I recently had the pleasure of meeting with some friends from Miami Beach, one of which happens to be a wine and spirits buyer for a group of boutique hotels. As we commenced to catching up on the going-ons in each others lives, my American friends asked me about Ontario wines and what we do specifically well, when it comes to the art of wine. I found myself unable to stay on one track as I noted reds, whites and fortified wines from Ontario that I felt could more than compete internationally. Somehow, our conversation leapt from Canada to Germany, and the Rieslings produced there. Of course, I took the opportunity to talk about climate similarities and Canadian Rieslings I’ve had that would impress. Since that trip, I’ve had a chance to get a few bottles of Ontario Riesling into the hands of one of my friends on this trip. I will admit, I sat back and took all the wine accolades because even though I wasn’t the skilled master behind the creation of the wines I sent them, I do hold a sense of pride in the wine artistry we’re able to fuel here in Ontario.
Understanding that story above is necessary to then understand the recent Riesling binge I’ve been on (binges are always fueled by something), and with that, here is our review of our most recent Riesling encounter, Cave Spring Dry Riesling 2011.
On colour, the Cave Spring Dry Riesling holds a golden wheat hue. On the nose, scents of green apple, pineapple, pear and lime are noted. On the palate, you are met with well tempered acidity that is blended with tastes of pear, lemon/lime, grapefruit and peach.
This is a wonderfully refreshing Riesling that calls to mind patio weather. This Riesling will surely make our short list of wines, come barbecue season.
This wine retails at the LCBO for $14.95
We gave this wine a score of 4.5 out of 5.