Niagara Peninsula Vqa Wine

 

The Niagara Peninsula, part of the Ontario province, is the most productive wine region in Canada. Lake Ontario is to its north, and the Niagara River is in the east, culminating at the great Niagara Falls. Most of the vineyards are situated along the Niagara Escarpment, a low mountain ridge that runs through Ontario into New York state. The Escarpment acts as a climate moderator, protecting against cold lake breezes by circulating air back to the lake. This is especially helpful to low lying areas that would normally be prone to early frost. The region has its own microclimate that differs from the rest of Canada, with good grape ripening conditions in hot summers and cold late autumns and winters that allow for natural Icewine production. 
 
Icewine, produced mostly from the Vidal grape, but also from Riesling, is the pride of the region and its most popular commodity, even in a sparkling version. As in Germany, Riesling is produced here in a range of styles from bone dry to Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Strewn Estate Winery

    At Strewn, we're committed to making premium VQA wines from grapes grown in the Niagara peninsula...

  • Thirty Bench Wines

    Thirty Bench is a producer of premium wines grown exclusively on estate vineyards in the Beamsvil...

  • Tawse Estates

    The Tawse Winery is nestled in the gentle slopes of our 32-acre vineyard located on the Vineland ...

  • Henry of Pelham Family Estate

    Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery is a premium estate winery located on the Short Hills Ben...

  • Malivoire Wine Company

    These clever organic farmers welcome guests at their unique winery store. Malivoire’s practical ...

  • Angels Gate Winery

    Angels Gate Winery uses traditional winemaking techniques combined with new world technologies to...

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  • Malivoire Chardonnay Niagara Peninsula Vqa Estate Bottled 2004

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    Stemming from a blend of half barrel-aged and half unoaked Chardonnay, the 2004 vintage from Malivoire provided an interesting cross-section of characteristics. It showed, on one hand, subtle buttery, toasty, almond tones with banana fruit from the oaked portions, and a fresh citrus bloom of oranges and limes on the nose. The palate continues th... Read More

    Wine review by Grape Juice


  • Malivoire Cabernet Franc Rose "Ladybug 2004

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    The wine was a perfect match for dinner, bringing strawberries, rhubarb, and cranberry to the table. The curious sweet and sour quality of cranberries carried over onto the palate, accentuated by good acidity and a tangy finish. With excellent length this medium-bodied pink was a very well structured rosé, with none of the over-sweetened flab th... Read More

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  • Mike Weir Estate Winery Chardonnay Niagara Peninsula Vqa 2005

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    Rich in colour and taste, this wine is perfectly crafted for palates who adore the classic toasty, buttery Chardonnay taste, with enough crisp acidity to cater to those who dislike overdone Chards. Although lacking its own unique character, this charmingly impressionable wine is easy drinking on its own or a great accompaniment to food. Its the ... Read More

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  • Angels Gate Winery Cabernet Franc Beamsville Bench Vqa Icewine 2004

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    The familiar tea leaf aroma, stronger in this wine than any others we had tried up until that point, was still discernable on the nose, along with smoke, roasted red peppers, ash, and strawberry jam. Light to medium bodied, the palate featured berry notes, pepper and an acidic, slightly bitter finish. Decent length and food friendly overtones st... Read More

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  • Château des Charmes Gamay Noir Niagara Peninsula Vqa 2005

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    Gamay Droit is a vinifera variety that youre not going to encounter anywhere other than Chateau des Charmes. Canadian wine industry pioneer Paul Bosc, one of the most recognizable figures in the Ontario appellations, holds the international Plant Breeders Rights to Gamay Droit, discovered during clonal research in 1982.Bosc and his vineyard mana... Read More

    Wine review by Grape Juice


  • Henry of Pelham Pinot Blanc 2004

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    Dry, acidic, and lemon-water pale, Henry of Pelhams 2004 vintage is a firm, almost bracing expression of Pinot Blanc. A prime example of more than meets the nose, expect a bit of a surprise on the palate. A soft nose of peach, floral notes, and apple makes mischief by belying a sharper palate of lime, mineral, and green apple characteristics. Wh... Read More

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  • Fielding Estate Winery Gewürztraminer Niagara Peninsula Vqa 2006

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    Soft and seemingly shy at first, this Gewurz builds on all of the characteristics that fans of the varietal love, while tossing in enough accompanying uniqueness to excite even those generally leery of this highly aromatic little grape. The classic identifiers of rose petals and lychee are most assuredly present on both nose and palate, but dont... Read More

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  • Pillitteri Estates Winery Vidal Niagara Peninsula Vqa Select Late Harvest Estate NV

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    Sweet with a complex nose of noble rot. Same complex mouth feel, with a nice sweet finish. Just lacking in acidity - too flabby. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Coyote's Run Estate Winery Pinot Noir Four Mile Creek Vqa Red Paw Vineyard 2004

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    My favorite of the two 'paw' wines. Fruitier and smoother than the Black Paw. Cherries and strawberries with some herbal noes. Read More

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  • Coyote's Run Estate Winery Red Bordeaux Blend Four Mile Creek Vqa Meritage 2004

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    Gold medal winner at the Canadian Wine Awards. A very Burgundian style Pinot. Good, earthy, barnyard style. A firm, full bodied wine. Personally I prefer the fruitier Red Paw wine. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


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