Day 48 – Greenlane Estate Winery

Day 48 - Greenlane Estate Winery  Greenlane Estate Winery
 Beamsville, Ontario
 Wine maker, Dianne Smith
Day 48 - Greenlane Estate Winery
 Launch Portfolio
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 Available Online, Winery

Greenlane Estates Winery is a baby in the Ontario wine scene, officially opening its doors earlier this summer, operating on the grounds that used to host Birchwood Estates winery. The winery operates with 22 acres of vines dating back to 1990 under the helm of wine maker Dianne Smith.

Day 48 - Greenlane Estate Winery

There are two brands at work at Greenlane, as pictured above. Greenlane’s estate brand (on the left) which will feature wines produced entirely from estate fruit, and ‘Greetings’ featuring wines created from a blend of estate and locally sourced fruit. So far, five wines under the Greetings label, and one under the estate label, have launched.

Day 48 - Greenlane Estate Winery

It was mere coincidence when I stopped into the Greenlane tasting room during their opening weekend. Things were already starting to pick up as cars pulled into the property with guests eager to test out this new winery in the region. Since my first visit, I’ve been back to the winery a few times with friends and have tasted my way through the Greenlane portfolio. Thoughts are that the Greenlane wines are very accessible and food friendly. Here are my impressions of the wines we tasted.

Chardonnay 2008, $16
An approachable chardonnay that introduces the toasty, oaky and butterscotch flavours without knocking you over the head with intensity.

Riesling 2009, $15
Teasing with the minerality that is evident in so many Ontario rieslings, with citrus and tropical fruits to balance it. Juicy, I had this wine with a bowl of Beef & Vegetable stir fry and it was perfect.

Cabernet Merlot 2007, $15
My favourite of the bunch, luscious and great fruit on the palate. A friend said he tasted licorice and spice. I can see that but for me its evident when you pair this wine with red meat.

Sauvignon Blanc 2009, $13
A very light wine with the traditional herby and fruit characteristics of Sauvignon Blanc. Absorbs and compliments seafood plates, like sauteed shrimp or scallops.

Riesling Icewine 2008, $30
Like taking your favourite piece of dried fruit and dipping it into honey. Packs a lot of sweetness, great for a cheese board.

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Written by Suresh Doss

Suresh Doss

Suresh Doss is the publisher of and Rickshawmag. Founder of the Food Truck Eats festival, Suresh has been a pioneer for the Street food movement in Toronto. In 2011, He was awarded the VQA Promoter’s Award for outstanding achievement in the Media category in the promotion of Ontario VQA Wines. Suresh is also the Global Editor for Whitecap’s StreetEats series of travel guides, which focuses on the best street food across North America. Suresh also runs the newly launched Zagat Toronto site.

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