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Wine of the Week – Week #5
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What better way to celebrate February, the month of love, then to snuggle by a warm fire with a bottle of bubbly. January began with a traditional method sparkling, February starts with a Prince Edward County, Ontario, sparkling Charmat.
The wine: White Cap Method Charmat 2013 $22
Made from Vidal and Riesling grapes seasoned with 7% Muscat, the wine underwent secondary fermentation in a pressurized tank to trap the bubbles within the wine. Charmat sparklings often refered to as ‘prosecco’ or ‘asti’ style wines and are younger and have a fruitier flavour than traditional method sparklings.
I was having lunch with Paul Marconi, General Manager and part owner of Casa Dea Estate Winery, when an elderly lady and her daughter approached him.
“Where do you brew the wine?” she asked enthusiastically .
Her daughter looked appalled.
Paul didn’t even flinch and replied warmly, “We brew it at the back of the winery dear. Go in and have a look and meet our winemaker.”
I’m a wine tourist. I write from the point of view of people like that lady who enjoy the wine, the outing and really don’t know diddly squat about wines except that they like what was in their glass.
I wonder how many times I have asked equally gauche questions and people have kindly kept their laughter until long after I’ve left. Continue reading