100 Bottles of Wine On The Wall, 100 Bottles Of Wine ….

Posted by Gary Killops on February 21, 2009

While most who visit EssexWineReview.com wouldn’t even have notice it, one of the first milestones for the web site recently took place. The 100th local bottle of wine was posted online. The web site went live on September 24th, 2008 when I posted the first bottle of wine from Essex County on the web site. (For the record, the first wine posted online was Mastronardi’s Cabernet Franc 2006).

Five months later the 100th bottle of wine was posted online for review. (Muscedere’s Sauvignon Blanc 2007). Wanda and I have done our part to support the local wine industry by purchasing every wine listed on the web site. I don’t even want to add up the total bill for all these wines. I would rather not know. Often when Wanda and I have really enjoyed one of the wines I would return to the winery and buy at least 6 more bottles of them.

Over the last 5 months Wanda and I have visited all 13 local “Lake Erie North Shore” and “Pelee Island” wineries several times. Sampled many great wines, and met so many wonderful people who work and own these wineries. This area is making some world class wines and if you ever have any doubt about it go to your local LCBO and pick up an imported bottle of wine and do a taste test comparison and you will see. Wines from Southwest Ontario are as good and often even better than their  imported counter parts.

We have about 12 – 15 local bottles of wine left to add to EssexWineReview.com. Our current schedule is to post a new wine online every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Four times a week. Some wineries are slowly introducing their new wines however we anticipate that there may be a few weeks coming up that we will only be able to post 1 or 2 wines per week online for review until new wine releases start making an appearance at the wineries.

Wanda and I are looking forward to tasting and reviewing all of the new local 2009 wine releases. We are very lucky to live so close to such a wonderful wine region.

Here’s to the next 100 local bottles of wine ….. cheers!

Gary Killops


Feb 23, 2009

Congratulations on your 100th bottle!! I’m excited to know that Mastronardi was your first bottle reviewed!

I look forward to the next 100 bottles!! Keep up the great work

Eadie Mastronardi
Mastronardi Estate Winery

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Mar 8, 2009

Thanks Eadie,

It sure has been an exciting and interesting experience so far. I am always tweaking something on http://www.EssexWineReview.com I look forward to adding many more excellent wines from Mastronardi Estate Winery and the 13 other local wineries in the Southwest Ontario region.


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