There are things I miss sometimes now that I don’t live in Niagara. The list seems to grow longer with my prolonged absence. One thing I miss greatly is peaches. Man, those peaches. August hits and it’s all I could think about when I was a kid. Yeah, we find them in Toronto grocery stores but it’s just not the same as getting them from the farms.
Now I’m an adult and I like wine and peaches.
And guess who has a peach wine? Yeah, buddy. Konzelmann has a peach wine.
STOP THREE: KONZELMANN ESTATE WINERY
Konzelmann is located perfectly next to the lake. They have this lookout that you can take pictures from, overlooking the vineyard that leads (almost drops off) into the lake. It’s, to me, one of the most perfect Niagara views you can see.
As soon as we got in, we went straight for the food pairing they had going on for the Grape and Wine Festival and were not disappointed.
Konzelmann had this wonderful idea of pairing their 2017 Lakefront Series Shiraz with Philly Cheesesteak Wontons from the Dirty South Food Truck.
Everything here is freakin’ delicious. Let me start with the wontons. The mozza and smoked gouda is what did it for us. The shaved steak, too. Just… everything. All of these wonderful protein-rich ingredients blending with the wine created a perfectly smokey mouthful where you could find a battle between tannin and fatty foods. The sweeter red fruit flavours from this Shiraz complement the tangy sauce drizzled on top to give this pairing an extra layer of complexity and mouth-joy.
Now, there was something about this that tasted super familiar. I mean, I’ve had a Philly Cheesesteak before, but there was something else. It was the sauce you see on top of the wonton that did it. We were both instantly reminded of McDonald’s Big Macs. Boy, do we have a pairing for you in an upcoming post.
When this pairing was devoured, we headed over to the tasting bar. Now, we tasted an awful lot of Konzelmann wine, so I’m going to highlight just two of our favourites here.
One that we absolutely adored was the 2016 Gewürtztraminer Late Harvest. Gewürtztraminer is typically one of my favourite white varietals and this one certainly showcases every trait I love about this grape. It boasts a heavier mouthfeel, almost a complete absence of acidity, and rich, vibrant tropical flavours of pineapple, mango, and lychee. Right off the nose, you’re smacked across the face with everything that this wine is and this is why I like it; this wine isn’t afraid to walk into a room, announce it’s presence, and just be what it is. It’s a little sweeter than I usually like any of my wines, but I make an exception in this case.
If my endorsement isn’t enough, it took home a Gold at the Ontario Wine Awards. We definitely grabbed a bottle of this and, as I write this blog post, it’s next up for drankin’ (yes, drankin’).
The other wine we got a hold of, drank, and purchased, was the 2017 Lakefront Series Peachwine. Oh, yeah. Made with local peaches. Know what it tastes like? Like peaches. Like someone took a Niagara peach off a tree, injected it with a bit of alcohol, insisted you try it, and you bit into the most crisp, refreshing, and satisfying peach ever.
We’ve got some ideas for this peach wine. I mean, beyond simply dumping it into our mouths and savouring the flavours therein. You’ll see. You’ll all see.
Anyway, thank you VERY MUCH to whoever the wonderful soul is that runs Konzelmann’s social media accounts, and thank you very much to the staff at Konzelmann for their wonderful hospitality.
Can’t wait to come visit again soon.