2020 Pinot Affair Offerings

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Cave Spring Cellars – Pinot Noir and Riesling, Side-by-Side: The New Frontier

Pinot Noir and Riesling are now grown side by side in a growing number of cool-climate wine regions in the Old and New World alike. One such place is the Beamsville Bench, where both of these noble varieties excel in the Niagara Escarpment’s limestone-rich, hillside terroir. But is there a difference between an ‘ideal’ site for Pinot Noir and one for Riesling? What parallels between them are revealed in the vineyard? How are these nuances manifested on the palate? Is one or the other variety better suited to our site?

Join Cave Spring Viticulturist Gabriel Demarco as he digs deep into the nuances and intricacies of Pinot Noir and Riesling at Cave Spring Vineyard. Alongside him, local nutritionist and chef Laura Discepola of ‘Fit to Eat’ will offer locally sourced pairings showcasing the versatility of these classic varieties with food.

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Westcott Vineyards – Comparing Clones in 2 Vineyards

What are clones & do they really make that much of a difference in the final wine? Join Winemaker Casey Kulcyk in comparison tasting of 4 different Pinot Noir Clones from our two vineyards, the Westcott home farm planted in 2007 and the Butlers Grant vineyard planted in 1988. You will have the opportunity to explore the different flavours that each clone contributes and taste through a selection of different barrels. Finally – we will blend the different clones together & show you how we create our Reserve wines. Can you make a reserve wine taste better than our Winemakers’ version?

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Domaine Queylus – Creating Food when the Wine Needs to Shine

Hosts: Winemaker Kelly Mason and Chef and Sommelier JP Challet
Pairing 3 different vintages (2014 – Cold, 2015 – difficult and 2016 – Hot)
with Quail prepared 3 ways. Kelly Mason will discuss the differences in the wines, and JP Challet will explain the pairings he has made and how they compliment each very different wine.

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Flat Rock Cellars – In Pursuit of Pinot Perfection

Join the Flat Rock Cellars team behind the scenes in our pursuit of Pinot Noir perfection. We will guide you through a variety of interactive blind tastings to determine your perfect Pinot Noir. In an intimate group setting let us show you our methods and techniques culminating in three unique tastings with our owner Ed Madronich, winemaker Dave Sheppard and assistant winemaker Allison Findlay. You’ll have the opportunity to spend time with each of them and objectively experience the decisions they make when crafting our signature Pinot Noirs: barrel selections in the cellars, inoculation techniques in the lab, and determining age-ability in our newly completed wine library.

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Henry of Pelham – Barrel Selection: It’s An Art!

Venture underground into our state-of-the-art barrel cellar and learn how careful barrel selection can impact a finished bottle of wine. Guided by a winery principal, we invite you to taste our current Pinot Noir vintages, plus exclusive, specially – selected barrel samples.

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Hidden Bench – A Local Cheese and Pinot Pairing

Join us at Hidden Bench as we showcase Terroir Driven Pinot Noir with local Ontario Cheese. Our team will guide you thru a selection of carefully curated Ontario Cheeses paired precisely with our wines to offer an optimal wine pairing. We will discuss Terroir and how that shapes our high quality wines and discuss how cheesemakers use the same attention to detail, to produce top award winning cheeses.

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Malivoire & Rosehall Run – Brothers From Another Mother

Every Winemaker works to craft a style and direction that sets them apart from every other. Inevitably this translates to their wines, as personal preferences influence many winemaking decisions. But every once in a while, they find themselves with an uncanny synchronicity with another like-minded winemaking artist. Something that makes them feel like ‘brothers…from another mother’! Dan Sullivan, Winemaker at Rosehall Run, and Shiraz Mottiar, Winemaker at Malivoire Wine Co., can attest to this.

Coming from vastly different regions and histories, it’s no surprise when their styles diverge…and yet, there are other times when their work shows an almost brotherly resemblance. Two sites, two winemakers, four wines! Taste the wines, crafted individually from the 2019 harvest, listen to a discussion of their intentions, and participate in a blending session for a future, potential ‘Winemakers’ Blend’. Here is your opportunity to taste and judge the work of two brothers-in wine. The outcome will be intriguing, exciting and one of a kind!

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Megalomaniac – Appreciating Pinot Noir: A Delight for the Senses

Megalomaniac’s VP – Winemaking and Vineyard Operations, Sebastien Jacquey, will guide you through a sensory exploration of Niagara Pinot Noir. Hone your tasting technique by understanding the aromatic and flavour profiles of this unique varietal. You’ll smell and taste the standard components, such as fruit, floral, earthiness, and oak. Whether you’re new to Pinot Noir or a seasoned taster, this seminar will be a fun way to increase your ability to assess and describe the wine you are tasting. Test your new skills as you sample our 2017 and 2018 Pinot Noirs.

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Tawse Winery – For The Love of Bubbles

Sparkling wine popularity has seen a huge increase over the last few years here in Niagara. At Tawse Winery, we thought it would be an interesting topic for Pinot Noir lovers to learn more about. Visit us at our Disgorging Line* as our winemakers Rene Van Ede and Devin Campbell walk you through the Sparkling Wine process from first fermentation to disgorging and everything in between. We will taste different levels of sugar in our “Spark Trials” and compare the differences between our Blanc de Noirs; a 100% Pinot Noir based Spark! and the 100% Pinot Noir Rose Spark! If you’re lucky there may even be a Sabering demonstration!

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