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Strewn Barrel Aged Chardonnay 2016

Thursday, May 24th marked Chardonnay Day 2018! Did you celebrate by cracking open a bottle of your finest Chassagne-Montrachet? Maybe you prefer Cali and opened a big buttery Napa Chard? Maybe you stayed home, figuratively, and grabbed a bottle of Ontario Chardonnay like this weekend’s wine, the Barrel Aged Chardonnay from Strewn winery in Niagara. If you happened to miss Chardonnay Day altogether, don’t worry since you can celebrate this weekend!

Tasting Notes: Strewn Barrel Aged Chardonnay shows ripe apple, pear and tropical fruit along with buttery notes and toasty oak from the 8 months spent in American, French and Canadian barrels.

Enjoy With: Pasta, seafood or white meat dishes with cream sauces, as well as roast chicken, fried fish and salads.

Style: A bone-dry, rich, and full-bodied white wine.

Terroir/Region: With Lake Ontario moderating the local climate and making viticulture possible, the Niagara Peninsula has become the most planted wine region in Canada. Centuries of glacial activity has left diverse soil deposits throughout the region resulting in subtle, complex differences in the grapes grown there. Combined with the Niagara Escarpment’s effect on local winds and climate, the wines of Niagara can change in character from one plot to the next, or even one vine row to the next!

Producer: The site of the Strewn winery has been a community hub for over 70 years going back to when the buildings housed a cannery for Niagara fruit growers. As eating habits changed, the cannery closed and in 1997, vines were planted and the Strewn winery was founded. Although the buildings are still used to process Niagara fruit (just grapes now), they have been renovated extensively to house the winery, restaurant and cooking school that make up Strewn and keep the site a local stomping ground.

Availability: Strewn Barrel Aged Chardonnay 2016 is available in the Ontario VQA section of your local LCBO and is $13.95 ($1.00 off) until May 27, so grab your bottle today!

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Price: $13.95 (save $1.00 until May 27)

LCBO#: 522730

Size: 750mL

Alcoholic Content: 12.4% alc./vol.