Coombe Castle Wensleydale 2021

 

 

At a Glance
Overall Medium dry crumbly white cheese. Mild flavour and smell. Smells similar to a fresh mozzarella. Mildly acidic. Good with original triscuit crackers. A good mild easy going non run of the mill cheese varietal.
Notes We had this flavoured with champagne and strawberries once from a different cheesemaker and it was amazing.

Good with beer. We had a double IPA. Red wine or champagne would also be nice.

Price $4.25/100 grams
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2015

Extra dry especially for an American merlot. It’s from Washington but in a blind tasting you may think it’s a Bordeaux (left bank-ish).  The finish is slightly rough but smooths out with time.  Medium-firm tannins.
I bought this in the vintages section as a final sale for $17 but the original price was $21.95. It’s a decent value at the price point I paid.
At a Glance
Taste chocolate, raspberry, oak
Smell black cherry, plum, oak
Food salmon
Sweetness extra dry
Price $17.00
LCBO# 486936
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French Cross Rosé

 
 
At a Glance
Taste strawberry, peach, tea
Smell strawberry apricot, tea
Food american
Sweetness medium sweet
Price $11.45
LCBO# 68551
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Bandit Pinot Grigio

 
 
At a Glance
Taste lemon, peach, apple
Smell lemon, green apple, citrus
Food american
Sweetness off dry
Price $14.00
LCBO#  622019
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Ironstone Merlot 2013

Extra dry, slight alcohol notes on the finish, slightly off balance
At a Glance
Taste blackberry, light cedar, smoke
Smell blackberry, dark cherry, alcohol
Food american
Sweetness extra dry
Price $17.25
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Growers Honeycrisp Apple Cider

If you like sweet ciders, white zinfandel wine or coolers this is your cider.
Has more ingredients than any cider I’ve seen.
At a Glance
Taste green apple jolly rancher
Smell green apple jolly rancher
Food sandwiches
Sweetness sweet
Price $2.95
LCBO# 374546
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Ernest Dry Cider

It’s dry but certainly not extra dry.  Sugar is added so homebrewers would call this a ‘Turbo Cider’
Honey is listed as an ingredient but isn’t very noticeable as it ferments out very well.
At a Glance
Taste a tart golden delicious
Smell courtland, empire, light lemon
Food light lunch
Sweetness dry
Price $3.25
LCBO# 466292
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Thornbury Cider

Drier than Brickworks and Pommies
Leaves a nice tart finish at the back corners of your mouth.
At a Glance
Taste mcintosh, empire, floral
Smell a tart golden delicious
Food salads
Sweetness off dry
Price $3.00
LCBO# 333583
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Brickworks Ciderhouse Queen Street 501

A blend of 8 Ontario apples.  Tastes great but I’m not sure I believe the ingredient list of 100% apples.  C’mon…not even a stabilizer for an off-dry cider?  I won’t believe it unless they list their process. 
 
At a Glance
Taste green apple, golden apple, light lemon
Smell green apple, golden apple, light lemon
Food salads
Sweetness medium sweet
Price $3.00
LCBO# 413807
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Pommies Cider

Made from 100% ontario heritage apples, this cider is smooth and easy to drink
 
At a Glance
Taste golden apples, lemon
Smell golden apples, citrus, lemon
Food salads
Sweetness medium sweet
Price $3.10
LCBO# 453118
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