Suggested wine pairings rarely match with real family dinner favourites like Dad’s spicy Italian pasta sauce, Five Alarm chilli or Friday night pepper steak and chips. Connoisseurs’ favourites like Pinot Noir or Gamay can be overwhelmed by heavy spices, strong sauces, salt and oil. Over Valentine’s weekend, I discovered a gutsy wine that is up to the challenge. It’s my choice for 2014 Wine of the Week #8.
Cabernet Franc 2009
The wine: Bergeron Estate Cabernet Franc 2009 $21.95
Aged in French Oak for 16 months, rich flavours of blackberries, black cherry, raspberries, sloes, pepper and spicy tobacco with a dry finish. At five years old, this wine is at its peak.
The winery: Bergeron Estate Winery
Located on highway 33, near Adolphustown, Bergeron Estates was purchased in 2002 by brothers Ted and Dave Bergeron and opened in 2007. It has been expanding ever since. The tasting room has a lovely adjoining sun room and wide wrap around veranda with a view down to Adolphus Reach. It serves gourmet pizzas made by Nonna, Dave’s Italian mother-in-law, most weekends year-round and sells a selection of Estate wines and its Cole Point Cider.
The winemaker: David Bergeron has been learning on the job like many County winemakers. For his first two vintages in 2006 and 2007, Dan Sullivan of Rosehall Run was hired as the winemaker, while he trained at his side. Dave has attended winemaking forums at Brock University and in Prince Edward County and has completed a sommelier certification program from Algonquin. Two years ago, he bought out his brother’s share and now he and his wife are sole owners. Continue reading