Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Perfect pair: holiday feast, local wines

Reprinted from today's Windsor Star!

By Ted Whipp, The Windsor Star October 6, 2010 Just in time for hosts arranging the Thanksgiving holiday dinner, husband and wife vintners Harvey and Alma Hollingshead of Erie Shore Vineyard near Colchester, offer tips to sip appropriate wines.

With turkey, they recommend Riesling as a white wine and Zweigelt or Cabernet as a red.

With ham, choose Riesling as a white, Baco Noir as a red.

And with beef, look for a favourite Chardonnay as a white and Cabernet or Zweigelt for red.
The couple also recommends a good guest bring a wine for dessert, say Erie Shore's own 2008 Fire & Ice, a fortified Cabernet late harvest icewine blend.

Hosts can keep an extra Riesling or favourite white wine on hand, or a red Cabernet or Baco Noir. The winery is located at 410 County Road 50 W., west of Colchester. Phone 519-738-9858. Now operating on its fall scheduled, it is open weekdays from 1 to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Holiday hosts better get shopping. LCBO stores will close Monday for Thanksgiving. Agency stores, locally owned retail stores that sell alcohol in communities too small to support LCBO stores, may remain open for their regular hours.

Beer stores also will close for the holiday.

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