New in Ontario Wineries

• Order the following two wines and those from the previous newsletter by the case for daily home, office or restaurant delivery online from Legends Estates Winery or by the bottle or case by visiting the winery at 4888 Ontario St, North Beamsville, ON L0R 1B3

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Legends Estates ‘Reserve’ Chardonnay 2013
VQA Niagara Peninsula $18.95 12.5% alcohol
This is a gorgeous, opulent, barrel-fermented Chardonnay that punches well above its price—it flirts with 5 stars, pick up a case. Baking spice, incense and ripe apple aromas provide entry to a generously textured, medium-full bodied, beautifully balanced flow of ripe, juicy pear, white nectarine with a delightful streak of lemon and grapefruit tang. The finish lingers and the price-quality balance tips well in your favour. (Vic Harradine)

• The following wine might seem strange to be classified a white wine. However, Pinot Gris is a mutation of Pinot Noir and can ripen from green-ish to almost purple hence the variation in colour from one to another. Give this a try.

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Legends Estates ‘Reserve’ Pinot Gris 2015
VQA Lincoln Lakeshore $14.95 12.5% alcohol
The copper-coloured wine in the clear glass bottle will certainly catch your eye. Honey-soaked aromas of peach and pear introduce a tapestry of flavour—excellent tang and white nectarine interweave with exotic spice and orange creamsicle. This is mid weight and fully textured with good balance and a clean, crisp finish and aftertaste. Pour on its own or with lighter-styled appetizers. (Vic Harradine)

• The following hard cider can be purchased by the 12 bottle case at Blueberry Hill Estates Winery 1195 Front Rd, Saint Williams, ON N0E 1P0 or online via their FB page Hounds of Erie Winery or by phone 519-420-0269. 

Founded in 2015, Hounds of Erie Winery is Canada's first virtual winery/cidery. Read more about how this crown-capped, gluten-free, hard cider is made and who makes it.

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Hounds of Erie Winery ‘Best in Show’ Hard Cider
Norfolk County, Ontario $4.95 500 mL bottle 4.0% alcohol 
Clean, alluring aromas of piquant spice and ripe apple introduce an explosion of sweet and tang on the palate followed by a deftly balanced, medium-dry wash of freshly sliced apple infused with delicate, fine-bead bubbles and mixed spice. The finish replays the sweet and tang transforming into a lengthy aftertaste, clean and refreshing, lip-smacking good. (Vic Harradine)