Alberta Wine for Canada’s 150th Birthday
How about something a little out of the ordinary to toast Canada’s 150th Birthday – wine from Alberta. Wines from Alberta? Well, why not? It was just a short 2600 years ago that vines were first cultivated in France, so in the big picture scheme of things, Alberta is just a few steps behind. (*Editor’s Note: insert laughter here*)
What’s shocking isn’t that Alberta has wine. After all, there’s not a lot that Albertan’s can’t do! What is surprising is how good these wines are. It’s just one more example of how the liquor world has become so much more interesting over the last 25 years. Thousands of craft beers, countless artisanal distilleries and wines from Alberta. Here’s to diversity and being different!
Field Stone Fruit Wines from Strathmore, Alberta
Let’s start with Alberta’s first-ever estate winery, Field Stone Fruit Wines in Strathmore. Established in 2005, Field Stone was first to receive a license under Alberta’s new estate winery regulations, allowing fruit growers to manufacture and sell wine. They are not only the oldest winery in Alberta, they’ve grown into the largest (and most award-winning) artisanal fruit wine producer in the province. Heady stuff. They craft 10 varieties of delicious fruit and dessert wines from Alberta grown fruit, all delicious. The wines are perfect for summer, refreshing with a dry, subtle finish. And the sweet and semi-sweet dessert wines are a perfect way to toast an Alberta sunset.
Spirit Hills Honey Winery from Millarville, Alberta
Next is another ward winning winery called Spirit Hills. There are two secrets to the success of Spirit Hills. The first are the owners—the Bonjean family—who come from a long line of French winemakers with vineyards in the Auvergne, France. The second are the bees who make honey from the wild flowers of the pristine the Rocky Mountain foothills, that is then used to make the wine. Combining ancient honey wine fermentation techniques with local fruits and flowers create wines that have wowed around the world, including their Spirit Hills Wild Rosy. A semi-sweet Rose made with our provincial flower, the Wild Rose. Not only is it good, it’s good for you. One glass of Spirit Hills wine has 90 to 120 times the polyphenol antioxidants present in 1 glass of ordinary red wine.
It’s Time for a Different Wine — Alberta Wine
So surprise yourself and try some wine from Alberta. You know what they say: If it ain’t Alberta, it ain’t wine. (*Editor’s Note: No one actually says that*) Well, they might not say it quite yet, but with the way these wineries are going, it’s only a matter of time. Time to pick up a bottle of Field Stone or Spirit Hills.
Shared with permission from Calgary Co-op Wine Spirits Beer in Calgary, Alberta
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