Ask Sid: What is your favorite Ontario Riesling?

February 20th, 2019
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Question: What is your favorite Ontario Riesling wine?

Answer: I have a long list of my favourite Rieslings from Ontario who now are producing some of the very best of that variety in the world. Save a soft spot for good value Thirty Bench (part of Andrew Peller) with low yield small lots from that sloping vineyard near Lake Ontario on the unique Beamsville Bench. Tried many over the years and all have shown most impressively and am still enjoying some delicious bottles from their 527 cases release of 2008 Triangle Vineyard at 11.3 alcohol. Also have some cherished bottles of 2011 Charles Baker 2011 Picone Vineyard Vinemount Ridge from Stratus at 11 degrees that is drinking beautifully. Pleased last month to be one of the judges at the Canadian Culinary Championships that awarded that wine from the 2014 vintage as Wine of the Year. Well deserved! Lots of excellent Ontario Riesling choices out there presently. Also like to follow the several wineries who planted back in the seventies the Riesling Clone 21B (called the Weis clone) both in Ontario & British Columbia now with mature vines and to compare their wines from the different regions. Fun exercise.

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February 20th, 2019

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