Wine Club Feature: Diamond Estates Winery

Diamond Estates Winery is an umbrella company for many different brands including Lakeview Cellars & EastDell Estates. Contracts with 25 different growers allows them to produce lines of wine where each brand has a unique focus. Located on the highly regarded Niagara escarpment, the sites benefit from the lake's influence. Lakeview Cellars was originally founded by Eddy Gurinska and his wife Lorraine in 1991 and then purchased by Diamond Estates Winery in 2005.

Winemakers Scott McGregor and Tom Green craft wine in one of the largest wineries in Ontario. Sustainability is part of Diamond Estates' philosophy. Steps such as using solar panels and insulated tanks have been taken to save energy, and water usage is also carefully controlled.

This month, Diamond Estates Winery is proud to be the featured winery for our lucky wine club members. Check out which wines you'll receive this month and subscribe by April 13!

2011 EastDell Cuvée Brut

Made from a blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay, this sparkling wine is made in the traditional method. The wine has a great structure with notes of red apple, red currant and brioche. I like the combination of freshness and richness. My favourite way to enjoy this wine? With Miss Vickie’s chips on a Monday night. The best possible way to start the week. Who needs a special day to open bubbles?

2013 Lakeview Cellars Sauvignon Blanc

As the days get warmer impromptu gatherings are likely to increase. You need to stock up your fridge with simple quaffable whites for the aperitif and this is a good choice. Thirst quenching with notes of green apple, lime and lemon zest and white grapefruit. If your guests stay for dinner serve them scallop ceviche. A great match.

2013 Lakeview Cellars Syrah

Simple but well made Syrah with bright notes of black cherries, red plum and cassis. Game meat is the word on the street. Think Venison, bison or wild boar. A crowd pleaser.

2013 EastDell Estates Black Label Malbec

Who knew Ontario could make such delicious Malbec? Medium to full body with appealing aromas of dark cherries, blackberries, red plum with a touch of vanilla and smoke. You just found your wine for the BBQ. Grilled sausages or hamburgers, anyone?

2013 Lakeview Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Full body with high tannins and bright acidity. This wine needs food to fully shine. It is red meat's best friend. Steak or lamb are both great choices.

Diamond Estates Winery is the featured winery in this month’s wine club selections — act now and get these stellar Niagara wines delivered to your door!

EastDell 2011 Cuvee Brut Lakeview Cellars 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Lakeview Cellars 2013 Syrah EastDell 2013 Black Label Malbec Lakeview Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Michelle Bouffard is a wine and spirits educator and a writer who splits her time between Montréal & Vancouver. She is the president of the BC Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers. She Tweets @michellebwine and Instagrams @michellebouffard