 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: $79.95 Full Review

Patrick Chan On Ice Riesling Icewine 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: $34.95 Full Review

Henry of Pelham Winery Riesling Icewine 2014, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: $49.95 Full Review

Fonseca Porto Vintage Port 2012, Douro, Portugal:  $130.00  Full Review

Fruit Wine

Happy Knight Wines Black Currant Wine, Kingston, New Brunswick, Canada: $13.00 Full Review

Happy Knight Wines Cranberry Wine, Kingston, New Brunswick, Canada: $13.00 Full Review

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