16th Annual Wine & Cheese Hospitality Night

Posted by Gary Killops on March 8, 2009

Wanda and I attended the Harrow & Colchester South Chamber of Commerce 16th Annual Wine & Cheese Hospitality Night on Friday.

Price of admission was only $20. Well worth it to sample some new wines from 13 local wineries for about 3 hours. The turn out was very good. By around 8pm the place was packed to capacity with a nice mix of people from young couples to seniors. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. The only complaint I heard was that when the band played they were a bit loud and people couldn’t talk to each other. The folks at the CREW were right beside the band. Not the best place to be when you want to talk wine.

Tried some of the wineries new releases. Muscedere’s and Sprucewood’s Cabernet Franc. They were both good. Tasted Erie Shores Late Harvest Vidal (also good) and a wonderful Sauvignon Blanc from Sanson Estate Winery. I stopped in at Sanson’s today wanting to buy a couple bottles of the Sauvignon Blanc that they served bu was told it is only available by the case. It’s nice but I don’t want 12 bottles. I was told that others had done as I had so there is an interest in buying the wine at Sanson’s Estate Winery. The  other option is to buy a case amoung a few friends and split it up. Anyone interested?  

Of noted interest in the crowd was Bruce Crozier MPP – Essex. I emailed Mr Crozier a while back about the “Boycott Cellared In Canada.” campaign that had started on the Facebook social network. At that time the “Official Olympic Wines” would be and still are “Cellared in Canada” blends. Now understand that “Cellared In Canada” wine can be made from up to 70% foreign grapes. If our Olympic athletes must be Canadian, shouldn’t our official Olympic wine be Canadian as well? The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver will have a foreign wine posing as “the official Canadian Olympic wine”.

I emailed all of the local MPP’s and at least Mr Crozier took the time to respond. His reply was that he agreed but thought that there was no way the Canadian Government could control what wine the Olympics bought or served. He missed the point but at least he agreed. :) Mr Crozier seems like a nice man (not all politicians are bad) and I hope he enjoyed some of the “real” Canadian VQA wines that were being served on Friday evening. This wasn’t the right place to follow up and question him some more about why our Government not protecting our Canadian culture and wine industry.
A new local winery attended the event. “Black Bear Farms Of Ontario Estate Winery Inc.” I spent a few minutes talking with William Rondelez, owner and wine maker of this new area winery. They are specializing in fruit wines. All of their  wine is made from the fruit they grow on their farm and there is no grape used in their wines.

Some of the varieties they have currently on their shelves are:

Papas Special Reserve for $18.00 / 375ml bottle
Purple Raspberry for $18.00 / 375ml bottle
Golden Raspberry for $18.00 /375ml bottle
Red Raspberry for $16.00/ 375ml bottle
Red Raspberry for $31.00 / 750ml bottle
Strawberry for $15.00 / 375ml bottle
Strawberry for $29.00 / 750ml bottle

With more varieties coming soon such as our gooseberry wine!

I tried the “Papas Special Reserve”. It was very nice. Wanda and I plan on visiting the winery soon. They do not have a web site yet but they are working on one. Their store hours right now are Wed. to Sat. 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Sun 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Black Bear Farms Estate Winery is located at 1137 County Road # 20 West Kingsville Ontario.


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