Oh, Canada! 4 Pack

HENRY OF PELHAM

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada

Henry of Pelham Winery is family owned and located in the Short Hills Bench of the Niagara Peninsula. Henry Smith, son of our original Canadian ancestor (Nicholas Smith ca.1778, fifer in the Revolutionary War) took his name from the toll-road which ran across his property. He built an inn, tavern and planted our first vineyards. As children we restored his vineyards to match artisanal grape growing to artisanal wine making.

They produce both still and sparkling wines and their most famous regional specialty, Icewine.

 The undulating hills and valleys of the Short Hills, which rest on an ancient buried valley that once cut through the Niagara of Escarpment and connected the basins Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, provide long gentle slopes with excellent drainage and sun exposure. The warm sunny days and cool nights characteristic of this area are perfect for developing the intense grape flavors derived from its complex soils.

Henry of Pelham Cuvée Catharine Brut 

70-80% Chardonnay with 20-30% Pinot Noir. Named in memory of Henry’s wife, widow, and family matriarch, Catharine Smith, this wine is composed from the traditional grape varieties of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to make a Niagara expression of a time honored wine style. The secondary fermentation is done in-bottle and the wine is aged for up to 36 months on the lees. Elegant, toasty, and complex. All grapes are farmed by family-owned vineyards. 12% alcohol. 

FOOD PAIRINGS: 

Salmon caviar with sour cream; Malpeque oysters with a hint of lemon. Or add 1 oz of Riesling Icewine or 1 oz of Cabernet Franc Icewine to 3 oz of Cuvée Catharine to make a Kir Catharine or a Blushing Kir Catharine respectively. 

REVIEWS:

92 Points - Jamie Goode, Wineanorak Global Wine Journal (10/31/2022)

92 Points - Chris Waters, Globe & Mail (09/01/2022)

 

PHANTOM CREEK ESTATE WINERY

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada

 

At Phantom Creek Estates, we are dedicated to creating exceptional wines that reflect the unique character and heritage of our organic-certified vineyards.

In 2016, Richter Bai purchased Becker and Phantom Creek Vineyards, followed by Kobau Vineyard in 2017. In 2018, Phantom Creek Estates entered into a long-term collaboration with Olivier Humbrecht, Frances’s first Master of Wine. He is the owner and winemaker of Domaine Zind-Humbrecht in Alsace, an estate that has been in his family since 1620. It is now of the world’s leading producers of Pinot Gris and Riesling. He moved his winery to organic and biodynamic practices in 1997. He is part of Phantom Creek’s move to add Pinot Gris and Riesling to its

2020 Phantom Creek Pinot Gris

Bright, pristine fruit, with crisp Anjou pear and juicy Okanagan white peach that are heightened by white orchard blossoms and fragrant Madagascar vanilla bean. Additional depth and complexity come from gracefully aging for 18 months in traditional Austrian oak casks, rounding the fruit with a subtle imprint of honey while providing a rich texture that’s harmoniously balanced by the crisp, saline finish. Alcohol 13.4%. 

 

SPEARHEAD WINERY

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada

Spearhead Winery is located on the benchlands of South East Kelowna. The hand harvested grapes are sorted at the winery and fermented in small lots.

On our estate vineyard we grow Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling.  Our vineyard and winemaking teams are led by Grant Stanley. A highly respected BC winemaker, Grant has been at the helm as our Winemaker/General Manager for a few years now and he has transformed our winemaking program.  His commitment to showcasing specific terroirs of the Central Okanagan Valley is evident in the ‘single vineyard’ program. 

2021 Spearhead Chardonnay Clone 95

This chardonnay has delicious notes of pastry,
vanilla, and a minerality on the nose with
undertones of lemon curd. The palate has a
beautiful viscosity and tropical fruit flavours of
fresh pineapple and nectarine, followed by a lime
zest finish. Pair with triple cream brie, chicken picatta, carbonara. 

 

WINEMAKER’S CUT WINERY

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada

With a great passion for wine, the winemaker is as focused on life’s equilibrium in relation to others, nature, and to God, as he is on composing quality wines that capture a moment in time. Michal and his partner in the CUT endeavour, his wife Martina, are ever capturing moments of their own making; moments graced with classical music, fine food, quality wine, and dear friends. 

2020 Winemaker’s CUT Bohemian Syrah

Aromas of black fruit, black licorice, pepper, spice, and vanilla. This complex, expressive Syrah shows lush blackberry and dark plum fruit that’s accented by white pepper and delicate violets, leading to a mineral-driven, medium-long finish.

Pair With: Burgers, dry-rubbed ribs, eggplant parmigiana, grilled strip loin, roasted lamb, braised beef short ribs, pan-seared duck, or hard cheeses like Comté. Alcohol 14%.