Fall wines in Ottawa
- Canada Travel Tips
- Friday, 07 September 2012 17:14
Residents of the Great White North know full well that fall is a time to get cozy by the fire and enjoy warm glasses of apple cider and hot chocolate - and Ottawa wineries are just as keen to escape the cold by offering new lines of deep red libations that will make any cold evening feel like a balmy summer afternoon. Those who travel to Ontario this fall and winter who want to share the simple joys of having a glass of wine with friends and family should get their hands on these bottles that are perfect for the changing season:
Jabulani Vineyard and Winery
Located just south of of the Canadian capital, the Jabulani Vineyard and Winery is the newest winery in Ottawa and offers visitors with surprisingly delicious libations. When the owners first bought the land in Richmond in July of 2005, the soil was already teeming with fresh crops like strawberries and raspberries, which made them decide to grow grapes as well.
The shiraz and cabernet wines are perhaps the most fitting for the fall, particularly because of the pepper and smoky notes paired with the undertone of strong flavours of raisins and figs. These glasses would be perfect for a steak dinner or curry dish.
Domaine du Cervin
On the eastern end of Ottawa sits Domaine du Cervin, which is owned and operated by a Swiss family that now calls the town of Chesterville their home. They serve up the popular ice wine, a staple of Canadian wines originating in Germany, which is made by pressing frozen, late-harvest grapes into a sweet and syrupy consistency.
The best way to turn an ice wine into a cold weather favourite is to serve it over a warm maple and pecan pie.
Strathmore Orchard and Winery
For an even more refreshing take on wines, people who are staying in Ottawa accommodations should make a short trip to Strathmore Orchard and Winery in Monkland, where they can find libations made from strawberries, cranberries and apples. These deliciously unique drinks are perfect by the glass, but those who want to get cozy should try their hand at mulling. Instead of drinking the apple wine at room temperature or slightly chilled, pour a bottle into a pot and add a bit of brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg to get a taste for the holidays.