My wine tasting tour at Peller Estates on Niagara-on-the-Lake.
A few weeks ago as part of a Canadian blogger I had a pleasure to attend a wine tasting tour at beautiful Peller Estates Winery on Niagara-on-the-Lake. When I got an invitation I was so happy and I wanted to go there so badly. I live close to Niagara-on-the-Lake and I didn’t want to lose this opportunity. Since I moved to Ontario it was my dream to go on a wine tasting tour. I even told my husband that in September we should go to beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake and drink some wine. Niagara-on-the-Lake is well known from vineyards and the best wineries.
Once I arrived at Peller Estates Winery I met Sofia from The Land We Live On, Natalie from Cooking Quidnunc and Christine from Amidst the Chaos and many more great people. We were greeted very warmly by the stuff members of Peller Estates Winery. After chatting for couple of minutes we began a wine tour. First we learned about a Peller Estates Ice Cuvée sparkling wine made with a touch of Icewine.
During my tour I was just exploring beautiful vineyards that were surrounding the area.
Next wine that we tried was Peller Estates Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Vintage. A wine with great flavors of grapefruit, gooseberry and honeydew melon.
After viewing beautiful vineyards and drinking white wine it was time to explore the Andrew Peller Barrel Cellar. A dark room with lots of aging wine barrels.
We had a pleasure to try Peller Estates Meritage 2013. A classic blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. This wine is aged for 12 months in 55% French and 45% American oak barrels. The Meritage 2013 wine has a flavor of black and red berries. We tried this wine in two ways. The first time we tried without a dark chocolate and we talked about a flavor. The second time we ate dark chocolate and tasted the wine. Chocolate + Meritage 2013 compliments together so perfectly.
After Andrew Peller Barrel Cellar we went to the 10 Below Ice Lounge. The coolest place in Niagara Wine Country. It was very exciting part of the tour and I don’t think than any other wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake offer wine tasting at the 300 sq. ft. igloo-like lounge. The igloo is maintained at minus 10 degrees Celsius. We were given parkas and gloves to keep us warm. The igloo has Ice bar, lounge chair, sculptures, ice walls and ice chandelier.
Sampling Peller Estates Icewine in frozen surroundings creates an ideal atmosphere to the occasion and truly engages all 5 senses –
says Tim Coons, Estate Manager at Peller Estates Winery
There is very interesting fact how Icewine is made. Naturally frozen grapes are picked from Niagara-on-the-Lake at -10 Celsius. Frozen grapes are pressed and each grape releases only one drop of pure extract. Fermentation is implemented at a cool temperature to retain fruit concentration.
Each Icewine has a different flavor. Riesling Icewine has an orange nectarine and lemon flavor. While Cabernet Franc Icewine has flavours of bumble-berry coulis, pomegranate and cherry.
It was my first time tasting Icewine and I must say this is the type of wine that I love!
After the wine tasting tour we were invited for a delicious lunch prepared by Chef Jason Parsons. Jason told us about his journey becoming a chef and all the yummy bites that he prepared for us. It was the most delectable lunch I’ve ever had.