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Lori Kilmartin

Lori Kilmartin WSET3 Sommelier

Reif Estate Winery Riesling 2019

Niagara River, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
11 days ago

Lori scored this wine: 90/100

This is a great value Riesling from Niagara-on-the-Lake! Off dry with 12.5 g/l sugar - that is well balanced with crisp acidity. Made from a unique blend of 3 clones - 2 from Germany and 1 Alsatian which adds to it's complexity. Aromas and flavours of peach and citrus. Chill and enjoy on your patio this summer on it's own or pair with your next Thai takeout order! Tasted May 23/2020


Reif Estate Winery Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Niagara River, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
11 days ago

Lori scored this wine: 90/100

A delicious layered wine from the Niagara-on-the-Lake region. 2017 had ideal growing conditions and this wine is a great example of Ontario Cabernet Sauvignon done well. Opaque, deep purple in colour with aromas of smoke, leather and dark fruit. Flavours of blackberry and cassis with smooth tannins and soft acidity. 13.5% alcohol and 3 g/l sugar this is a dry red from our own backyard (Ontario) that would give most California Cabs a run for their money. Pick up a bottle for your next bbq and throw some steaks on the grill. Tasted May 23/2020

11 days ago

Lori scored this wine: 88/100

An interesting Gewurztraminer from the southernmost wine growing region in Germany. Aromas of cooked apple and honey. Off dry (19 g/l residual sugar) with flavours of stewed apples and spice. Balanced acidity and sugar with a short apple finish. Pair with Asian cuisine. Tasted May 23/2020


Bodega Toro Winery Centenario Malbec 2019

Mendoza, Argentina
20 days ago

Lori scored this wine: 88/100

In Argentina the “Asado” barbecue is a cultural tradition of slowly grilling meat over hot coals. The result is delicious tender smoky flavoured meat. This Malbec from the Mendoza region is the perfect pairing. Medium bodied with blackberry and plum on the nose and palate. Medium soft tannins and an underlying smoke that enhances the flavours of bbq’d meats. I paired my bottle with a smoked beef brisket done on my Big Green Egg and a holiday long weekend. It doesn’t get much better than that! Tasted May 16/2020

110 days ago

Lori scored this wine: 92/100

An unusual blend of Pinot Noir, Gamay, Chardonnay and Aligot. Made in the traditional style. Aromas of apple, brioche and citrus. Crisp and clean on the palate. Perfect as an aperitif or pair with a chicken dish. Tasted February 17/2020

Lori Kilmartin

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Memorable Wine

Tignanello - Marchesi Antinori


First Wine

Chardonnay - what else!


Unusual Wine Experience

VinItaly 2013 - 3 days with over 4,000 Italian wineries in one location!


Current Fav Wine

Anything Italian

Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award