Ravine Vineyard Restaurant
Ravine Vineyard Wine Tasting
Nothing really prepared us for the romance, attention and value we received with our tasting. We sampled 4 different reserve bottles and nibbled on charcuterie. Our knowledgeable wine-guide, Michael, spent 90 minutes showcasing the wines and showing us the winery. He also regaled us with the journey each bottle took to reach our lips. Available tours
Ravine Vineyard has a farm to table mentality, complete with organic garden and raising their own pigs. Much of the charcuterie included with our tasting was produced right there at the estate! On our plate was pickled fennel, cured ham, duck, tongue, pastrami, pickled candy-striped and honey beets, roasted almonds and a quail egg.
Now, I must confess that after trying the tongue I passed the remainder on to my husband (who eats anything) and I had to work on the quail egg a bit. I’m notoriously picky about eggs in the first place. I even refuse standard hard-boiled eggs at almost any occasion. Only the fact that it was quail and something yet untried by me that allowed it to pass my lips.
Ravine Vineyard Wines
- 2010 Reserve Chardonnay Reserve: Oaked, gorgeous and a marvelous bouquet. 2010 was one of the best years for the Niagara-on-the-Lake region. This bottle came home with us.
- 2009 Cabernet Franc, West Block Reserve: 2009 was a terrible growing year and Ravine chose to cut their losses and remove most of their grapes. They only produced 2 barrels of cabernet franc that year, divided between their East and West Blocks. The West Block has richer soil and more shade, producing more earth and depth.
- 2009 Cabernet Franc, East Block Reserve: The East Block had more dust and heat. Beyond that I can no longer remember….but this bottle also came home with us. It will be a challenge to save this gem until our 5 year anniversary in 2018, but that’s what Michael told us to do! (Update: We didn’t make our anniversary in 2018, but instead drank it when we moved into a new house in 2016.)
- 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve: This wine had a beautiful flavor, but was a little light for me (for a cab). Apparently this was a result of a wet growing year. Nonetheless, it was too light for my big, bold cab tastes.