If you haven’t heard of, or tried Konzelmann wines then it’s about time you introduce yourself. This Niagra winery located on the shores of Lake Ontario is producing some seriously good wines. They make big reds like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, beautiful whites such as Riesling and Gewürztraminer, Rosé and Riesling sparkling wines, and of course some tasty icewines. Some favourites of mine include their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (more on that later).
Konzelmann has quite the history both in Germany and in Niagra on the lake. I won’t go into detail, but basically a German restauranteur named Friederich Konzelmann had the vision, and made it a reality. The first vintage was released to the public in 1893. However, it wasn’t until 1984, when Hebert Konzelmann, a 4th generation winemaker and great grandson of Friederich, left Germany to pursue his dream in Niagra. We are certainly glad he did.
Our friends at Konzelmann sent us their newly released 2015 Chardonnay Reserve and the 2016 Vidal Special Select Late Harvest, which recently won a Silver medal at Intervin. My take on both are the following:
The 2015 Chardonnay Reserve is a real gem for under $20.00 (CAD). For those who are oak adverse, fear not. The oak is subtle and there is a slight smokiness that goes along with it. This wine is smooth and features nice fruit, especially lemon. It is well balanced and is ready to drink now or can be put away for a few years in the cellar. Pair this Chardonnay with a quinoa salad, pan-seared vegetables and baked eggplant parmesan. You won’t regret this purchase – thank me later!
The 2016 Vidal Special Select Late Harvest is delicious and the perfect way to end a great meal. This dessert wine features a long lasting finish of honey and creamsicle. You definitely don’t want to interfere too much or compromise the taste of this dessert wine – pair it with a single scoop of vanilla ice cream. Simple is good. Let the wine put on the show.
If you are looking for the ultimate experience, then you have to go to the source: visit the winery! Tours are offered year round and from what I have read online, the customer experience is amazing. Sadly, I have not visited the winery… yet! That is about to change this coming Saturday, February 10th and I am very excited to say the least. Greg and I will be touring around the winery and participating in the “Days of Wine & Chocolate” event that is running for the entire month of February in NOTL. According to the website Konzelmann will be paring a 2013 Pinot Noir Reserve with Ghirardelli dark chocolate rye cookies with a dusting of Maldon salt snow – courtesy of Casa Mia Ristorante. Jealous? Come and join us!
This should be an amazing experience and a lot of fun!
The countdown is on…
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