Like other cooperatives in the Niagara Region, Magnotta Wineries sources grapes from all over the area to create their distinctive wines.  I have in my chilled glass a Semillon Рanother varietal akin to Chemin Blanc and Seyval Blanc Рtypically found as part of table wine melange. And as always, I am skeptical as to whether this wine can hold its own. It has met the requirements to afford the seal of the VQA, with the appellation of Niagara Peninsula. This  means that 85%-100% of the Semillon that makes this wine are grown, pressed, fermented and bottled within this legislated viticultural zone.

The modest yellow hue within its clear bottle does nothing to inspire. Until the cork is popped and the wine enthusiastically sploshed into the glass where aromas of ripe pears and crisp Granny Smith apples delight the nose. The light sweetness adds a depth of character to an herbaceous yet medium body. The alcohol seems a tad evident and breathy bending to a slightly sour note as the glass edges toward room temperature.

Though not as rich as other medium bodied, semi-dry whites I’ve tried, this would be a nice alternative to Tsing Tao or Tiger Brand beer to serve with Thai food or similar Asian-fusion dishes. I’m just now enjoying this wine with a few slivers of Grand Padano cheese; the combination is like a spoonful of caramel made from a can of sweetened condensed milk! Nice.

~tvb

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