We Love : Pour Niagara Wines

We recently headed to the Niagara region to check out some vineyards and sample some of the local wines being produced in the region!

Introducing our taste-buds to the wines was Pour Niagara, a company based out of St. Davids, Ontario. Along with setting up special vineyard tours, Pour Niagara also sells Niagara wines through their website with a unique delivery service that allows customers to mix and match wines from local wineries. They also provide a few craft beer choices.

Despite winning local and international awards, many of Pour Niagara’s featured wines are hard to find in stores or the LCBO (this is due to applications, permits and wait times).

Along with sampling wines to pick out our favourites, we also had the chance to tour a few vineyards! We toured the beautiful grounds of Flat Rock Cellars, explored the heritage of Sue Anne Staff Estates, and attended a bbq cookout at Marynissen Estates. We highly recommend booking a tour, where you’ll be impressed by the sheer size of the vineyards, the complexity of the wine-making process, and the passion from the winemakers themselves.

Whether your just beginning to discover the world of wines or simply want to impress at your next dinner party, these wines from Pour Niagara will leave you, and your guests, wanting more!


2013 Calamus Calvin’s Cabernet Merlot

Price: $15.20   Size: 750ml   Alc / Vol: 12.5%

Calamus Estate Winery – Jordan, ON

Lightly oaked, medium-bodied wine has ripe berry notes with a long peppery finish. Notes of ripe berry fruit, cassis and plum this vintage is an easy-drinking, that can be enjoyed now or cellared up to 2018.


Appearance: Ruby red

Aroma: Ripe berries, cassis and plum

Taste: Medium-bodied, ripe berry fruit and plum

Finish: Clean, long peppery finish

Food Pairings:  Enjoy with BBQ cuisine and hearty vegetarian meals


2011 SAS Cabernet Franc

Price: $21.95   Size: 750ml   Alc / Vol: 12% Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery – Jordan, ON Dry, medium bodied, flavourful and savoury,  with tasty field berry fruits,  vanilla, toast and a hint of dark chocolate. Subtle tannin and fresh acidity, gives this is a well-paced wine offering a flavourful finish.

Appearance: Beet red

Aroma: Cherry fruit, field berries with earthy, cocoa and vanilla

Taste: Dry, medium bodied

Finish: Subtle tannin and fresh acidity

Food Pairings: Pairs well with grilled meats, vegetables, smoked cheeses and winter meals



2013 Rare Vintage Chardonnay

Price: $24.95   Size: 750ml   Alc / Vol: 13%

Coyote’s Run Estate Winery – Niagara on the Lake, ON

Lovely notes of butterscotch with a touch of lemon on the nose. Dried fig richness with a nice amount of stone fruit lingering on the back of the palate. Long and balanced on the finish with enduring toasty spice notes.


Appearance:  Golden

Aroma: Butterscotch and lemon

Taste: Niagara stone fruit

Finish:  Long

Food Pairings: With layers of spice and richness on the palate, this wine is perfect partner for poultry and it’s accompaniments.


2011 Gravity Pinot Noir

Price: $29.95   Size: 750ml   Alc / Vol: 13%

Flat Rock Cellars – Jordan, ON

A fresh and vibrant vintage with bright cherry, graphite and cranberry waves across the palate with a tight core of structure and purity. Juicy acidity gives this wine length and longevity in the bottle. Drink now or cellar up to 2017


Appearance: Garnet

Aroma: Cherry and cranberry

Taste: Structure and purity

Finish: Juicy acidity

Food Pairings: Enjoy with a  variety of foods and simply on it’s own


Scarpata Merlot


Price: $45.00   Size: 750ml   Alc / Vol: 15%

Rennie Estate Winery – Beamsville, ON

Scarpata is a premium Merlot, flavourful yet, soft and smooth on the palate. Aged in French oak barrels for 20 months this artisanal wine can be enjoyed in it’s youth and will improve with cellaring.

Appearance: Garnet

Aroma: Cherry and cranberry

Taste: Structure and purity

Finish: Juicy acidity

Food Pairings: Enjoy with a  variety of foods and simply on it’s own


2013 The Big Reach Riesling Price: $22.95 Size: 750ml Alc / Vol: Back 10 Cellars – Beamsville, ON This low yield Riesling was carefully harvested by hand under optimal conditions. Mouth watering , grapefruit and crisp apple and precise acidity.

Appearance: Light, golden

Aroma:  Mouth watering , grapefruit and crisp apple

Taste: Sweet and clean

Finish: Clean and crisp

Food Pairings: Serve chilled as an aperitif, or with shellfish, oysters on the half shell, bay scallops and fresh summer salads.


Silversmith Black Lager Price: $8.75 SIZE: 650ml Alc/Vol : 5% Silversmith Brewing Company – Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON This award winning German style Black Lager {Schwarzbier} will teach anyone to speak the language of great beer. Brewed in Niagara using classic East German black lager recipes dating back to the late 1300’s this local lager is simply a reminder of what good enjoyable beer should taste like!

Appearance: Deep black with a frothy mocha head

Aroma: Malt and liquorice

Taste: Roasted dark malt and cocoa

Finish: Dry, smokey, with a hint of liquorice


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