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  • Terroir Tastings: Three Winemaker/Vintner-led Structured Tastings

    During Saturday May 18th and Sunday May 19th— and part of the Terroir On The Move Wine Festival — join us for special small-group structured tastings. Each tasting features five small-batch craft wines, be they past GOLD medal winners or more esoteric, cult wines.

    These are outside the normal scope of our winery tastings and delve deep into our most esoteric and premium wines which we rarely pour together at the tasting bar! Each tasting is limited to 12 people, so there is lots of time for questions.

    Choose from three themes:

    Old Skool/New Skool: Quirky Skin Contacts, Sparklings and Orange Wines

    Anything But ABC: Explore vintage and site in 5 exquisite Chardonnays

    Grand Cru Too!: The case made in 5 glasses (in red and white) of fantastic vineyard sites at home in Ontario

    Cost: $25/pp. $10/pp refunded with stamping of Terroir Passport on day of the tasting. More information here. Reservations required.

    Reserve your spot at the tasting of your choice (be sure to scroll down or sort by Tastings).

    Allow about 60 minutes.

  • Tuesday is Market Day!

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    This year, we’ll be back at Trinity Bellwoods Farmers’ Market, Toronto. The market runs every Tuesday 3-7pm May to October.
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    We’ll be at the market:
    May 21
    June 25
    July 30
    September 3
    October 8
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    Be sure to get in your orders a few days in advance!
  • Winemaker’s Dinner - North + Navy, Apr 30th

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    Join us at North + Navy in Ottawa, April 30th for a special Winemaker’s Dinner with winemaker Mackenzie Brisbois!
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    Six wines will be paired with a Northern Italian menu-in-the-works, and it’s North + Navy. Translation: sure to be delicious!
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    We’re looking to be a part of this epic event and tickets for the evening are limited. Mackenzie is also looking forward to share some of our newest, most esoteric wines and futures pricing will be available for some of the pre-release wines poured.
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    For tickets, please contact North + Navy at hello@northandnavy.com
  • Vintner’s Dinner, April 12th

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    Join us at AquaTerra in Kingston, April 12th for a special Vintner’s Dinner!
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    Four wines will be paired with a four-course menu. The menu is in the works, but it’s sure to be delicious!
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    This event is part of Corks and Forks — Kingston’s first annual International Wine Festival designed for the wine enthusiast as well as the restaurant and hospitality industry. Corks & Forks will offer seminars, panel tastings, master classes and innovative culinary experiences while showcasing winemakers and winery owners from around the world.
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    We’re looking to be a part of this great event and tickets for the evening are very limited — with seating limited to 15.
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    For tickets, please click here.
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    Corks and Forks runs April 12-14 and includes a full day of programing including two public tastings on Friday and Saturday Evening. Full details here.
  • Wine of the Month Club - February

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    This month we focus on skins, tannins and structure in reds and feature a special bottling of out forthcoming Barrel-Ferment Cab Franc Rosé! Get a sneak peak at this special single-barrel rosé. Shipping next week as part of our Wines of the Month Club!
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    Wines included this month:
    2016 Wingfield Cabernet Franc
    2017 Estate Pinot Noir (Pre-Release)
    2018 Foxcroft Barrel Ferment Cab Franc Rosé (Pre-Release)
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    About Wines of The Month
    Our Newest Wine Club is also our most eclectic!
    Each month, get a winemaker’s selection of wines picked with a theme in mind. Each selection may include our newest wines, a vertical of back vintages, or even other hard-to-find wines we like to drink.
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    Only $110 (inclusive of shipping)
    Flexibility of choice in 1-, 3-, 6- & 12-month options.
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    Upcoming Themes:
    March — Yeasts - Chardonnay and Traditional Method
  • Join us for Vinterfest 2019, Feb. 16 & 17!

    Winemaker’s Cellar Tasting

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    For one day only, we're opening up the cellar in this small-group, exclusive cellar tasting of wines direct from the barrel. Learn about the origins of the wines and about our minimalist small-batch winemaking process across skin-contact and barrel-ferment reds and whites. Taste wines in-progress and compare to their finished siblings with a specific emphasis on texture, acidity and flavour definition.

    Saturday Feb. 16, 12pm, 2pm (full) and 3:30pm only. $20/pp RSVP required, 8ppl max. 

    Allow at least 45 minutes.

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    Are You a Wine Club Member?
    This event is FREE for Wine Club Members (max. 2 people/member). To book, simply email us with your desired time at info@trailestate.com.

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    Winery French Toast Brunch

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    Come in from the cold! Enjoy hot, icewine-drenched french toast, fresh fruit, maple cream and vineyard views in our warm, modern tasting space.
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    Optionally, pair it with any wine from our by-the-glass menu including our Pét Nat Sparkling or Wild-Ferment Riesling, for a perfect pairing.

    Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 16-17, 10:30am - 3pm. $8/pp.
    Reserve your spot here!

    See you at Trail Estate for Vinterfest 2019!

  • You Say You Want A Revolution? Skin-Fermented Riesling: November Wines of the Month

    You say you want a revolution?  
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    Perhaps it is time you checked out Amber Revolution by Simon J Woolf. It is only the hottest new book about white wines fermented on their skins and Trail Estate Winery is featured within its pages!
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    “This book focuses only on wines made with white grapes treated as if they were red, fermented together with their skins (and sometimes stems, too) for a period of multiple days, weeks or months.”
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    The technique of using grape skins during fermentation is an age-old technique and in recent years it has become very popular. There are people who think skin contact wine is crazy and that it is a fad or that it gets in the way of terroir, but Taylor Swift said it best, “the haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate.”
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    It is without a doubt that this new category, Orange Wine is here to stay.
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    “...Orange wine’s time has well and truly come; bottles are proudly displayed on the shelves of countless independent wine merchants, in fashionable wine bars and top-flight restaurants as never before.” (Amber Revolution)
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    I like having the flexibility to determine technique based on the grapes that I have, which means the decision to use skin contact will happen when the fruit reaches my crush pad. Having first made skin fermented wines in 2015 I have now narrowed down some of the styles and vineyards that take to the technique. I make an orange wine, left on the skins for months and bottled without fining, filtration or sulphur and it is very popular, is pretty funky and has that orange/amber colour that is desired.

    I also craft what I consider to be skin-fermented whites (instead of Orange) and this is what we are going to explore this month! They are a combination of old and new winemaking. I use natural yeast to ferment while on skins, no temperature control and I gently immerse the skins with the fermenting juice daily. Once I separate the skins I craft them like conventional wines to retain the fresh and fruity aromatics. The resulting wines are poised, full of flavour and structure and an accurate reflection of vintage differences.
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    All three of the wines included this month are from the same vineyard, picked the same day, processed and fermented together. Natural fermentation in stainless steel tanks, pressed after 13 days on the skins. Sulphured to inhibit malolactic fermentation and to retain vibrancy in the wine. One wine is bottled right away while the other two go back into two barrels for eleven months, leading to divergent, yet fascinating results.
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    2017 Hughes Skin Contact Riesling 
    2017 Hughes Skin Contact, Barrel-Aged Riesling — “Earth”
    2017 Hughes Skin Contact, Barrel-Aged Riesling — “Heaven”

  • Amber Revolution: How the World Learned to Love Orange Wine

    Amber Revolution Hardcover Book - Trail Estate Winery
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    ...And we're in it!
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    Written by renowned orange wine expert and award winning writer Simon J. Woolf, Amber Revolution is the world?s first book to tell the full, forgotten story of this ancient wine (white wine made like a red wine) and its modern struggle to gain acceptance. It is a tale of lost identity, the fight for survival, and pioneering winemakers?from the Caucasus to the Adriatic. White grapes are left in contact with their skins for days, weeks or months during fermentation, creating stunning complexity, unusual aromas and intense flavors. The extended skin contact gives these wines bold amber, russet, or orange tints.
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    The technique is ancient, but the hype is new and fast growing. This book includes profiles of 180 of the best producers from 20 countries worldwide and is crammed full of all the information you need to find the best orange wines worldwide together with tips for how to buy, enjoy, food-match and age them. Beautifully illustrated with over 150 specially commissioned photos, Amber Revolution is an essential reference work for any wine lover, sommelier, retailer or producer who loves orange wine.
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    Available at your local bookseller or order here.
  • October #WOTM: Riesling

    Wines of the Month - Riseling - Trail Estate Winery
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    This month we focus on Riesling and compare our Barrel Ferment Riesling with that of iconoclastic German winemaker: Clemens Busch. These wines are not available at the LCBO, which makes them more compelling comparisons! Which will be your favourite?
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    2015 Trail Estate Barrel-Ferment Riesling - Unfiltered
    2015 Clemens Bush “O” Riesling
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    ONLY 5 SLOTS AVAILABLE!
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    About Wines of The Month
    Our Newest Wine Club is also our most eclectic!
    Each month, get a winemaker’s selection of wines picked with a theme in mind. Each selection may include our newest wines, a vertical of back vintages, or even other hard-to-find wines we like to drink.
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    Only $110 (inclusive of shipping)
    Flexibility of choice in 1-, 3-, 6- & 12-month options.
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    Upcoming Themes:
    November — Skin Ferment Wines (9 slots avail.)
    December — Nouveau Wines - White, Orange & Rosé (10 slots avail.)
  • September Wines of the Month - Cabernet Franc

    Long the addict of Pinot Noir, it comes as quite a surprise that I have found a love for Cabernet Franc in Ontario. Not that I disliked it, I simply preferred drinking Pinot Noir. All of that changed when I started working with fruit grown on the Wismer properties. I fell in love with the Cabernet Franc from the Foxcroft vineyard and, in the 2016 vintage I found room to open up my heart to the Wingfield vineyard as well. From the Twenty Mile Bench appellation the Wismer vineyards produce fruit that shows amazing finesse but also carries substantial weight and tannin.
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    Cabernet Franc has often been sidelined by other varieties. In Bordeaux it is used as a blending component to incorporate tannin and acid, but wine regions like the Loire have been producing incredible wines for a long time. In the past, our very own wine writer for The Globe and Mail, Beppi Crosariol has described Cabernet Franc as “a bitter letdown.” In the article he explains, “To me, most cabernet francs resemble red sangria that has been steeped with bell peppers and unlit cigarettes instead of fruit.”
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    He does go on to describe a few from Canada that he likes, which hurts my heart a little less. Hopefully, he’s had a chance to try a few more recent examples such as Pearl Morissette and Stanners to change his mind.
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    Site, viticulture and winemaking are so important for the production of any kind of quality wine, regardless of variety. Niagara Cabernet Franc can be incredible when grown on the right sight with careful viticulture choices. The wines included this month show off two amazing vineyards that are managed meticulously. So although I am pretty biased, I think these are great examples! I hope they are not a bitter letdown, but rather make you proud of what Ontario has to offer!
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    Cabernet Francs we focus on this month:
    2015 Trail Estate Foxcroft Cabernet Franc
    2016 Trail Estate Foxcroft Cabernet Franc
    2016 Trail Estate Wingfield Cabernet Franc

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