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Melanie Lloyd

Melanie Lloyd Certified Sommelier

Meldville Pinot Noir 2017

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

Melanie scored this wine: 92/100

A medium bodied Pinot Noir with aromas of plum, black cherry, ripe raspberry, violet, baking spices, hints of chocolate, and vanilla bean. It is silky on the palate with tart plum and sour cherry flavours. Cedar and baking spices seep through. Tasted March 2020. Wine-Food Pairing: I bought a couple of bottles for the house. This wine is versatile. I enjoyed a glass with a cheese burger. Try with duck, pork, roasted portobello mushrooms, or bison burger. Also excellent on its own.

23 days ago

Melanie scored this wine: 90/100

Not your typical Rosé and made to be served warm. This Rosé spent 5 days on its skin and 8 months in French oak. It maintains characteristics of a Red wine with dark berry aromas, cedar, and dried eucalyptus leaves on the nose. You know that smell when you go to an outdoor winter event where there's a fire outside and someone is serving maple syrup on snow? This wine captures this in a very subtle way for me. On the palate, it is fuller bodied than most Rosés and has structure on the palate through gentle tannins. Tart plum flavours along with red berries. Faint notes of dried eucalyptus and cedar seep through. Serve with veal or roasted duck. Tasted at the Taste Ontario event in Ottawa March 2020

Reserve

Huff Estates Winery Reserve Pinot Noir 2017

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

Melanie scored this wine: 89/100

A light-bodied Pinot Noir with aromas of raspberry pie filing, field cherries, mushroom, and forest floor. It is easy drinking with tart sour cherry and cranberry flavours. Good on its own or pair with salmon, cornish hen, or roasted Portobello mushroom. Tasted at the Taste Ontario event in Ottawa March 2020

Elevation

Vineland Estates Winery Elevation Cabernet 2016

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

Melanie scored this wine: 90/100

A full bodied Red made of 77% Cabernet Franc and 23 % Cabernet Sauvignon. It was aged in neutral oak to let the fruit stand out. Aromas of plum, blueberry, raspberry jam, and cinnamon. Flavours of tart plum, dark berries, and chocolate. Great acidity and good structure. A perfect steak wine with potential to age. Tasted at the Taste Ontario event in Ottawa March 2020

Elevation St. Urban Vineyard

Vineland Estates Winery Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling 2018

Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
30 days ago

Melanie scored this wine: 89/100

Medium bodied Riesling that is tart but in a balanced type of way. Aromas of Granny Smith apple, pineapple, delicate almond, mineral notes, and beeswax. Flavours of green apple, peach, clementine, and little bit of residual sugar. It has a great mouthfeel and the mineral notes seep through. Pair with spicy thai. Tasted at the Taste Ontario event in Ottawa March 2020

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Current Fav Wine

I love the tartness often associated with cool climate wines. Currently, I am loving Ontario wines, especially Pinot Noir and dry Riesling. I have a soft spot for Italian wine. I also love a wide range of sparkling wines, especially those made using the Champenoise method.

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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