Welcome to my blog segment, Wine with Erik! Since spring is kind of starting to show (Canadian spring is weird), I decided to do a delicious bubbly!! I shared it with my beautiful partner for our 1 year anniversary and was to excited to enjoy it! I picked a Canadian bubbly to start because I want to showcase what I love and I want to break misconceptions about Canadian wine. Our latitude is the same as some northern regions in France and our weather is actually really great for some species of vines. Our sparkling wines are starting to get to levels close to champagne. We can grow Malbec grapes very easily in our soil, although keeping the vines alive in winter is difficult. We have varieties in Canada only grown here that are very interesting and opens a new world of wine to discover. This is why I want to showcase a Canadian wine to start off.
Okay now that I’m done rambling about wine I’m going to get into the review!
So the wine I picked comes from a well established winery in Ontario called “Henry of Pelham.” They first planted vineyards in 1842, but didn’t produce their first vintage until 1988. The winery also helped found the Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) with a few others which helped create rules and regulations for production to help consumers. The wine I picked is named “Cuvée Catharine” which was named after the widow of Henry of Pelham. The grapes are handpicked, fermented twice, and kept on the Lee’s for 30+ months. Made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, this wine speaks traditional in every way and is a great expression of what the Niagara region has to offer for sparkling wines. On the nose the wine offers notes of green apple, lemon, yeast, and bread, and on the palette the wine has delicate bubbles, refreshing acidity with citrus and some bread-y notes showing through. Enjoy this wine with oysters with a hint of lemon, in orange juice 😉 or on its own!
Thank you so much for reading my article and review! I promise it won’t only be about Canadian wine. If anyone has anything they want to see or know about let Bruce know to ask me! Wine price $32.95
Have a good May!
Editor Martin Rye and Bruce Christopher