It’s that time of year that all of the wine lovers get excited about, when the offerings from previous years come out, and the hard labors of the year come to fruition. Recently we had the pleasure to take a journey through the counties of Ontario and discover the best of what the wonderful province has to offer, care of the LCBO.
The night out was set up to find new flavours, amazing new and current wines and maybe even fall in love with your favorite new label and their offering. We started out with Niagara Escarpment (The area west of St. Catharines contains several VQA regions, with most vineyards situated on the slopes of the Escarpment itself. It’s an area known for producing wines of fine structure and mineral character expressive of the terroir) in which we really enjoyed the fruity flavour of the FEATHERSTONE CABERNET FRANC, and if you are an Ice wine drinker the HENRY OF PELHAM RIESLING ICEWINE was sweetly delicious.
Next we came across Niagara-on-the-lake (Nestled between the Niagara River and Lake Ontario, and quite warm relative to the neighbouring Escarpment, NOTL produces rich and approachable wines) in this area we thought 2 really stood out, the INNISKILLIN PINOT NOIR and the more full bodied and firm CHATEAU DES CHARMES CABERNET SAUVIGNON.
Then we went onto Prince Edward County (Although the youngest region, the best of PEC’s wines show incredible finesse. More rain than Niagara, but the same unprecedented sunshine, leads to wines of impressive ripeness that retain their trademark elegance) the one we enjoyed the most, and I might add had seconds of was nOrMan HarDie niagara PinOt nOir with it’s medium bodied and simply fruity flavour it was the winner for that area.
Lastly, and we might add our favorite regin in the tasting was Lake Erie North Shore (Bounded on the northwest side by Lake St. Clair, to the west by the fast-flowing Detroit River, with Lake Erie to the South, and including Pelee Island, Lake Erie North Shore appellation is almost completely surrounded by water. Lake Erie North Shore has a long growing season which translates into full and balanced ripening of grapes. Given the extra sun and heat, the fruit enjoys greater ripeness levels, making for very round, fruity wines). In this area we really enjoyed the full bodied and firm taste of the PELEE ISLAND BACO NOIR and we fell hard for the light, crisp and refreshing taste of PELEE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE SAUVIGNON BLANC and the full-bodied, rich and perfect taste of the BRICKLAYER’S PREDICAMENT CHARDONNAY-PINOT GRIGIO.
So if you are looking to take a little mini adventure via the wines of ontario we hope that this will be your guide to finding exactly what you love, but the adventure is part of the fun, so don’t be afraid to taste new flavours, and ask questions when at the LCBO (where all these wines are available)
Do you want the chance to try the wines yourself? Well tweet at Addicted with the phrase “I want @WeRAddicted to send me to #LCBOTasteLocal in #toronto with the @LBCO” for your chance to attend the Taste Local Wine & Pie Pop Up this Friday.
(Entrants must be 19 years of age or older and live in Ontario)