Dear Toronto: Have you been day dreaming about sipping some of the best Canadian wines this Thanksgiving long weekend? What about looking ahead, to the soon-to-follow turkey fest at Christmas? Imagine a table set for a crowd, as it was before the pandemic.
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Don’t forget the good chinaware that rarely sees the light of day! All waiting to be filled up with good food, wine, and maybe some shared laughter, too. Cue up the Netflix’s series “Stranger Things” theme song for Thanksgiving 2020. How much longer do we have to endure this “new normal”?
High quality Canadian wines
The good news is, smaller gatherings (or virtual friends and family meetings) means you don’t have to share all of that premium Canadian wine you’ve bought. Bonus: you’ll likely have less mess to clean up. And you don’t have to awkwardly kick your guests when you’re ready for bed! (You know, the ones who tend to over sip their welcome?)
Pop the cork on even better news. Canada is making a variety of high quality wines that pair well with turkey and all the fixings. Share a bottle or two separately over Zoom. And enjoy more leftovers for you!
Pearl Morissette Cuvée “Black Ball” Riesling 2017, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara, VQA
Riesling is an incredibly versatile wine for the Thanksgiving season – dry or sweet. It is up to the vintner to determine the level of remaining residual sugar, if any, when fermentation is complete. The wine is coined ‘King’ by the pros when it comes to food pairing. And they work well with so many orchard fruit flavours available this time of year! (Baked brie with apples anyone?)
If you can get behind a good example of one, and appreciate it with food, you might just branch out and fall in love with it. The wine’s fruit-forward characteristics balanced with ample acidity makes it a wonderful pairing for so many dishes. That’s especially true for ones that have acidity themselves.
Only 646 cases available
Enjoy this dry, vibrant style of pure Niagara fruit from boutique producer Pearl Morissette. It bursts with chalky minerality, and an overall “salty”, saline texture. Get lost in the aromas and flavours of lemon-lime, floral honey notes with some almandine, Anjou pear, and orchard apple.
Plus there’s a refreshing dry finish to remind you that you’re sweet enough! Only 646 cases were produced. Order it here.
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It may be a gloomy day in Niagara, but we have a major cause for celebration – 2018 Dix-Neuvième Chardonnay just went into a bottle. It “only” took 10 years, but our DIX-NEUVIÈME (the v-d of its provenance) has finally arrived without bearing the word “Chardonnay” on the label. It may seem like a trivial detail to many, but it is most definitely a milestone for us! ************ It’s the 11th year of this wine. The 2017 bedazzled and swept us away with its poise and precision, … but how could we possibly know that it was not just the season, but the beginning of true knowledge?! We couldn’t know, we could only hope. Looking at all of these vintages lined up in a row is re-living all of the seasons, remembering the lessons, and being reminded once again: there are NO such things as shortcuts in wine. At least not when one wants to be as true to the wines and to one’s words as possible. . When you work in this new world of ours – not even a toddler in viticultural terms – it does take many years to start uncovering the identity of a region – and even more, to get a sense of the identity of A vineyard. So many variables have to be subtracted along the way – climates, yields, élévages, etc.; so much white noise and personal biases have to be overcome – and endless amounts of opinions about what Chardonnay should or shouldn’t be. *********** But here it is – 10 vintages since our inaugural 2008 Chardonnay Dix-Neuvième, we’re ready to take the medium (the Chardonnay grape) away from the label, and let the words DIX-NEUVIÈME occupy all the space they need. We’re at the beginning of starting to know and touch not only what Chardonnay in Niagara is, but what is the DNA of our DIX-NEUVIÈME.
Hidden Bench “Nocturne” Rosé 2019, Beamsville, Niagara, VQA
The colour alone of this rosé is incredible! Deep pink or pale ruby, any way you pour, it looks pretty in your glass! This is a juicy, food friendly Canadian rosé made from mostly Pinot Noir grapes, with remaining 2% Merlot via the “saignée” method.
The wine has a fermentation process where the juice from the red wine “bleeds”. That means it runs down into winemaking vats following skin contact with its pulp and seeds.
Basically this is a gentler way of extracting its intense colour and flavour. It is reminiscent of the famous rosé producing region of Tavel in the Rhône Valley, France. Expect a medium plus bodied weight with rich, juicy red cherry, cranberry, luscious raspberries and cream. Plus an ever-so-slightly herbaceousness.
Nocturne truly is one of our best Canadian wines, perfect for fresh savoury herbs like sage.
Intense colour and flavour
There is some, but minimal residual sugar at 3.2 grams per standard 5 oz serving. That makes it slightly off-dry, and perfect for homemade cranberry sauce! Limited quantity remains at the winery for good reason, visit their website or call direct to order.
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Just in time for Thanksgiving we have two wines being released in the Vintages Release tomorrow, and as always the Estate Pinot Noir is always available for you as a vintages essential product. Distributed amongst 250 stores across the province, now is the time to pickup these perfect Thanksgiving wines. 2017 Estate Riesling Vintages#183491 "The fruit is tangy, fresh and mouth filling on the palate with gushing lime-citrus, minerals, a touch of peach and rollicking acidity" 91pts – Rick Van Sickle 2017 Estate Chardonnay Vintages #68817 (The 2017 is sold out at the winery, only available at the LCBO) Gold Medal Winner – National Wine Awards 2018 Estate Pinot Noir Vintages # 274753 Aromatics of red cherries and violets. This wine offers a fruit forward palate with silky tannins and a red fruit core. Drinking beautifully now! #organicwine #hiddenbenchwinery #terroirdriven #supportlocal #drinklocal
Southbrook 2018 Laundry Vineyard Gamay Noir, Vinemount Ridge, Niagara, VQA
This is one of Niagara’s top quality wineries dedicated to sustainable, biodynamic and certified organic winemaking. The meticulous care, and respect for the land speaks for itself in its premium juice.
Their 2018 single vineyard Gamay Noir is no exception. It is jam-packed with red fruit nuances on the nose. Think strawberry, raspberry jam with some luxurious cherry, and aromatic floral notes to invigorate the senses.
An underlying earthiness and minerality is present on the palate from the clay-loam soils the vines grow in. That provides overall depth and texture for the wine.
Certified organic winemaking
A medium plus bodied Gamay with a lingering finish. It’s perfect with a first (and second) helping of turkey. Also lovely on its own as a starter red.
You can chill it down slightly to just below room temperature around 16-18 C, as they often do in Beaujolais, France. That’s the home of legendary Gamay Noir.
You don’t want it too cold though, as it would hide some of the flavours. That would cause its’ supple tannin to seem more bitter than they are. Just chill it enough to refresh your palate in between mouthfuls of turkey, stuffing, and fresh cranberry sauce. Get your premium Niagara Gamay Noir here.
Leaning Post “Lowery Vineyards” 2017 Pinot Noir, St. David’s Bench, Niagara, VQA
A mere 100 cases were made of this complex earthy, juicy single-vineyard Pinot Noir. It is sourced from premium Niagara grapes along the St. David’s Bench. On the nose you can expect sweet herbs like tarragon and basil mixed with some floral characteristics. Included there is a fresh bouquet of lavender with faint mulberry notes at the end of your swirl.
Upon first sip, you’ll experience a bit of a different story. The wine has intense earthy cherry, pomegranate and bright red raspberry flavours with subtle mushroom, and mulch. Also, of course, it has prominent mineral notes from the rich soils it flourishes in.
A medium plus bodied red with good structure where tannins and acidity are concerned. This is a Niagara Pinot that is ready for heavier poultries like turkey, or Cornish game hen. Buy it here.
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Without a doubt this was the single busiest day we have had at LP since Nadia and I bought the property! . . We picked our #SenchukVineyard Pinot Noir, which is actually the 6th(!) vintage from our vines. Thought it would be fun to check in on the first vintage (2015)… absolutely delicious! (pic 1 & 2) . . Put some of our 777 clone Pinot in Amphora for #TheFreak, and the rest into tank for ferment (pics 3,4 &5) . . Had more building materials show up and get craned OVER our old building to get into the new building! (pic 6) . . Concrete was poured for the back crushpad on the new building (pic 7) . . And Joey, the dog of @ace.rose.f decided to leave her mark in the crushpad! (pic 8) . . #harvest2020 #thisishowwedoit #allaboutefficiency #PinotNoir #naturalwine #vinnature #canada #canadianwine #orderwine #orderonline #wine #familybusiness #buylocal #supportlocalbusiness #supportlocal #allinthistogether #VQA #VQAatHome #WineCountryOntario #Wine #winetime #ontariowine #Niagara #niagarawine #ONwine #oncraftwineries
Two Sisters Thanksgiving Collection
And if you can’t think about it right now, Two Sisters has done the work for you by offering a mixed case of turkey friendly wines in their Thanksgiving Collection.
You’ll want to crack open their opulent traditional (Champagne) method sparkling rosé wine right away!
It’s conveniently named “Lush”, for its’ pun expressing the flavour. Also, perhaps they went with a cheeky nickname for those who have no shame when it comes to well-made Canadian sparkling wine!
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Our award-winning Thanksgiving Collection is the perfect addition to grace your table. • 2018 Riesling – Gold Medal All Canadian Wine Championships • 2018 Chardonnay – Double Gold Medal All Canadian Wine Championships • Lush Sparkling Rosé – Gold Medal Intervin International Wine Awards • 2018 Rosé – Silver Medal Intervin International Wine Awards • 2016 Merlot – Silver Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards • 2016 Eleventh Post – Silver Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards Exclusively priced at $248 and shipping is complimentary in Ontario, this collection is only available online and for a short time across Canada and parts of the US. Click link in bio to order! @Decanter @allcanadianwinechampionships #IntervinWineAwards #Thanksgiving #Awardwinningwines #luxurywines #drinkOntario #TSVwines #DWWA2020