Robert Bell's

Wines of Canada

Since 1992

Robert's Selections

Robert's Selections reflects wines we have enjoyed in our home in 2022, visiting friends, or dining out. Our selections are based on a glass or more of each wine in enjoyable surroundings. On numerous occasions our review takes into account the thoughts of our friends. These are wines we recommend for your enjoyment; not every bottle we open will make this list, only the best!

“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”– Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon

“The simplest definition of a great bottle of wine is when you feel sad because the bottle is empty.” ― Tony Margiotta


Planters Ridge Tidal2021

A perfect blend of  L'Acadie Blanc, Frontenac Blanc, Frontenac Gris, Seyval, NY Muscat & Chardonnay. It has aromas of apple blossom, peach and honeydew melon. A perfect finish! 95

Border Town GrünerVeltliner 2019

It begins with a nice floral aroma followed by flavours of Peach and Apricot and hints of lime.90

Blue Grouse Ortega 2021

A most enjoyable wine. fruit forward aroma that goes all the way to the finish. Hints of lemon zest, Mandarin orange, caramel, and white peach. 93

Symphony Ortega 2021

It all begins with aromas of fresh l lime, fragrant of melon and elderberry on the nose.  It has a dry, juicy palate with zesty citrus, ripe melon, and a clean crisp finish.  94

Alderlea 2021 Bacchus

Refreshing citrus flavours a Memorable wine 92

Alderlea 2018 Merlot

An excellent wine! It has everything you would expect in a good Merlot. The flavours of dark berries shin through out! 94

 Domaine de Grand Pré Ortega

Nice aromas of pear, honey and hints of apricot..It goes down light and says more please 92

Cedar Creek Riesling Okanagan 2021

Light acidity refreshing flavours apple dominates.. 91

Castoro de Oro Heart of Gold

A perfect white blend brings together Pinot Blanc, Vidal, Siegfried and Viognier. It exhibits a wide variety of fruit flavours, with a slight cotton candy note on the end. I tried it as a wine in the Can. A most impressive wine 96

Castoro de Oro Gewurztraminer 2017

Wonderful brusting with flavours. Citrus and rose petal comes through nicely.A nice suttle dry wine 94

Castoro de Oro Merlot

A beautiful Merlot in a can. It comes in at 13.9 % alcohol It is everything one can ask for in a good Merlot 94

Castoro de Oro Chardonnay

A very nice Chardonnay in a can. Notes of Peaches and pears.. delightful citrus fruit finish 90

Symphony Vineyards 2021 Gewurztraminer.

Double Wow ! This is everything a Gewurztraminer was meant to be..wonderful exotic fruit flavors! 96

Church and State 2017 Quintessential

Wow The wine starts with a very nice aroma. Exceptional flavours of dark fruit with hints of chocolate 95

Closson Chase 2019 The Brock Chardonnay

From Prince Edward County in Ontario, an excellent wine. Light and freshing wonderful fruit flavours. Good acidity. 93

Closson Chase 2018 The Brock Chardonnay

From Prince Edward County in Ontario, an excellent wine. Providing notes of earth and minerals and wonderful fruit flavours. Good acidity. 92

Closson Chase 2019 Churchside Pinot Noir

From Prince Edward County in Ontario, an excellent wine. 18 months in French Oaked barrels. Limited production. It starts with a nice aroma of fresh Fruits, black cherry with hints of cranberry. The tannins create a nice lasting finish 93

Church and State 2018 Syrah

This award winning wine is bold; it is also very dry. The nose presents  eucalyptus, mint and red peppers. On the  palate expresses notes of cranberries, green peppercorns and red currants. 94

Dirty Laundry Okanagan Sweet Heart

A very nice blend of Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc. Fresh bright flavours from start to finish , Featuring melon,peaches honey and hints of grapefruit. 94

Jost Vineyards L’Acadie Pinot Grigio

An blend of Nova Scotia L’Acadie Blanc with a touch of Pinot Grigio. An uniquely refreshingly dry, floral wine.  Peach, honeysuckle, with hints of apple and lemon/lime. 92

Inniskillin Niagara Estate Series Late Autumn Riesling 2020

A most interesting wine that plays with your taste buds. On the nose a nice aroma of citrus and apple awake the taste buds. The citrus flavours continue to the finish. A touch of sweetness. 91

Backyard Vineyard Simply Social Pinot Gris 2020

A refreshing wine perfect for the patio season Nice citrus flavours. pear, green apple, ginger, a hint of nectarine, and a through line of salinity and spice. 92

Backyard Vineyard Bacchus 2020

A refreshing wine with hints of apple, grapefruit and lemon..a nice lean finish 90

Backyard Vineyard Bacchus 2021

A refreshing wine with hints of apple, grapefruit and lemon..quite refreshing 92

Gehringer Brothers Pinot Gris 2020

A nice wine showing notes of honey apple and pear with earth tones. Acidity is perfect. 90

Ponderview Estate Winery Riesling Reserved 2017

It starts with a nice citrus aroma of lime and honeydew followed by hints of apple and pear. A nice smooth finish 92

Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 2020

A very popular wine from Nova Scotia. Clean crisp Notes of starfruit, lime and honeydew. 93

Times Family Winery 2018 Meritage

Almost perfect. nice flavours of honeydew, pear with hints of mango and apricot. Smooth and mellow. 94

City Side Winery - Mystic Pearl Chardonnay 2021

A very light bodied wine. with hints of lemon and pear. 89



Festna Lente Silvanvs Accerglyn

A very light and smooth beverage with lemon and maple flavours.. very good patio mead. 94

Festna Lente FestVM

Just how good can a Mead be. They can be outstanding! This one is perfect for a summer day. Its light, refreshing, off dry and bursting with mojito inspired flavours .. 94


Fortified Wines


Skaha Vineyards 2015 Rouge

A smooth 100% Merlot fortified wine with a high Alc 20.1. Flavours of Butterscotch, raisin and almonds 90

Backyard Vineyard Reserved Porch

A Port-style wine.On the nose numerous fruit flavours with hints of spice. On the palette blueberries and cranberries 92

Chaberton 2017 Reserved Tribute

A Port-style wine. Bursting with flavour..100% Merlot this fortified wine abounds with flavours of chocolate, sweet cherries and plum. 94

Glasshouse Festa

A Port style fortified red wine. Blended with Petit Verdot , Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lemberger  and Merlot, has notes of raisin, strawberry, brown sugar and spice. Very nice 90


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