img_20160102_214606.jpg I really like iced apple cider and iced wines. I don’t get into them very often cause they are pretty expensive and I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but when I crack open a bottle, I’m excited as can be. Georgian Hills Vineyards from Beaver Valley in the Blue Mountains offers an apple sweet wine that is now available in the LCBO for a modest $19.95 for a 375 ml bottle at 10.2%. I was really excited to find this in the iced wine section recently, and put down my go to choice of Québecois Pinnacle. In fact, I brought a bunch with me to China on a business trip for gifts.

I was on a quest for a while for an iced cider or an apple wine produced in Ontario. My last review of an iced cider dates back 10 months, which is pretty dismal news. Ontario has a rich climate for apple production, and a burgeoning craft cider scene. Few Ontario made options made their way into the LCBO so I was pumped to find a solid option.

Appearance: Medium golden amber colour with heavy viscosity.

Aroma: Honey sweet with underlying cinnamon aromas. Crisp apple is the predominant aroma.

Taste: Sweet on the palate with spicy undertones, hints of caramel on the finish. Delicate on the palate. Medium acidity.

Aftertaste: Modest lingering sweetness without being artificially sweet. Lots of residual sugar.

Overall: It’s nice to see an Ontario spin on a popular Québecois product. We have a fantastic climate for growing apples and it’s great to see this finally offered in the LCBO.

Shawna O'Flaherty

Shawna is a 30-something Montreal native transplanted to Toronto in 2010. Wine loving, beer sniffing and rum swilling come naturally to her, and she is also a certified Irish whiskey taster. She has hosted beer and cheese pairing events in the past.

Shawna has visited vineyards in 6 countries on 3 continents, and has a knack for finding the hoppiest beers around.

She can be found drinking alka-seltzer and coconut water in the morning.

Email: shawna@torontoboozehound.com

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