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City Style and Living Sips Wine with Paul Speck

City Style and Living Sips Wine with Paul Speck

Henry of Pelham Tasting with Paul Speck at Willow Park Wines and Spirits

Published May 3, 2012
Via City Style and Living – Blog
ORIGINAL SOURCE: City Style and Living

Named after their loyalist American fore bearer, Henry of Pelham is a family estate on the Niagara escarpment, currently run by the brothers Speck. Paul Speck, the eldest, conducted a tasting at Willow Park Wines and Spirits of some of his family’s wines.

1. Sibling Rivalry (greeted guests at the tasting) – “I love rose. In the South of France when its hot they drink rose. Strawberry on the nose finished dry with fruit.”

2. Cuvée Catherine Brut – “Sparkling wine is perfect in Niagara. This is picked by hand and made from only the middle pressing of the grape. Fresh nose, dry crisp.”

3. Reserve Riesling – “Riesling is one of my favourite grapes.Smells of lemon lime – typical of Riesling grown in our area. There is a steeliness a minerality bit of oiliness with a touch of sweetness.”

4. Chardonnay – “This is a staple in Niagara. I still love chardonnay I don’t care what they say. It is a winemaker’s grape.”

5. Baco Noir – “People love it. It has a similar history to Syrah and Zinfandel. All Baco is not created equally. It gets its colour from its flesh. Licorice coffee, toast fro wood. It is the backwoods beast or as my brother says it’s like spraying perfume on John Wayne.”

6. Cabernet Merlot – “This has more structure to its. These varieties are best together.”

7. Icewine Riesling – “This is a nice way to end. It has an elegance, a finesse. If icewine doesn’t have balance its like candy or overripe fruit. This will age for decades. Peach and citrus orange peel nose. Lots of fruit but searing acidity.”