Who the *$@#K is James Suckling, and why does he like Grillo (and himeself) so much?


Wine Name: Olli

Verdict: A wine worth respecting, or else!

Price: about 23 bucks

Purchased at: The Coop

Harvest Year: 2017

Producer: Feudo Maccari

Region/Appellation: Denominazione di Origine Protetta (DOP)

Country: Italy (Sicily)

Grape(s): Grillo


When you open the ‘press reports‘ page for this wine on the Canadian agent’s site (Trialto), you’re met with a wine review from James Suckling. I don’t know James, but heh, if you want to become a wine snob, here’s his Master Class. Slightly entertained by the fact that the review of James Suckling is longer than the review of the wine. If James was a wine, what would his tasting note be?

White in color, very white, with a sparkle of privilege. On the nose, an overwhelming smell of Axe body spray tempered with the spicy smell of the fancy leather-bound tasting notebook, and overdue lilac bush. My palate bursts open with gripping yet supple tastes of a 90 point score, married with a bunch of smells and tastes that most mere mortals wouldn’t even understand (or have tasted). The finish, well, it lingers like those recurring nightmares you have of high school. The ones where you are naked, everyone’s laughing, and you’re just not as good as the cool kids.

Wine Align – https://www.winealign.com/wines/114651-Feudo-Maccari-Olli-Grillo-2017

Vivino – https://www.vivino.com/feudo-maccari-grillo/w/1469116?year=2017

Neré Not Apothic


Wine Name: Neré

Verdict: Light and tasty, thumbs up!!!

Price: too lazy to find it

Purchased at: The Coop

Harvest Year: 2017

Producer: Feudo Maccari (Nobilterra SRL)

Region/Appellation: Sicilia

Country: Italy

Grape(s): Nero d’Avola

I cracked this wine while making supper, it was a good one to sip on. I found that once dinner was done, it was a good fit!

definitely not Apothic
Costco riblets, roasted potato and onion, steamed broc

it all starts March 8th, 2019

Follow us. Dave, Duncan and Rob.

It begins with Dave and Rob starting their trek from Saskatoon to Glasgow (via Dublin and Toronto). During the Toronto layover, our first photo walk is planned.

The Al Waxman Tribute Photo Walk

If you’d like to join us on all, or part, of the photo walk then feel free to try find us, if ya can!



You know the drill.

Later that day (night) we get back on a plane, and head east. Ultimately, we are bound for where the whisky is. Keep checking in as it unfolds!

Wine Locker Download – Ep. 1

Ok, let’s give this a go. I know it’s December now, but give me a break. Our family just had a kid and instead of drinking wine, I’m walking the lad around this wonderful city under my coat. The good news is that I’ve finally decided to ‘get at it’. I just hope I can ‘keep at it’. If my uncle can do it, so can I.

So here’s the setup. I think I’d like Uncle Hall to be so much more than my monthly wine locker. But I have to start somewhere, and it’s as good a place as any. Each month I’ll post a video on the channel of me opening up my wine locker. Then, I’ll put a voting button on the video and see which wine gets the most votes for review. Let’s be clear, I really don’t care about reviewing wine, at least not the way others do it. My aim here is to open up a bottle, do a little research, share a little info and hopefully have some fun with it along the way. I have a few other ideas as well. It’s all meant to be a positive distraction and perhaps it will help to justify it all.

Link to the vidhttps://youtu.be/3BCznQfTgvo

This month’s wines:
1. ‘Elise’ 2014 (old vines) Côtes du Roussillon Villages – Chateau Rombeau
2. Chenin Blanc 2017 – L’Ecole No.41
3. Riesling 2018 – Syncromesh
4. Reserva Rioja 2014 – Bodegas Izadi
5. Grillo 2017 – Feudo Maccari

stay tuned for the re-view(s)