Ontario is developing itâ€™s own style of white wine and people are liking it.
And why wouldnâ€™t they?Â When you combine the zest of dry Riesling with the body of Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio, and season the blend with the exotic perfume of Gewurztraminer â€“ you have something with a lot of appeal. And great drinkability. These blended wines started appearing a few years ago and now almost all wineries are getting in the game.
Blended wines used to frowned upon, or misunderstood, but itâ€™s the right formula for our cool climate where different grape varieties perform differently each year. Blending allows to winemaker to produce a more consistent product, and to maintain a reasonable price. Check out the following at your local LCBO.
HENRY OF PELHAM 10 â€˜Sibling Rivalryâ€™ White VQA Niagara 126144 $13.95
. . . off dry but refreshingly tart. Patio sipper.
HENRY OF PELHAM 10 â€˜School Houseâ€™ Riesling/Pinot Grigio, VQA Niagara 219022 $12.95
. . . Riesling zest and the good drinkability of PG. Really good edition of basic â€“ a Honda wine.
RIDGEPOINT 09 â€˜Monticello Biancoâ€™ VQA Niagara 218651 $13.95
. . . herbaceous, spicy, and refreshing. Another summer sipper
HILLEBRAND 09 â€˜Crush Whiteâ€™, VQA Niagara 234310 $12.75
. . . Pinot Grigio with a beach town flavour. The perfect partner for any lighthearted event.
CHATEAU DES CHARMES 09 â€˜Generation Seven Whiteâ€™, VQA Niagara 197988 $13.95
. . . refreshing with a little spicy sweetness. A fun summer day feeling. Good party choice.
KACABA 09 â€˜Gypsyâ€™ White, VQA Niagara 215053 $10.95
. . . off-dry with lots of spicy perfume. Would be popular and you have to like the price.