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Allie Hughes

Allie Hughes

Flourish Wines Vidal Icewine 2008

V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
3317 days ago

Allie scored this wine: 90/100

A lover of fine wines, I count myself an Icewine enthusiast and this bottle has made my list of recommendations. Apricot is the most notable fruit with lots of bright honey notes. Wow! This wine is sweet, there is no doubt, but the acidity is present and the result is balance. I don't often commend an icewine for balance, but this one has nailed it! Also, the price point makes this wine an easy entry into the icewine world as you won't break the bank for an impressive dessert wine that will result in big smiles as you entertain your guests!

Village Reserve

Le Clos Jordanne Village Reserve Pinot Noir 2009

V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
3317 days ago

Allie scored this wine: 90/100

Le Clos Jordanne is amongst my very favourite purveyors in Niagara's wine region and this bottle is an excellent example of why. Pinot Noir is a winemakers grape and is dedicates itself to showcasing the vineyard with terroir aplenty and lots of room for an artful hand to make it shine. This is exactly what was accomplished with this bottle - cherry aplenty, and in such a beautiful and delicate way. The smoke and pepper lend to the earthy undertones of this classically new world example of Pinot Noir. Cloves are the most notable spice in this wine but the barrel treatment is elegant and you can smell and taste that with each experience. Pair with mushrooms... or save for a rainy day in say 3 of 4 years!

Winemaker's Series Two Vineyards

Inniskillin Niagara Estate Winemaker's Series Two Vineyards Riesling 2010

V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
3317 days ago

Allie scored this wine: 88/100

Petrol on the nose made this wine a winner from the gate. The minerality on the palate is present, not as much as I had expected per the petrol nose, but it is still there (and this is not a bad thing)! The wine was delicious with classic Niagara Riesling characteristics in lemon, lime, peach, pear.. oh my! The further you dig into the wine the more appealing the flavour profile becomes as you find notes of honeysuckle that really do work to compliment the minerality that sneaks into each sip. I really enjoyed this wine, job well done!

Silver Series

Jackson-Triggs Silver Series Chardonnay 2010

V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada
3317 days ago

Allie scored this wine: 90/100

The JT Silver Series Chardonnay sang sweet melodies of Niagara peach, bright green apple and baking spice aplenty... the warm vanilla is like a giant hug of delicious! The length on this wine is exceptional, it is very well balanced and the mouthfeel is the definition of full and creamy. Yum!

Entourage Methode Classique Sparkling Brut

Jackson-Triggs Entourage Methode Classique Sparkling Brut 2007

Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada
3317 days ago

Allie scored this wine: 86/100

I fell in like but not love with this sparkling wine. The bubbles were not the elegant mousse that I search for, but the palate was very pleasant and it was definitely a wine fit for celebration. Yeasty (BRIOCHE!) with subtle citrus, it wasn't a knock-out but it was a wine that I enjoyed! It is the kind of bottle that I would serve for a group... my wine tasting is always framed by the kind of entertaining I would use it for! (Unintentionally!)

Memorable Wine

2009 St. Urban Riesling from Vineland Estate - the toast at my wedding!


First Wine

Malivoire Lady Bug Rose, a favourite of my parents for many years.


Unusual Wine Experience

Wine from the grocery tap in Italy! Wildly delicious and perhaps moreso because it felt adventurous and silly at the same time!


Current Fav Wine

Tawse Spark, a truly exceptional example of traditional sparkling wine in Niagara.





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