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Heather Wall

Heather Wall CS; WSET Advanced

Small Lot 'Steel Post Vineyard'

Thirty Bench Wine Makers Small Lot 'Steel Post Vineyard' Riesling 2008

Niagara Escarpment, Canada
45 days ago

Heather scored this wine: 90/100

Summer of 2021 - you were hot! ???? As the sun goes down on this Labour Day weekend I’m enjoying another stellar Ontario wine. ???? In my glass: Thirty Bench Small Lot ‘Steel Post’ Vineyard Riesling 2008. VQA Beamsville Bench. Just 256 cases of this old vines Niagara Riesling and I have neighbours willing to share. Brilliant golden straw colour and exceptional aromatics on this thirteen year old wine. There’s no shortage of acidity on the palate or the characteristic Riesling aromas: petrol, lemon zest, blossoms, bees wax, blossoms, white peach and oxidized apple. Smooth and light at 10.5% abv. I’m not quite ready to let go of summer 2021 but I’m starting to look forward to the brigade of reds! ?????? Tasted: September 6th, 2021

Gray Monk Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2019

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

Heather scored this wine: 90/100

Dinner under the stars with my sons. Gray Monk Pinot Gris 2019 VQA Okanagan Valley Medium-bodied and a pinch of sweetness. Smooth texture, and I detected a touch of viscosity. Notes of peach, apricot, apple, pear, florals, citrus and sweet spices. Easy sipping and a perfect pairing with chicken Alfredo and Caesar salad. At $16.99 it’s a bargain! This is a buy two wine! 13.4% abv #wine #winelover #instawine #sommelier #sommlife #winetasting #wineandfood #wineandfoodpairing #whitewine #pinotgris #okanaganwine #bcwine #bcwines #beautifulbristishcolumbia ,


Hahn Family Wines SLH Chardonnay 2014

Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County, California, United States
88 days ago

Heather scored this wine: 90/100

I’m capping off virtual International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (or i4c) weekend with one of my favourite Chardonnays from celebrations past. Cheers to returning to in-person i4c 2022 in Niagara! Always a highlight of my summer. Behold the deep golden colour that weaves the story of this beautiful wine. Picture Chardonnay grapes spending their days hanging on the vine under glorious California sunshine whilst evening brings cool Pacific Ocean breezes and grapes breathing a collective sigh of relief. There’s no doubt this wine is full-bodied and rich with concentrated aromas and flavours. Tropical fruit, apple turnover, apricot, lemon meringue, butter, toast, vanilla, saline, nuts, and caramel all riding a warm alcohol wave at a whopping 14.5% abv! A rich and smooth extended finish. Such a treat! Tasted: July 2021

Odyssey White Brut

Gray Monk Estate Winery Odyssey White Brut Sparkling Wine 2018

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

Heather scored this wine: 90/100

A warm night with friends, Greek takeout, and sparkling wine. Perfect pairing. Gray Monk Osdyssey White Brut 2018 BC VQA Okanagan Valley A blend of Riesling, Pinot Blanc, and Chardonnay Musque crafted for everyday enjoyment. Served chilled straight from the ice bucket! A pale straw colour with a frothy head of mousse and evident bubble necklaces. Light and fresh with nuances of fresh cut green apple, citrus, white blossoms, walnuts, pear, white peaches, and honey. Slight biscotti note from time spent on their lees. Riesling and Pinot Blanc definitely drive this sparkler! A lengthy lip smacking finish with a warm alcohol chaser. Paired with chicken souvlaki, rice and lemon potatoes. And good friends. ???? Great value! Tasted: July 2021


Pelee Island Winery Bella 2020

Pelee Island, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
127 days ago

Heather scored this wine: 91/100

I love the magic hour of six o’clock PM in my backyard. The sun is setting behind the trees and the pool looks so enticing. This is Drink Ontario Wine week and I’m sipping a lovely 2020 sparkling rosé from Pelee Island Winery. Bella is a VQA Ontario blend of Pinot Noir and Auxerrois. Perfect threads of tiny bubbles and a generous mousse in the glass. Aromas are subtle but patience rewards with fresh berries, lemon zest, white peach, blossoms, wet stones, burnt matchstick. The palate is clean and light with a lingering citrus and strawberry finish. 12% abv and good value at $18.95! “Bella” the Italian word for beautiful. “Aperitivo” the Italian word for a pre-meal drink; partaking in aperitivo is a cultural ritual. “Cin cin” the Italian version of Cheers! ?? Fun wine glasses from Homesense. Tasted June 2021

Heather Wall

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Memorable Wine

Piper-Heidsieck Champagne in Reims, France


First Wine

Baby Duck!


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Vineland Estates VQA Pinot Meunier





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