6 wonderful wines to savour this summer

2015 Strewn Terroir Pinot Blanc

Tasting Notes: Pinot Blanc harvested from Strewn Vineyard shows bold, intense, perfume-like aromas of tropical fruit and flowers. The palate has a full, lush and creamy body with a hint of sweetness that is overtaken by a savoury character and a note of gentle astringency. The finish is smooth and refreshing with a lingering presence.

Food Pairings: Pair with dishes like a quiche or pork tenderloin with mushrooms in a cream sauce.

Konzelmann Estate Sauvignon Blanc Reserve

Tasting Notes: Our Sauvignon Blanc is vividly aromatic, crisp and elegant. Notes of grass and gooseberry play well with the mouth watering acidity, while the spicy pear and white pepper invigorate the plates before transitioning into a savoury lemon finish. This is the perfect summer sipper as it is very bright and refreshing! 

Food Pairings: This Sauvignon Blanc pairs nicely with fresh summer foods including fish, grilled asparagus, or anything topped with goat cheese!


2015 FRESH Beginnings Moscato

Tasting Notes: Notes of citrus, peach, honey, pear and light floral tones.

Food Pairings: Pair with fruit salad or spinach salad dressed with a citrus vinaigrette.

2015 Château des Charmes Cuvée d'Andrée Rosé

We dedicate this delightful Rosé to Madame Andrée Bosc – wife, mother and winery matriarch. We wanted to make a wine with as much joie de vivre as Madame. The vibrant pink certainly makes a statement. We were able to extract this colour by using only fully ripe grapes and by allowing an overnight cold soak to bleed out the colour from the skins. This is the old school way to make a crisp, dry Rosé. The vibrant ruby-pink colour leads to the layers of cranberry and strawberry aromas, lifted with hints of white  pepper and cedar.

Some producers think Rosé is not a serious wine so they don’t take serious care of the grapes in the vineyard. We believe that any wine we make must  be made  from the best grapes we can grow. This Rosé is no exception. Each year the combination of varieties may change, depending on what  the vineyard gives us, but we will only use red grapes. This year we chose Pinot Noir.

For me, Rosé is the one wine that will pair with anything. If I’m having a tough time finding
a match for a particular dish, I know I have our Rosé in my hip pocket. I have enjoyed it with beef satay, with a thick and juicy burger off the grill and even a summer field greens salad topped with a pan seared sea scallop. When  in doubt, Rosé!

River Road Cabernet

Tasting Notes: Aromas of red and blackberry fruit. On the palate, raspberries, cherries, sweet black berry fruit and a touch of cassis with subtle spice notes.

Food Pairings: Enjoy with beef or homemade lasagna and hamburgers.

Between The Lines Riesling

The 2015  Riesling is an example of our first-class wines from the Wertsch Family Vineyard in the Four Mile Creek appellation of the Niagara Peninsula. The black clay loam with a high mineral content produces clean fruit at harvest and expresses Riesling’s natural aromas of apple and citrus flavors as well as its crisp acidity.

The fresh pressed juice went into stainless steel tanks for a slow, cool fermentation. Our winemaker uses a variety of selected yeasts to exploit fruitiness and to enhance mouthfeel. Fermentation was followed by a minimum of three months of sûr-lie aging for a rounder texture and to improve volume and length.

Tasting Notes: Fresh flavors and generous weight is countered by bright and refreshing acidity. This wine is crisp and dry. The soft-citrus aromas are laced with apple and honey on the palate to give it a mouth watering finish.

Food Pairings: Pairs well with grilled white fish in a beurre blanc (butter-wine) sauce or roasted chicken.