So This month I decided to do 3 Canadian wines, and more specifically, Ontario wines. I recently finished taking my Canadian Wine Scholar course and fell in love with Canadian wines all over again. I have always loved Canadian wines, I mean it’s what made me want to get into the wine industry. But getting to experience all these wines and really look into our history was just fantastic. So I have decided to pick a red, a white, and a sparkling of what are some really great examples of what Ontario has to offer. So let’s go into it.
Henry of Pelham Cuvee Catherine Brute – $29.95
This is one of my favorite sparklings. This wine has aromas of citrus, melon, apple, and some bready toasty notes. On the palate, the wine is dry with a light body and crisp mouth-watering acidity, the bubbles are also very delicate. Enjoy this bubbly with a roast turkey, a citrus salad or on its own in the sun!
Charles Baker Ivan Vineyard Riesling 2016 – $27.20
This Riesling is from the Twenty Mile Bench and it is sooooo fantastic! I consider this one of the best examples of what Canada has to offer. The winery is also known as Stratus. This wine has a bright nose with aromas of apple, citrus, petrol, and minerality. On the palate, this wine is dry, with refreshing acidity to make you pucker a little. This body is light and has a pretty decent finish. I highly recommend giving this wine a try despite the price. Pair it with pad thai, grilled salmon with lemon, or again enjoy it on it’s own! It really is fantastic!
Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Baco Noir 2016 – $24.95
Baco Noir is a very interesting grape that I have not found much outside of Canada and this is a great example of what Canada is doing with it. I never really appreciated Baco Noir all that much until I tried this one and decided since I’m keeping it Canadian themed, I should choose a red that we are really doing different things with. On the nose, this wine has darker aromas of coconut, blackberry, cassis, cherry, vanilla, and chocolate. On the palate, this wine is dry, with lower tannins and good acidity with an overall medium body for easy drinking.
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