Due to Canadian wine aficionado, Michael Pinkus, I decided to go back and dig deeper into Canadian Cabernet Franc (thanks Michael). I encourage others to dig into Ontario Cabernet Franc as it is credited for growing best in our Ontario climate, and this already sets the palate up for what to expect. On top of being formed from a choice varietal for the region, today’s wine also comes from an interesting source, Niagara College.

In the year 2000, Niagara College formed its Winery and Viticulture Program, making it the first in Canada.  The campus is surrounded by 38 acres of vineyard, ensuring students get the hands-on experience needed in producing quality wines. Further, wines made at the school and later sold in stores, pay 100% of the proceeds back into the program to aid in student learning.

In 2004, the Winery and Viticulture Technician Program received the Pinnacle Award for best supplier of graduates to the tourism industry

Teaching Winery Cabernet Franc 2010

On colour, the Teaching Winery Cabernet Franc 2010 holds a crisp ruby hue.  On the nose, rhubarb, oak, light mineral, and blueberry are noted.  On the palate, spice, caramel, oak, plum, a touch of anise, and well-tempered tannins are present.

Teaching Winery Cabernet Franc 2010 is smooth on the mouth, with a medium finish, and silky tannins.  This is a must try wine in our books and it does not hurt that by partaking in a bottle you are putting a little back into education.

We paired our bottle of Teaching Winery Cabernet Franc 2010, with pulled pork sandwiches.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $19.15

We gave this wine a 4.5 out of 5