Inniskillin: Icewine Heaven

Inniskillin Winery, located on the Niagra Peninsula in Canada, has long been one of my favorite producers of icewine–not that there are a lot of icewine producers in North American. And that is because icewine (a dessert wine) is a very tiny, very select niche in the world of wine–and Germany tends to have the lion’s share of the market worldwide.

What Inniskillin has done is establish itself as one of Canada’s first estate-based wineries–and a winery to make Canada proud.

For the uninitiated, icewine is produced from grapes left on the the vine until the first hard freeze. At that stage of the season the grapes start to look more like raisins. The hard frost isolates the remaining water in the grapes–leaving intensely sweet and concentrated fruit. The tiny amount of juice given up by the shriveled grapes has a syrupy texture almost like honey–and tastes almost like honey. The key to icewine is formulating it so the intense sweetness and fruit is offset by clean a acidity. A great icewine is like nectar–made to be sipped. Naturally, this rare nectar commands a rare price.

2017 Inniskillin Vidal Icewine: flavors and aromas of tropical fruit, peach, and citrus. 49.00

2017 Inniskillin Reisling Icewine: aromatic lemon/lime and peach is reflected in the flavor profile. 79.00

2017 Inniskillin Cabernet Franc: an explosion of strawberry/raspberry flavor and aroma–layers of lush fruit. 84.00

Inniskillin Vidal, Riesling, & Cabernet Franc IceWines

Bonterra…in a Can?

So, what’s a proudly organic winery doing putting some of their wines in a can?? Turns out what Bonterra Organic Vineyards is doing pretty smart…and very handy for wine drinkers on the go. If you are a hiker, a picnicker, or hangin’ at the beach, you got a friend in Bonterra‘s new 250ml cans. Nice wines, great price, totally portable. 18.00/4pack/250ml cans

Bonterra 2018 Sauvignon Blanc--citrusy, clean and crisp–oh yes, and organic–so you can have a drink and feel virtuous at the same time.

Bonterra 2018 Rosé–chill with strawbery, citrus, and tropical flavors–summer in a can.

Bonterra 2018 Young Red--serve cool, be cool. Lively fruit and zippy acidity. Thinkin’ BBQ.

Bonterra Organic Vineyards

San Pedro Wines: From Chile, with Love

San Pedro winery is Chile’s oldest and largest exporter. San Pedro’s 1865 Single Vineyard wines celebrate their first year of production with a line of quality wines at bargain prices.

1865 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (2016) shows off top quality, hand-harvested fruit with solid body and complex aromas/flavors of citrus. Love the lingering, crisp acidity on the finish. 17.00

1865 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir (2015) is all pinot, all day. Loaded with cherry, raspberry, and strawberry flavors, 1865 Pinot expresses tangy freshness and a fruity finish. A deal. 17.00

1865 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc & 1865 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir