Thursday, April 21, 2011

New York Post Raves About Niagara Trail, Arrowhead Spring, and Canadian Wine

The New York Post recently did a story on the Niagara Wine Trail and the Candaian wines just north of the Niagara Trail. In specific they covered Arrowhead Spring Vineyards in New York as well as Henry of Pelham, Cave Springs, Jackson-Triggs, Peller Estates, and of course Inniskillin.

I haven't been writing about Canadian wine lately because I haven't had any lately. All of the above Canadian wineries make wonderful wines. I have drank them in the past. I used to travel to Canada regularly. Not the case anymore. Cave Springs makes wonderful reds, Jackson-Triggs makes a wonderful chardonnay as well as some very nice reds, Henry of Pelham makes some nice reds, Peller and Iniskillin both make incredible ice wines. I wish I could find more Canadian wines to try in NYC.

Of course, Arrowhead Spring Vineyards is of special interest to me because it's in New York state. Niagara is an exceptional region, and the quality out there has improved greatly. Lots of good wine out there these days, especially from Duncan Ross's Arrowhead Spring.

Says the POST: THE UP-AND-COMER Cross the gorge from Ontario back into New York and you’ll find a similar geographical setup that favors grape growing. But when it comes to wine, let's just say that the folks in Niagara County have a lot of catching up to do. not that you’d have known this up until recently. When it comes to wine, let’s just say, the folks in Niagara County have a lot of catching up to do. They're working hard at it, though — it's really starting to show at wineries such as Arrowhead Spring, which has received high marks for its ice wine and Chardonnay; their attractive little tasting room just outside the historic Erie Canal town of Lockport is a must-visit. Thirteen wineries make up the county's Niagara Wine Trail; two more will join this summer. Other stops should include Freedom Run and Leonard Oakes, where you’ll likely meet the young and energetic people behind the interesting (and sometimes surprisingly good) wines being produced from estate-grown grapes. Early days? You bet. But nothing like getting in on the ground floor (