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Melanie Lloyd

Melanie Lloyd Certified Sommelier

Ironstone Zinfandel 2016

Lodi, California, United States
8 days ago

Melanie scored this wine: 84/100

On the nose, there is sun-soaked, ripe, and juicy aromas of strawberry and blueberry, along with violet, chocolate, and cloves. On the palate, the sun drenched dark berries follow through, as well as flavours of chocolate, espresso, some floral notes, and black pepper at the finish. It is full-bodied, has some sweetness, and gentle tannins. Wine-Food Pairing: This would go great with a pulled pork sandwich that is smothered in barbecue sauce. Tasted September 2018


Susana Balbo Signature Malbec 2014

Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
9 days ago

Melanie scored this wine: 90/100

On the nose, this Malbec has ripe, sun-soaked blackcurrant and blueberry aromas, as well as leather, autumn leaves, and dark chocolate. On the palate, there are dark berry flavours, predominantly blackcurrant, with bitter espresso at the finish. This is a full-bodied wine with tannins that are well integrated and has a nice overall harmony. You definitely wants to have this one with food. Wine-Food Pairing: Barbecued Steak. Tasted September 2018


Tawse Winery Inc. Cuddy

Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
9 days ago

Melanie scored this wine: 93/100

On the nose, this Sparkling Riesling has apple aromas, as well as almond, clementine, and sweet spice. On the palate, it is medium bodied and deliciously zippy with flavours of crisp Granny Smith apple, lemon, clementine, and just a taste of peach. I love this one! Wine-Food Pairing: Salty appetizers or a light summer salad. Tasted September 2018

Adamo Estate Winery Riesling 2017

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

Melanie scored this wine: 89/100

Crunchy green apple aromas with hints of peach and pineapple, grassy notes, lime, and a touch of white pepper. On the palate, it has some sweetness and is zesty with peach, pineapple and lime flavours. Wine-Food Pairing: Spicy Thai or Indian cuisine. Tasted September 2018

Brut Sauvage

Sage Hills Vineyard Brut Sauvage 2015

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

Melanie scored this wine: 93/100

On the nose, there are warm baguette aromas with baked apple, slight creme brulee, and almond. On the palate, it is full bodied, opulent, and creamy, with flavours of baked apple, zesty lemon, and bitter almond at the finish. It is very tasty and has wonderful harmony. Wine-Food Pairing: Rich seafood. Tasted September 2018

Melanie Lloyd

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Unusual Wine Experience

Retsina, the greek white wine that smells and tastes like pine.


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.

Winner World's Best Drink Writer
Four-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