Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Walking in the fields, 2009

In the vines

A highlight of this year was our many trips to Niagara. ROKChoi never fails me, and with camera in hand, we traipsed through rain, mud, ice, and snow to see firsthand the vineyards of the Escarpment and the Peninsula. We were very fortunate to meet many of the producers and engage in dialogue about the vineyards, viticulture, wine philosophy, and of course, the wines. Much appreciation a tous, and we hope to continue our search for the truth and beauty of Niagara in 2010!

Please take a look at our trips we took this year:

March, 2009
October, 2009
December, 2009

Of course, walking the vineyards of Le Clos Jordanne during harvest was eye-opening, and one of the highlights of my wine-drinking career. Our first time seeing the grapes so close to picking, as well as seeing first hand how the grapes are sorted. Exceptional.

I always look forward to tasting the wines of Lailey. A producer with a clear idea of what true taste in wine is, and is a firm proponent of wines which are clearly indicative of what Niagara stands for. After following these wines for a few vintages now, I can honestly say that this is one of the few truly great producers of pinot noir in North America.

Lots of others. Tasting rieslings at Thirty Bench, pinot noir at Flat Rock. One project I'm very excited about is Charles Baker's single vineyard riesling. I can't wait to see where this wine is going.

Before the year is done, I'll raise a glass to the true wines of Niagara, and the people who bring them to us.


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