30DaysONWine, Day 4 – Bubbly

Day 4 - Bubbly

I can't remember a summer where I've been addicted to drinking one type of wine. In the past, I've always switched between Rosé, Riesling and a variety of reds depending on the occasion. But as a group of friends gathered to celebrate the end of summer 2011, my contribution to the party is what I've been drinking all summer, bubbly.

A selection of 10 Ontario wines made their way to the table, 8 pictured above. One by one corks were popped, and in one instance sabered (photo as evidence above), then passed around for a variety of palates to offer their opinions.

Of the wines that were tasted above, some divided the group while others were clear winners. The Open sparkling for example — most agreed that although the wine was boring by itself — it could be used in mimosas. The crisp, bready qualities of the Huff sparkling wine was a big hit, as was the Cavespring for the same reason. Most preferred the texture and body of the Trius brut and Hinterland, while some really stuck to the aged 'wine like' qualities from the oldest bubbly on the table, the Creekside 2000.

It's an excercise I've repeated a number of times in the last few months. Partly because sparkling wine is such a great social lubricant, and partly because reactions to the varying characteristics of sparkling wine are fascinating. Bready, yeasty, barnyard, sweetness and sharp fruit tones in these wines elicit strong and quick responses. Try going all bubbly the next time you're hosting a party.

With local wines, you have a variety of price points and taste. Wines ranged from $13.95 to $49.95.

Wines Tasted

Open Wines
Open Sociable Sparkling, $13.95
Available at LCBO | 224410

Jackson-Triggs Winery
Entourage Sauvignon Sparkling Wine, $29.95
Available at Wine Rack

Huff Estates
2008 Cuvee Peter F. Huff, $39.95
Available at the winery only

Cavespring Cellars
Blanc De Blanc Brut, $29.95
Available at the LCBO | 213983

Hinterland Wine Company
Hinterland 2007 Rose, $37.20
Available at the winery only

Creekside Estate Winery
2000 x Blanc de Blancs, $49.95
Available at the winery only

Vineland Estates
Vineland Estates 2008 Brut Reserve, $19.95
Available at LCBO | 39495

Hillebrand / Trius
Trius Brut VQA, $24.95
Available at LCBO | 451641

Photo by Bev Wooding.

30 Days of Ontario Wine

Written by Suresh Doss

Suresh Doss

Suresh Doss is the publisher of SpotlightToronto.com 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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