Saturday, January 23rd, 2016
Perhaps the number one thing I look forward to each winter season is the opportunity to participate in a few Winemaker Dinners with my family. When the vines are dormant I tend to be as well, so invitations to be a part of these lavish evenings are received with great joy!
We were very fortunate this year to be featured at a dinner hosted by the Ontario Wine Society (Toronto Chapter) where the theme was a celebration of Lowrey Vineyard Terroir through a comparison of wines made from our fruit. The OWS brought together a wonderful group of winemakers who’ve worked with our grapes over the years – specifically Pinot Noir. The event took place at Barque Butcher Bar and the pairings were facilitated by Michael Godel, who spoke very kindly and shared some flattering observations about our humble little vineyard in St. David’s.
Thomas Bachelder acted as host for the evening and I would’ve been perfectly content to listen to Thomas wax poetic about Terroir and Pinot Noir for the entire night if it was up to me! Ilya Senchuk of Leaning Post Wines also brought some very interesting insight to the Terroir debate, as well as some stellar wines. He pointed out that he sees hallmarks of Lowrey Terroir not only among certain varietals like Pinot, but across varietals as well. We all agreed that there are distinctive elements that define the Lowrey flavour and aromatic profile, as well as textural and mouthfeel similarities. Ilya also noted that as our collective wines age (that is wines made by Bachelder, Five Rows and Leaning Post from Lowrey fruit) the similarities of Terroir tend to become more pronounced. The effect of the winemaker giving way to the effect of Terroir over time is a very interesting concept indeed.
I feel very proud that Mario Adamo thought enough of our Five Rows wines to inquire about purchasing some of our fruit for his own winery venture. The dynamic brother-sister duo of Julie and John Paul Adamo joined us for the evening, and Julie did a great job taking us through their journey to start a winery in the hills of Hockley Valley. It was exciting for me to see what an excellent job they’ve done with the Pinot Noir from our 2008 planting. I see great potential for this block based on their initial efforts, and I highly recommend giving the wines of Adamo Estate Winery a try sometime soon!
Highlights of the dinner were detailed in the latest OWS newsletter and can be read here.