Many of the finest VQA wines (wines made from 100% Ontario-grown grapes) are produced by wineries in the Niagara Region and served in top local restaurants to compliment seasonal cuisine. If you’re looking to experience some incredible VQA wines this winter but aren’t sure where to start, try any of these sparkling, rosé, white, and red varieties, which are all available on the Rainbow Room’s current wine list.
Jackson-Triggs Grand Reserve Entourage 2012
This bubbly Brut from Jackson-Triggs Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake is hand-crafted in the Methode Classique, a time honoured way in which sparkling wine is produced. Once the wine undergoes fermentation in the barrel it undergoes additional two-year fermentation in the bottle, in a process known as “en tirage”. The Grand Reserve Entourage 2012 features creamy flavours of lemon and green apple along with a crisp finish, making it the perfect sparkling wine to sip and share this winter.
13th Street Pink Palette Rosé 2013
13th Street Winery in St. Catharines produces a Pink Palette Rosé that offers a fruity and easy-going taste and works as a wonderful pairing to foods like grilled vegetables and fish. It’s crafted from Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grape varieties, forming a wonderful foundation for a fresh and vibrant drinking experience.
Jackson-Triggs Proprietors Reserve Vidal Ice Wine
Niagara’s world-famous ice wine is produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine, resulting in sweet and luscious dessert wines. The Proprietors Reserve Vidal Ice Wine from Jackson-Triggs Winery is a delicious variety packed with flavour and featuring delicious notes of apricot and peach. It’s a wine that will warm you up this winter and give you the best taste of Niagara’s beloved liquid gold.
Tawse Riesling 2014 “Limestone Ridge”
Tawse Winery is situated on the lower slopes of the Niagara Escarpment where there’s an abundance of dolomitic limestone, inspiring the name for this 2014 Riesling. It’s a complex white wine crafted from hand-harvested grapes and featuring aromas of green apple, lime, and pear, leading to a lively finish.
Creekside Estate 2013 Syrah
Featuring one of the oldest and largest underground barrel cellars in Niagara, Creekside Estate Winery in Jordan produces a range of impressive VQA wines. The Creekside Estate 2013 Syrah is a full-bodied and smooth red wine that features blackberry and plum aromas, black pepper notes, and delicious fruit flavours, making it a great choice for winter wine tasting.