Some mostly local wines if you are in a last minute panic for what to serve with your Holiday Turkey.
Cheers and Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays from Wine Journeys!
Willm Riesling Reserve 2017 ★★★★½ $17.95 (Vintages) This is a dry Alsatian Riesling that exudes limes, wet stones, green apples, orange blossom, and petrol. It’s an excellent wine that would pair well with your turkey if you stuff it with lemons, limes, and oranges to flavour the meat. Otherwise, it would be great with seafood or Chinese food.
Vineland Estates Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling 2017 ★★★★½ $19.95 (Vintages) Clear pale lemon in colour, this off wine exudes juicy lime, lemon, lime peel, minerals, and a hint of petrol. This is matched with soaring acidity balanced by just enough sweetness to give balance. Great with East Asian cuisine and pork roast with apple sauce, but also good with your turkey, especially with sausage stuffing.
Cave Spring Estate Chardonnay 2017 ★★★★ $19.95 (Vintages) Well put together Chardonnay with lush yellow apple, spiced pear, vanilla, toasty cream, and a stony edge from the Beamsville Bench terroir. Excellent for your Christmas Turkey or soft cheeses.
Kendall-Jackson Vinter’s Reserve Chardonnay 2016 ★★★½ $19.95 (Vintages) This full bodied wine has full on pineapple and other tropical fruits, an abundance of spicy oak, and some lemon notes. If you like the big fruit forward style of California chardonnay, this is the wine for your turkey dinner.
Gran Feudo Rose 2017 ★★★★ $13.00 (LCBO) A deep pink rose made from mostly Tempranillo with notes of strawberry, ripe red cherry, herbs and minerals from the Navarra region in Spain. Excellent with appetizers, but will good pairing with your turkey for your Rose lovers.
Featherstone Estate Rose 2018 ★★★½ $15.95 (Vintages) An attractive deep pink Rose from Niagara with ripe sweet red cherry, strawberry, red apple, and an herbal tinge. A wine that’s lovely to sip alone or try it with your Holiday meal if you can’t decide between red and white.
Flat Rock Cellars Pinot Noir 2018 ★★★½ $21.95 (Vintages) Pinot does very well in Niagara and this is a good Pinot. Just hitting medium bodied and pale ruby in colour, it shows fruity earthy, red sour cherry, raspberry, cranberry, and spice. If you like turkey with cranberry sauce or if you prefer dark meat, give this a try at your Thanksgiving banquet.
Cave Spring Gamay 2016 ★★★½ $16.95 (LCBO) This fruity, very good Niagara red is a gem for food pairing. The full on cherry and strawberry fruit in this medium bodied wine will stand up if you like sausage meat in your stuffing, dark meat, or if you’re tired of turkey, try it with tomato pasta.