Natural Wonder: Riesling best showcases the cool climate character of Canada
As Canadians gather to celebrate the Canada Day long weekend, many will consider what symbols truly represent this great country. Beavertails, loons, and the maple leaf come to mind immediately. However, Team VINES likes to think that fresh, crisp, fruit forward, homegrown Riesling should also count as a Canadian symbol of which we can all be proud.
Riesling is a true representation of its environment. As such, we are fortunate that there is a great white wine that represents the Great White North so well. Cool climates are its favourite place to grow and the vines are highly influenced by the elements that surround them.
So, as the Canada Day weekend comes to an end and we continue to celebrate our home and native land’s birthday, let us not forget the terroir that produces our favourite wines. So raise a glass and make a toast to the True North strong and free.
Worlds Colliding: Vineland Estates 2009 St. Urban Riesling
It wasn’t surprising when Vineland Estates Winery swept the gold medals in both the dry and semi-dry Riesling categories at the recent Ontario Wine Awards. Their world-class Rieslings are created with elements of history and passion. Located on the Beamsville Bench, the St. Urban Vineyard is modelled after the St. Urban-Hof vineyard in Germany and was planted by its founder Hermann Weis.
Today, the winery is true to its roots and produces outstanding Rieslings in the Germanic style, including its flagship wine, Vineland Estates 2009 St. Urban Riesling ($19.95, 038117, vineland.com). With prominent citrus, green apple and mineral notes on the nose, this fresh and lively wine is well-balanced – the key to third-generation winemaker Brian Schmidt’s creations. The puckering mouthfeel is complemented with flavours of pear, peach and lime and has a long finish.
Try it with white fish, chicken or fresh summer salads. Better yet, if you love German Riesling and are gearing up for the Canada Day long weekend, grab a bottle and turn on the Euro Cup and experience the best of both worlds. ANDREA FUJARCZUK