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First Look: Di Profio Wines makes a great first impression with its fresh, fruity and very promising 2011 Riesling

Di Profio Wines may be new kids on the block, having just opened their doors last month, but they certainly are not new to the wine industry. Hailing from Italy, the family have experimented with different styles of winemaking since grandfather Guiseppe imported Californian grapes in the 1940s and 1950s.

The winemakers’ gene was dormant in his son Joe Di Profio, Sr. until the next generation, Fred, decided to follow his grandfather’s footsteps. Today, Fred heads the cellar of the young winery and is establishing their wine portfolio, which happens to include our favourite grape, Riesling.

Di Profio Wines 2011 Riesling ($16.15, is fresh, fruity and is very promising for their first vintage. With peach, apple, orange peel and mineral notes on the nose, the wine is inviting with a good balance. The palate offers apricot, and zesty lemon with a finish of honey and almond.

Sip on this wine by itself or pair it with a summer salad, chicken or cheese. Either way it’s a great opportunity to raise a glass, discover a new winery and celebrate the Summer of Riesling at the same time. Cheers!

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.