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PT Penetration

By Robert K Stephen (CSW) (TORONTO, ON) - If you visit the EU and see a license plate with a PT that means it’s Portuguese. Of course you aren’t going to see any PT plates in Canada, but you will notice a creeping invasion of well made and…

He Shoots He Scores?

By Robert K Stephen (CSW) (TORONTO, ON) - Make a bundle as a professional athlete, musician, neurologist, investment banker, or plastic surgeon then seek immortality by getting your name on a wine bottle or, even better, buying a winery.…

A Trio From Crios

By Robert K. Stephen (CSW) (TORONTO, ON) - From legendary Argentinean winemaker Susana Balbo comes the CRIOS label. This time it is a 2014 Malbec from where else but the Malbec heaven of the world, Mendoza. Santa Rosa plum in colour. On…

Amsterdam Brewery’s Suite

By Robert K Stephen (CSW) (TORONTO, ON) - Comfortably ensconced in the Leaside District of Toronto, Amsterdam Brewery is close to Home Depot, Winners, and Golf Town. A big box brewery in the land of the upper middle class rapidly being…

My Own Private Idaho

By Robert K Stephen (CSW) (TORONTO, ON) - My Own Private Idaho is not the 1991 film with River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves, but rather a bottle of Ste Chapelle 2013 Gem State Red from the Snake River Valley in Idaho. Baked potatoes and now…

Mid-Market Chardonnay

By Robert K Stephen (CSW) (TORONTO, ON) - Chardonnay thrives in many a cool climate region. For years France was untouchable as the great altar of Chardonnay. This might have been a result of North Americans oaking their Chardonnay to the…

Colheita Messias 2005

By Robert K Stephen (CSW) (TORONTO, ON) - Messias 2005 is a dark ruby Colheita. On the nose chocolate, Portuguese almonds, cranberry, and rhubarb. On the palate, a certain rough silkiness with a medium finish. Clementine, dark chocolate,…

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