2015 was a year of discovery while wine touring in Prince Edward County and beyond.
I emerged from winter cold storage in May for Terroir in the County and my blog 42 Splashes of Wine outlined the joys and dangers of being a wine blogger and elicited some much needed advice from other wine bloggers afterwards on the protocols of spitting. I’m looking forward to next year’s Terroir when hopefully I will be able to walk a straight line on my way back to the car, which is never driven by me.
Terroir set the tone and provided the leads for some of the most fun writing assignments I had this year. Continue reading →
Crunching themes of versatile winter whites, my favourite wines and Saint Patrick’s Day lead me to one special winery for Wine of the Week #11. Rosehall Run Winery in Prince Edward County, is where Dan Sullivan, whose forbears came over from Ireland in the 1850s, keeps his gold in a bottle.
The wine: JCR Chardonnay 2011 $29.95.
It was made from grapes harvested from the oldest chardonnay vines on the estate, barrel fermented. and aged for 14 months in 30% new and 70% spent large French oak puncheons. The barrel fermentation allowed the lees (spent yeast) to coat the barrel softening the impact of the oak, giving a creamy taste to the wine.
The owner/winemaker: Dan Sullivan.
Sullivan began as an amateur learning from some of Niagara’s leading winemakers during his days of home winemaking when he bought and pressed Niagara grapes. These days, Dan is a director of the Ontario Wine Council and has been a certified Canadian Wine Judge. His wines, especially Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs have received international attention.
The winery: Rosehall Run estate winery is owned in partnership by Dan and Lynn Sullivan with Lynn’s brother-in-law Cam (JCR) and sister Cindy Reston as silent partners. It is located between Hillier and Wellington on the Greer Road in Prince Edward County. Continue reading →