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Rosewood Honey and Peaches – White and Sparkling Daily Slosh

27 Mar

2011_RieslingAn Ontario winery that’s making noise is Rosewood Estates www.rosewoodestates.com  near Beamsville. I wandered there a few weeks ago and tried some of their current offerings (Merlot ’10 which was brilliant BTW, Chardonnay Reserve ’10, 2 different Rieslings, and their mead). Nice winery site (not web but actual) and even prettier in real spring, I bet. And, they have a dog patrolling the tasting room, a senior dog at that – I love dogs. This week 2010 Rosewood Natalie’s Süssreserve Riesling #258806 $14.95 hits the shelves. This is a medium sweetness, medium weight white with citrusy goodness. Great with some Asian stuff (not too spicy). Add this one to your Ontario Riesling experience. You will be supporting a friendly, senior dog.

08_MRWhy the reference to honey above? Well, Rosewood Estates makes honey and that ancient potable, mead! I remember sipping a ‘Buck Five Come Alive’ called “Ancient Mead” in Rondeau Park while still in my early teens.  Yes, I started early and often and I’ll thank you not to point that out. It was syrupy sweet and whispered softly in my ear, “Bill, you will regret me but never forget me.”  Guess what? I did and I won’t. Well, Rosewood has made Ontario mead respectable again for me. I tasted the 2008 Mead Royale #296178 $15.20 (500ml) and was wowed. It was light, silky smooth, subtly sweet but not too and brimming with clover and, well, honey goodness. Great with desserts, I’m betting. Get acquainted with this superb Ontario mead. I just discovered that there’s not much available in the stores. So, darn you’ll have to wander to their lovely winery on a warm spring day (or buy it on-line – link above).

bertrandTalk about a happenin’ grape – Viognier is it. Restaurants are starting to stock and push it, sommeliers are creatively matching it, wineries are rushing to plant it and stores are starting to sell it in case lots. What’s the big buzz about? (Damn, I should have used that phrase when I was talking about the mead) I’ll tell you what the big deal is – Viognier is good, it’s got intensity, floral presence, peachy/apricoty things, and fragrance in spades. Oh yeah, and Andrew L. loves it! This week, I’m recommending a relatively quiet Viognier 2011 Gérard Bertrand Réserve Espéciale Viognier #147975 $15.95 – softish, peachy but still crisp. It’s from Languedoc where they are really jumping on the Viognier wagon. The patio will soon be open, fingers crossed, and this wine would be great with what you’d munch under the umbrella, talking politics, or re-hashing the current season of Hell’s Kitchen.

libschoolchardOn a number of recent occasions, I have neglected to recommend a chardonnay for the chardhounds out there. So, here goes. A couple of weeks ago, I recommended a 2011 Liberty School Syrah #942383 $18.95. I said that Liberty School wines were usually available, fun, had a nice price point, and a middle-of-the-road flavour profile that works for just about everyone. The 2011 Liberty School Chardonnay #960120 $18.95 fits that description. It’s full of flavour, has a little less oak than many Central Coast chardonnays, and finishes clean. Perfect for the coming spring. So, when you finish spring cleaning, pop a cork, grab a book and relax with this wine (I’ve queued up Nikolsky, Gone Girl, and Updike’s Terrorist – you?) .

sannaproseccoEvery spring, I recommend this prosecco. Why prosecco at all, you ask? Well, you love prosecco when you have it. Pathetically, you lie in bed at night and wonder why you don’t have it more often – maybe on its own or with calamari, cheeses, light seafood, etc. I might be projecting here. And, I think this one is right on target for those days and sleepness nights. Pick up a bottle or two of the Tenuta S. Anna Extra Dry Prosecco #169128 $16.95. It’s got loads of what prosecco has loads of – crispness and fun.

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