|Yes he can play hockey, but can he |
score with wine?
Another in our series of reports on Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, wineries.
Wayne Gretzky is acknowledged as the greatest hockey player of all time. When he retired he held forty regular-season NHL records and fifteen playoff records. And when you are in Canada, as we were for our Ontario wine tasting trip, there is no bigger celebrity than “The Great One.” He sure knows how to blast a slap shot – but can he make a quality wine?
We were about to find out as our itinerary brought us the the winery of the famous No.”99."
In 2009 the winery launched its Estate Series and we sampled a couple of bottles. Leading off was the 2007 Estate Series Sauvignon Blanc. I found this to be a unique twist on Sauvignon Blanc, less zingy than a New Zealand Sauv Blanc with decidedly grassy flavor notes mixed with tropical fruit. This wine is finished 70% in stainless steel and the remainder in oak – adding some nice character to the wine and a medium body. The Founders Series are the entry level, value wines and the Estate Series is the next step up in price and quality. However, the price for this Sauvignon Blanc is only $18.95 Canadian – very reasonable.
|Some of The Great One's memorabilia on display.|
This is an upper tier winery with some good wines. It is boosted into the “must see” category by the fame of its celebrity owner. The fame of No. 99 may get you in the door, but you’ll find the high quality wines a compelling reason to stay.