Winemaker's Dinner | October 26th, 2019

Winemaker’s Dinner 2019

Join us in welcoming new winery members Megalomaniac and Westcott Vineyards at the much anticipated Pinot Affair Winemaker’s Dinner at the Restaurant at Redstone Saturday, October 26th.

This truly unique experience begins with a Sparkling Pinot Noir & Canape Reception, followed by a 5-course dinner; paired with specially selected Pinot Noirs from each winery. Sitting at each table will be a winemaker or principal, entertaining guests with lively wine and culinary conversation.

Limited seating.

This unique dinner experience was $149.00 / person
(+HST and service charge)

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The VIP Experience – NEW to 2019

Seated in the Exclusive Private Dining Room, with 2 Winemakers at your table, guests will enjoy a 6-course dinner, paired with back vintage Pinot Noirs at each course! VIP ticket holders will also have the opportunity to taste the current wines, following the dinner.

Only 20 seats available!

This exclusive experience was $199.00/ person
(+HST and service charge)

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The Pinot Affair | April 24-26th, 2020

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In the meantime, check below to see what past Affair passholders were treated to during The Pinot Affair 2019.

Cave Spring Cellars

The Big O2 Niagara’s geology and climate provide the basic ingredients for growing Pinot Noir that reveals the nuances of the grape, the terroir, and the vintage. But another of nature’s elements – one that is not visible to the human eye and yet remains critical to the crafting of a great Pinot – is oxygen. While the effect of oxygen on this demanding and sensitive variety can set apart a wine from the rest of the pack, it can very easily be a detriment to a wine’s quality. So, what’s the secret to the right amount of oxygen when it comes to Pinot Noir? Come find out… in an interactive tasting with Cave Spring Oenologist & Viticulturalist, Gabriel Demarco!

Pinot Noir is a fascinating variety and one of the most highly prized wines in the world. Come taste three Pinots from three vintages and experience what makes this variety so unique.

Coyote’s Run

Come and take a journey from the juice to the wine! Explore how fermentation changes the raw product into the wine we all love. You will taste our 2018 Red Paw and Black Paw juiced beside the 2018 fermented wines. Come and discover through our winemaker, Taylor Hulley, how to take that pure Pinot Noir juice and craft it into our beautiful Red Paw and Black Paw Pinot Noirs!

Domaine QueylusDomaine Queylus

What difference does a vineyard make? Come in and taste the difference between our Mountainview Estate vineyard in the Lincoln Lakeshore sub-appellation and our Neudorf Estate Vineyard on the Jordan Bench. We will pull barrel samples to compare and discuss the difference in slope, soil and place, and how these vineyards work together to make our Burgundian style Pinot Noir.

Join us to experience a vertical tasting of our award winning 2013, 2014, and 2015 Reserve Pinot Noirs in our tasting room. See how much of a difference the weather makes!

Flat Rock Cellars

At Flat Rock Cellars a rigorous barrel selection process is undertaken every year to create two very different Pinot Noirs. Each has its own unique characteristics and flavours profiles upon release and develops differently in the cellar. Let Winemaker David Sheppard take you through the process and learn how each individual barrel can have an influence on the wines evolution. Enjoy a vertical comparison of our two award-winning Pinot Noirs.

Henry of Pelham

Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery was established with our first vintage in 1988. Let us take you on a journey from some of our earliest vintages of Pinot Noir to recent harvests. The unique characteristics of each vineyard are transported directly to the palate of the wine taster with Pinot Noir better than with any other grape, and our wines are a wonderful example of what our corner of the world can do with this touchstone variety.

Hidden Bench

We will be offering a retrospective tasting of 2 back vintage Pinot Noirs from the Hidden Bench Museum stock with conjunction with some current release Pinot Noirs with an offering of home-made Coq-au-Vin.

Malivoire Wine

Earth Bound Reflections Explore the differences and similarities developed through cement ferment of Pinot Noir vs fermenting in oak cuves. We like to call this approach to Pinot Noir as “moving forward with retro- reflection”. Shiraz Mottiar, Winemaker of the Year (2017 OWA), will lead this engaging and casual discovery of blending art & science. Time spent with Shiraz is just as enjoyable as it is educational – you are sure to come away with a greater appreciation for this glorious grape variety, especially as you taste with equally reflective culinary creations.

Dan Sullivan, Rosehall RunRosewood Estates & Rosehall Run

The distance between Rosewood Estates Winery in Beamsville and Rosehall Run Vineyards in Wellington is about 3 and a half hours by car, but while these similarly named wineries share a common goal of producing world class Pinot Noir, they do it in two of the most exciting, distinct, and dynamic winegrowing regions in the new world.

Starting with a comparative blind tasting of 2017 Pinot Noirs led by Rosehall Run winemaker Dan Sullivan and Rosewood winemaker Ryan Corrigan, they’ll discuss some of the winemaking decisions made when crafting these wines, from vineyard to glass.  Then we’ll dig deep into our cellars to share some well aged examples of Pinot to show how our winemaking styles have changed, developed, and adapted over time.

You’ll taste 2 samples of 2016 Niagara grown Pinot Noir – one made by Rosehall Run Vineyards, and one made by Rosewood Estates Winery.  We’ll share our experience of how Niagara Pinot Noir fares in warmer vintages, and talk about how these wines should continue to develop in bottle over time.

Tawse Winery

Does Size Matter? – The appeal of the Pinot Noir Magnum. Pinot Noir is one of the oldest grapes varieties in existence so why not put it into a magnum to help it age a bit longer? Join our winemakers as they explore Pinot Noir in both Standard Bottles and Magnums and see for yourself if you can taste the difference. Learn from our experts the appeal and the benefits of Pinot Noir in magnums.

Try our flagship Pinot Noir from both a standard bottle and a magnum, can you taste the difference?