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The Summer of 2010 was perfect… for wine country anyway

People in the wine industry are buzzing about the exceptional year for growing grapes in Ontario.

Ontario Winemakers are raising a glass for one of the best growing seasons on record. From Pelee Island to Niagara-on-the-Lake to Prince Edward County, Mother Nature gave them almost perfect growing conditions. First, there was an early start with the right combination of sun and rain in the spring (and no late season frost). Then, the summer delivered ideal weather – warm days and cool evenings. Wine connoisseurs say you’ll be able to taste the result.

Unlike other international growers whose weather wasn’t so good, Ontario winemakers with new techniques and advanced machinery, hope this season will set them apart from their international competition.

Normally, the bulk of the harvest is carried out in October and November – this season the harvest began in September.

The current crop will yield wines of exceptional quality that will hit the shelves months from now.

Ontario winemakers are always competing in an international market, with many Canadians still choosing foreign wines. With this exceptional season why not try an Ontario wine – you won’t be disappointed.

If you’re driving around Southern Ontario to take in the fall foliage, why not make a detour through wine country.

For more information, visit winesofontario.org

Straight from the grower…
Wayne Sauntry, a former East York resident now living in Beamsville, is part of the wine making team at Angel’s Gate Winery.

The Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes used for Sparkling were already picked by September 1.  Normally it would be done 3 to 4 weeks later in the year.  However, using the traditional champagne method, it will be two years before these grapes make it to your table.

Right now, the LCBO is carrying the ’08 Pinot Noir Sparkling and ’08 Archangel  Chardonnay Sparkling from Angel’s Gate Winery in Beamsville, Niagara Peninsula.