Grapenuts - winning wines!

February 27, 2015

Our Grapenuts Group of wine samplers under the able leadership of Michael Hooker have been meeting monthly since late Spring of 2014 sample and rate 12 wines each month in two separate groups. The hosts choose a theme and the wines. Michael contributes a report each month to the Forum however I thought it might be useful to the group and our membership in general to have a full list. I will update this list each month after the forum is published.


The blank revised scoring sheets are available here.






August 2015

El Cheapo wines under $10 recommended by Gord Stimmell (Toronto Star) hosted By Convenor Michael Hooker


JJ McWilliams (Australia) Shiraz Cabernet 2013

LCBO #16471 $9.95 ("a cut above the rest!")


Wines from Pelee Island Winery hosted by Patricia and Ron Flannagan


Pelee Island Time Semi Sweet Merlot VQA

LCBO #342279 $12.95


Wines from Spain hosted by Gillian & Bryan Reynolds


Real Sangria by Pernod Ricard

LCBO #72785 $8.95


July 2015

Summer wines hosted by Ellen & Chris Wallhouse


Beringer California Collection Cabernet Sauvignon

LCBO #113001 $9.95


Ontario VQA blended wines hosted by Ann & Ron Dupont


Pelee Island Night Glider Gamay Noir and Zweigelt blend

LCBO #216028


Tasters Picks hosted By Martin & Norma Capper


J Lohr Los Osos Merlot 2013

LCBO #27516 $20.95


June 2015

Wines from the Pinot (Noir & Gris) grape hosted by John and Julie Flynn


Pierre Sparr Reserve Pinot Gris 

LCBO #983395 $16.95


Rose wines from South of France and Spanish Reds hosted by Don Evans, Auriel Halliday, Rosie, Dora and Mia!


Castilla de Monseran Garanca, Carinara

LCBO #621003


May 2015



Wines from PROBUS (Portugal, Romania, Ontario, Burgundy, USA and S Africa) hosted by Chris and Anna Strachan


Sterling Vintner's Merlot

LCBO #622837


Wines from Burgundy hosted byRon and Joanne Milliichamp


Chateau de Pierreux Brouilly (Beaujolais)

LCBO #5496 $18.95


April 2015


New Zealand Wines (and Bulgarian food!) hosted by Karolina Pironkov


Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc

LCBO # 620062 $13.95


Bordeaux Wines hosted by Paul and Ellen Crawford


Chateau DePanigon Cru Borgeois Medoc

LCBO #230367 $19.95




March 2015


A cruise down the Danube hosted by Megs Shellard


Baden Gewurtzraminer QbA from Germany

LCBO# 336735


Chilly winter wines from Chile hosted by Alan and Rosalind Jordan


Conor Sur Bicileta Pinot Grigio

LCBO# 366344 $9.90 




February 2015


Groundhog Day hosted by Martin and Norma Capper


Cupcake Vineyards, California Cabernet Sauvignon

LCBO # 307975 $15.45


Wines under $20 recommended by Beppi Crosariol and hosted by Jim and Michelle Tschirhart


Heartland Stckleback 2012, South Australia

LCB0# 116574




December 2014


California Wines hosted by Jeanne Reid and Michael Hooker


Viognier (white) 2012 – organic from Bonterra Vineyards, Mendocino County.

LCBO # 128900  $19.95



BC Wines hosted by Cliff and Liz Read


Merlot from Silver Sage Winery, Okanagan Valley

Not available at LCBO.



November 2014


Wines from the Loire/Rhone valleys hosted by Peter and Lorrette Shermet


Domaine du Vieux Vauvert Vouvray 2012 Chenin Blanch Gonzales

LCBO# 377747  $15.95


Wines with unusual names hosted by Chris and Anna Strachan


Menage a Trois Red (blend)

LCBO # 308007  $16.95



October 2014


Specific grapes hosted by Ann and Ron Dupont


Francois Lurton Sauvignon Blanc – Bordeaux

LCBO# 250381  $12.95

Mirassou Reserve Pinot Noir

LCBO# 274480  $13.95


Alphabetical wines from Australia, BC, Chile, Deutschland…. Hosted by Brian and Gillian Reynolds


Schmitt Sohne Mosel Riesling

LCBO# 233726   $9.40

Chilean Malbec style bottled at Carafe Wines Milton



September 2014


Wines of Burgundy hosted by Ron and Patricia Flannagan


Domaine des Malandes Chablis 2012

LCBO# 111658  $23.95

Maison Louis Latour Burgundy

LCBO# 297630  $21.95


Grapes of Italy hosted by Ron and Joanne Millichamp


Batasiolo Bosc Dia Rei Moscato D’Asti

LCBO# 75168  $14.95

(Wineries produce small quantities of Moscato D’Asti and it is probably better to ask for the type rather than a specific producer.)


August 2014


South African Wines from the Stellenbosch region hosted by Don Evans and Auriel Halliday


Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon

LCBO# 111526   $11.95


Slurping wines from Canada hosted by John and Julie Flynn


Malivoire Gamay

LCBO# 591313   $17.95


July 2014


Ontario wines hosted by Alan and Rosalind Jordan


Konzelman Shiraz

(Sorry I got no results on my LCBO search)


Australian Wines hosted by Jim and Michelle Tschirhart


19 Crimes Shiaz Durif

LCBO# 369777  $16.95


June 2014


Italian Wines hosted by Martin and Norma Capper.

Epitome 2012 Malbec (not from Italy but from Argentina)

Not available from LCBO. (Note the 2nd wine was a Moscati D’Asti – see note on September tastings above)


German wines hosted by Megs Shellard


Gewurtztraminer bottled by 


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