I HEART WINE Club, Vol. 2 Food & Drink

Welcome to According to Amanda’s unsophisticated I HEART WINE Club, Vol 2. I say unsophisticated because I am in no way a sommelier. I am not a connoisseur of fine wines or skilled at tasting and comparing. What I am good at, is drinking wine and telling you about it!

If you like wine as much as I do, you should also check out our last party!

The ‘Method’

Once a month a group of girlfriends and I yank off the lulu’s for a night, put on our big girl adult clothes and sip fine wines like ladies. The host picks the 3 wines for the evening and keeps it a secret except for the grape variety. We also attempt to pick 1 cheap, 1 expensive and 1 middle of the road priced bottle. As a group we sample one wine at a time. First noting the colour or appearance, then the aroma and finally the taste and after-taste of each wine. I am making this sound quite organized and structured, but really we look, smell, drink and gab = our unsophisticated wine tasting!

Today’s review is a set of 3 cabernet/merlots from the Niagara Peninsula

I Heart Wine Club Bottle Photo

Open, Cab 2 – Merlot, Niagara Peninsula, $11.95 CDN

Bottle Description: Clear ruby red colour; raspberry, cherry, plum and touch of oak spice aromas; dry medium body; round red berry and plum flavours with a mineral note, just a hint of tannin

According to Amanda… the verdict is:
  • very dark purple/red, deep colour is misleading to how mild the wine tasted
  • Very little smell
  • Not a very robust wine, nice lasting taste on the tongue
  • I could easily drink a lot of this without realizing it!
  • Great dinner party wine as it wouldn’t overpower food or for a late night sipping wine


Inniskillin, Cabernet Merlot, Niagara Peninsula, 2014, $14.95 CDN

Bottle Description: Medium deep ruby; aromas and flavours of oak, cassis, plum, blackberry jam, vanilla and cedar; dry, medium bodied with good depth of fruit, structured tannins and good length.

According to Amanda… the verdict is:
  • Very dark purple
  • Smells fruity
  • Bland taste, hallow, not much flavour, a little watery
  • Would balance well in a sangria


No. 99 Wayne Gretzkey Estates, Cabernet Merlot, Niagara Peninsula, $13.95 CDN

Bottle Description: Medium ruby colour; aromas and flavours of dark berries, plum, and smoky pepper; dry, full-bodied, with hints of oak on the finish.

According to Amanda… the verdict is:
  • Very dark
  • Caramel highlights (although looking at the description I’m not sure what we were thinking!)
  • Full bodied
  • Fantastic paired with steak or cheeses
  • This was hands down the group favourite and I will be buying this one for sure!



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Based in Toronto, Amanda is a full-time mom of 2 little monsters, creator and editor of the blog According to Amanda (accordingtoamanda.ca) and since that isn't enough to keep her busy she also manages her own marketing consulting agency, Amanda Mercier Consulting (amandamercier.com).

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