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    Posted: 01 June 2012 at 22:06
A good introduction to wines from Ontario, Canada;

There is a lot of good wine coming from here, especially Ontario's Ice wine.

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one day i will add a bottle of ice wine to my wine collection,last time i was in Canada they wanted  150$ for a small bottle.Cry
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You should plan a trip to Cape Town and come taste some of the best wines in the world :) We have so many climates in the Western Cape that the range is vast. 
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A K 1,
 
Thank you for the interesting post.
 
I have had journalism projects,  attending  the seasonal Wine Tastings here at the Canadian Embassy.
 
There are several Canadian designation of origin controlled regions. Ontario has several DOCs.
 
There were some very lovely wines and especially the Ice Wines ... lovely however, quite pricey ... We like to have one for lunch at New Year´s  as a change.
 
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Add to taste,
 
I like South African red wines especially DOC ( designation of controlled origin ) Stellenbäch Red ...
 
Spanish, Italian, Greek as well as South African, Washington State - USA, amongst others have good wines, depending on Harvest Qualification which takes place yearly ...
 
Prosecco is my fave white sparkling wine and 2nd is Cava from Sant Sadurní d´ Anoia, Catalonia, Barcelona  ... 
 
When it comes to red, I enjoy an oak aged crianza, and I like Mono Varietals. Spanish Wines from Valladolid and Toro, Castilla León have some wonderful reds, as does Piemonte, Italia Barolo and 100% Sangiovese Grape - Tuscana ...
 
Which wines do you recommend from Stellenback DOC ?
 
Also, Argentinian Malbec are wonderful too ... as well as Uruguay and Chile´s reds ...
 
Puglia, has some indigenious grape varieties too, which are quite nice however, not famous nor exported yet.
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I assume you mean stellenbosch :)

What kind of reds do you like? more fruity or more dry? something with a chocolate undertone or cigar box?
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Originally posted by Addtotaste Addtotaste wrote:

You should plan a trip to Cape Town and come taste some of the best wines in the world :) We have so many climates in the Western Cape that the range is vast. 
I was going to, but then I realized that instead of flying halfway across the world, I could just drive a few kilometres down the road to taste some of the world's best wineWinkTongueSmile 

Actually, here in Ontario we have a very good selection of South African wine. As well as wines from all over the world. 

Because of the local wine industry, I decided years ago to only purchase local wines. I'm fortunate in that within a half hour drive I have close to 80 different wineries to chose from, and pretty much any variety of wine.
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Add To Taste,
 
Stellenbosch ... Yes, thank you for the spelling correction.
 
I enjoy Oak Aged Crianza Reds ... Noble nosed and dry ...
 
Oak aged reds normally possess the masculine aromas of:
 
* Ripe fruit
* Oak
* Smoke
* Leather
* Dried Fruit Varieties
 
And whites, the fruit, tropical fruit, and floral essences or mineral ...
 
 
I have studied Wine Tasting with the Government of La Rioja.
 
Thanks for recommending a few Stellenbosch Reds ... Appreciate it.
 
Have nice Sunday.
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Driving to a winery for a tasting is a lovely way to spend a mid-morning ...
 
It is obvious, that where someone resides or travels, have a selection of wines locally. Alot cheaper too ... A Spanish Oak Aged Crianza is seventy times cheaper than a Washington State  or Argentinian.
 
So, in Spain, I normally buy Spanish varieties.
 
When in Italia, I buy Italian ...
 
However, we do like to experiment and Stellenbosh - South African Reds are truly terrific.
 
As stated, we have bought Ice Wines, from DOC Ontario, as they are delighful, however, alot more pricey in Spain than a French Champagne !
 
Nice post, Ciao.
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I had no idea they made wine in Canada and certainly not icewine! But then again, many countries produce wines. Do you know that my own banana republic produced all kinds of wines before Napoleon came to visit and stayed for some years. He had all the vignes distroyed in the country. Nowadays a few people have started to produce wines again with spectacular results.

@ Ahron & Hila; I had done some research on travelling to South-African some years ago, but never got there. The region of Franschhoek was my main objective until health problems stopped the whole idea. I like the typical South-African pinotage wines, as you certainly know, a variety of grapes with pinot noir and hermitage roots, not exactly easy to make wines.

Yesterday I tasted a quite cheap cinsault/cabernet sauvignon combination, produced by "Oude Kaap". Stunning quality for that price. They also make a pinotage which is next to taste.

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A good one to try is the Rust n Vrede Estate's Red Specialist

For a non blended De Trafford's Cab Sav or Le Riche
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Chris - Pinotage was invented in the Cape in 1926 by prof. Perold and rescued by Dr Niehuaus because the Prof had forgotten about them.

One of the more popular Pinotages here is the Diemersfontein chocolate pinotage.
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Here is where i keep my wines  

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Originally posted by africanmeat africanmeat wrote:

Here is where i keep my wines  
 
Nice collection of wines in a cool cellar and... in the right company of meat and sausages slowly drying to perfection? I'm drooling!
@Hila; chocolaty pinotage... yeah, I should have visited South Africa a long time ago, sipping a nice wine while enjoying the looks of the Tafelberg! Thanks for the winetips, I'm not sure if they are available over here but I'll certainly keep an eye open.
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Chris I went looking for the Oude Kaap. It seems it's made for export. Does the label by any chance say which farm or estate it's from? Is there a label on the neck of the bottle with a number?
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Hila, the "Oude Kaap" I tasted wasn't even from a bottle but what we call a "bag-in-a-box", at my regular beer and wine store! I know the guy at the store very well and I just asked for any more identification. The store I'm talking about is specialized in beers and carries just a few wines for immediate comsumption. The Oude Kaap is quite popular for barbecues and family gatherings. Oude Kaap has a whole range of wines, available in bottles and bag-in-box. The cinsault/cabernet sauvignon I tasted seem to carry a label that says; "Integrity and sustainability certified. Wine and spirit board www.swsa.co.za 6090 386637". There's no producer on the boxes but the importer is mentioned, which is in the UK; DGB Europe Ltd.
The bottles cost 5€, the boxes (3 liters).... 12,5€. Stunning price for a very well made young wine and such nice quality! Even in France -which is my neighbouring country- you will never find such quality for that price. As soon as the pinotage is available I will certainly throw myself on it!
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Originally posted by ChrisBelgium ChrisBelgium wrote:

I had no idea they made wine in Canada and certainly not icewine! But then again, many countries produce wines. Do you know that my own banana republic produced all kinds of wines before Napoleon came to visit and stayed for some years. He had all the vignes distroyed in the country. Nowadays a few people have started to produce wines again with spectacular results.

@ Ahron & Hila; I had done some research on travelling to South-African some years ago, but never got there. The region of Franschhoek was my main objective until health problems stopped the whole idea. I like the typical South-African pinotage wines, as you certainly know, a variety of grapes with pinot noir and hermitage roots, not exactly easy to make wines.

Yesterday I tasted a quite cheap cinsault/cabernet sauvignon combination, produced by "Oude Kaap". Stunning quality for that price. They also make a pinotage which is next to taste.

Hi Chris, 
Actually our "fine wine" industry is only about 40 yrs old. Ice wine is the premier wine of Ontario. It's something that we can make reliably every year because of our winters. 

@Ahron; In your previous post you mentioned that you would have liked to buy some when you were in Canada but it was expensive($150.00). I'm very surprised, because I can buy it from $20.00 on up.
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@Ahron; In your previous post you mentioned that you would have liked to buy some when you were in Canada but it was expensive($150.00). I'm very surprised, because I can buy it from $20.00 on up.
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you need to know were to go . maybe next time i'm in canada i'll pm you first.
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