Tidings Magazine Ratings – July /August 10

June 26th, 2010 | Posted in Chardonnay

Black Prince Winery by Evan Saviolidis

Located centrally in Picton, Black Prince is the brainchild of oenophile John Sambrook and winery general manager Geoff Webb. I have always been fond of their Melon de Bourgogne and the current release, the 2009, is reminiscent of a Sauvignon Blanc for its passion-fruit, lime and grassy aromas (86).

The Chardonnay Terroir Elite 2008 is the County’s first Chardonnay aged in local oak.  Having spent 10 months in barrel, it reveals Indian spice, caramel, cream, apple and figs (88).

As most vintners of PEC concentrated on dry wines, Icewine is not on their radar. So when the 2007 Rieslingtraminer Icewine was poured, it came as no surprise that it was sourced form Niagara-on-the-Lake grapes. Golden colour with sublime personality of peach, honey, golden delicious apple, dried apricots and golden raisins, it is concentrated and sweet (89).

English Language Finalist Pairs beautifully with…

June 25th, 2010 | Posted in Cabernet Franc


by Matthew TierneyOntario Wineries and Ontario Craft Brewers have custom-matched their great products with some of Ontario’s finest books, as represented by the 17 finalists for the 23rd Annual Trillium Book Award– Ontario’s prestigious award for literature.  Each pairing was intended to match the characteristics of a particular beverage to a specific book. 

Black Prince Winery has chosen  Matthew Tierney, The Hayflick Limit (Coach House Books) the English finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry.  The Hayflick Limit concerns itself with boundaries of the cosmic and sub-atomic- how the mind contains both- and the sadsack creatures in the nexus, human beings.  What does it mean to be an intelligent species? What does it mean to be an intelligent person? Shifting focus

between the limits of the telescope and the limits of the microscope, the poems in Matthew Tierney’s second collection place a premium on inventiveness while embracing extremes of fear, pain, cognition and time. 

Recommended wine – Black Prince Cabernet Franc 2008 

Humans have an unlimited passion for wine and food but are bound in time and space. Cabernet Franc is timeless, transcending the boundaries of the human condition.  When paired with lamb this combination proves out of this world – almost heavenly, touching the senses … leaving one longing for another. 

*Available at the winery, on-line or at selected LCBO -Vintages 68874 $15.95 

Let us know if you recommend this book and wine pairing for a great summer read.