80x Wine Company, When Pigs Fly Rosé, 2021
The idea for the 80x Wine Company started in 2015 when Vadim and André had a conversation at a wine gala in Niagara. André was a wine writer based in Toronto who believed you are what you drink, and it’s important to understand what it takes to go from vineyard to bottle. Vadim wanted an outlet to explore some more experimental winemaking. A little strategic help, some door-knocking to secure grapes and hard lessons learned selling the first bottling lead to the birth of the 80x Wine Company. Today, they are focused on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Rosé, including the delicious When Pigs Fly release for this year.
Notes on the wine and vintage direct from the horse's mouth:
"It's difficult to describe the 2021 vintage without using expletives - but we will try. The promising summer began with glorious warm weather. Hot days, but not too hot ... and then September rolled around the rain started ... and it didn't stop.
Pinot Noir is a thin-skinned grape and thanks to the moisture began to quickly break down on the vine. We made the decision to harvest the fruit as soon as it was ready, and did not have the luxury of letting it hang to develop more sugars. Don't worry, there is a happy ending here.
Once we got the fruit into the winery it fermented into the delicious wine we offer to the market for this year. With flavours of strawberry, watermelon and subtle hints of citrus pith. The good news about a cooler fall is we held on to more acidity than the previous vintage."
Just 300 cases produced. Grapes were sourced from the Crispino Vineyard (82%) and the Rockway Vineyard (18%).
Like many great rosés, this pairs perfectly with another glass (or bottle?). If you're feeling kinda nibbly, think lightly seasoned roasted chicken; grilled salmon with a lightly dressed frisée salad; grilled chicken tacos with shredded cabbage and pico de gallo; a summery quiche; or veggie pizza loaded with zucchini, pesto and goat cheese.