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It’s time for a wine tour! I organized a wine tour for one of my clubs here on campus last weekend. We went to four wineries in Canada (passports, everyone), including an organic one!
First stop: Inniskillin Wineries
Can you spy the “Inniskillin” on the wine barrels?
The winery was named after a town in Ireland, “Eniskillen,” but the vintner was actually Austrian. Their specialty is icewine; have you ever heard of it? Before coming to college and moving up here, I’d never heard of it, but it. is. heaven.
They make it using grapes that have frozen on the vine. They have to harvest the grapes at night so that they can certify their wine as “icewine.”
They showed us where they made the wine (unfortunately they weren’t making any then), and then took us to their (chilly) wine cellar.
The winery was really architecturally beautiful, incorporating ArtDeco and Frank Lloyd Wright (Chicago, represent!) designs.
My roommate found the perfect size wine bottle to feed her addiction:
Then they showed us their fancy-pants tasting table:
After the tour, it was TASTING TIME! We got to try three wines: a white, red, and icewine, in that order. It was only supposed to be a tasting, but our tour guide had a heavy hand with the pouring!
On a sweetness scale of 0 – 30, this icewine was a 24. The other two wines were 0, for comparison.
Next up was Frongpond Farms, the organic winery.
It was a cute little farm, with quail and dogs running all over.
I had a sip of the red icewine here; I think it was even better than the white!
The next winery wasn’t a winery at all, but rather a retail shop. It wasn’t even worth talking about.
The last winery was in a fancy-pants chateau. We were brought to a private tasting room and given free samples.
I had random sips of other people’s wine, but no icewine, as it was $7.00 for a sample.
It was beautiful weather and the perfect way to spend a Saturday.
Have you ever been on a wine tour? Have you ever had icewine? Educate me, people.