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�A�Come discover what�s in our glass!
To begin the weekend, Agatha’s thinking ahead and picking up some dry Riesling to pair with cheese — how divine!
‘It’s great to find a wine that takes you by surprise, and this Estate Riesling certainly did. Hidden Bench really cares about their grapes and it shows in their wines!A� Their passion translates to some pretty awesome small-volume releases.’
The Riesling is surprisingly dry.A� While the variety can be a bit floral on the nose and sweet on the tongue, this one surprisedA� us with some lovely acidity. Mellow notes of Granny Smith Apple and citrus are paired with a little bit of flintiness for a near perfect glass of white.
It opens up a whole new world for a Riesling.A�A� It would pair beautifully with another new-world version of an old-world product: Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese from Woodstock, a regional winner of the Agri-Food Innovation Excellence award this year.
Some lovely, tart young Hidden Bench Reisling with some gorgeous Swiss-style Gunn’s: sounds right to me!A� Go for all three of the cheeses and savour the whole range of fruit and nuttiness that marry so well with this wine.
On our list of places to visit next?A� The winery!A� Hidden Bench has a cosy little tasting room!