I am sucker for a good sunset, a great glass of wine and wonderful company. Over the Canada Day long weekend, I was lucky enough to be able to check all three boxes and then some. Maybe it’s because our Canadian winters are so harsh, but as soon as it’s sunny out, all I want to do is lounge outside and drink wine. Rosé is my first choice, but I’ll take a white or even a red, as long as I have sunshine and a place to chill. If I could turn the above into some sort of job, I’d be laughing all the way to the bank. Anyway, I digress – where was I? Oh yeah, talking about drinking wine – my favourite pastime.
The Wine: Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery Rosé Cabernet 2015
The Price: $22.00
The Grape: Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir
The Location: St. Davids, ON
One of my favourite wineries in Ontario also makes one of my newly crowned favourite rosé’s. Ravine Estate Winery’s Cabernet Rosé tastes like what a gorgeous summer sunset should taste like if you could bottle it. Strawberry and cranberry notes delight on the nose – there’s a herby freshness that comes through as well.
On the palate I taste grapefruit and those cranberry/strawberry notes I mentioned earlier, but there’s also a bit of a floral element to this rosé. I don’t know if I’ve ever tasted a rosé that tastes like roses without being cloyingly sweet, but Ravine has managed to pull this off beautifully. Even warming up in the glass, this wine stays crisp and drinkable.
Being able to enjoy this wine outdoors just lends to the experience, especially when you’re drinking in the wineries’ own vineyard. Every Canada Day, Ravine Estate Winery sets off fireworks in their vineyards, much to the delight of the local Niagara community and those visiting. This year was extra special because Canada was turning one-hundred-and-fifty-years-old. Thousands gathered on picnic blankets and in lawn chairs to watch and revel in the spectacular show Ravine had planned. There was beer, wine – red, white and of course – rosé.
The fireworks were the best I’ve seen, in the most beautiful setting – seriously, Ravine has one of the most stunning properties in the Niagara region.
One of the reasons I love wine is because of its ability to bring people together. It’s a conversation starter, but it’s also more than that. It lends itself to its environment not just where or how it’s grown, but it soaks up the energy of the land. You can taste the care, the attention, the love that’s put into the land in the wine, and Ravine consistently does an amazing job at producing stunning Ontario wines. If only every weekend would consist of fireworks, evening vineyard hangouts and rosé.
Until next time, happy wining!