#WineWednesday: Ontario’s Award Winning Whites

By / Wine + Drinks / August 28th, 2013 / 1

Sometimes I’m a little late to the party, but I do eventually get there.  Earlier this week I was going through some of my notes from the Ontario Wine Awards and its companion event, Sip & Savour Ontario (held in June), and it struck me once again what wonderful wines are being made in Ontario.  Now I could bore you to death about the reasons why we make such wonderful wines, or I could just ask you to get out there and give these award winners a try … I think that’s much easier and much more fun – don’t you?

Flat Rock Cellars 2010 Nadja’s Vineyard Riesling ($19.95)

Gold Medal … The wine named for mom strikes again.  Mineral-driven and loaded with white peach and apple. Palate continues the mineral and piles on the lime with good acidity and great length to the finish.

Inniskillin 2012 Reserve Viognier ($19.95)

Gold Medal … Great mouthfeel, is a tad on the sweet side, or is that the fruitiness? 3 months in a combination of new and used oak you’ll find elements of peach, lemon, apple and pear; the finish adds a little kick of white pepper.

Rockway Vineyards 2011 Small Lot Reserve Chardonnay ($18.95)

Gold Medal … New winemaker David Stasiuk has taken the reins and made wine a more serious endeavor at Rockway.  This 171-case produced Chardonnay has great aromas of butter, vanilla and clove and a palate that’s creamy in nature with butter, vanilla, spice and caramel peaches.  Great value.

For more wine suggestions, see our other #WineWednesday posts.



Michael is an award-winning journalist: Promoting the Promoters Award Cuvée 2010 and Ontario Wine Awards Journalist of the Year 2012.  He is also a national and international wine judge - Ontario Wine Awards, All Canadian Wine Championships; Best of Riesling — Germany; Essencia do Vinho — "Top Wines of Portugal".  He is currently the President of the Wine Writers Circle of Canada and the wine columnist for Ottawa Life and Grand magazine as well as regular contributor to Tidings, and Grapevine ... his reviews have also appeared in the LCBO Vintages magazine. Michael has also added a YouTube channel to his activities where he reviews bottles of great Ontario wine on a weekly basis. In whatever he does, it is Michael’s desire to educate, inspire and encourage others to grow their own love and enthusiasm for wine – and to realize that it is their palate that ultimately makes the decision.

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