HERE’S A BUNCH OF EASY-DRINKING, MEDIUM-PRICED LOCAL PINOT NOIRS
The Pinots below can satisfy the need for reasonably-priced local – at least for fans of light reds. In order to produce Ontario’s $35+ Pinots wineries need to sell-off their lesser stuff (maybe from young vines/less successful parts of the vineyard/etc), hence a much lower price. This is the case all over the world. Spring and Summer will be the season for these wines – lightly chilled of course.
I usually rebuke people for calling a wine ‘nice’, but in the case of Konzelmann’s Pinot – nice describes it perfectly. Needs chilling to add some energy – five mins in the freezer and you have the perfect party, early evening, or hockey playoffs gulper.
Stoney Ridge delivers a light, bright Pinot that’s dead simple – but with Beaujolais-style drinkability. Lightly chill and think summer patio. For now, pour to get your evening or weekend started.
Nice is also a fitting description of Henry’s Pinot. Yummy flavours and smoothness make for crowdpleasing gulper, or partner for everyday foods.
Charmes Pinot has an Italianesque quality – as in tangy dry with an earthy, rustic feeling. Suggesting a bowl of tomato pasta, or simply grilled meats. For sure not a party Pinot.
KONZELMANN 16 Pinot Noir, VQA Niagara 200584 $14.95
STONEY RIDGE 16 Pinot Noir, VQA Niagara 156125 $14.95
HENRY OF PELHAM 16 Pinot Noir, VQA Niagara 13904 $14.95
CHATEAU DES CHARMES 16 Pinot Noir, VQA Niagara on the Lake 454967 $16.95