Gamay & Pinot Noir, PTO, Sparkling, Chadsey’s Cairns Winery, Prince Edward County, Ontario VQA, 2019, 12% abv.

Prince Edward County is Ontario’s northern most wine growing and making region, and lies just 2 hours east of Toronto on the shores of Lake Ontario which moderates its climate.  Limestone and gravel dominant soils offer great drainage and produce small yields of grapes with strong mineral characteristics.

Chadsey’s Cairns Winery is named after an early settler in the area.  Ira Chadsey built stone cairns at the back of the property claiming they would guide him home in the afterlife when he returned as a white horse.

No word on whether any of that was successful or not, but if the wine made there is any indication, someone was barking up the right tree.

The PTO – Power Take-Off – is a red bubble made in the charmat method (the same way Prosecco is made), and reminiscent of an Italian Lambrusco.    It offers a nose and palate of cherry, pomegranate, and cassis, supported by chalky tannins, and a mouth-watering acidity.

At only 12% abv., this would be the perfect summertime mid-afternoon thirst quencher, charcuterie accompaniment, special event toaster, or margherita pizza companion.

It’s absolutely delicious and full of fun, so it was a true shame to find out that the owners are selling the winery, and this wine may not be produced again.  Serve chilled, and enjoy it if you’re holding!


This wine was provided gratis by Vinnified Wine Club, January 2021

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