Hello dear reader! Once again it's been a while. First, as you may have read, I was struck by food poisoning. Great. Nothing beats being intimately acquainted with a toilet for hours on end. A week later: flu. Wonderful. Nothing beats being even more intimately acquainted with a toilet. That being said, my drinking days were limited, to oh, zero. Hence my break (but not an enjoyable one).

Prior to being struck with the aforementioned ailments, I had the pleasure of trying this fine Ontario red wine from Henry of Pelham (how noble sounding), whose vineyard is located in the Niagara region of Ontario, near the US border (whose arse we recently whipped in hockey...oops!).

Now, I've only had one style of Gamay once, from Malivoire, and it was ranked the finest wine I tried in all of 2009. Not setting the bar too high, am I? This one didn't rank as highly as that, but it was still a satisfying red, showing that Ontario can hang with the best of wine makers across the world.

Naturally corked with a nice emblazoned image on said cork (which I neglected to take a picture of, you'll have to take my word for it!), it poured a deep cherry red, yet not overly so, as it had a slight hint of transparency; I noted it reminded me of a port. As it lingered on the side of the glass after I sloshed it about slightly with tender loving care, it was a little less "syrupy" than the first Gamay, but still had this characteristic (i.e. some syrupy thickness).

Stick your schnoz in it (not literally), it gives a smell of some darker fruits, blueberries, and other dark berries...a definite typical dark red.

Upon taste, there was dryness, and sourness and bitterness, but accompanying it was a fullness of flavour, of wild berries as per the schmell (yes, schmell), and a hint of spice. The flavours brought forth were not overbearing or too heavy, but were tamed with a noticeable alcohol kick in the arse, which was a little sharp. Body wise (and who doesn't love a good body!), the wine was light to medium bodied, surprisingly, given the depth it has.

The aftertaste sported some fruitiness, and continued the wildsy/woodsy flavours, with continued dryness.

So! Was it the knock out punch a la Mike Tyson!!! that the Malivoire Gamay was? No. Was it enjoyable nonetheless and a fine example of Ontario wine making? Yes. And I bet damn well it'd go great with a nice steak...mmm. Steak.

Stay healthy out there!

***1/4 out of 4

Purchased at a Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) store for C$14.95 (US$14.46).


HENRY OF PELHAM GAMAY 2007, 750 mL bottle
LCBO/Vintages #291112
Wine, Red Wine
13.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: D
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Henry of Pelham Family Est. Winery

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