My Wine Canada Wine Club Feature: Marynissen Estates Winery
Our featured winery for March is Marynissen Estates Winery, located in the Four Mile Creek sub-appellation of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Founded in 1953 by husband and wife duo, John and Adrianna Marynissen, this winery is home to Canada's oldest commercial planting of cabernet sauvignon. What started as a desire to grow grapes and make wine for their friends and family, has blossomed into a respected winery with an impressive portfolio.
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The Marynissens purchased the property in 1953 and began planting classic European vinifera grape varietals such as chardonnay, gewürztraminer, riesling, merlot, and gamay noir. In 1978, John planted cabernet sauvignon which was a groundbreaking move at the time as some doubted whether the grape could withstand Canadian winters. John never intended to open a winery, he was simply persuing a passion for growing grapes and crafting a few wines for those close to him. After the awards trickled in, along with much support from his friends and family, John eventually turned his passion project into a career, and we're glad that he did. While the family sold the winery in 2012, John's vision still lives on today through each vintage. Marynissen Estates continues to be a top winery in the region, known for their small-lot, handcrafted, rustic yet modern wines.
Here is a sneak peek at some of the bottles that are included in our March Wine Club box.
A crisp and fruit-forward white with notes of peach, green apple, grapefruit, lime, and savoury green herbs. Try it with Greek chicken pasta with olives and feta or buttery lemon-grilled fish with asparagus.
This dry, medium-bodied chardonnay has aromas of toast and spice with apple, lemon, and a hint of caramel on the palate. Enjoy it with Brie and bacon bread pudding or spicy miso ramen with chili-glazed salmon.
A beautifully balanced red with cedar and spice on the nose. On the palate are bold notes of blackberry, red licorice, and green herbs. Rated 91 points by Tony Aspler. Pairs well with panzanella with bell peppers or lamb gyros with tzatziki.
2021 Cabernet Merlot
A medium-bodied blend of cabernet franc and merlot. A bouquet of plum, licorice, and baking spice are followed by flavours of cherry, blackberry, and savoury green herbs. This wine pairs beautifully with grilled sausage with polenta and tapenade, or fig and goat cheese tarts.
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