Casa Dea Estates Winery has been growing vines in Prince Edward County since 2000. Domenic Di Pietrantonio's 65 acres of vineyards in the County's famed clay limestone soil are two kilometers from the shore of Lake Ontario and its moderating effects. The winery and tasting room reflect the region's history in Loyalist-era architecture, and have become a popular wedding destination.
Winemaker Paul Battilana's focus is on a collection of grapes that do very well in Prince Edward County: Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gamay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. Along with still wines, they are also making sparkling wines and appassimento-style wine, including Eva, made with dried Chardonnay grapes.
Dea's Rosé 2015 ($21.95) - Prince Edward County has made a name for itself with good quality fizz—this is bright, fresh, fruity bubble made from Gamay.
Chardonnay 2014 ($15.95) - Made from outstanding Chardonnay grapes, this is a balanced and crisp wine with bright fruit flavours.
Chardonnay Reserve 2015 ($26.95) - This Chardonnay has spent some time in French oak barrels, giving it a bit of extra richness and spice, but it still shows the County's telltale acidity.
Gamay 2014 ($15.95) - County Gamay tends to be tart and fresh, with crunchy red fruit and bright acidity, making a perfect refreshing red.
Pinot Noir 2013 ($21.95) - This is cool climate Pinot that balances fresh acidity and bright red fruit with spice and savoury notes.
Cabernet Franc 2011 ($18.85) - Floral and spicy Cab Franc with a bit of age to lend some softness and drinkability.
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Jake Skakun is a writer and sommelier from Vancouver, currently living in Toronto. He can be found most days pulling corks and twisting caps at the Grey Gardens. He Tweets and Instagrams @jakeskakun.