At a recent wine event I heard about this Ontario wine for the first time and was instantly drawn to the name, Fancy Farm Girl. One day soon after, I found a little burlap wrapped package at my door and was so delighted how it brightened up my day. The message that I found inside won me over, and so did the wine.
A small, quality oriented winery on the Staff family’s 200-year-old estate on the brow of the Niagara Escarpment in Jordan, Ontario, Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery blends more than a century of grape growing experience with Sue-Ann’s 15 years of making award-winning wines. After opening in 2009, it has been a whirlwind of ultimate experiences, from weddings to corporate dinners to food truck events and Niagara Icewine programs.
After a few years as a blogger, having tasted many gems around the Niagara region, I now know why they have grabbed the worlds attention. See the frivolous white and the flamboyant red below. If you are still one of those few who stay away because of some old fashion attitude – get over it!
Tasting Notes: The elegant red colour eludes to the overall structure of the wine. Kirsch cherry interlaced with mint, fresh raspberries and subtle cedar drift through the aromatics. Very approachable tannins with black pepper, roasted nuts, mint, cherry and other red fruits keep the wine elegant and drinking very well. A pleasant round finish persists. Enjoy with appetizers, elegant red meats, rose sauce pastas, medium bodied cheeses and milk chocolate. Best with the most flamboyant of meals and the simplest of cuisine.
Tasting Notes: Light colour with cool climate green hues. Lifted aromatics with nuances of citrus fruit such as lime juice and lemon curd with subtle mineral and steely tones eluding to the bench terrior. The semi-dry, refreshing palate is clean and fruit driven. Citrus and minerality reappear on the palate joined by Granny Smith apple, white peach and honey. Zippy and mouth-watering. Enjoy with appetisers, chicken, poultry, seafood, fish, mild cheese, or on its own. Great with a frivolous culinary adventure or the simplest of cuisine.