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A True Cool Climate Winery

Posted by leobaduria@gmail.com on July 3, 2019 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (2)

A true Cool Climate winery!

The Blue Mountains have always been known for only one thing: Skiing. This upscale winter destination just outside Collingwood is usually compared to other popular ski spots as Whistler and Vail for the growing number of million dollar second homes that surround the nearby slopes, as well as the upscale shops and restaurants.

During the last 5 years, the area has also seen a rise in artisanal brewery, cidery and winery operations that have been welcomed by both locals and weekend visitors. One such spot that’s worth a short detour less than 15 minutes from the Blue Mountain Village is the Roost Winery, which has a well-designed tasting room and beautifully landscaped patio with lots of seating and tables to enjoy their wines and charcuterie at a leisurely pace.

Roost is the brainchild of Michael and Jessica Maish – an energetic couple with a young child and a very popular wine estate founded in 2013. In keeping with the cool climate nature of the Blue Mountains terroir, they took the smart route by planting winter hardy hybrid grape varieties such as Frontenac, L’Acadie, Marquette and Marechal Foch, along with Siegerebbe, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir. These varietals have proven to be winners, under the capable hands of Jessica Maish, who trained in Oregon before taking charge of winemaking at Roost. https://www.roostwinery.ca/

During a recent visit, I tasted a white wine labelled Two Wrongs Makes a White 2018 ($23.95) – a playful name for a blend of Siegerebbe and Pinot Grigio, which turns out to be a crowd pleaser with its aromatic character from the Siegerebbe and the cr isp Pinot Grigio palate reminiscent of Alto Adige PG. While this is not a wine for the cellar, it would be my choice to pair with grilled seafood or chicken salad at a picnic by the lake this summer.

I highly recommend a visit to this young winery and taste all the wines on the list. Who knows, you might just start believing that good wines can be made in the snowy Blue Mountains.