|Enjoying a glass local flavour in the|
Jackson Triggs vineyard.
|Go Local everyone!|
|iYellow supports Ontario wine!|
Canada's most southerly grape growing region and enjoys a long growing season.
|Winter scene at Legends.|
What is terroir?
"The combination of location, soil, topography and climate - as having direct influence on both the character and quality of wine grapes" - www.vqaontario.com
Living in Toronto, I'm fortunate to be very close to the Niagara region. What makes this area so wonderful for grape growing is really two-fold: Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment. The lake gathers warmth throughout the summer months. The breezes coming off the lake provide a constant flow of warmer air from the lakeshore to the base of the Escarpment. In the fall and going into winter, this warm air raises the land temperature. The growing season is extended and the vines don't freeze during the cold months of winter. Did you know that the Escarpment was formed during the regions glacial history? This same glacial history is also what gives the region its complex soil compositions.
|Grapes at Inniskillin.|
These past two weekends I had the chance to partake in the iYellow Wine Club tours into one of the Ontario wine regions - Niagara. I usually go on my own but this was a great way to taste *a lot* of wines in one day. It's harvest time and wine country is at its busiest! This is always the most exciting time for me. I wonder what harvest 2011 will bring? While the world anxiously awaits the delivery of the much talked about Bordeaux 2010 wines, I'm excited that the 2010 Ontario wines are starting to hit the shelves.
|Ed from Flat Rock Cellars.|
|Chateau des Charmes.|
|Daniel Speck from Henry of Pelham.|
When you're in the store searching for a new local Ontario wine to try, or reaching for your favourite, make sure that VQA is listed on the bottle. VQA stands for Vintners Quality Alliance and it ensures that 100% of the fruit in the wine that you're buying is grown in Ontario and that it meets stringent quality standards. It ensures that what's on the label is what's in the bottle. Many bottles also now have a sticker on their neck that says "100% Grown by Grape Growers of Ontario".
I highly recommend making a trip out to one of our wine growing regions and discovering for yourself what makes Ontario wines so great! You won't be disappointed!