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Daniel O'Keefe

Daniel O'Keefe

Ridge Road Estate Winery Riesling 2017

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
10 hours, 54 minutes ago

Daniel scored this wine: 89/100

Plenty of peach and citrus over green apple, apricot, and tropical fruits. Off dry with racy acidity and a light body of 9.5% ABV. Palate is intense showing similar stone fruit, citrus, orchard, and tropical fruits as the nose, as well as some subtle wet stone. A perfect patio wine for sipping on hot Summer days and pairing with lighter dishes such as chicken, seafood, and salads, and killer with Chinese takeout.

Reif Estate Winery Chardonnay 2016

Niagara River, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
11 hours, 8 minutes ago

Daniel scored this wine: 87/100

Apple and pear with suggestions of peach, lemon, and vanilla. Dry and medium bodied. Great value Niagara Chardonnay well suited to roasted chicken and turkey.

The Fifty

Leaning Post The Fifty Chardonnay 2018

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
11 hours, 30 minutes ago

Daniel scored this wine: 90/100

A classic from Leaning Post Wines, the Fifty has been a perennial favourite and top value premium wine since its inception. Fermented in oak but aged in stainless steel for nine months on lees. Plenty of fresh citrus aromas followed up by apple and toasty lees. Pleasant texture, slightly creamy with zippy acidity and a medium body. Palate reinforces the citrus nose and lees aging, enhanced by little tropical hints and underlying minerality. Very Chablis in style, a great match for Brie and shellfish.

Carly's Block

Tawse Carly's Block Riesling 2016

Ontario, Canada
7 days ago

Daniel scored this wine: 92/100

Riesling is already a grape with a high concentration of aromatics. So when you take the hottest vintage on record and some of the oldest Riesling vines in some of the top terroir in the region, you get a Riesling that is off the charts. Everything from apple to peach to pineapple across the fruit spectrum, honey and jasmine, minerality, and kerosene/petrol. The palate combines bracing acidity, a pinch or residual sugar, and pleasing texture. Simply brilliant! Perfect with curries and spicy Asian cuisine.

Calamus Estate Winery Merlot 2013

Niagara Peninsula, V.Q.A., Canada
7 days ago

Daniel scored this wine: 89/100

A silky and juicy Merlot with plenty of dark fruit and oak character. Black cherry, blackberry, plum, and blueberry, all quite fresh, intermingle with cocoa, smoke, and vanilla. A good line of acidity to go with gentle tannins and a medium-plus body of 13.8% ABV. Wonderfully easy drinking, but it has the substance for pork and even some beef dishes, especially stews.

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Memorable Wine

Foreign Affair Cabernet Franc 2004


First Wine

Wayne Gretzkey Chardonnay


Unusual Wine Experience

Old, dry, and oxidative Niagara Riesling with lasagna. Somehow, it worked really well.


Current Fav Wine

Riesling, always Riesling!

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