In case you missed my last post, Taste the Season is still going strong with its third weekend starting tomorrow! Robin and I indulged in a few last weekend to keep our month long date going. Unfortunately we didn’t get to visit as many as we’d like, but that just means more for this weekend and next!
Between the Lines Winery was the first winery of the day, a younger one just off of Four Mile Creek Road. They were sharing their 2013 Meritage Reserve which is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. As they’re only 5 years old, their vines are quite young meaning it’s not as full-bodied at some merlots we’ve had. I’d say it’s a great wine to start with if you’re not much of a wine drinker, and it paired nicely with their Beef Goulash! The complex flavours created by combining the goulash with spätzle and red cabbage mean that a more relaxed wine doesn’t take away from the complexity of the dish.
Our next stop was a bit of a detour as we visited Cattail Creek Estate Winery. When looking at the Taste the Season map it shows them, however as we found out they’re not actually doing it this year! We still tried a sample of their Riesling which was light and very fruity. A plus for me also was that they have a Cat Series of wines, inspired by their adorable little cat named Lucy that the owners found at the edge of the highway. Cats and wine? It really doesn’t get much better than that for me!
PondView Estate Winery was our actual second winery for Taste the Season, an absolutely beautiful winery surrounded entirely by vines. Winemaking has been in their family for three generations, with roots in Sicily, Italy. PondView is currently run by Luciano Puglisi and his wife Adriana. As a testament to how good their wine is, Luciano was awarded the Grape King title in 2008 as he was named grape grower of the year. Their passion for the vines shows in their wines as we tasted their 2013 Bella Terra Cabernet Sauvignon. Their Bella Terra line is the best of the best, and it shows since it’s an easy wine to drink while having complex flavours. It was paired with their miniature beef wellingtons with a cabernet sauvignon reduction, a delicious treat for the tastebuds! Their service was also impeccable as we were able to taste a few of their other wines as we had to wait for a large crowd to clear. As we’re both a fan of white wines, we tasted their Harmony White as well as their 2012 and 2014 Rieslings. All three were delicious, with the 2014 Riesling being my top choice. It’s quite sweet and fruity yet still refreshingly crisp: also known as everything I could ever want in a white wine. One more fun fact: PondView makes Belgian dark chocolate shot glasses which they pair with their ice wines. You fill it to the brim, sip, and then at the end eat the chocolate with the last bit of ice wine. I absolutely loved it and I think you should try it if you’re there for a visit!
The last winery for our second Taste the Season visit was Southbrook Vineyards, Canada’s first biodynamic winery. They are LEED Gold Certified as an entirely organic and energy sustainable site. No chemicals are used on the property meaning their wines and everything that goes into making them are entirely green! From the outside their winery looks almost futuristic, but inside they have huge ceiling to floor windows that showcase their beautiful vineyards. Here we tasted their raspberry wine, Framboise paired with a duck rillette topped with berry compote. For those of you – like me – who do not know what rillette is, Wikipedia has told me that it is similar to a pâté. However, the wine was definitely the highlight as it was like nothing I’ve ever tasted before! I also love their Framboise because it can have a variety of uses – as part of a dressing, on top of ice cream or cheesecake, a marinade, and an ingredient in gelato are just a few that come to mind already! I bought a bottle and I can’t wait to test it out in a variety of situations. Beware though, it is extremely sweet. If you’re not a fan of sweets then it’s probably not a good fit for you.
Eight wineries down and only seventeen more to go… think Robin and I can manage to visit all twenty-five before the month is done?