I’m walking through the winery at Strewn with Aussie winemaker Marc Bradshaw, recently hired as associate winemaker, and we’re tasting this, that and the other thing from various tanks and barrels. Continue reading
Note: We followed the 2011 grape harvest in Niagara through the writings of several Niagara insiders. This is the last post from Melissa Smits, a cellar/winery technician at Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery. This is her final report, on the icewine harvest, to wrap up our series. Continue reading
The first icewine grapes of the 2011 season, at least that I am aware of, were picked Thursday morning when temperatures dropped below -8 in the vineyards of Henry Pelham. Continue reading
What a perfect little year for buying and drinking Niagara wine.
It had a little bit of everything. The tail end of the big 2007 reds were released, we saw at least three vintages of Riesling arrive (08, 09 and 2010) on retail shelves, the well-aged Chardonnays from 2008 were offered up for sale as well as the 2009s and even some 2010 unoaked Chards along with what just might be the best vintage for Pinot Noir in Niagara’s history — the 2009s. Continue reading