Wines of Local: Charles Baker Riesling

From The County to the Escarpment to Lake Erie and beyond, Ontario is growing some beautiful grapes and turning them into some of the best wines we�ve ever had! With ?The 12 Wines of Local?, OCTA�s staff are pouring their favorite #LCBOgolocal wines � just in time for the upcoming holiday season.A�Come discover what�s in our glass!


Riesling is such a wonderful pairing with seafood that Agatha can’t resist having it with her Georgian Bay whitefish on garlic sautA�ed spinach this Friday.


Charles Baker’s Rieslings are gentlemanly: perfectly behaved, and deserve to sit at your table. A�When you pair his wine-making technique with the grapes attentively grown by Mark Picone, you have a winning partnership. You’ll find theA�2009 release off-dry and slightly flowery with fruit acids, and a touch of flintiness to it; it works well with seafood, vegetable dishes, and think of it with some light curries, too.

It’s been described by Wines in Niagara as having a:

“juicy core of highly extracted fruit on the nose with an underlying vein of minerality, earth and just a hint of petrol starting to emerge. It�s fleshy yet vibrant with a wonderful tug-of-war going on between sweet and tart fruit on the palate. It has layers of citrus fruits, quince and riverbed minerality that will reward with many more years in the cellar. Buy and hold for five years and even more.”

And we couldn’t agree more!

Charles Baker, in one universe, works for Stratus wines as their director of A�Marketing and Sales. In the parallel universe, he finds grape growers, associates with them and develops a relationship that leads to his unique small quantity wines. He works with growers who will grow an acre or two of grapes for him, prune them, and harvest them–all to create Charles Baker’s special named wines.

This one, as many experts agree, is a wine to buy and hold: it’s going to stand up to cellaring for five to ten years — and maybe beyond — which will bring out different notes as it ages.

Find it at your local LCBO:

VINTAGESA�241182 | 750 mL bottleA�
Price: $ 35.20

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