Wine Wednesday – Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling – Buy this wine!

Featherstone, a small Niagara winery Featherstone, a small Niagara winery
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Buy this wine.

I really should not have to say more than that. It is yummy and well priced and you will like it.

What? You need more information than my decree before you will part with your hard earned pennies?



OK, OK, how about this:

  • Featherstone Vineyards in Niagara employ sheep to help nibble away at excess foliage on their vines. Tell me you have not always wanted to own a flock of sheep-gardeners, I dare you.
  • The founders of the winery got into winemaking because they wanted to make cheaper gravy. True Story. (Admitedly, it’s a longer story than that one line but it sums it up. They owned a chicken butcher shop. They sold white wine gravy to go with their chickens. Looking for a less expensive alternative, they turned to making wine from a mix. This progressed to making wine from grapes they bought and crushed; which led to them buying a vineyard and selling their grapes. They moved to keeping their grapes and making their own wine. Somewhere along the way, the butcher shop was sold. True story).
  • They employ a red tailed hawk to scare away (and maybe eat) the birds that like to snack on the grapes growing in the fields. Falconry is very Mediaeval and that’s in these days.
  • The owner/winemaker/Tractor Driver David Johnson told me that wine drinking should be fun.
  • They use screw-caps on their wine because “Cork was great for Napoleon. As were horses” ( Why was David not one of my teachers at wine school. They were much more stuffy).
  • It’s well priced ($16.95 LCBO)

But most of all: this wine made me exclaim “wow” when I took my first sip. It really is one of the nicest white wines that I have tried this year. Think of “lemonade for grown-ups” and you have a good idea what to expect. It is tart and crisp in the mouth and it really reminded me of lemonade, the kind you make yourself from freshly-squeezed lemons, adding just enough sugar to take the acidity down a notch but still leaving your mouth puckering.

Drink this wine on its own as you watch your sheep mow your lawn (in my case, Lil’foodiPrints but a gal is entitle to her imagination, right?), or with a cold feta pasta, or a lemon grilled chicken.

So buy this wine!

Lemonade for adults!

Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling.



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Although trained as a sommelier, I pay my bills working as an IT consultant. I love what I do for a living and keep wine as my hobby. As it looks bad if you only drink, I have occasionally been known to eat as well. Growing up on four different continents, I love to cook and appreciate the cuisines of the world. But wine is my passion. With a well-stocked cellar, I am always on the hunt for new wines and love hearing from people about their latest find or interesting pairing. My approach to wine: Drink what you like. Wine reviews need not be stuffy. Numerical ratings are meaningless. If it tastes good, drink it! If you don’t like it, then it’s not the wine for you.