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Trail Estate Winery: Unfiltered Chardonnay

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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2015 Unfiltered Chardonnay

$21.95
Prince Edward County

Trail does a lot of “wild ferments”, which means they allow the natural yeasts already found on the berries to ferment the wine, as opposed to killing the wild yeast with sulfur and then introducing engineered yeast, as most wineries do. Wild ferments are risky but often bring unexpected – and unexpectedly wonderful – elements to the wine. This is a splendid example! Aged for 11 months in French oak, 40% of it new, the juice was also allowed to oxidize slightly.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: There are fruity notes of peach, lemon, and apricot here, overlaid with coconut, butter, and vanilla. There’s also a hint of sherry, lending the wine an unusual but very interesting complexity. This is a dry Chardonnay, with medium acidity, and is sure to please the Chard lovers in your crowd.

Suggested Food Pairing: Pair this with Coquille St. Jacques for a fancy dinner, or with chicken and waffles for fun!

Cellaring: Drink now or cellar up to 2 years.

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Redstone Winery: Chardonnay

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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2013 Chardonnay

$18.95
Niagara

This stellar Chardonnay won the Platinum Medal at the 2017 National Wine Awards. The Niagara Peninsula fruit, mainly from the Beamsville area, is barrel fermented for 16 months in French oak, 30% new wood.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: The first aroma is smoke, followed quickly by vanilla and coconut. This wine is not shy! Peach and apricot round out the palate, with surprisingly high acidity for all its creaminess. We can see why it won an award – it really is terrific.

Suggested Food Pairing: Try this with grilled salmon. The smokiness of the wine will match the fish perfectly, while the acidity will enhance the flavours.

Cellaring: Drink now or within 2 years.

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Pondview Estate Winery: Lot 74 Sparkling Brut

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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2014 Lot 74 Sparkling Brut

$24.95
Niagara-on-the-Lake

Pondview’s Director of Sales, Marcel Morgenstern, wouldn’t tell us anything about this wine until we had tasted it. Finding unusually floral, Marcel laughed and told the story. He said he had discovered a box of wines made in the 70s in a winery that had shut down. Among them, he discovered a Vidal table wine, and began to think about how unusual it is that so few wines are made with this lovely hybrid grape. He thought it would be an interesting experiment to make a sparkler with it and convinced his Pondview colleagues. The Lot 74 Sparkling Brut – made from 100% Vidal grapes in the Charmat method – is the result. 

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: The wine pours with heady effervescence and aromas of white peaches and cherry blossoms. It’s lightly tart and very pretty, with a surprisingly sharp mousse. This would be a beautiful wine to celebrate the beginning of the weekend or a get-together with friends.

Suggested Food Pairing: Marcel recommended pairing this wine with a party! But he also said it would go well with canapés served at that party.

Cellaring: Drink now.

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Nyarai Cellars: Viognier

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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2015 Viognier

$22.95
Annan, ON

 “Nyarai” comes from a Southern African “Shona” word meaning humility. But there’s nothing humble in these exquisite wines created by winemaker Steve Byfield. He said he made this Niagara-on-the-Lake Viognier because there isn’t a lot of that grape produced in the region.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: This is a wonderful expression of Viognier, matching the classic flavours perfectly: tropical fruit – and especially pineapple – minerals, and a steely undertone with medium acidity. It’s flavourful and satisfying.

Suggested Food Pairing: Steve says to pair this with classic roast chicken, and we think that will work well.

Cellaring: Drink now.

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Huff Estates Winery: Pinot Gris (pre-release)

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Friday, March 27th, 2020
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2017 Pinot Gris (pre-release)

$22
Prince Edward County

Huff left this fruit on the vine quite late in the season, allowing the berries to soak up the warm fall sun and develop good acidity. It’s 100% county fruit, left on the lees during fermentation.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Beautifully perfumed with white flowers, pineapple, and other tropical fruit, there’s a light sweetness but medium-plus acidity here. It has some body, too, and the pretty floral notes persist to a long finish. This is a wow! wine, especially for lovers of French Pinot Gris.

Suggested Food Pairing: This will go well with poached chicken in a rosemary sauce, lending mouth watering acidity to the dish.

Cellaring: Drink now.

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Huff Estates Winery: Riesling Off Dry

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Friday, March 27th, 2020
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2016 Riesling Off Dry

$20
Prince Edward County

Unusual for Huff – one of the County’s best-established wineries – this lovely Riesling is made entirely from Niagara fruit.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Barely off-dry, there is a lot of fruit and minerality here. Peaches and melons dominate, with some pretty lemon tartness. It’s well balanced and delicious!

Suggested Food Pairing: The winemaker recommends buttered scallops with this Riesling, and we agree. It would also go well with curries and other spicy foods.

Cellaring: Drink now.

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Creekside Estate Winery: Backyard Block Sauvignon Blanc

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Friday, March 27th, 2020
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2016 Backyard Block Sauvignon Blanc

$22
Niagara

The Backyard Block vineyard gets its name honestly – it’s directly behind Creekside’s winery. This single-vineyard wine is made entirely on the estate.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Described by the winemaker as “New Zealand-style”, you’ll certainly find notes of canned green vegetables and grass here. But there’s a distinctive floral note, too, and good steely minerality. The citrusy acidity is mouth watering, and the finish tart and fruity.

Suggested Food Pairing: Pair this with anything that goes well with a squeeze of lemon – whitefish or raw oysters would be perfect.

Cellaring: Drink now.

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Closson Chase Vineyards: Vineyard Chardonnay

Posted by Debbie

Friday, March 27th, 2020
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2014 Vineyard Chardonnay

$28.95
Prince Edward County

100% Estate grown in Prince Edward County, winemaker Keith Tyers took great advantage of a cooler growing year, drawing out both the acidity and minerality of the terroir. Aged for 16 months in French oak, it shows off the restraint and delicacy of the vineyards. This wine won a Gold Medal at the National Wine Awards in 2016.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Incredibly complex, there are notes of vanilla, toast, melon and apricot, with an underlying expression of minerals and hay from the lees. Food friendly, there’s lots of lemony acidity to excite the palate. 

Suggested Food Pairing: The toasty flavours and green apple acidity will work well with a cream-based soup, like a New England clam chowder.

Cellaring: Ready to drink right away, this could be cellared for up to 2 years.

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Closson Chase Vineyards: K.J. Watson Pinot Gris

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Friday, March 27th, 2020
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2017 K.J. Watson Pinot Gris

$22.95
Prince Edward County

From a single vineyard on the 13th Street estate, you’ll find this pretty Gamay best if served cool.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Juicy, medium bodied, and dry, the Whitty Vineyard Gamay is a perfect patio red. It brings together flavours of red cherries and mint, with balanced acidity that makes it perfect to serve with food.

Suggested Food Pairing: Toss some turkey burgers on the BBQ – this wine will make them sing.

Cellaring: Ready to drink now or hold 1 or 2 years.

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Westcott Vineyards: Estate Chardonnay

Posted by Debbie

Friday, March 27th, 2020
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2016 Estate Chardonnay

$27.95
Niagara

This was fermented in oak barriques, then aged a further 11 months in old oak. 

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: There are lush flavours of pineapple, melon, and apricot overlaid with butter and smoke. A great Chard for those who enjoy a big, ripe, oaky wine.

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