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)