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Eat Drink Local Week, Day 8: Drink Local at Niagara Landing Wine Cellars

In Uncategorized on June 29, 2012 at 9:21 am

Niagara Landing Wine Cellars in Lockport, NY is nestled in vineyards dating back to the late 1800s, tended by three generations of family viticulturists. Apart of the Niagara Wine Trail, Niagara Landing Wine Cellars was the first winery to open in Niagara USA.

Like every winery on the trail, their wines are as good as their grapes and their grapes as good as the soil they grow from. Thanks to glacial deposits created a fertile base below the Niagara Escarpment, the Niagara Wine Trail resides on land that is ideal to grow grapes. The moderating effects of Lake Ontario contribute to a longer growing season and ripening vineyards.

Niagara Landing Wine Cellars is truly a trailblazer on what is now the fastest growing wine-trail in the country, and they continue to specialize in wines made from native Labrusca grapes and European Vinifera varietals. Their award winning wines range from the smooth and fruity Boxer Blush to their rich and full Cabernet Sauvignon.

At the Indy International Wine Competition, Niagara Landing Wine Cellars came out on top. Their Rosebud Peach, an excellent dessert wine best served chilled; and Port, a blend of premium red grape varieties, both received a Gold medals. Silver medal recipients included their Baco Noir, smoky on the nose and rich berries on the palate; Rosebud Red, cotton candy on the nose, and cherry and strawberry tartness on the palate; and their Vidal Blanc Ice Wine 2008, the first ice wine grown and vented on the Niagara Escarpment. This complex wine is an enchanting mingling of mango, papaya, and apricot, with a lingering hint of honey.

Don’t forget their fruit wines. Raspberry Rosebud is a sweet addition to their Rosebud line, also best served cold. Their Cranberry Wine is semi-sweet and appears to be a blush, but leave a classic cranberry tartness on the palate. The Blueberry Wine is a deep red semi-sweet fruit wine exhibiting rich berry character with black cherry and vanilla overtones.

Visit Niagara Landing Wine Cellars May – December, 10 am – 6 pm Monday – Saturday; and noon – 6 pm Sunday. Their winter hours are January – April, noon – 6 pm Sunday – Friday; and 10 am – 6 pm Saturday.

Find them online at www.niagaralanding.com. You can also find them on Facebook.

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