56 Wines, 1 Summer Solstice
with iYellow Wine Club in Liberty Village
The weather was holding up beautifully for this annual wine event. This year the tasting was held in Liberty Village at the buildings market gallery, an outdoor corridor lined with 28 local wineries sampling 56 wines, most of which are not available in the LCBO. I was lucky to arrive early and get a head start on the 300 or so people who would be arriving throughout the evening. During the afternoon I took pictures of beautiful wines, interesting labels, and delicious food.
I starting my day with Peller Estates lovely 2011 Pinot Gris – notes of melon, apricot pear and blossoms with a pretty copper-pink hue ($18.95).
The Ice House Riesling has an incredible mouth-feel and notes of rich honey and apricot – a little treasure ($70). Also an abundance of great rosé, I especially liked the 2007 Wildass rosé ($19.95) pale crimson in colour, big berry flavour and delicate on the palate.
I was also charmed by the Coyote’s Run 2011 Pinot Noir rosé that tastes of strawberries and cherries. The pink wines have really come a long way.
Halfway through the event I stopped at Merci Mon AMI (Liberty Market Neighborhood bistro) for a few tasty treats. Signature made in house beef burgers, a fresh mixed greens garden salad with sesame dressing, and juicy chicken souvlaki wrapped together with fries in a pita.
The Stone Church 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot is medium bodied with flavours of dark chocolate and berries, and is quite inexpensive ($12.95). And last but not least is Joseph’s 2010 Pinot Grigio; with notes of grapefruit and citrus and finishing sweet, it’s a bargain at $12.95.
Eventually the rain did catch up with us, but that didn’t stop anyone from having a great time. Ontario produces great wines and some smaller wineries do not list their products in the LCBO. So you have to get out there and try it!