A while back I discovered Carrick winery at an Ontario wine tasting event. The winery is located just outside Mildmay Ontario, the only wnery in the area and a long way from the where most people would think of as a wine region. Sometimes the stories you discover when you visit a place like this! It turns out the owner did some research and discovered that Minnesota has very similar growing conditions to Mildmay so the owner decided to plant varietals from The University of Minnesota. Of this presents a ton of challenges. The grapes are not something most people (including me) have heard of. When they approached the LCBO they discovered there already was a Carrick and so were “encouraged” to change there name and thus they now are called Hoity Toity Cellars. They have also discovered since they are not using specific varietals (and likely not in an AVA) they will not be able to get VQA for their wines.
I was surprised at the dizzying array wines and ciders they are offering.
This one is kind or slightly orange in color with a mild nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays some mild peach flavors, a hint of honey suckle, along with a bit of minerality. The wine is on the lighter side of medium in length with some minerality lingering. This is a light refreshing wine but not overly complex. We paired it with a bacon quiche and it went fine. I would give the wine an 88. $16 at the winery.
From the winery’s web site:
Dusty White Glove 750 ml This is our slight off-dry white wine, possessing a sharp citrus flavour. This wine appeals to both the palate and the eye with it’s unique blush colour that develops with age. Similar in style to a Reisling. Serve cold along with high acid foods.