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  • Pét-Nat: A Wine First Made By French Monks Renewed

    Trial Estate Winery - Pet Nat - Skin Fermented
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    Sparkling wine has long been the cultural treat for success & celebration. One of the longest-standing methods in popping bottles is back in a big way. Pétillant naturel, or “pét-nat” for short, is the natural “methode ancestrale” of making sparkling wine. Originated by monks in the 16th century in Limoux, France, the fermenting juice is bottled before the initial fermentation ends. The fermentation then continues in bottle giving it natural fizz and often left affectionately unfiltered, paying homage to its heritage as a low intervention wine. Its edginess is part of the charm; it’s not meant to be a formal sipper but rather a fun, easy, and analog way to enjoy bubbles.
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    As a comparison, Champagne is very classical, but pét-nat is more independant. It’s raw, it’s natural and it’s very vintage-specific, which makes it exciting. Not a wine to hold on to, pét-nat needs to be enjoyed in its youth. Lower in alcohol, it makes a wonderful bridge for cider or beer drinkers. These characteristics makes it an excellent food wine pairing with everything from Thai curries to that greasy corner slice. Fatty, salty, and crushable foods deserve an equally comfortable companion.
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    Technical and risky, pét-nat requires constant supervision. Despite it’s laissez-faire style, it’s still very meticulous. Monitored several times a day as it’s wild fermentation (using only naturally- occurring yeasts), skin contact, and low intervention require delicate timing in regards to bottling amongst other characteristic sensitivities. The risk is part of the excitement!
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    Essentially a field blend of Riesling, Gewürz. and Geisenheim (and the ratio changes according to each vintage) and left them on their skins to ferment for about eight days. This imparts a very unique pearl-iridescence colour to the wine and gives some tart complexity and tannin to an otherwise very fruity wine.
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    Stone fruit such as peaches and hard nectarines are the forefront to secondary notes such as white pepper, grapefruit, and cucumber. It’s just so fresh. Unfiltered and unapologetic, this one should be enjoyed young, cold, and for any occasion you like.
  • Twas the night before Christmas...

    Twas the night before Christmas and all through the winery, not a wine was fermenting, not even the Franc.
    The barrels were stacked by the winemaker with care, in hopes that oak ageing would make them out fare.
    The Rieslings were nestled all snug in their tanks, while visions of customers all giving thanks;
    The 2015 vintage in glory, and our team all a-smile, had just settled down to vacation awhile.
    As we opened our bottles and poured it around, you could hear through the vines a beautiful sound, "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night"
  • Gourmet Food and Wine Expo - Nov 20

    We're coming to Toronto!
    Friday November 20, we'll be at the Gourmet Food and Wine Expo!
    We'll be sampling some of our new releases including our 2013 Barrel-Aged Chardonnay and 2013 Cabernet2 — each aged about 18 months in barrel and drinking beautifully.
    Reserve your tickets here.
    We look forward to seeing you - we'll be at the Prince Edward County booth!
  • 60 Female Chefs, One Worthy Cause. And Wine!

    On Tuesday, October 27th, we attended Eat to the Beat! It's the only event in Canada that exclusively features the talent of 60 female chefs – women supporting women through the challenges that come with a breast cancer diagnosis.
    Guests had the opportunity to enjoy savoury and sweet dishes at 60 stations along with wine, beer and a selection of non alcoholic libations from 20 of the finest beverage purveyors — including Trail Estate! We showcased our 2014 Riesling as well as our just-released 2013 Cabernet2.
    Eat to the Beat has raised more than $3.7 million for Willow Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support.
    More information on the event and cause can be found here.
  • 3 Little Pigs, 3 Chefs, 3 Great Wines Fall Fest — September 19th!

    Fall Festival Ticket - September 19th - Trail Estate Winery
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    Mark your calendars!
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    Pork three ways by three great chefs: Local star Chef Elliot (The Hubb, Bloomfield), Chef Derek (Le Chien Noir, Kingston) and Chef Brad (Rare Grill House, Peterborough), provide their take on this tasty animal — each with wine pairing.
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    Live music by WHAO NELLIE!
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    A portion of the proceeds in support of the John Della Bosca Award in cooperation with Slow Food.
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    Ticket only $30/pp if purchased before September 12th; $35 thereafter.
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  • Fridays at Four Winery Tour & Tasting

    Trail Estate Winery Friday at 4 Wine Tasting

    Every Friday, take in winemaker/sommelier-led tour & tasting of the vineyard and/or winery. This is your chance to don the rubber boots and experience our Hillier clay soils for yourself as well as learn about our vines and the workings of the winery.

    End your tour with a complimentary glass of wine, as well as a selection local cheeses, cured meats and rustic breads which you can enjoy on our patio and picnic area overlooking the vines!

    Cost: $10 per person*

    Reserve your spot here.

    *Complimentary for Wine Club members. Call us to book.

  • Join Us for a Glass!

    We’re happy to announce that our patio is now open and we are now serving our wines by the glass. We welcome you to picnic on our patio! We are open Friday thru Monday, 11am to 6pm.
  • Visit us at Savvy's County In The Capital

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    On April 8th, we are proud to join other great PEC wineries at County In The Capital event in Ottawa. County In the Capital, by Debbie-Trenholm and the Savvy Company team, is sure to be a fantastic evening featuring over 100 wines with the added convenience of one-stop wine shopping!
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    We'll be sampling a selection from the 2013 vintage — which has received great reviews including our just-released Pinot Noir and Gewürztraminer Reserve!
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    Take advantage of the promotional rate of $66 for 2 people (vs. the normal rate of $65/pp) until March 23rd!
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    Event Details
    Wednesday April 8th, 7 to 9:30 pm
    Summit Room – 27th floor atop Ottawa Marriott, 100 Kent St, Ottawa
  • Small batch wine & custom wine boxes: an unbeatable gift this Holiday Season

    Our limited quantity small-batch wines make great gifts. Even better when paired with one of our genuine wooded wine boxes! These boxes are made in Canada, are embossed with the Trail Estate logo and have an elegant walnut stain finish. Pair them with any of our wines. $49 each; $44 for the 2nd; $39 thereafter. Wine and shipping included.
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    Ordering is easy on our online store! Please allow 2-3 days for shipping throughout the GTA, 3-5 days throughout the rest of Ontario.
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    Trail Estate Wines - Sauvignon Blanc, Rose, and Chardonnay
  • Visit us at The Gourmet Food and Wine Expo, November 20-23

    Trail Estate Winery is happy to announce that we'll expand the PEC presence by exhibiting at the Gourmet Food and Wine Expo, Toronto, Thursday November 20 to Sunday November 23. Its our first year at this event since opening our winery to the public. We'll be pouring all our 2013 wines. Best of all, we'll be joined by Dan, our winemaker starting the 2014 vintage and my Dad. Awe!
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    Visit us at booth 926. We look forward to meeting you!
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