Grange of Prince Edward County Select Gamay/Pinot 2014
Prince Edward County, Ontario
$50 for a magnum, $24.95 for a half mangum (750ml)
Oh friends, I have a problem. I keep buying so much wine and I promised my husband I’d stop, because it’s eating into our budget and taking up way too much space in our basement (not to mention all the empties we still haven’t taken back….). It’s a problem.
So I made a promise to stop buying wine for a while. And then we went to Prince Edward County with his sister and her husband last month, and let’s just say I broke my promise. Big time.
I couldn’t help it! The wineries there are making such incredible wines and I love so many of them, I just had to bring them home with me. So a case of wine later, and we’re swimming in beautiful County wine. Not a terrible problem to have, broken promises aside.
I spent a good chunk of change at one of my favourite wineries in The County, Grange of Prince Edward County. This place is amazing – an old barn tucked back from the road surrounded by vines and a babbling brook. You’re just as likely to see a duck or two wandering around the estate as you are picnickers enjoying a basket of local cheese and charcuterie (the winery sells baskets and wines by the glass, which is pretty much perfect on hot summer days).
It’s a special place – a family place. It’s run by Caroline and Maggie Granger, a mother-daughter team who are just killing it with gorgeous wines across the entire spectrum – bubbly, still, white red – at great price points. And whatever you get there, it’s going to be delicious.
Take this beautiful blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay, two grapes that do really well in The County anyway and that they bottle as single varietals. It might seem an unusual blend, taking two similarish grapes and co-fermenting them into a single wine, but it’s actually a tradition with roots in Burgundy. In France they call it Passe-tout-graines (there’s an entire appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) governing its production) but here they just call it Bunny Wine – so named for the bunnies Maggie hand draws on each magnum. Cute, right?
I think this is the first year they’ve offered it in half-mags (750mls), and I just had to snap up a few alongside a magnum so I could dip into this delightful wine as much as I wanted for the rest of the summer. I might be down to the magnum, but luckily PEC is just a hop, skip, and a jump (read: 2-hour drive) away and my husband loves the Grange as much as I do, so he probably won’t protest if I insist on going back for more.
And I will. (And so should you.)
Nose: Baking spices, strawberry, plums, raspberries, dark, dark cherries – it’s basically just all your favourite summer red fruits and flowers – so, so lovely on the nose. Maybe even some orange peel and vanilla bourbon.
Palate: OMG so good. It’s scrummy, yumminess like when you bite into a summer strawberry that’s so ripe it just gets you in the back of the throat, tapping all your (taste-related) pleasure points along the way. It’s really high acid and tart, but I like that. It’s all the sweet and sour cherries you could stuff in your mouth with a citrus twist. It’s so pretty and fruity and savoury and the finish is long and lovely with vanilla and baking spices to round it all out. And it’s really fresh and so easy to drink. I just love it. Try it with a bit of a chill.