Thursday, February 18, 2010
On the seventh day of the Olympics, we raise a glass, in honour of our athletes, of Rosewood Estate Winery & Meadery 2008 Natalie’s Sussreserve Riesling. This wine is a classic – Natalie Spytkowsky, winemaker at Rosewood Estate – has been making this wine since her early years at Angel’s Gate Winery and it has become known as her signature wine. An off dry style of Riesling, this wine has won awards at major competitions for both this vintage and many past vintages, this wine is made by adding unfermented Riesling grape juice back into the wine just before bottling which creates added complexity, character, structure, natural acidity and of course sweetness. The 2008 vintage has bright notes of lemon, lime, peach and wild flowers. The palate is fresh with balanced acidity and sweetness. Pairs best with lemon or butternut squash risotto, Weiner Schnitzel, Thai dishes, Munster and St. Paulin cheeses and warm apple desserts. So, what sports do we have to share with this classic Riesling from the only winemaker in Ontario who is interested in making it? Medal events today include biathlon, speed skating, figure skating and ladies halfpipe for the snowboard. Other sports to watch – curling, more hockey (Canadian Men’s team today) and skeleton. To get your hands on this wine, which is $18 a bottle, contact the winery directly at 1-866-633-3248 or 905-563-4383.