Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum

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Price: $30.95
Made in: Rochester, NY
By: Schenley / Diageo

Beautifully packaged in a clear bottle with an old-school label. Really liked the plastic over the cap (wish we could of kept a bit of it – see photo). Also, came with a nice keychain. Pours a dark brown colour with a lot of alcohol in the nose. Notes of cola and vanilla. The alcohol eventually softens, but there is still some burning in the mouthfeel. Sweet aromas like maple syrup and butterscotch come out with time. Roasted grain taste with molasses, brown sugars, cloves and hints of anise and vanilla (from the oak). This double charred blackened oak rum is quite pleasant once left breathing, but if you are looking for something a bit smoother… release “The Kraken” (its competition – also reviewed on here).

Fuzion Alta Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2012

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Price: $9.95
Made in: Argentina
By: Fuzion Wines
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
2011

Tried this wine when it was the 2009 and it was not bad, but was lacking in the taste department. The scent has the typical leather, red grapes aromas. The mouthfeel has light tannins and the taste is still a tad too mild. It does seem a bit better than the 2009 version. So, recommended for the price and for those who like their cab a bit less punchy.

Rating: 2.9/5

Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc

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Price: $13.95
Made in: Marlborough, New Zealand
By: Monkey Bay
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
2010

This New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has a full fruity nose with citrus notes. Fresh tasting with lively grape flavours and hints of grapefruit and a mild sourness in the finish. A great white refreshing fruity wine.

Ratings: 3.8/5

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut

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Price: $65.15
Made in: France, Champagne
By: Veuve Clicquot
Varietal: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay

Well balanced pricy real Champagne. Mild fruity scent and a little sourness in the taste. Light dry aftertaste but overall, smooth and very well-balanced.

This champagne was perfect to start a new year.

Rating: 4/5

Fuzion Alta Torrontes Pinot Grigio

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Price: $8.95
Made in: Argentina
By: Familia Zuccardi
Varietal: Pino Grigio
2010

A bright pear nose with notes of peaches getting stronger as it breathes. The taste is a bit milder with some sweetness and a light dry finish. Nice on its own, but better with food. Pretty good overall for the price and nice to try a little Torrontes grapes.

Rating: 3.8/5

Matervitea Negroamaro

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Price: $8.95
Made in: Puglia, ItalyTags: Marlborough, Monkey Bay, New Zealand, review, Sauvignon Blanc, white wine
By: Torrevento
Varietal: Negro Amaro
2010

Seemed like a weak red wine at first, but after breathing a while, this one became quite good… especially for the price (and being from Italy). Milder nose, but still a bit of bite, with tobacco, leather, burnt wood and the fruit (grapes). Oily mouthfeel with a little tannins, but mostly the wetness taking over. Decent taste with the leather and grapes. A little dryness appears in the finish. Overall, a pretty interesting, inexpensive, wet and dark red wine.

Raiting: 2.8/5

Château des Charmes Sparkling Brut

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Price: $22.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Chateau Des Charmes
Varietal: Sparkling White

Estate Bottled, Méthode Traditionnelle. Yeasty nose at first, but does fade out to let out a mild sweet grape aroma, hints of apples and a little alcohol. The taste is very well-balanced between some sweetness, sourness and dryness. Notes of citrus with a mild yeast aftertaste. Oily, nicely bodied, mouthfeel, kind of creamy. This sparkling blended with chardonnay and pinot noir is great on its own. This was a nice treat for us, being that we have recently visited this winery. A must try Canadian bubbly.

Raiting: 3.9/5

Carpenè Malvolti Cuvée Brut

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Price: $14.95
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Carpene Malvolti Spa
Varietal: Sparkling (Methode Champenoise)

This is a really easy-drinking Italian sparkling. Not much scent, but some sweetness and fruity. A little dryness, but still wet and refreshing. Nicely balanced between some white grapes fruitiness, some light sourness, and a tiny roasted finish. Nothing really bad with this one. Maybe just not worth the price.

Raiting: 3.1/5

Schlumberger Sparkling Brut Vintage

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Price: $16.95
Made in: Austria
By: Schlumberger Aktiengesellschaft
Varietal: Blend

Big yeasty nose at first, but after breathing a while, a sweet aroma comes out with hints of grapes and honey. Slight dryness sometimes and other times, feels wet and thick. Does get better and balanced as time goes by. Mild sour and light sweetness for taste, but cuts short. Nothing really offensive, but nothing really exiting. Must let air-out for a while to enjoy this one. Still, not worth the price.

Raiting: 2.7/5

Strewn Two Vines Riesling Gewürztraminer

LCBO#: 467662
Price: $11.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Strewn Inc.
Varietal: Riesling and Gewürztraminer
2010

Golden colour with a pear nose and alcohol. Nicely balanced between a wet and dry mouthfeel. Refreshing sweet fruity taste with a little sourness and mild yeast lingering into the aftertaste. A nice blended white wine.

Raiting: 3.8/5