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Flat Rock wins Red Wine of the Year

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The Summer of Chardonnay is back!
You can ask any winery owner around the world, and they will all agree - it takes patience and nerves of steel to own a winery.  With a troubling winter and washed-out spring, it wasn't easy to put on the brave face and confidently convince wine enthusiasts how excited I was for the season to come.  I'm happy to report however that the vineyards are in great shape (in spite of the early threats), due to the warm temperatures we've had over the past month.  Take a read of Ross' vineyard update, and you too will agree - 2011 will be a great vintage.   

If you've been to the winery in the past, you'll know summer is a great time to get out and taste some of your favourites in an incredible environment.  Flat Rock has a number of reasons to get you out and about over the next couple of months, especially if you enjoy Chardonnay.  We are over the moon to be hosting Aw Shucks!, the kick-off party for the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration.  It's a perfect opportunity to meet up with some of your favourite Ontario Winemakers plus a number from renowned international wineries.  We hope to see you here this summer!

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Flat Rock wins Red Wine of the Year

By Tiffany Wise, Resident Wine Fanatic

The summer season is in full swing, and we have a lot to celebrate.  Over the past couple of months, Flat Rock Cellars has been awarded a number of medals from competitions hosted at home and abroad.  The latest came from the Ontario Wine Awards held on June 10, 2011 at Queen's Landing in Niagara-on-the-Lake.  My hubby and Winemaker, Ross Wise, along with Ed the Elder, Nadja and myself were on hand to accept the honour of Red Wine of the Year for The Rogue Syrah 2007.  FRC also took home a Gold medal for The Rogue Pinot Noir 2009 and Silver for the 2009 Riesling.  I want to be among the first to congratulate the winemaking team (past and present) for all their hard work.  If you'd like to second that motion, please join in the celebration on our Facebook page here

To salute you, those who motivate us to make delicious wine, I've put together some offers I'd like to share with you.  Up until now, the Syrah has been reserved for our Club on the Rock members due to the extremely small production (44 cases...yes 44).  It's awfully tempting to hang on to the last couple cases and stash them away for staff parties (wishful thinking I know), but that would be extremely selfish and unrealistic - I don't exactly know how expensive this wine was to make, I can only imagine 200% new oak for 2 years made a dent in the bottom line.  So, we've released the last few cases of this wine to you, our loyal followers.  For more details on The Rogue Syrah, click here

Also for a limited time, receive a free "Summer of Chardonnay" t-shirt with the purchase of any 6 bottle order (that includes any of the above listed winners) until June 30th.  To place your order, please click here or call the winery at (905) 562-8994.  Be sure to make note of your gender and size preference in the Special Instructions section or mention it to a FRC Team Member when you call.

Aw Shucks! i4c Kick-Off Party 
by Jillian Nero, The Original Flat Rock Groupie

i4CNothing can compare with party atmosphere that results when you co-mingle boisterous bubbles and the humble oyster.  Flat Rock Cellars will be hosting the kick-off party for the inaugural year of the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration.  Rub shoulders and talk barrels with winemakers from over 15 international wineries, and Wine Spectator Columnist, Matt Kramer, all the while soaking in the views and dancing under the stars to local musicians Mosaik on our Green Roof Patio.  Each winery will be serving up various Blanc-de-blanc Sparkling and Chardonnay wines, while Oyster Boy serves up oysters three ways (including one over open fire) and El Gastro concocts some of their fine culinary creations.  Casual dress is required.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please click here

Vintage Update
by Ross Wise, Vineyard Guru and Winemaker

FloweringAfter a cold winter and a sluggish start to the growing season, the 2011 summer has started very well for us, and the vines are thriving.  The abundant early season rainfall, combined with the warm sunny days of early June have left us with a healthy and well balanced canopy.  We have just planted our cover crops for year two of our trial program.  In addition to our buckwheat, alfalfa and mustard trials from last year, we have peas and millet on the go this year.  I am looking forward to seeing what each of them brings to the vineyard in terms of soil health, biodiversity, colour, and food.

In the Cellar we have had a big month of sparkling wine.  We have just bottled the 2010 Cuvees, and have disgorged our 2007 Brut and 2008 Riddled.  The latter two will be making their way onto the shelves in the coming months, and are going to be great follow ups to our original sparklers.  Now the cellar focus shifts to our 2010 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which is almost ready for blending before bottling in August.  I can foresee a couple of grueling tasting sessions ahead to decide the final blends.  I guess someone has to do it.


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