The Roost Wine Company Blog
Fall in Ontario is such a glorious time of the year: cool nights, warm days, rich colours and snuggly clothes. Out in the vineyard the furious growth of the summer slows and the plants put all their energy into ripening the gorgeous clusters of grapes they’ve worked so hard to create. For most it’s just a lovely time of year to enjoy slowing down and getting back into a routine.
For winemakers it’s the moment we’ve been waiting for.
Personally I lose some sleep in the weeks coming into crush (wine-speak for the time of the year when grapes are harvested and wine is made) due to a slight simmering sense of panic that develops right alongside the grapes in our vineyard. The planning, prepping, and of course, the feeling that the entire success of the following year rests on what we can create in six short weeks this year.
Leading up to crush at The Roost we’re tracking ripening in the vineyard. This means we’re out picking berry samples every few days or so and testing them to see where their sugar, acid and pH levels are. We’re also tasting the berries and asking ourselves a lot of questions: are they soft? Is the colour even? What kinds of flavours are developing? What’s the weather forecast? Are the berries rain-swollen? What’s the predation like from raccoons, birds, turkeys, coyotes, my dog? Any rot or damage? If the pressure is high, how long can we leave the clusters before we absolutely have to bring them in?
I admit it: I get a bit of an adrenalin rush when I get the numbers I’m looking for from my berry sample – woo hoo it’s go time! But there are other things to consider too. Do we have enough pickers? Is it going to rain? Are we done the cellar prep? And of course, something that we really need is always on back-order!
Calling a harvest is nail-biting, sleep-disrupting decision – but it also signals the start of a fantastic in-the-zone, whirlwind of activity and creative flow. We might complain a bit and begrudge the lack of sleep, but the secret is, most of us wouldn’t have it any other way.
We've been thrilled to meet so many fans of our 2016 Frontenac Blanc and L'Acadie. But we didn't make enough...
We are down to 9 cases each of 2016 Frontenac Blanc and L'Acadie
If you're a fan of these wines, you're not alone. We've been pleasantly surprised by how popular they've been. We wish we had more in the cellar to share, but unfortunately the supply will be out in the next couple weekends. The next public release of L'Acadie and Frontenac Blanc will be May 2nd 2018, so if you can't wait until then, please come in and pick up a few bottles before they're gone!
Our Rose is now available at Gibson & Co.
The Roost Rose is now available in Collingwood. So if you can't get out to the winery, you can always head over to the fabulous Gibson & Co. for Rose by the glass or bottle. They're at 93 Hurontario Street, Unit 3 and they also serve great coffee, cocktails and wine - of course!
Artisanal agritourism winery in The Blue Mountains now open
THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, Aug. 18, 2017 - The Roost, a new family-run artisanal Ontario winery, has opened its doors to local wine enthusiasts and thirsty tourists. Located on a picturesque hilltop, with stunning views of Georgian Bay and only 20 minutes from Collingwood and Thornbury, the vineyard and winery is the perfect destination for people exploring the natural beauty of The Blue Mountains.
The winery is the fulfillment of a dream for husband-and-wife team Michael and Jessica Maish. Together the pair do everything from tending the vines to making the wine.
Visitors to The Roost winery can sample six delicious wines in a rustic 19th century barn. Wine fans can also grab a spot on the patio and enjoy a glass while taking in stunning views. Wines can be purchased by the glass or in flights of four, and visitors can also take home wines by the bottle.
“This has always been a special place for our family and we wanted to invite others to enjoy the experience too,” Jessica says. “The Roost is about bringing friends and family together in a beautiful setting, allowing them to dream away an afternoon - accompanied by a glass of wine of course.”
Creating this little slice of paradise wasn’t easy. Jessica and Mike studied Enology and Viticulture, respectively, at Washington State University. In 2013, with a newborn at home, they hit the books and planted vines at the same time. They also consulted Ontario wine experts. “It was really a step-by-step process that had a lot of setbacks,” Jessica says. “For a long time we weren’t sure we were going to be able to do it.”
Fortunately, the winery is now flourishing and people are pleasantly surprised by the high quality of The Roost’s wines. “The response has been amazing,” Jessica says. “Getting such positive feedback from guests has been wonderful after working behind closed doors for so long.”
The Roost wines include 3 whites, 2 reds and a rosé. From the fruity red Marquette to the dry and fresh white L'Acadie, there is a wine for every palate. Two Wrongs Make A White is a unique blend of Riesling and the winery’s third white, Frontenac Blanc. Barn Red and The Roost Rosé round out the selections.
Jessica and Mike’s passion and dedication to the business is reflected not only in the quality of their wines, but also in the overall experience they have created for their visitors. “When you’re in the city it can be difficult to experience a rural setting like this,” Jessica says. “We love living in the Southern Georgian Bay area and we’re thrilled that we can invite visitors to enjoy it with us.”
For more information, please visit www.theroostwineco.ca
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