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Gwen Barton

Gwen Barton

Russian River Valley

Davis Bynum Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2017

Russian River Valley, California, United States
454 days ago

Gwen scored this wine: 89/100

Ruby red hue with notes of plum, blackberry, cherry, earth and clove. Fairly robust for a Pinot Noir. Would stand up well with braised ribs or a beef stew. Tasted: April 2019 California Wine Fair.


Rodney Strong Wine Estates Symmetry Blend - Meritage 2014

Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States
474 days ago

Gwen scored this wine: 90/100

Big and fruity- and wow- those tannins! Cab sauv prominent in this Bordeaux blend. Cherry and forest floor aromas with flavour notes of black fruit, fig and baking spice. Would lay this one down for a few years- then look out. Nice persistent finish. Pair with toast lamb. Tasted at Cali Wine Fair, Ottawa 2019.

Hahn Family Wines Pinot Noir 2017

Monterey, California, United States
475 days ago

Gwen scored this wine: 89/100

Pleasantly surprised by this Pinot given the low price point. Medium weight with light tannins. Ripe raspberry, red cherry, and oak spice notes. Generous depth of flavour with a touch of sweetness. A recommended weekday wine with great versatility- pairing would be easy, but try with blackened salmon fillets. Tasted: April 2019 - Cali Wine Fair


Francis Coppola Sofia Blanc De Blancs Sparkling 2016

Monterey County, California, United States
481 days ago

Gwen scored this wine: 89/100

A light and easy to drink sparkling made from a blend of Riesling, Muscat and Pinot Blanc. Fruity and vibrant. Pleasant notes of apple, honey dew and pears. Some sweetness. Very pretty presentation- comes wrapped in pink cellophane cover. Ford Coppola’s daughter (Sophia)must be proud. Worked incredibly well as we welcomed guests for Easter dinner. Tasted April 2019.

Guilty Men White

Malivoire Wine Company Guilty Men White 2016

Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
483 days ago

Gwen scored this wine: 89/100

Dry, light and crisp. Simple and refreshing with notes of pear, green apple and stone. Great value wine for summer entertaining. Ready to drink on its own or pair with bruschetta, parmesan and baguette. Tasted April 2019.

Gwen Barton

Winner World's Best Drink Writer
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