Queen’s Park votes in favour of fruit wines
June 30, 2008 By Fruit Wines of Ontario
June 30, 2008, Toronto, Ont. – The
votes are in, the ballots have been counted, and Fruit Wines of Ontario
proudly take a seat in the house.
June 30, 2008, Toronto, Ont. – The votes are in, the ballots have been counted, and Fruit Wines of Ontario proudly take a seat in the house.
For the first time ever, Fruit Wines of Ontario were featured at an official Queen’s Park tasting, and years of hard-work and industry perseverance paid off, as fruit wines will now be available at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in the dining room and also offered at special events held at Queen’s Park.
“One of my initiatives as speaker is to make the Legislative Assembly of Ontario a showcase of Ontario product,” said Steve Peters, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. “Fruit wines are an excellent example of product made in our own backyard. The legislature has featured grape wines for 20 years; the fruit wines will be a new experience for members and guests of the legislature.”
Fruit Wines of Ontario have emerged from the shadow cast by grape wines, and proved their place amongst Ontario’s repertoire of amazing homegrown products.
The judging process began with a pre-tasting led by Jim Warren, the executive director of Fruit Wines of Ontario on May 7, 2008. More than 30 fruit wines were painstakingly narrowed down to 18 to be presented June 9 at Queen’s Park for an official tasting.
In an evening full of flavour and flattery, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario tasted the 18 wines presented in the following categories: Dry & Sparkling, Off-Dry and Sweet Wine, and voted by ballot for their favourite wines in each category.
Of the 78 ballots cast, the official results are as follows:
- Dry & Sparkling Wine: Applewood Farm Winery, Mac Mead (sparking)
- Off-Dry Wine: Scotch Block Winery, Oak Aged Black Currant
- Sweet Wine: Archibald’s Winery, Spiced Winter Apple
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