of my favouite stops on my recent Prince Edward County wine tour was at
Karlo Estates winery
. I had been chatting with the amazingly talented Sherry Martin
Twitter and was excited to meet her, but I had also heard nothing but
rave reviews for their port and was eager to try that. I definitely
Estates has a gorgeous location and the creek that runs out behind is
just stunning. Richard Karlo
, the winemaker, has built an incredible
bridge out there and the members of our wine tour made sure to pose for
photos on top of it before our tasting.
were a large group but they had a fantastic set-up for us in their
lovely loft area, with lots of interesting food pairings to go with each
tasting. I was surprised by many of the selections, as it seemed to go
against what I typically choose in terms of wine. The cab franc, which I
had been excited to try, didn’t suit my tastes (Shawn loved it), but
the CHOA Chardonnay
lit up my tastebuds. I am not a chard drinker in
general, so this was impressive for me.
the real surprise for me was the port. Granted, I had heard a lot of
hype from friends on Twitter who are big fans, but I still wasn’t sure
what I would think of it. Port can be hit or miss – too sweet, too
cloying, too much overall, so it can go either way. From the moment the Van Alstine port
hit my mouth, though, I was in love. It was a flavour explosion – hitting all the right notes and not overwhelming with the sweetness. Love.
Van Alstine White Port
was sweeter, but I still really enjoyed it. And white port in and
of itself is so rare that I was fascinated. I was happy to have been
able to sample both and to get to check out the differences.
line to purchase, I had decided on a bottle of CHOA and a bottle of
white port. The red was spectacular, but I was mindful of my wallet
after two days in wine country and thinking that the white port was so
unique and interesting that it would be a shame to leave without it.
Discussing my choices with a man from our group, he shook his head and
said, ‘I saw your face when you tried that red port – you have to get
that one.’ He reminded me of what one of our wine tour guides had told
us earlier in the day – ‘you always regret the wine you leave behind.’
So true. Which is how I ended up with a bottle of both the red and the white port and I don’t regret a penny. I’m definitely looking forward to our next trip to Karlo Estates.