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Snooth User: John Andrews

Recommended wineries on Niagara Peninsula

Posted by John Andrews, Nov 13, 2009.

I have a few favourite wineries on the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario but haven't been to very many so I'm hoping people in the area can give me some recommendations. My favs around here are:

- Thirty Bench
- Fielding Estate
- Stratus
- Le Cos Jordanne

Any others? I'm thinking I might visit Peller or Inniskillin to see if the big Canadian producers are making anything special.

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Reply by Philip James, Nov 13, 2009.

Where are the guys that make that apple dessert wine? Pomme de Glace i think...

I'd like to see their operations

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Reply by John Andrews, Nov 13, 2009.

They are in Quebec ... http://www.clos-saint-denis.qc.ca/

You should have visited them when you went to the Quebec Liquor Board!

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Reply by Philip James, Nov 13, 2009.

Thanks for telling me that after the fact. Will try to swing a visit if I'm ever there again.

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Reply by dmcker, Nov 13, 2009.

Philip (and sorry, John, I'm not attempting to hijack the thread), have you tried Reisetbauer Apfel Cuvee Sparkling Apple Wine? Very well done, from a guy in Austria who knows surprisingly well how to make fruit wines. Twice fermented with a lovely foaminess and a sophisticated taste profile that shocked me. 'Juice' that was effortless to drink.

And very different from cider. I've had a lot of that from Normandy, and some is also quite good, though not at all like any British cider I've had (and which I don't like nearly as much). Then there's always Eric Bordelet's Poiré "Granit" or his apple 'cidre' which doesn't seem like cider anymore.

Or Raumland Sparkling Cassis Secco, which has been surprisingly popular at BBQ.

Somehow I don't feel I'm as off-track with any of these as I sometimes do with a muscat....


John, back on track, I have liked the Clos Jordanne. But haven't had any since Constellation took over. Any changes in the winemaking there? I read that the accountants axed the Frank Gehry-designed winery building, and just put in more grapes, instead....

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Reply by John Andrews, Nov 13, 2009.

@Philip ... no worries. I need to get out to Montreal at some point and hope I can make the trip to visit them.

@dmcker ... they are definitely going upscale and trying to be more like a Burgundy house. wine is definitely good and there is a lot more focus on vineyard management. I was hoping to stop in but they are by appointment only and the wines are getting a little pricey.

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Reply by Philip James, Nov 14, 2009.

DM - British Cider is more like beer, at least the stuff I've had.

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Reply by dmcker, Nov 14, 2009.

Yep, not at all like cidre. The beer's definitely better in Britain than the cider...

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Reply by lsuttell, Nov 17, 2009.

Sunnybrook Farm Estate Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake makes some good fruit wines. At Saturday's Taste of the Season event, they served a iced cherry. It tasted like a prize-winning pie. The mix of cherries made it especially nice and kept it from being cloying (think medicine). I'm new to Snooth and need to learn the proper wine lingo.

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Reply by lsuttell, Nov 17, 2009.

Some favorites from Saturday's Taste the Season tour (I visited 11 wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake): Konzelmann Estate Winery's 2007 Sparking Riesling Methode Cuvee Close (and I don't usually care for whites); Inniskillin's 2006 Olympic Vidal Icewine; and Palatine Hills' 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine.

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Reply by John Andrews, Nov 18, 2009.

@Isuttell ... Thanks for the recommendations ... saw your other thread but didn't see your reply here.


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