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Saturday, August 24, 2013
Burning Kiln winery tour (Norfolk), and South Coast Wine fair, July 29/13
The Date and Time: Monday, July 29, 2013
The Event: A double-barreled event First, a tour and tasting of Burning Kiln winery, followed by lunch and two a tasting of selected South Coast Winery wines.
The Venue: Burning Kiln winery, NorfolkCounty, near Port Dover.
The Target Audience: Wine Writers' Circle of Canada members.
The Availability/Catalogue: everything is available through the winery.
The Quote/Background: We had the tour of the facility, including the use of kilns to dry out wines. Burning Kiln replanted 26 acres of tobacco with vines in 2006 and opened in 2010.Their first vintage wine, Burning Kiln Strip Room 2010, was the Ontario Legislature's official red wine for the 2011-2012 session. Andrzej Lipinksi, known for Italian "appassimento" in Ontario (grapes are dried on mats to concentrate the fruit flavours) is drying the grapes in former tobacco kilns instead of on mats (no heat is added). The current production of Burning Kiln is 7,000 cases. Cigar-shaped barrels are being used: they are thinner and longer, which promotes more oak tones while keeping the fruit.
The Wines: In addition to Burning Kiln, we got to sample a mini-fair of wines from Quai du Vin, Villa Nova, Wooden Bear, Golden Leaf, Bonnieheath Lavender, and Dover Vineyards (the latter two just open). I think I tried all the wines.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):