When it comes to climate, we bend to it; it does not bend to us — a fact wise vintners acknowledge. Warm climate? Don’t plant cool-climate grapes. They will ripen, they will make wine, but with too much sun and heat, many of their characteristic flavors will likely be muted.
Canada’s Ontario Province is a cool climate, and cool-climate grapes grown in cool-climate vineyards tend to be lighter, more aromatic, fruitier and with higher acidity than wines made in hotter climates. That is why the vintners of Ontario have chosen Chardonnay as their major grape. While Chardonnay is a relatively forgiving cool-climate grape and winemaking countries in various climates produce it, the results in warmer regions are mixed. In Ontario, however, Chardonnay is a story more of success than failure.
I recently sampled several Ontario Chardonnays. For people used to full-bodied, buttery, oaky Chardonnays, these would be a surprise — a surprise I found welcome.
After Pillitteri Estates Winery’s Exclamation Cellar Series 2006 was barrel fermented, it spent nine more months in oak. Yet with its refreshing acidity, the wine showed more toast than wood in its aroma. It also had lovely fruit notes and a lingering finish.
Speck Family Reserve 2007, one of Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery’s two Chardonnays, has a spicy, slightly almond nose, fruity taste and long finish. Its other Chardonnay is Non-Oaked 2009 made, as its name says, without oak. Extremely pale in color, aromatic, fresh, clean and fruit-filled, it offers a novel Chardonnay experience.
Southbrook Vineyards showed three remarkably individual Chardonnays. Its 2008 Whimsy is made from the first harvest of the winery’s vineyard. The oak is well integrated into the wine; it also shows good fruit, especially citric fruits, and a light creaminess in texture. Triomphe 2009’s balanced acidity makes it a lively wine with mouth-filling flavors and a long finish. Each vintage of Poetica honors a Canadian poet, whose verses are on the label; the 2003 shows both maturity and oak in its nose and more roundness and depth than fruit.
Prices range from $13 for the unoaked Chardonnay to $62 for Poetica, with most costing $22 to $35.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Starting in November, guests at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru enjoy new all-pool water villas that offer twice as much outside space as indoor space. The villa expansions bring outdoor space to nearly 2,000 square feet across multiple “zones,” including sun decks, social spots, over-water hammocks, al fresco showers and dining areas. A 40-foot pool extends into the lagoon; nearby, a shaded, ocean-side living and dining pavilion offers unparalleled views.