The Local Riesling Club
There’s no such organization, but maybe I should form one! There are lots of fans of local Riesling because it can be so good. Except in the 2007 vintage when it lost its edge and went flat. Flat or smooth are not a good thing in Riesling. The 08’s seem to be back on track and I’ll be reporting as they become available over the summer.
A must for lazy summer sloshing on the deck or dock is Vineland 08 Semi-Dry Riesling. Delicious fruitiness, tons of zest and a wonderful happy feeling. Guaranteed to make you glad you took the day off! So fresh, it feel drier than its labeling and only nine percent alcohol. One of the gems in local wine.
Vineland 08 Semi-Dry Riesling, VQA Niagara 232033 $13.95
If you’re a real keener for something exclusive, check out Twenty Twenty Seven Cellars 08 ‘Featherstone Vineyard’ Riesling. Only a 100 cases made and selling for $24.95. It’s razor sharp, pure as snow and low alcohol. Classic dry Riesling. Only flavours now are wet stone but give it a year or three. (A second wine ‘Falls Vineyard’ has less presence). 2027 is a virtual winery creation by a Niagara College graduate, Kevin Panagapka. He has worked at Creekside, Flat Rock, Hillebrand, Thirty Bench – the winery name is his grape grower registration number. Available at Featherstone Winery in Vineland or from Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Twenty Twenty Seven Cellars 08 ‘Featherstone Vineyard’ Riesling, VQA Twenty Mile Bench $24.95