CREW 2019 Riesling: A Unique Lake Erie North Shore Perspective

I have been to Colchester Ridge Estate Winery (CREW) a few times. It was a rather rustic winery then but things have changed and perhaps it is time to revisit and catch up with progress.

I have had a soft spot for CREW Riesling as I find it more Germanic in style than many of the the Vinho Verde type Niagara Rieslings. You’ve heard my opinion on that before so I best steer clear of a further discussion!

The wine has a light gold colour. Aromas of guava, lime, pineapple and tangerine. On the palate it is just on the edge of off dry. The label says expect racy acidity? That is puzzling as I find it lacking in acidity let alone racy acidity. But I’ll take a softer and slightly sweeter Riesling any day and in my opinion that is what CREW is delivering here. On the palate it is smooth with notes of kiwi, Orri tangerine and honey crisp apples. The finish is short.

The wine is great for sipping but I recall reviewing it a few years ago thinking it would match a grilled cheese sandwich with Gruyere Cheese. I will stick with that but it hit me suddenly this would be a match for Sheppard’s Pie! The back label says pair with brie, sushi, tuna poke and perch tacos. I will not argue with that. But boy would I like to try a perch taco!

Before you act like a deer in the headlights blinded by the praise for Niagara Riesling give this one a try. By the way CREW makes a wickedly delicious Cabernet Franc!

(CREW 2019 Riesling VQA Lake Erie North Shore, Colchester Ridge Estate Winery, Harrow, Ontario, $16.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 483834, $16.95, 750 mL, 11.5%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 90/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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