From the Cellar

Just because I started a website called doesn't mean it's All-Ontario-All-the-Time. When I kick back at night my mood (and sometimes my curiosity) decides my wine of choice. And the title should read, "Uncorked and Un-Screwed Tonight" ... but that just sounds wrong.

Double Dose of The Blau 2007 & 2010 (Spain)

22 Sep 2022

(February 21, 2021) ... Found two "Blau" wines from Spain and this is what I discovered:

Can Blau2007 Can Blau ... Light in colour with dried fruit and a cherry candy note ... comes across with some very high-toned fruit, raspberry being the most dominant, plus plenty of acidity. Set it aside for a moment.

Coming back to it and I'm noticing it is a hard drink with all those high-tones, because it never really smoothes out and provides pleasure; the acidity also proves to be a problem, it keeps getting right in your face. The wine's not bad, although I sure sound like I had plenty of problems with it. It is certainly an interesting glass of wine - but it's just hard to drink.

2010 Blau ... Colour is once again light, but here we have soft pepper and dried cherry notes, the acidity is good and quite in balance with the rest of what is going on; while the fruit is more pronounced and up-front.

Where the Can Blau seemed to raise its acid level as it opened, in the Blau it seemed to subsided and mellow out. Definitely the better of the two bottles.


Caldora / Collazzi 2008s (Italy)

13 Apr 2022


(February 13, 2021) ... Hockey Night in Canada is back and so is something I grew up with: "Smoke Breaks" ... my friends were smokers (I never took up the habit) and during intermissions, especially come playoff time, we all would head outside for "a beer and a butt" talk about the game and just hang out until the next period began. I have resurrected the practice with my neighbour during the pandemic - we'd come out at the intermission, talk about the game, and maybe (occasionally) a cigar is brought out. Tonight, I opened a couple of 2008 Italian wines from different regions for a tasting in the snow.

CaldoraCaldora 2008 Yume Montepulciano D'Abruzzo ... great acidity and dark fruit right off the hop, then sour raspberry, mocha and even some balsamic notes appear, along with spiced-plum. The finish was nice and smooth and the wine was extremely drinkable.

CollazziCollazzi 2008 Toscana ... this wine proved to be even better. On the palate, it passed over the tongue in a silky fashion with notes of cedar and smoke to begin, then the dark fruit showed up with delicious hints of licorice and balsamic dippded strawberries - a great end to the night.



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