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Gwen Barton

Gwen Barton

Winemaker's Blend

Thirty Bench Winemaker's Blend Riesling 2019

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
27 days ago

Gwen scored this wine: 92/100

This fresh, fruit forward Riesling has a lot to offer. Big nose with pronounced notes of white flower blossom, lime, and apple. Big flavours of tangerine, pineapple and a flinty finish. Noticeable acidity and a lick of sweetness. Pair with your favourite Thai dish- it will go wonderfully. Tasted March 2021.

60 days ago

Gwen scored this wine: 90/100

Enjoyable med-bodied Cab Franc/Syrah with aromas of blackberry, cherry and cedar. Ripe fruit, oaky notes and tannins open up in the mouth making a pleasant tasting experience. Great mix of flavours- chocolate, spice, dark fruit and coffee- nice complexity. Recommend pairing with med-rare bacon cheeseburger. Tasted Feb 2021

Sandhill Winery Sovereign Opal 2019

Okanagan Valley, BC V.Q.A., Canada
60 days ago

Gwen scored this wine: 90/100

Clean aromas of melon, lychee and peach blossoms. Off-dry, but brings acidity to balance it out nicely. Pleasant finish with floral, sweet citrus and herbal notes. Pair with a curry from your favourite Indian take-out! Tasted Feb 2021.

Odyssey White Brut

Gray Monk Estate Winery Odyssey White Brut Sparkling Wine 2018

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada
63 days ago

Gwen scored this wine: 92/100

A fabulous methode classique sparkling out of BC. Super dry with flavours of red apple, lemon and pine nuts. Creamy mouse with delicate bubbles. Nicely balanced with fresh acidity. At this price- no need to wait for a special occasion. Open tonight and serve with pre-dinner appetizers. Tasted Feb 2021

Odyssey

Gray Monk Estate Winery Odyssey Rosé Brut 2018

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada
63 days ago

Gwen scored this wine: 92/100

So pretty in the flute! Notes of cranberry, cherry and melon with crisp acidity. Fine, lingering fizz- the result of traditional method production. Some pleasant yeast on the finish. Overall, a terrific bubbly at an excellent price point. Tasted Feb 2021

Gwen Barton

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