Looking for white wine ideas to compliment upcoming Chinese New Year dinners? From the wonderful region of  Niagara Falls, comes a great selection of wines. Pondview Estate Winery graciously shipped us a bottle of Pinot Grigio and a bottle of Vidal Icewine.

I shared the prized Pondview Estate Winery bottles with our late night team of Justin, Diana, Michael, Kemuel and Lynne. After our weekly meetings, we like to partake with late-night gatherings, as known as “eatings-after-the-meetings”.

Overall, this was the general consensus of tasting the 2014 Dragonfly Pinot Grigio:

  • Light
  • Refreshing
  • Great Aftertaste
  • Converted a Sauvignon Blanc Fan
  • Excited how this could compliment steak

Tasting Notes:

Soft notes of citrus and cherry blossoms with fresh raw almonds in the background on the nose. Flavours of honeysuckle and peaches delight the palate, and are balanced by a crisp, fresh pink grapefruit finish.

Pair with Chicken l’Orange, green olives or milk chocolate dipped mandarin slices.

Pondview Estate Winery – Vidal Icewine – Four Mile Creek
What are you feelings about ice-wine? Being a sugar-feine at times, I have the tendency at special dinners to order either creme brule or have a small glass of ice-wine.

Overall, this was the general consensus of tasting the 2012 Vidal Icewine:

  • Great balanced sweetness – not overly sweet
  • Amazing fruity tone
  • Great vidal grape
  • Slight figgy taste

Tasting Notes:

Intense aromas of apricot and citrus marmalade. Honey flavours with tropical notes of mango, baked pear and apricot jam on the palate followed by a lush, lingering finish.

About PondView Estate Winery:

Drawing on more than three generations of winemaking experience, PondView Estate Winery is one of the newest additions to the Four Mile Creek appellation in the heart of Niagaras wine country. Family owned by Luciano and Adriana Puglisi, PondView crafts exceptional Ontario VQA wines rooted in an Italian heritage. Lucianos enthusiasm and respect for the winemaking process, alongside his dedication and commitment to excellence, earned him the prestigious title of Grape King in 2008, awarded by the Ministry of Agriculture to the finest vineyard operator in Ontario. The secret to the success of PondView Estate Winery is the long-held belief of the Puglisi family: Great wine is a harmony of earth and vine.

Thank you to PondView Estate Winery for the opportunity to review their wines.