A Syrah, Carignan and Mourvèdre blend. Deep purple in colour with a savoury, herbal nose of black raspberries; medium-bodied, dry, mulberry flavour carried on fresh acidity.
70% Naramata fruit with the balance from Black Sage Road. Lifted orchard floral and stone fruit notes. Firm, bright, juicy entry driven by keen acidity, stony mineral and lingering citrus with some zest through the close.
A vintage brut from a very warm year offers a more fruit forward style but still with surprisingly good structure. Pale straw in the glass with bubbles a plenty, nutty and brioche notes on top followed by apple and citrus tones on the palate with a touch of zest and good acidity through the finish.
This traditionally made sparkler is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and spends 2 years on the lees. It shows lovely strawberry, raspberry, toasted notes and minerals with a medium, persistent mousse. It has wonderfully creamy texture and is more rounded on the palate with rich red fruits and a smoky/brioche note on the finish.
When head brewer Luc Bim Lafontaine left Dieu du Ciel! he negotiated to take a few of his beloved beer names with him. Ochame (roughly translating to mischievousness) was one of them. And now, at his new Toronto brewpub, his retooled recipe is a fan favourite. The subtle nose has layers of herbs — sage, mint and green tea leaves. On the tongue, it’s a wash of biscuit and wildflower honey with a medium herbal bitterness hitting mid-palate and building to the finish. The aftertaste is where you really notice the green tea, which Lafontaine harvests himself annually from his “adopted” tea plantation in Japan. Despite its 6.9% ABV, this refreshing brew drinks more like a pale ale than an IPA. It’s different from any IPA you’ve ever had and it’s a refreshing and innovative counterpoint to the hop bombs pouring out of breweries right now.
Classic Hunter Sémillon with mineral, lime, lemon, lanolin and lip-smacking acidity. Chill it well and pair alongside oysters on the half shell.