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Greg Hughes

Greg Hughes

La Gitana

Hidalgo La Gitana Sherry

Manzanilla, Sanlúcar De Barrameda, Jerez D.O., Spain
8 days ago

Greg scored this wine: 88/100

Manzanilla is a great contemplative wine that packs in terroir and style. It isn't often that expensive, either. Fresh, dry Sherry made within Sanlucar de Barrameda. Hidalgo's style leans towards the light on their feet, aromatic Sherries. Lighter Finos and this Manzanilla are their style. Even their Amontillado is pleasantly light and bright. Pale straw colour, this is true to style in the way it carries a coastal salinity with it. Almond, pear, mustard seed, smoke, and lemon. A fresh and flavourful wine to pair with delicately seasoned olives or anchovies.

Inniskillin Riesling Icewine 2017

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

Greg scored this wine: 92/100

Inniskillin are not only one of the pioneers of Canadian icewine, they are pretty much a gold-standard. 2017 was a difficult year book-ended with uncooperative weather. Yields are somewhat lower than usual; making it a more scarce. Get it while you can! This wine has a youthful sunny-yellow appearance. Some orange hues. It will darken over time to a marmalade-like colour. Effusive aromatics. Quite striking that you can smell it even when the glass is nowhere near your nose. Lots of floral character (acacia and orchard flower), apricot, peach, lemon, citrus zest. The flavours are silky amd smooth, but with tons of fresh fruit. Lemon buttercream, honey, and stone fruit. Riesling icewine is special, because natural acidity levels give it the balance to remain fresh and beautiful as it ages. This will actually age for quite a while; perhaps a decade or longer. As it does, classic aged Riesling aromas (like petrol and honey) will slowly become more prominent. Try to not pair sweet with sweet for pairings. Remember that contrast matters. This would sing with some chicken mousse or paté.

Tradition

Domaine Queylus Tradition Pinot Noir 2014

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

Greg scored this wine: 91/100

Deliciously balancing earthiness and ripeness. Here is benchnmark Pinot for Niagara. This colour is perfect for Pinot. Not too deep, but soft and delicate garnet (red and some orange). Beautiful forest floor, cherries, apple skin, chestnut, musky baking spice, and chicory. Great acidity and ripeness (2014 was quote cool, so that is really impressive). Lovely; beginning to end! Bachelder has worked with and as a negociant in Bourgogne and has used his experience and foresight to craft wines of beauty in Niagara. This is one of Canada's star winemakers.

Speck Family Reserve

Henry Of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2016

Short Hills Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
17 days ago

Greg scored this wine: 90/100

This is a quality Pinot cropped super low Ripe and youthful. This is pretty new world Pinot. This comes from Pelham's Short Hills Bench appellation, which is uniquely theirs. Ripe and soft. Mace and cherries. Soft vanilla and only a suggestion of woodiness. A lovely wine for smoked duck.

Grand Vintage Brut

Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Brut Rosé Champagne 2008

Champagne A.C., France
17 days ago

Greg scored this wine: 90/100

If you want to impress your friends, say 'Moh-ett,' instead of 'Moh-ayy.' Claude Moet, the founder, has a Dutch family name. Either is correct, though. A pretty and delicate wine with great potential. It's young still. Pretty, bubblegum pink. Love the impeccable freshness. Whiteflower, pot pourri, and peach. Good acidity and still young. It is a pretty good value. Drinkable now, but will last down-the-road.

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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