Eastern Ontario Wine Expo 2018
Updated: Aug 8, 2018
Photo - Stone Crop Acres Vineyard + Winery
Ever wondered whether wine could be produced in the Ottawa area? In spite of ice storms in winter and hot, humid summers, several dedicated local winemakers are proving that the answer is a resounding “Yes!”
Recently, a crowd of curious winelovers sipped and sampled wines from 7 area wineries. I joined in the fun and discovered a wide range of styles that are worth knowing about. Here are my favourites:
STONE CROP ACRES ROSÉ 2017 - Morrisburg, Ontario.
Crisp and refreshing Rosé with a floral nose and palate giving bright red berry and rhubarb notes. Made from Frontenac Gris, Frontenac Noir, Sabrevois and Vidal. Enjoy with appetizers on your patio this summer. 90 pts.
SMOKIE RIDGE CHARDONNAY 2012 - Mountain, Ontario
A fragrant Chard with tropical fruit and toast aromas followed by a flavourful palate adding ripe apricot, citrus and caramel notes. Pair with chicken satay or grilled shrimp. 89 pts.
DOMAINE PERRAULT ISABELLA 2016 - Navan, Ontario
A fragrant white wine showing delicious pear, citrus, green apple and caramel notes. Aged 8 mos. in French oak. Made from Louise Swanson and Vidal varietals. Pair with pasta in cream sauce or steamed shellfish. 90 pts. Domaine Perrault also offers an elegant venue for weddings and group events.
I also discovered “Yoga at the Vineyard”, a summer series of yoga sessions that take place at various vineyards in the Ottawa region. Janine Hogg is the “Yogi Wino” leading these delightful sessions. www.yogiwino.ca
Summer is a great time of year for leisurely day trips and exploring the Ottawa region. There’s lots to discover in Ottawa’s wine community!
Jane Staples - Wine, Food & Travel Writer, Accredited Sommelier