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Greg Hughes

Greg Hughes

Summerhill Pyramid Winery Gruner Veltliner 2017

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

Greg scored this wine: 90/100

Summerhill takes the typical varietal of the Kremstal/Kamptal/Wachau area and makes something truly delicious. There is a lot of varietal character, here. White pepper and a touch of herbaceousness. Loads of ripe apple and stone fruit. The flavours are satisfying and quite rich. Medoum bodied and broad. Juicy apple and pear, more pepper and green herbs. If new world Gruner were a thing, this would be patient zero. Hyped up primary character. It is very appealing. Different from Austrian Gruner, which is often quite austere and taught. It went particularly well with smoked duck amd a light salad, but this wine would go great with wurst or schnitzel.

Old Vine Estate

1853 Old Vine Estate Malbec 2014

Mendoza, Argentina
5 days ago

Greg scored this wine: 90/100

This wine is a concentrated offering from Kauzo Estates. It is a typical big, fresh, heavily structured wine from the Uco Valley, in Mendoza. Dense and deep colouration. Deep purple. Aromatic and floral, lavender, coffee beans, plum, prune, blackberries. Flavours of chocolate, gunpowder, black pepper, plum, and loads of black and red berries.

Reserva

Luigi Bosca Reserva Chardonnay 2017

Luján De Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina
5 days ago

Greg scored this wine: 89/100

Luigi Bosca' partial malolactic Chard has a lot of sunny fruit to offer. Bright yellow, it's got a lot of citrus, apple, brioche to the aromas. The flavours are varietally perfect Chard. Not all of it saw barrel amd most of the wine saw alcoholic fermentation in steel. Pair this with some chicken and perhaps some roasted veggies. This one would pair with a vast array of stuff. A common find on winelists in North America.

Foxcroft

Trail Estate Winery Foxcroft Riesling 2016

Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
5 days ago

Greg scored this wine: 91/100

Trail Estate might be located in Hillier, Ontario, but this wine is not from nearby Prince Edward County. This wine is from Niagara's Twenty Mile Bench sub-appellation. There is purity, so much concentration, that it's irresistably drinkable. What a delightful expression of Niagara ripeness/freshness balance. It has a really well built out palate. It sees oak, but it's neutral. The palate comes from the unfilteredness amd probably extended contact with the fine lees. Pair this beauty with some pulled chicken and a summer salad.

Albanta Albariño 2016

Rías Baixas D.O., Spain
5 days ago

Greg scored this wine: 89/100

100% Albarino from Rias Baixas. Beautiful yellow/greenhues, look for big aromas of melon, lemon curd, lemongrass, and chamomile. The flavours are pure and with lots of concentration. Good acids. Somewhat funky smoke notes. Morelemon amd lime. Apple, and heavy citrus peel. Really satisfying. Fun fact; Alba means white and rino refers to the Rhine, in Germany. That means some thought that Albarino and Riesling share ancestry. This has proven false, as this grape is mentioned in early texts much later (12th c.) than Riesling (14th c.). It is probably much closer to French Manseng, since they are both thermophiles (they love the heat). Riesling does not.

Greg Hughes

Memorable Wine

Love it or hate it you never forget your first Gewürz, but in Strasbourg I had the opportunity to try Klevener de Heilligenstein. I was pure bliss.

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First Wine

Jackson Triggs Gewürztraminer 2004

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Unusual Wine Experience

Digging through a wine cellar with Debbie Pratt trying to find the elusive Canadian Dornfelder.

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Current Fav Wine

I am dissecting the Beaujolais crus one at a time.

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