My folks took a weekend in The County recently and came back excited to share some of their finds with me. We tasted a selection of lower to higher-quality wines in red and pinks with a complementary menu:
We started off the afternoon with a cheese plate complete with Black River goat cheddar and nettle brie from Fifth Town Cheese, a creamy borgonzola and warm mixed olives. We paired our cheese with a lovely 2013 rosé from Huff Estates. This new release is a perfectly clear salmon pink that smells of strawberry, raspberry, citrus zest, and peppercorns. The clay and limestone of the vineyard also comes through nicely, balancing out the fruit on the nose. On the palate the wine is just as clean as it looks and smells, and was a perfect pairing with our cheeses. It is tart (but not too much), dry (a pleasant surprise for and Ontario rosé) and well balanced. Score: 92/100
Dinner featured a delicious re-creation of a salad my mum had at The Inn at Lake on the Mountain, featuring fresh greens, lemon dressing, goat cheese and caramelized onions; lemon and cilantro marinated lamb chops; grilled vegetables; and mixed scalloped potatoes. With that we drank a 2012 Sandbanks VQA Cabernet Franc. This is a good medium-bodied, fruit-forward wine. Black currant and cherry dominate on the nose, supported by aromas of cheap milk chocolate, eucalyptus/herbal oils and slight woodsiness. It would pair well with many grilled dinners and is a good choice for a week night. Score: 86/100
Dessert featured a Paleo apple and pear pie with a pecan crust and fresh whipped cream. We were also drinking a Waupoos Estates Winery Gamay Rosé with dinner that stood up well to the baked fruit and cream. In large part due to the dosage of Cabernet Sauvignon dessert wine that is added to this otherwise light pink wine. I wasn’t wild about the addition of the sweet wine but I do appreciate the experimental effort and am a fan of the Waupoos ciders, so I’ll forgive them this time. 😉 Score: 85/100
Prince Edward County is producing many other excellent wines and is a beautiful place to visit. This evening of tasting was a great reminder that I need to get back again soon! What are your favourite wines from The County?