Wines & Ciders in Store
We now have some incredibly delectable and delightful wines available for purchase in store!
Rachis & Derma Gamay Noir 2019, Beamsville, ON. This wine is from the natural series label Rachis & Derma under the certified organic Hidden Bench Estate Winery. Loosely translated to skin and bones this wine is unfined, and unfiltered and sees nothing but a tiny bit of sulphur at bottling. Interesting and inviting nose of savoury/earthy plums, dark cherries, and bramble. Complex on the palate with subtle tannins and a vibrant finish.
Revel Cider – Revel Cidery is located in Guelph Ontario and has been a favourite of ours for years. These lovely humans are making some really impressive products that are unlike your usual run of the mill ciders. They let everything ferment with the organisms indigenous to the fruit and Cidery, which showcases the sense of time and place for each harvest.
Time & Place – This is their purest expression of what the Cidery has to offer. It is bright and tart, a blend of apple and wild yeast acidity. Ripe orchard aromatics, restrained yet elegant. It’s a crusher!
Therianthropy Winery,– This winery is playful and whimsical with its branding using the term therianthropy, the mythological process of shapeshifting. Wine is just that grapes + wild yeast = wine, transformation into something truly delicious.
Therianthropy, David Eagle Gamay 2019, Clearview, ON. This vintage shows bright red berry fruit with loads of white pepper and violets. The high acidity gives it a vibrancy that should allow it to age nicely, or you can enjoy it now!
Redtail Winery – County Crush 2020, Hillier, ON – A naturally carbonic field blend of Hubbs Creek fruit. Nothing added, nothing taken away. Hazy, slightly spritzy, and completely dry. Don’t let the tiny (200ml) bottle trick you, this wine packs a serious punch.
Trail Estate Winery – 2020 Oh Julius is a wild-fermented, unfiltered and un-sulphured orange wine that is eminently quenchable. An electric mix of aromatics balanced by the length of time spent on the skins during fermentation. This wine is a balanced and adult version of a fruit cocktail. Pinot Gris, Gewurtztraminer, Riesling, Sauvagnon Blanc & Muscat.
2018 Cabernet Franc (Foxcroft Vineyard) is a dark and earthy Cab with peppery notes of black liquorice laced with aromatic thyme, beets and blackberries on the nose. The palate is generous and rich with firm tannin structure and medium acidity. Pair with our lentil bolognese, or beef & ricotta lasagna.
Pet Nat, PEC. 68% Muscat Ottonel, 28% Pinot Gris and the balance Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Geisenheim. Fermented on the skins for just over a week before being pressed and blended. At the time of bottling this wine shows beautiful fruit and acidity with a touch of tannin from time spent on skins. As the ferment progresses and the wine ages in bottle it takes on more of a quirky character – like a sour beer met a cider while hanging around a fruity sparkling wine.
*Heads up* Chill well and Go slow when opening. Release the crown cap slowly, don’t pop it off right away. Allow for it to calm down and then enjoy!
Pearl Morissette Winery – 2019 Gamay, Niagara Ontario. Crunchy, vibrant and inviting, this is a Gamay that you can bite into. Made with 100% Gamay from their Redfoot Vineyard, this bottle brims with energy and fruit. Drink on it’s own or pair with pretty much everything.
Hinterland Winery, L’Imparfait Négociant Famille Pinot is equal parts Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer. This light, layered blend is a McMillan and Hinterland collaboration. It has a lighter palate and great structure. Pair with pork, roast duck, mushroom or grilled vegetable dishes.
Hinterland Whitecap 2019 Method Charmat -Named after the whitecaps of Lake Ontario, the Whitecap is a charmat method sparkling wine from the 2019 vintage. Made with Riesling and Vidal grapes, the Whitecap is a very fresh, aromatic and flavourful sparkling wine with peach and tropical fruit on the nose and pleasing acidity on the palate. Its fine creamy texture makes the Whitecap incredibly easy to drink. Pair with Butternut Squash Ravioli
Burdock Brewery – Located in Toronto, this is not quite a wine but it’s from Ontario, it’s unique and therefore perfect for our shelves.
Burdock Brewery, Saison du Must ii (9%) Toronto, ON. Fresh beer aged for 3 weeks on Gewürztraminer skins from Niagara on the Lake. A very serious nostril stimulator, excellently aromatic.
Burdock Brewery, Melange De Plum (6%) Toronto, ON. Barrel-aged sour beer aged on Ontario grown golden plums. Stone fruits are leaping out of this beer – your nose will be dodging apricots, peaches, nectarines, pineapples, watch out!
Raspberry Frizz Fruit Seltzer, Toronto, ON. A malt based fruit seltzer. Basically boutique American style “Claw”. Wondering how “malt” based seltzers are made Burdock wanted to try their hand at making one. The process basically involves fermenting a big whack of dextrose with a small quantity of malt extract and using minimal hops, fermented with champagne yeast and fresh raspberries. Not sweet, fun and easy drinking. 5% abv.
Stanners – Chardonnay – The grapes for their Reserve Chardonnay are from their own vineyard (67%) and two other County vineyards. The growing season started out cold and wet, but luckily turned hot and dry in September and October, giving intense, ripe flavours while maintaining bright acidity. One half of the wine was fermented and aged in French oak for 12 months and the other half in stainless steel. The wine has aromas and flavours of pear, citrus and orange blossom with pleasing minerality. Perfect wine for fall months! Pair with Squash soups, Apple pie, or savoury chicken dishes.
Stanners Pinot Gris Cuivre 2019, Hillier, ON (PEC). This Pinot Gris has a beautiful copper colour which comes from leaving the skins in contact with the juice for 72 hours prior to pressing and fermentation. The wine is dry with a balanced acidity, just a touch of tannins and enticing flavours of apricot and orange zest. There is an intriguing counterbalance between the perceived sweetness of the fruit flavours at the beginning and the pleasant acidity of the finish.
Please note that our stock is popular and not all wines are are available at all times.