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Jane Staples

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Ninety-Nine Proof

Wayne Gretzky Estates Ninety-Nine Proof Whisky

Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada
15 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 92/100

A very impressive, multi-award winning small-batch blended whisky made from 100% Ontario grains(Malted Rye, Rye and Corn). Rich, smooth and delicous with notes of toffee, sweet spice, orange zest, raisins, nuts, licorice and smoky oak. Gives a “good burn” like the finest of whiskies. Higher than average alcohol, at 49.5%. Perfect for your apres-ski coffee. Each bottle supports The Wayne Gretzky Foundation. Tasted Jan. 2020 www.bellovinoj.com

Winemaker's Blend

Thirty Bench Winemaker's Blend Red 2018

Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
16 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 90/100

A medium-bodied red blend of Cab Sauv, Cab Franc and Merlot, crafted from hand-harvested grapes grown in Beamsville Bench, Ontario. The nose is inviting and aromatic, with lots of dark currant and ripe red berries, vanilla, mocha, cigar box, tea and slight vegetal notes. The palate opens up expressively and becomes more fruity, with firm but balanced tannins and good structure. Delicious long finish with cassis, mocha, and earthy notes. Decant one hour before serving. This wine won Gold at the All Canadian Wine Championships 2019 Paired well with both roast pork and lamb chops. Tasted Jan. 2021 www.bellovinoj.com

Copper Moon Amber

Ontario, Canada
16 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 86/100

Amber or orange wines are made using white wine grapes that are given a little more skin contact than usual, resulting in lovely colours in the wine. This one was crafted from late-harvest grapes. Light and refreshing with pretty honeyed notes of peach, gooseberry and yellow apple on nose and palate. Serve well-chilled. Pair with a chicken sandwich and remember this one to sip on the patio when spring comes.

Family Reserve

Peller Estates Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2019

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

Jane scored this wine: 89/100

A budget-friendly Cab Merlot that Ontario does so well. Lots of dark currant, vanilla and red berries, with hints of spice and mocha on a smooth, medium-bodied palate. Paired very well with a New York Striploin steak.

19 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 91/100

The ultimate Canadian whisky, aged in barrels previously used for maple syrup. Sure enough, there’s a delicious whiff of maple sweetness on the nose. The mellow medium-bodied palate shows vanilla, honey, dried orange peel and warm baking spices. The maple sweetness is prominent on the lingering finish. Delightful! Enjoy in coffee or in cream cocktails. 91 pts. @gretzkyestates @nataliemacleanwine #GretzkyEstates #No99 #TheGreatOne #whisky

Jane Staples

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Memorable Wine

Perrier-Jouet Champagne on the plane home from Paris.


First Wine

Folonari Valpolicella


Current Fav Wine

Stina Plavac Mali from Croatia

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