I recalled these words of Jonas Newman as I wandered into his Hinterland Winery (here in the County) today – I was greeted by flying corks and the loud noises of disgorging. The process of ‘exploding’ the dead yeast out of bottles of sparkling wine. Stand back!
Jonas’ newest contribution to sparkling is his version of Bugey-Cerdon, a favourite with the locals in the Jura mountains in eastern France. Which is produced by methode ancestrale, a short-form of Champagne that produces a slightly sweet, low alcohol wine. Ideal for lunches, summer patios or ‘whenever’. Jonas used Gamay so his Ancestral so it’s pink – the perfect colour for this fun drink. Closer to off-dry than sweet. Get some while you can and put County fun in your life.
HINTERLAND ‘ANCESTRAL’ Sparkling, Prince Edward County $23 (direct from winery, www.hinterlandwine.com 613-921-7003)