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Canadian Wine...

kproche and I were in Calgary last weekend for WesterCon 58: Due North. It wouldn't be a WesterCon without a Sweets party, and it wouldn't be a Canada trip without a bunch of Canadian wine.

Friday night we had a few friends over for a TeslaCon "Preview" at which we sampled a few different Livermore wines. No new details not mentioned in previous posts.

Saturday night we had the best space so we hosted the Sweets party. We brought a Bonny Doon Viognier Doux The breakaway hits of the evening, though, were a Samos Muscat and a Vin Santo del Chianti. gerisullivan brought a Domaine Pinnacle Ice Cider, an very strange but tasty item.

Canadian wine, though... that's what we're here for.

We hit a great wine shop called The Cellar in the old Alberta Hotel. Went in looking for ice wine, and we found it. Alberta doesn't have a state-store monopoly, so they carry a bunch of small estate wines that the big state distributors can't. That means BC wines, not just Ontario wines.

We picked up a pair of wines from Gehringer Brotehrs Estate Wines. They're so small they don't even have their own website. They do a nice Cabernet Franc Ice Wine (yeah, red) and also an Ehrenfelser Ice Wine (which we haven't opened yet).

Also for home we snagged some Vineland Ontario Vidal Ice Wine. There are also two bottles of Paradise Ranch Merlot Ice Wine which we also haven't opened.

Then there's what we did open for the post-masquerade wind-down.

Since we were pretty close to a case (I also snagged a bottle of Momokawa Pearl Sake for after Masquerade), the guy at the wine shop suggested a few very interesting wines to fill out the case and get a 10% discount.

What did we get?

Blue Grouse Müller-Thurgau is a tart dry white. It's the most common grape in Germany, and is well-suited to British Columbia.

Vineland (remember Vineland) does a nice dry Riesling. Again, a popular German grape.

The real wild one, though, is a Quail's Gate Old Vines Foch. Maréchal Foch is an odd hybrid French grape that ripens quickly, is very dark, and yet isn't too high in tanins. The Quail's Gate is a rather delicate and light red, kind of Italianate in style. Oh, and inky-black in color.


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Jul. 7th, 2005 08:56 am (UTC)
Vidal's lovely
When we were in RI pre-Boskone, we had some lovely tastings of Vidal, one was "iced". Really loved what this half-native grape can do. We will be ordering more of this from at least two of the wineries out there. Will see what we can find here of the Canadians that you found.
Aug. 24th, 2005 07:58 pm (UTC)
Paradise Ranch Merlot Ice Wine
Hey, Andy!

Have you opened that Paradice Ranch Merlot Ice Wine yet? Just wondered - Nancy & I popped the cork on the PR Late Harvest Merlot we picked up in Calgary, and.... Yowzah!

It was like drinking sweet, liquid silk! Just yummy, and soft, none of the tannins that I hate, and just ever so... well, yummy!

We recently picked up a Seneca Lake ice Wine from Sheldrake Winery, we think it was a Cabernet Franc. We'll let you know how it was. And Nancy will be booking her Teslacon flight tonight.
Catch you later!

Aug. 25th, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Paradise Ranch Merlot Ice Wine
We did; it's was OK. Nothing I would go out of my way to find again; it was a bit too... simple for my tastes.

The Gehringer Cab Franc Icewine is much more interesting. Loads of strawberry, really easy to drink. Not even a hint that it's 15% alcohol. We took the bottle over to Vin Santo and the restaurant staff was just raving over it.
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