Question: I am wanting to order some Ontario wines. Would like your thoughts Sid on best vintages and recommended grape varieties to seek out.
Answer: Good idea and excellent timing. Ontario growers are touting 2020 as their best vintage ever and there are still some good 2019 in the market. Careful about 2021 as it is less consistent with lots of rain from mid-September to the end of October. Check out the just released winners from WineAlign 2022 National Wine Awards of Canada for smart buying ideas. Some of my favourites for whites include Chardonnay (Le Clos Jordanne, Closson Chase) & value Riesling (many wonderful ones from the Niagara Bench – try Flat Rock Cellars). For reds Cabernet Franc (lots of good ones – look for grapes grown on classy Picone Vineyard site with older vines), Gamay (13th Street Winery plus many exciting ones from Malivoire) & Pinot Noir (Hidden Bench Felseck and Thirty Bench Small Lot both from Beamsville Bench) are really worth seeking out. Enjoy your Ontario wine studies.
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