Fashion editorial intertwined with the vine in wine country NOTL

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Peller Estates, with founder Andrew Peller, deserving of his recognition as being one of the founding fathers of Ontario wine, set his“roots” excuse the pun in Niagara-on-the-Lake as early as 1969. Today, Peller is now Ontario’s second-largest wine company  and remains a family owned business producing award winning wines in a grand winery, with a showpiece barrel cellar and incredible Peller Estates Winery Restaurant, one of the leading dining destinations in the region. Executive celebrity Chef Jason Parsons at the helm of the restaurant  marries his inspired cuisine with the wines of Peller.

On to a red wine, our palates are primed and ready, and Peller delivers…

A big and bold red… the Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010; recent recipient of the Gold Medal award for Best Cabernet Sauvignon at Cuvee Niagara 2012 Awards.Harvested both from estate owned vineyards and from long-standing growers within the Niagara Peninsula, this wine was aged for 12 months in 60% American and 40% French oak barrels. Take in the intoxicating aroma of black currant,black pepper, a touch of tobacco and leather. Juicy, with flavour of plum, blackberry and a hint of clove, lingering finish. BIG buy for $21.95.

The Wine Ladies fashions provided by She Is Boutique, Oakville, Ontario

Icewine, Canada’s iconic wine becomes multi-dimensional at The Ice House Winery, home of Northern Ice Premium Icewine. Jointly owned by Winemaker Jamie Macfarlane, known as the most experienced icewine maker in the world and Karen King a sensory researcher. Versatility and innovation rule here.

Northern Ice Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Red Icewine $70.00/200ml

Think unorthodox blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Dornfelder… Dorn-who? A German origin dark skinned red grape, which affords the icewine a brilliant ruby red colour and lower toned fruit notes of plum and fig, marries in bliss to the Cab’s red cherry and raspberry. A true treat, to be enjoyed on its own or with unusual pairings such as crispy pancetta and goat cheese topped on thinly sliced apple. Another treat is the surprise special gift which Jamie always includes with every purchase of a specialty icewine.

N’Icewine Slushie
Locate your inner- child-like zest for life with the N’Icewine Slushie, made with Vidal, the number one icewine grape in Ontario and served up in a martini glass to make you feel grown up! It’s a delish cocktail, refreshing and sensuous, with the vidal surrendering a touch of intensity and allowing the water and the ice to balance out the sweetness, acidty and fruit notes…. hence the “Party in your mouth” cocktail as Jamie and Karen like to call it.

Sheep roam the vineyards pruning, chickens pluck and aerate the soil, while horses can be seen among the rows of grapevines, providing nutrients for soil enrichment, this is Tawse Winery, a fully certified organic and biodynamic winery where the vineyard is its own ecological entity. Tawse was named ‘Canadian Winery of the Year’ by Canadian Wine Access Magazine in 2010 and 2011. Also in 2011, Paul Pender, was named Winemaker of the Year at the Ontario Wine Awards. We are all rewarded with the efforts and philosophy of Tawse by what we discover and enjoy in our glass.

2010 Sketches Riesling, enticing aromas of pear, lemon and spice with a hint of mineral and petrol, lively and bright, backed up with a zesty refreshing acidity and lengthy finish.
Gold Medal 2012 at the Canadian Wine Award $17.95 Product Code 89029

2011 Sketches Chardonnay, in the mood for a delish, rich, layered, juicy and vibrant Chardonnay, with a little nut, a touch of butter and slight notes of oak vanilla? Enjoy this complex Chardonnay with a touch of minerality too and a lengthy finish

 

We always says sparkling wines are enjoyed not nearly enough! Whether you are celebrating or enjoying just because…the essence of wonderful bubbly will elevate the mood, and tantalize one’s palate with a lively, delicate mouse and pure luxury!

Henry of Pelham Estate Winery situated on the lower slopes of the Niagara Escarpment is family owned and operated by three very talented and charming brothers. Their Cuvee Catharine Brut Rose, so named in honour of the widow and matriarch of the family, has long been one of our go-to sparkling wines. Hand picked, and bottle fermented this delicious and complex bubbly is made with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, the colour is elegant, a pale salmon, the nose reveals dried cherries and ripe strawberry, a tad yeasty, we like that, this dry, medium-bodied sparkling rose has persistence both on the palate and in the finish. Enjoy this pink drink anytime, anywhere, as sparkling wines are the food friendliest wines for the palate on the planet!
Product code: 217505 $29.95

 

 

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