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Eat Drink Local Week, Day 5: Drink Local at Arrowhead Spring Vineyards

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2012 at 10:28 am

Photo courtesy of Arrowhead Spring’s Facebook page

Arrowhead Spring Vineyards produces the highest quality, barrel ages wines from their estate vineyard and locally grown grapes. Handcrafted in small lots with a focus on quality make them a popular stop on the fastest growing wine trail in the United States, the Niagara Wine Trail.

Winemakers Robin and Duncan Ross aim to raise the best grapes possible in the most natural way they can. Their wines reflect the rich soil and climate the region below the Niagara Escarpment is known for. With a deep respect for the area, maintaining their land and focusing on sustainable farming and living naturally, their wine list deserves the recognition it has received.

Edible Buffalo magazine named Arrowhead Spring Vineyard a Local Hero Award Winner in 2010 for Beverage Artisan Wine Recognition; and their wine selection has grown every year since. Red, White, Rosé and Ice Wine; there is something to please every palate.

The 2008 BeauVine Rosé is a light, fun, easy-drinking sweet red wine, with floral notes on the nose, reminiscent of roses and is smooth on the palate. It is a perfect wine for a picnic or sipping amongst friends, or use in Sangria or as a mixer. The Reserve Meritage from the same year is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc; this wine has been aged in French and American oak barrels. Undertones of dark chocolate and cassis, it is well matched with hearty meals.

Arrowhead Spring Vineyards is known for their Pinot Noir and their 2010 Pinot Noir has a beautiful nose of raspberry, cranberry and the scent of fall leaves will greet drinkers of this bountiful Pinot Noir. A chalky backbone, silky tannins, and lively acidity that make this a prime example of the Niagara Pinot mark the palate. Aged one year in French oak.

If white is on the menu, try their 2010 Semi Dry Riesling, a delightful semi-dry wine, with a refreshing nose and a clean finish; or their 2009 Chardonnay a lightly oaked Chardonnay with lively acidity and a fresh clean taste.

Join Arrowhead Spring Vineyards online at www.arrowheadspringvineyards.com, follow them on Twitter at @ArrowheadSpring or find them on Facebook at arrowheadspringvineyards.

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