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L.J. Palmer

L.J. Palmer

Limestone Vineyard South

Redstone Winery Limestone Vineyard South Riesling 2017

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

L.J. scored this wine: 92/100

Nicely off dry, luscious and smooth Riesling with a pronounced perfumed aroma of honeysuckle, apple, peach, lime cordial, a hint of ripe honeydew and a waxy note. This medium bodied wine is full of fresh and zesty citrus acidity, which complements the juicy peach, apple, and sweet lime flavours. Wonderful wine to sip on its own or pair with roasted squash soup, ham, sausages or spicy cuisine

Old Vines

St. Urbans-Hof Old Vines Riesling 2019

Mosel Qualitätswein, Germany
11 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 91/100

This was a Zoom wine club pick and we were very pleased with it. Medium gold colour, off dry, still zesty and refreshing, medium bodied wine with a pronounced nose featuring peach, apricot, sweet floral, a bit of a waxy note , herbs and a vibrant lemon. In the mouth the juicy stone fruit flavour continued, peach and apricot in particular, along with some zesty lemon curd. A true delight to drink on its own , with friends or sushi.

Gran Reserva

Medalla Real Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2019

Limarí Valley D.O., Chile
24 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 90/100

Pale lemon green coloured dry Chardonnay benefiting from the Pacific ocean breezes and morning fog. Pronounced nose of honey, toasted pecans (I just toasted them; exact match!), caramel, coconut, white peach, lychee, vanilla, and buttered popcorn. Medium bodied, dry and food friendly acidity. In the mouth the caramel, honey, toasted pecans, peach and lychee are still present; rich and smooth. I paired it with lobster tail skewers grilled with butter and lemon; unfortunately not a great match; a richer sauce may work better. It stood up well to a salad of fresh seasonal greens and crunchy sprouts dressed with garlic oil vinaigrette (Farm Boy). A rich sipper when you want to indulge yourself. I later tried this with white pizza made with pecorino cheese, which is nutty and a bit of parmesan, on a base of caramelized mushrooms, peppers and onions with garlic. The nuttiness and caramelized tone of the wine paired very well with this.

Elevation St. Urban Vineyard

Vineland Estates Winery Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling 2018

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

L.J. scored this wine: 91/100

An absolutely wonderful VQA Riesling from the Niagara Escarpment! It is pale lemon green in colour, medium bodied, closing in on medium sweetness. Intense nose featuring sweet lime, lemon curd , a light floral, some orange and a mineral and waxy note. Very soft in the mouth with a slight spritz, zesty sweet lime, with that lemon curd, waxiness, minerality, and still the orange hint. Brilliant paired with lobster tail skewers and lemon butter; sweetness of lobster complemented the sweetness of the wine and the wines zestiness kept it fresh; proverbial squeeze of lemon. This wine stood up very well to a salad of fresh seasonal greens and crunchy sprouts dressed with garlic oil vinaigrette (Farm Boy). A lovely meal at any time. This wine is one that you can get great pleasure from drinking on its own!

38 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 90/100

Pretty pink off dry cider! Tastes and aromas of Honey crisp apple; tastes like my mothers baked apples, nice candied brown sugar sweetness. A good gluten free option for those who prefer one.

L.J. Palmer

Current Fav Wine

Whatever's in my glass; weakness for Chablis, Burgundian style Pinot Noir, Côtes du Rhône style Syrah and Ribero del Duero from Spain

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