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Meet the winemakers of Pondview & Sue-Ann Staff wines

Posted by Amanda

Friday, April 17th, 2015
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From fruit trees to vineyards  – over generations, their family farms have become wineries. Meet two families who have been fruit farmers in Niagara for many generations &now their land produces internationally award-winning wines. They’ve grown up on the farm & certainly know what it’s like to get their hands dirty. Join us on Wednesday April 22 for the Portfolio Tasting featuring Pondview & Sue-Ann Staff Wineries to sample these outstanding wines.

Introducing…Sue-Ann Staff

Sue Ann at tasting bar-001Mention the family name ‘Staff’ and everyone in the Ontario wine industry knows exactly who you are talking about. Sue-Ann Staff is the first of 6 generations of fruit farmers to become a winemaker…and an international award-winning one too!

Making her mark at Pillitteri Estates and megalomaniac, Sue-Ann has always been one to lend a hand at neighbouring wineries because ‘we are a small community & everyone pitches in’. She recently took the plunge to focus solely on her namesake winery where the tasting bar is in the kitchen of her grandmother’s farmhouse.

Introducing…Lou Puglisi

pondview_family_3jpgThe Puglisi family grew grapes for many generations in Italy. When they immigrated to Niagara-on-the-Lake in 1964, they naturally planted vineyards as pioneers of the Ontario grape growing industry.

By the age of 19, Lou had saved enough money from working on the farm & construction jobs to buy his dream sportscar – a red Camaro. His father wisely convinced him to use his savings to buy the property beside the family farm that has since transformed into Pondview Estates Winery. Now, Lou is continuing the family tradition by raising his 3 boys surrounded by the vineyards. Lou drives a minivan & hasn’t yet bought a Camaro.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday April 22
Talk around the Kitchen Table – 5:30pm
Portfolio Tasting – drop in between 6:30 & 9 pm
Location: Orange Art Gallery, 290 City Centre, Ottawa (free parking available)

Special pre-event talk

In every farmhouse, the kitchen table is the hub of the family. Sue-Ann and Lou invite you to their ‘kitchen table’ to learn first-hand about the synergies of grape growing to winemaking while you taste previous vintages & barrel samples of Sue-Ann’s Riesling (her signature grape variety) and Pondview’s Cabernet Franc. Limited to 40 people.Purchase of a pre-event ticket is required.

Advance Tickets Only

Talk around the Kitchen Table:$25 per person
Portfolio Tasting Only:$25 per person*
*This amount will be deducted from your purchase of a mixed case of wine.

Ordering is EASY & Shipping is FREE!

Only at this portfolio wine tasting, you’ll have the unique opportunity to try wine futures (not-yet-released), recently-released wines & barrel samples. you can order ANY assortment of the featured wines from Pondview Estates and Sue-Ann Estates to be delivered by courier to your home or office. You won’t find these wines at the LCBO.   And…when you order 12+bottles from the wineries, shipping is FREE.

Click to order now any of these Pondview or Sue-Ann Staff wines >>

 

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Pondview Wines to Taste & Order…

White Wines

2012 Harmony White $12.95 (regular $14.95)
2013 “GR” Gewürztraminer Riesling $13.95
2012 Unoaked Chardonnay $15.00 (regular $17.00 – end of Vintage Sale)
2014 Riesling $15.95
2013 “Dragonfly” Pinot Grigio $16.95
2014 Viognier $16.95

Rosé Wine

2014 Cabernet Franc Rosé $14.95

Red Wines

2013 Harmony Red $14.95
2013 Cabernet Merlot Reserve $18.95

Bella Terra Reserve Wines

2013 Pinot Gris $19.95
2012 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay $25.00
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon $34.95
2012 Cabernet Franc $34.95
2012 Meritage $39.95

Dessert Wine

2012 Vidal Select Late Harvest $18.95

Future Wines

Minimum 6 bottle order – any combination of these wines.
Expected delivery date: end of August 2015
2013 Bella Terra Cabernet Franc $30.00 (regular $34.95)
2013 Bella Terra Cabernet Sauvignon $30.00 (regular $34.95)

 

 

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Sue-Ann Staff Wines to Taste & Order…

Sparkling Wine

2011 Sparkling and SASSY $25.95 (regular $27.95)

 White Wines

2012 Riesling Loved By Lu $16.95
2012 Pinot Grigio $18.00
2012 Grace’s Dry Riesling $18.95
2011 Robert’s Block Riesling $26.00
2011 Viognier Riesling $35.00

Red Wines

2014 Baco Noir $14.95
2011 Cabernet Franc $21.95

NEW! Fancy Farm Girl

2012 Frivolous White $14.95
2012 Flamboyant Red $14.95

Dessert Wine

2012 Vidal Icewine 200mL $19.95 (regular $24.95)

Future Releases

2013 Fancy Farm Girl Foxy Pink $17.00
2013 Fancy Farm Girl Flirty Bubbles $27.95
2014 Robert’s Block Riesling $26.00 –A VERY Special wine
Only 7 cases will be released of this ultra-premium Riesling for special orders. Remaining bottles will be released for Sue-Ann’s 10th anniversary.

 

 

 

 

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If I had $100…I would buy these wines at Vintages

Posted by Amanda

Friday, November 7th, 2014
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The November 8 LCBO Vintages Release features Star Quality products and ports.  Just like a squirrel scurrying to store nuts for the winter, I’m collecting a few bottles from each release to keep for the winter months. My husband reminds me that the wine stores stay open in the winter, but it’s good to have a little stash for unexpected company. Unfortunately with star quality products come star quality quality prices, however I am so pleased and proud with my $100. shopping basket, that I hope you will be too.

LCBO Vintages Magazine Nov 8There is something compelling about Port, whether its because it hails from a timeless land where grapes have grown for centuries or that it is such a great match for strong deliciously stinky cheese. I could cheerfully enjoy a glass of port on just about any occasion. It also makes a lovely hostess gift instead of the usual bottle of wine and chances are a bottle of Port will last a lot longer. There are at least 6 in this release so I hope one finds its way into your shopping basket.

There’s something for everyone and don’t forget Beaujolais Nouveau arrives on our shelves November 20.

 

Happy shopping,
Julie 

If I had $100, I would buy these wines at LCBO Vintages…

November 8, 2014

 

Dow's Late Bottled Vintage PortDow’s Late Bottled Vintage Port 2009

DOC Douro, Portugal
$17.95  (Vintages #613927)    20% alcohol

First of all, its hard to argue with a Silver Medal winner at the 2014 International Wine Challenge. Deep ruby in the glass, this port is deliciously sweet with ripe berry aromas and tastes. It has just the right amount of acidity that helps promote the dark berry flavours – it is mouthwatering delicious. I think this would also make a lovely afternoon drink on ice with some toasted walnuts and cheddar, or with mincemeat tarts or do I dare say Christmas cake? It’s also an amazing price point.

 

Megalomaniac BubbleheadMegalomaniac Bubblehead 2011

VQA Niagara Peninsula
$28.95  (Vintages #363655)  12% alcohol

When the cradle was released (that’s the little crossed wire on the cork) it just burst with fine bubbles overflowing. I thought this sparkling wine was about as close to Champagne as it comes. The mousse (little tiny bubbles that tickle the nose) went on forever bursting with delicious cranberries and cherry flavours with just a little citrus on the finish.  It is a sheer “bubblehead” delight and not a bit of wonder it was awarded Overall Best in Show and Best in Show White at the 2014 Royal Wine Competition.  Well deserved, I shall serve it chilled on its own.

 

 

Menade VerdejoMenade Verdejo 2013

DO Rueda, Spain
$16.95 (Vintages #392159)  13% alcohol

This white wine is new to Vintages, made from 80-100 year old Verdejo grape vines. It’s very pale in colour, almost watery, but oh so fresh and it would be dynamite with seafood.  It’s quite aromatic and flavourful. Some folks may think it more of a summer wine being light-medium bodied but it has so much soft tropical fruit flavour that I wanted to feature it as a change from our usual grape varietals. After the release (when I can pick up a bottle or 3)  I’m planning to serve it with spaghetti and clams and an uncomplicated side salad,. Guess whose coming to dinner?

 

 

Casas del Bosque Reserva CarmeneraCasa del Bosque Reserva Carmenère 2012

Rapel Valley, Chile
$14.95 (Vintages #205872)  14.5% alcohol

Carmenere is Chile’s signature premium grape varietal. This wine displays characteristics of a great Carmenere being full bodied with depths of blackberry and spice flavours.

There is a hint of something vegetal or like a green leaf on the finish. It’s a hearty wine, not for sissies. I’m planning to enjoy it with a sausage and bean stew with some crusty bread. You just cannot beat that price point.

 

 

Layer Cake PrimitivoLayer Cake Primitivo 2011

IGT, Puglia Italy
$19.95 (Vintages #384065)  13% alcohol

I longed to have a big bowl glass and not just a sip. Inky in colour with tastes of jammy black cherries and plums,this red wine is rich and smooth. The wine was fermented in stainless steel to preserve the fruit flavours. The bottle label suggests that the wine should taste like a layered cake, with chocolate and mocha and spice and a little earth at the end. I couldn’t say it better. It’s layered with complexity and the fruit flavours go on forever. Primitivo is also known as Zinfandel in North America so if you are a fan of the latter, this beauty will not disappoint.

This wine also received the first-ever Certificate of Label Approval with Primitive and Zinfandel used as synonyms on the label. My signature winter dinner party dish is Osso Bucco;  a labour of love for my friends, so that’s where I’m going with this wine. I can’t wait for that December dinner party to wow them.

 

 

Grand Total: $ 98.75  (now that’s value !)

 

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