All that glitters is not gold, but Niagara Region wines definitely sparkle!
Our award-winning food writer, Lynn Ogryzlo, writes “It must be the dance with bubbles which inspires a love affair with sparkling wine. Perhaps it’s the romantic story of a blind monk discovering it in a cool dark cellar? It could be the amorous name ‘champagne’ or perhaps it’s the elite status it holds in celebrations.” For that special occasion, there is nothing better than a cold glass of sparkling wine.
Ontario’s cool climate conditions are exceptionally well-suited to the production of flavorful early season grapes. The character of Niagara’s dry sparkling wines is quite comparable to the international classic, Champagne. Ontario has also created a unique new sparkling wine called Icewine Dosage; a crisp traditional sparkling wine paired with a small dosage of Icewine. The result is a just-sweet wine with that trademark hint of Icewine character.
The best way to experience the sparkling wines of Niagara region is to drive down and raise your glass during an ultimate getaway or tasting tour. Go for the day or extend your stay at one of Ontario’s Finest Inns. Niagara Vintage Wine Tours offers a Vineland, Jordan, and Beamsville Bench Tour with Winery Lunch – a wonderful way to experience the Twenty Valley area. Many wineries also offer specific tastings.
In the meantime, get your home bar ready with any of these local bubblies for your next gathering or celebration:
Featherstone Joy Premium Cuvée Sparkling Wine 2009
Henry of Pelham Cuvée Catharine Estate Blanc de Blanc Carte Blanche 2009
Huff Estates Cuvée Peter F. Huff 2007
Kew Vineyards Blanc de Noir 2011
Tawse Spark Limestone Ridge Riesling Sparkling Wine 2012
Jackson-Triggs Entourage Grand Reserve Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Megalomaniac Bubblehead 2011
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By Becky Dumais