2016 Fielding Gewurztraminer – Vintages 146753 – $19.95 – **** – Gewurztraminer from Ontario is something worth seeking out. It doesn’t have the weight or texture of Alsatian bottles, but it’s not trying to be Alsace. The lighter texture on the mid-palate make this easier to pair with food. Aromas and flavours are textbook tropical and rose, with a nice sweetness that amplifies the lychee note. The acidity on this wine is balanced but the intense floral aromas and flavours do linger on the finish. Match this next to spicy Indian or Thai cuisine.
2015 Sperling Vineyards Pinot Noir – Vintages 382283 – $28.95 – **** – The name on this bottle should be familiar to you if you’re a fan of Ontario wines – This comes from the family vineyard of Ann Sperling, who also makes wine at Southbrook. While this bottle hold onto it’s acidity reminding you that it is a cool climate bottle of Pinot Noir, the fruit is very ripe reminding you that it gets a little warmer in the Okanagan than in Ontario. The flavours are bold dark cherry and are met with a heavy damp earthy note. The tannin is approachable, but this bottle will benefit from a couple years in a cellar to relax.