Sunday, June 22, 2008

Niagara, briefly

I don't have a lot of time, so I will be brief. Our trip to Niagara yesterday was amazing, and again I came away amazed at the development of the region.

Undeniably, the whites all sparkled yesterday. There's no doubt that the region produces transcendent Rieslings for sure, as well as some good Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. As for the reds, Gamay and Pinot Noir stood out. But then again, each producer had a unique style and flair, that really can't be summed up in a general statement.

Tomorrow, I'll write up a more complete set of thoughts and observations. I'll go through our tasting methods as well as impressions of each specific winery we visited. There was a troubling aspect in one of the tastings, which I'll describe. Otherwise, it was a successful trip.

We engaged in a lot of dialoge with the wineries, and we gained a lot in terms of their philosophies and methods. I learned a lot, and this definitely was my best trip up to wine country yet. I'll also post some pictures of our visit, which I'm sure you'll enjoy.

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