Posts Tagged ‘Lighthall Vineyard Progression Sparkling Vidal VQA 2011’

There’s no cork in this sparkling wine!

Posted by Eva

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

With a wine route map on her knee, Savvy Sommelier Debbie followed the country roads that lead to this new boutique winery in the depths of Prince Edward County.  Definitely worth the visit! Lighthall Vineyards owner & self taught winemaker Glenn Symons was eagerly awaiting her visit as he was excite to pour a glass of his soon-to-be-released sparkling wine.  This was Glenn’s new creation and you could see that he was ‘bubbling’ over with excitement.  With coaching from his friend Frederic Picard (winemaker at Huff Estates), Glenn has every reason to be proud of this bubbly. ..and his other wines too as he is making a big impression already!

Lighthall Progression Sparkling VQA 2011

This sparkling wine is different is several ways.  First, there is no cork, just secured with a bottle cap like closure.  And it is made with Vidal grapes that are often saved for dessert wines – yet this wine is far from being sweet!

 Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: There’s delicious refreshing acidity with aromas of citrus, pear & crunchy apple with a crisp finish.

Suggested food pairings: Served well chilled, this wine is lovely on its own, with oysters, or paired with light appetizers. Be sure to pack a bottle of this sparkling wine for your next picnic.

Cheers & Enjoy!


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Get sizzling with these summertime wines!

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012


Eating outdoors is one of the best ways to enjoy summer.  Why dine inside when we do that all winter long?

I strongly believe that a good meal deserves to be served with good wine. To make sure that I have wine on hand this summer, I took a daytrip to Prince Edward County – a three hour drive from Ottawa or Toronto – to buy wines at the wineries located off-the-beaten-track as well as stock piled favorites I discovered at a wine tasting that Savvy Company hosted showcasing wines from Niagara-on-the-Lake.  In both cases, wines were purchased directly from the winemaker as the wines at the LCBO has a modest selection of all of the wines that are crafted at the wineries throughout Ontario.  For a greater selection, contact the wineries directly or contact me & I’ll arrange for these wines to be sent to your home, office or even cottage!

Debbie`s Summertime Wine Picks:

Sparkling wine

Prince Edward County pick: Lighthall Vineyard Progression Sparkling Vidal VQA 2011 $20 – refreshing lemon/lime/grapefruit combo of tastes with fine bubbles

Niagara-on-the-Lake pick:  Konzelmann Sparkling Rosé $16 – looks like a sunset in the glass.  Dry, refreshing – great to sip on before dinner or to unwind with after a meal

White Wines

Prince Edward County pick: Exultet Estates Cru X White Light VQA 2011 $22.95 – The County’s newest winery making impressive wines – including this blend.

Niagara-on-the-Lake pick:  Lailey Vineyard Unoaked Chardonnay VQA 2001 $15 – a crowd pleasing dry white wine that is perfect to sip on while the BBQ warms up.

Rosé Wines

Prince Edward County pick: Karlo Estates Frontenac Gris Rosé VQA 2011 $18 – reminds me of watermelon – its colour, aromas & tastes!

Niagara-on-the-Lake pick: Pondview Cabernet Franc Rosé VQA 2011 $15 – a stunning pink colour with refreshing aromas & flavours of juicy strawberries

Red Wines

Prince Edward County pick: Kient-He Winery P2 VQA 2010 $25 – a unique blend of Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier grapes that makes a medium bodied red wine perfect for burgers or steak.

Niagara-on-the-Lake pick: Riverview Cellars ‘Old Red Tractor’ Syrah VQA 2010 $29.95 – a BIG bold red wine with a fantastic story on the label that will be a great conversation starter!


Raise a glass to a summer filled with delicious Ontario wines!