Summer is about spontaneity; it’s about driving to wine country on a whim because you can. It’s about sipping and tasting wines in the sunshine and eating wood fired pizza while overlooking one of your favourite vineyards.
Summer is also about discovery, and this summer I discovered a few incredible local wineries in both the Beamsville/Niagara area and Prince Edward County.
I love PEC. Having been visiting the area since 2012, it’s one of my favourite places to escape to for some relaxation and wine-drinking adventures. There are so many fantastic wineries in the County, many that I haven’t visited yet, but absolutely intend to in the coming months.
What I love about the PEC region is that a lot of wineries aren’t afraid to take risks and to try new things. Take Broken Stone Winery for example – a small, family run boutique winery making some delicious wine, including their Exuberance Sparkling Riesling. I’d heard of this wine from a friend of a friend who said it was so good, they bought half a case of it.
The Wine: Broken Stone Exuberance Sparkling Riesling
The Price: $24.95
The Grape: Riesling
The Location: Prince Edward County, ON
On the nose, I smell apples – specifically royal gala or red delicious. It’s floral and crisp, with a dry mouth feel. It tastes like biting into a freshly picked apple, surrounded by budding florals. It’s light, not too sweet and perfect for afternoon drinking at the cottage – which is where I’m enjoying this wine.
The wine geek in me loves seeing Rieslings done in a sparkling method, which goes to show you just how versatile the Riesling grape is. I love that the floral notes don’t overwhelm; they just dance softly in the glass.
This is a really lovely transitional wine; it would be delicious on a hot summer’s day, but it is equally delightful on a crisp, cool evening in the fall. The colour is a bit darker than most Rieslings and it’s drier than a lot of Rieslings as well. I really want to warp myself in a cozy blanket, crack open my favourite book and sip this wine all afternoon – it’s my cottage vacation; so I think I’ll do just that.