Fine wines make me nicer.

So I spent a lovely Saturday hitting 8 wineries in 7 hours with some good friends.

That’s just how we roll.

There’s a great song by The Cardigans called “I need some fine wine (and you need to be nicer)” I love that has this great line:

“Sometimes we talk over dinner like old friends
Till I go and kill the bottle,
I go off over any old thing,
Break your heart
and raise a glass or ten.”

These are not the wines you’d use for that but they are truly fine. Just like Ontario Wine Country. 😉

I’m a big fan of the Bench, which is where my Saturday was focused. The limestone and varied terrain (lakeside, hillcrest, red clay, chalky white clay) creates great, diverse wines that can be polar opposites in flavour.

Tawse: organically and biodynamically farmed vineyard located atop the Twenty-Mile Bench.

Great cabernet franc. Ontario’s special grape. Tastes like blueberry, fiddleheads, herbs like sage and sorrel, and vanilla. Great tannins but not heavy. $27.


Great riesling. Limestone Ridge South 2013. Honey, pink grapefruit, and that smell of wet stone after a rainstorm.

Interestingly, this is from the south ridge. The Red Stone Limestone Ridge 2013 is from the north ridge, yet tastes totally different. Geography matters. $22.


Sue Ann Staff:

Home of the Ice Witch – she who makes THE BEST ice wine. It’s damn near alchemical. This ice wine is not too sweet; lemon zest and white peach heaven. $25.


Riesling is clean, bright and honey-peachy. $18. I joined their wine club because of this wine.


Red Stone:

Part of Tawse. Syrah screams of plums and cherries and grilled steak and its spices. I had to have a steak at lunch after sipping on this wine. $40.


Thirty Bench:

Starts chalky but then BOOM: orange, pink grapefruit and pineapple. It’s cheeky and subtle at the same time. A double entendre in a glass. $30.


Angel’s Gate:

Sussreserve Riesling. Sweet, yet sassy pineapple, nectarine, and lemon zest. $14.


As I s-l-o-w-l-y open each bottle, I’ll write a more in-depth review.

Cheers, Lchaim and Salut!


4 thoughts on “Fine wines make me nicer.

    • It’s magic what she does with Icewine. I normally find it sickly-sweet but her Icewine is the perfect balance. It’s alchemical, in that she’s created gold out of something really simple.


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