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    Chateau Niagara’s Menu Seeing Red Chateau Niagara’s Menu Seeing Red

    Chateau Niagara’s Menu Seeing Red

Chateau Niagara’s Menu Seeing Red

When Chateau Niagara quietly opened on West Creek Road in Newfane last year they did so with three unapologetically dry white wines. The wines, made up of a combination of estate grown and purchased fruit were a reflection of what owners Jim & Kathy Baker drank at home and represented how they saw food friendly wines as the calling card of the region.

“We’re making wines that we want to drink that are meant to be enjoyed at the table with friends and family,” says owner and winemaker Jim Baker.

And that they did – their first releases were brightly acidic, clean and appealing to lovers of that style. Their Gewürztraminer quickly became a best seller in the tasting room and a reputation for crisp whites followed.

As the winery recently found it’s footing in the vineyard with its own red varieties of cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and pinot noir their menu has expanded with the […]

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    Leonard Oakes’s 2008 Icewine: Best In State Leonard Oakes’s 2008 Icewine: Best In State

    Leonard Oakes’s 2008 Icewine: Best In State

Leonard Oakes’s 2008 Icewine: Best In State

Congratulations to Jonathan Oakes, the Oakes family and everyone who pitched in to make the 2008 Icewine of Vidal Blanc the very best in New York State after winning the Best In Show at the 4th annual New York Icewine Competition.

This isn’t shocking news to anyone that’s followed the trail of this wine’s previous double gold medal awards and high wine ratings but it does reinforce that in only a few years time, Leonard Oakes Estate Winery has proven itself to be one of the best Icewine producers in the country – and some would argue the world.

Winemaker Jonathan Oakes sees the acknowledgment as an indicator of the region’s future.

“I think there’s just unlimited potential in our area,” said Oakes. “It’s going to rely heavily on who jumps out and makes a distinct claim as to what is what our region can be known for.”

Oakes, who also leads the winemaking team at Schulze Vineyards & Winery, is pushing ahead while reaching out to other winemakers in the area to share knowledge and collaborate on how the region as a whole […]

By |February 27th, 2012|Niagara Wine News|0 Comments