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Jay Denney

Jay Denney

Winemaker's Blend

Thirty Bench Winemaker's Blend Red 2018

Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
70 days ago

Jay scored this wine: 90/100

What a delightful Bordeaux style Blend from Thirty Bench. Blackberries and blackcurrant waltz on the those, and continue the party on the palate, complemented by spices, smoke tea leaves, and a whisper of cocoa. I recommend a bit of air for this one, still has some heat on the finish.

Gray Monk Estate Winery Monk's Blend 2019

British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada
70 days ago

Jay scored this wine: 89/100

Syrah dominant, blended with Cab Sauv, this is one tasty little number. Plenty of dark ripe fruit and hints of violet and pepper. Smooth tannins and enough acid to hold it up.

Family Reserve

Peller Estates Family Reserve Winemaker's Red 2019

Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
70 days ago

Jay scored this wine: 85/100

An interesting blend of Cab Franc, Merlot, Syrah and Dornfelder. Aromas and flavours of candied fruit and jelly. Very little wood or tannin here, this is fruit forward. I see it pairing well with a gourmet bacon mushroom burger.

Family Reserve BC

Peller Estates Family Reserve BC Cabernet Merlot 2019

British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada
70 days ago

Jay scored this wine: 88/100

A nice medium-bodied blend. Red berries and smoke on the nose. The berries continue on to the palate, while the smoke gives way to woodiness. This would pair nicely with beef shish kebabs.

Family Series

Peller Estates Family Series Riesling 2019

Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
73 days ago

Jay scored this wine: 88/100

Great value! I wasn't expecting to get classic German / Alsace petrol notes on the nose of this one, but there they gloriously were. Some very nice stone ripe stone fruit on the palate, with citrus acidity to balance.

Jay Denney

Memorable Wine

Many to choose from, for different reasons. Top 5 (in no real order), 1995 Krug Clos du Mesnil, 2001 Amon-Ra, 2005 Rollingdale Pinot Gris Icewine, 1990 Vega Sicilia, 1995 Moulin Touchais


First Wine

When I was 17, my cousin gave me a taste of '92 Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay, and '85 Batasiolo Barolo. Both were revelations.


Unusual Wine Experience

Picking icewine grapes in the middle of the night in -15 weather.


Current Fav Wine

Reds from the Barossa and Langhorne Creek regions still own my wine heart.





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