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A Message from Ed
Despite what most will assume about the wine industry in winter; there is very little time to rest. As you will read below, the team has been busy over the past months both in the cellar making and prepping some of the 2011's for bottle (our first bottling date is at the end of March), and at our Cellar Door; getting our ducks in a row for the upcoming 'busy' season.
Thanks to a lot of hard work by our sales team, you'll start seeing Flat Rock at some of your favourite restaurants across Ontario including new listings at Rodney's Oyster House in Toronto, Le Chien Noir in Kingston, the Kilt and Clover in Beamsville and Frescos in St. Catharines. Stop in to grab a bite and have a glass over the next couple of months.
Ciao! Ontario pinot travels to Italy
The Original FRC Groupie (Jillian Nero)
A couple of months back our fearless leader reluctantly accepted the arduous task of presenting our Pinot Noirs to a group of distinguished Italian trade and media in Florence. The tasting hosted by Decanter contributor, Ian D'Agata was designed to compare Ontario Pinot Noir to fine examples of Burgundy and Barbaresco.
In attendance was our 2009 Reserve Pinot Noir which captured the palates of some prominent wine writer's at the event - including Ian himself. The yet to be released top Pinot is a blend of a few of the very best barrels from the stellar 2009 vintage. Click here to read what the experts are saying.
The winemaker's new boots
The Roadie (Jen Selvig)
After six years, we felt it was time for the winemaker to get some new boots. Based on some very valuable feedback I'm pleased to present the new 2012 In the Winemaker's Boots program. For those not familiar with this program, In the Winemaker's Boots is your opportunity to play winemaker for a day, or just a few hours - you get to choose. To take a look at the full program options, please click here.
Are you cool?
A Word from the Wise (Ross Wise)
It's all the talk in the wine world...to be or not to be cool. The cool I'm referring to is regarding growing regions and how the cool climates of Ontario, Burgundy, Oregon, and Chile (among others) are consistently creating wines expressive of their true varietal character with crisp acidity and balanced flavours. I think we can all agree that the days of over-oaked, ‘hot' wines (in particular Chardonnay) are well gone.
Fortunately for us, Ontario epitomizes ‘cool' and as a result we are beginning to see the emergence of more and more wineries who (like Flat Rock) are dedicated to producing cool climate varietals, specifically Chardonnay. Read on...
On the Green Roof
The Roadie (Jen Selvig)
We've recently met some new friends at the Twenty Valley Winterfest held last month. Vito and Alice, the owners of AVella's Wood Fired Oven were busy cooking up some amazing pizzas topped with fine ingredients including brie with pomegranate seeds, and prosciutto with asparagus. Read on...