Introduce Yourself to Konzelmann Wines

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.

Great news – you don’t need to leave your home to buy these beauties! Order online! And if you end up falling in love with their wines, you can join the Wine Club for as low as $55 a month.

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…

Nick
Wine Cru Reviews

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Try Canadian Cabernet Franc Now!

Hey there!

What’s in your glass today? For me, it’s some Niagra Peninsula Cabernet Franc from Magnotta Winery. This full bodied 2013 VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) wine features inviting aromas of red berry fruit, spice, earth, herbs and oak. On the palate this wine delivers much of the same, with a nice long finish!

Magnotta winery is one of the many Ontario VQA producers who are establishing Cabernet Franc as a “go to” varietal for Canadian wine consumers. These grapes are often blended with cabernet sauvignon, merlot and baco noir…it also makes for amazing Canadian icewine! Canadian winemakers are serious about their Cab Franc, and the quality found is a reflection of that.

For those who love big reds like Cabernet Sauvignon or Carmenere, Cab Franc is worth the try. It shares a lot of the same characteristics, but the earthiness and herbal notes give it a bit of a twist. Now this “twist” isn’t for everyone! I often find this varietal to be a big hit or miss with people who try it for the first time. Eyes either light up with joy or a cringe of the face sometimes occurs.

For those who don’t appreciate the wine at first, often all that is required is a little oxygen! It is recommended that you decant your wine with a decanter or simply remove the cork and let the wine sit on the table for 30-40 minutes before enjoying the first glass.

Whether you are sure about Cab Franc or not, it is worth exploring!

Cheers,

Nick
Wine Cru Reviews
http://www.winecrureviews.ca

 

 

 

 

What are you drinking?

Hi there,

I’m slowly sipping on a white cotes du rhone and trying to figure out what I would like to say for this first of many blog entries from myself and the team here at Wine Cru Reviews. For someone who usually has a lot to say, this writing thing is kind of hard. More wine needed maybe?

Mainly, I would like to welcome you, our reader… probably my mom. Actually pretty doubtful – simply opening e-mail can be a struggle for her. She’s great at using her iPhone though. I digress…

Our team of wine lovers are hoping to simply bring you quality wine content in a fun and unintimidating way. What does that mean to us? Well to me that means, interesting stories and facts about wine makers/producers, funny stories, winery experiences and adventures, detailed reviews about Canadian and international wines, and a whole lot more in an “easy to drink” kind of way. We will see how this blog evolves over time!

Our commitment to you is to provide straightforward opinions about the wines we try and to provide an educational component to them.

Time for a top up.

So what is it that you are drinking?

Do you try and drink local or are you all about trying stuff not found in your own backyard? I think it’s important to try to support local as much as possible, but it is equally important to explore what the wine world has to offer. It is amazing to me how a varietal can taste drastically different from region to region, country to country. Shiraz from Australia, Malbec from Argentina, Cabernet Franc from Canada? Let us know!

Are you a seasonal wine drinker? Pinot grigio and rose wine in the summer? Big full bodied cabs during the cooler months? In Canada,  particularly in Eastern Ontario, we spend more than half the year surviving our cool climate weather. I tend to enjoy both red and white wines year round, but do find myself gravitating towards certain regions or countries from time to time. Right now, while we patiently wait for summer to arrive I find myself trying many different white wines and lighter reds. However, it did snow a little today… and it is May… might have to switch back to something heavier to warm me up!

One more glass…

It is safe to say that it is our hope that you follow along and participate by commenting and e-mailing us (info@winecrureviews.ca) about anything wine related. Let us know what you are drinking!

Cheers,

Nick
Wine Cru Reviews
http://www.winecrureviews.ca