New in Ontario Wineries

• Order the following two wines by the case for delivery to home, office or restaurant in Ontario online from Featherstone Estate Winery or pick up a bottle or case at the winery at 3678 Victoria Ave, Vineland, ON.

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Featherstone ‘Phoenix’ Gewürztraminer 2016
VQA Twenty Mile Bench $18.95 13.5% alcohol
This 100% Gewürztraminer opens with intense aromas of tropical fruit interlaced with intriguing notions of rosewater, almond and wood ash. Medium-bodied and off-dry, it’s round and soft in texture with ripe fruit flavours of lychee, melon, peach and pear sprinkled with baking spices while a seam of lively acidity throughout retains freshness. Serve with grilled chicken breasts with a tropical fruit salsa. (Lisa Isabelle)

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Featherstone ‘Select Late Harvest’ Gewürztraminer 2016
VQA Vinemount Ridge $24.95 12.0% alcohol
Produced with grapes picked in December, this sweet wine is concentrated and luscious. Aromas of pineapple and lychee are accented with honey, beeswax and rose petals. Medium yellow in colour, it’s full bodied and mouth-coating offering sweet fruit flavours of peaches in syrup and pear compote balanced with racy citrus—lemon and grapefruit—extending through the long, tasty finish. (Lisa Isabelle)

• Order the following three wines by the case for daily home, office or restaurant delivery directly online from Kacaba Vineyards, by phone at 1 866 522-2228 or 1 905 562-5625, or pick up a bottle or case from the winery at 3550 King Street in Vineland ON.

• By way of explanation for the slight, pink-bronze hue in the following Kacaba ‘Jennifer’s’ Pinot Gris from the 2015 vintage - Pinot Gris is a mutation of Pinot Noir so not unusual for some coloured grapes to be in a bunch.

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Kacaba ‘Jennifer’s’ Pinot Gris 2016
VQA Niagara Peninsula $17.95 12.8% alcohol
An alluring nose of flinty/minerality and floral notes open the door for a richly flavoured wash of grilled pineapple, sugared, red grapefruit and ripe watermelon robed in citrusy tang. It’s medium bodied with oodles of texture and a bold, lengthy, lip-smacking aftertaste. Serve chilled on its own or with a deli platter—smelly cheese, pickled onions, spicy black olives, mortadella, salami, ripe, tomato sections with baguette. (Vic Harradine)

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Kacaba ‘Meritage’ 2015
VQA Niagara Peninsula $24.95 12.8% alcohol
Aromas of forest floor, floral notes and dark toast waft from this hand-picked red blend—85% Cabernet Franc/8% Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc/7% Merlot. A balanced stream of tangy pie cherry, black plum and mixed spice intertwine with spice and dark coffee on the palate. It finishes with good fruit and tang, balanced on a pin, dry and mouth-watering delicious. Pour with grilled hangar steak tortillas. (Vic Harradine)

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Kacaba Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah 2015
VQA Niagara Escarpment $29.95 12.8% alcohol
Earthy notes, cedar and pipe tobacco aromas unleash a medium-plus weight, smooth-as-silk river of tang-laden cranberry and passionfruit flavours cascading across the palate perfectly balanced with ripe black plum and sweet, ripe boysenberry. There’s persistent purity of fruit and a defty balanced finish. Overall, this is a tribute to winemaker John Tummon who once again comes up with a gem of a red wine. Pour with steak, burgers or what you pull from the barbecue at your home. (Vic Harradine)

 Order the following Apple Cider by the case for home, restaurant or office delivery in Ontario online from Southbrook Vineyards or phone toll free: 1 888 581-1581 or pick up a bottle or case from the winery at 581 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON.

 The following Southbrook Cider is certified organic, suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Apple varieties—Nova Mac/Liberty/Nova Spy make up 33% each, with the balance an even split of Goldrush and Priscilla, primarily for tannin—were sourced from Avalon Vineyards in Innisfil, ON. Hand-harvested fruit was pressed at the orchard and brought immediately to the winery without pasteurization or preservatives. It was fermented by ambient yeasts from a biodynamic white wine then bottled and capped with 11 g/L residual sugar (RS) and underwent a 2nd alcoholic fermentation in the bottle. It now registers less than 1 g/l RS—basically bone dry—with good spritz. Col Fundo is an ancient method used for making Prosecco—it signals this wine was not disgorged and remains on the lees in the bottle you purchase sealed with a specially designed crown cap. 

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Southbrook ‘Organic – Wild Ferment – Col Fundo’ Apple Cider
Product of Canada $15.95 7.0% alcohol
Charged with a refreshing spritz, aromas of apple with wisps of caramel provide introduction to a crisp, clean stream of unsweetened apple juice bathing the palate with notions of peach skin and soft citrus pith. It’s light on its feet with excellent tang and leaves the palate totally refreshed. Perfect as a sipper or an aperitif—priming the gustatory juices—this also pairs well with washed rind cheese or lemon chicken. (Vic Harradine)

• The following Tawse ‘Limestone Ridge-North Block’ Riesling is available by the case for daily home, office or restaurant delivery online at Tawse Winery or for pick up by the bottle or case at the winery at 3955 Cherry Ave, Vineland ON.

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Tawse ‘Limestone Ridge - North Block’ Riesling 2015
VQA Twenty Mile Bench $24.25 (431593) 10.0% alcohol
Alluring aromas of orchard fruit, lemon zest, Kaffir lime leaf and a hint of petrol open this well-balanced Riesling. Medium bodied, with some sweetness to counterpoint the backbone of lively acidity, flavours of Granny Smith apple, pear and white grapefruit engulf the palate while a hint of honeysuckle lingers on the long, mouth-watering finish. This would pair nicely with spicy, tuna roll sushi. (Lisa Isabelle)