GW All-Star Collabs
GW All-Star Collabs
Pears & Seyval Blanc, Guelph, Canada
This one-of-a-kind sparkling perry (read: pear cider) is the collaborative brain-child of Revel and Grape Witches! It was co-fermented with Seyval Blanc, a cold climate hybrid grape that isn’t recognized internationally but is prolific enough in Canada and the Carolinas to be called “East Coast Chardonnay.” Made from Bartlett pears grown in Thedford, Ontario, the fruit was pressed by the farmer and then fermented with natural yeasts at Revel. The finished perry was then amped up with a dash of Seyval Blanc to intensify the pop rocks perlage (AKA bubbles) & bring some wine-like texture. Drinks like citric gooseberries and fuzzy peaches jump into a Dita Von Teese-sized champagne coupe followed by Bosc pears and tart lychee. Kinda like homestyle Tropicana but with pears! Gently shake to incorporate the cloudy stuff or pour the perry off the lees (a fancy word for dead yeast) – a real choose-your-own-adventure! Textured and fresh, it really does leap from the glass, almost like something seasonal you’d be eating with a fork. The very embodiment of Good Things Grow in Ontario, this is the new wave of Ontario cider and winemaking at its very best — wild, experimental & always delicious.
Chardonnay & Rosenmuskateller, Burgenland, Austria
We told Maria and Alex Koppitsch about the difficulty of finding great, accessible skin contact wines in Ontario and they said “Well, why don’t we just make one for you?” and here we are, positively GIDDY with excitement for our first-ever, private label collaboration wine! Made with organic, purchased fruit exclusively for Grape Witch Imports, Piroska (pee-rosh-kaw) is our dream brunch-meets-dinner party-ready litre of cloudy liquid sunshine, a blend of carbonically macerated 2018 Chardonnay with 2020 Rosenmuskateller (otherwise known as Muscat Rose a Petits Grains), a rare and difficult-to-grow grape with only 8 hectares grown across Austria. Drinks like barely-adult Sunny D — freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, limoncello, apricot nectar, the sugarfree lemon-lime sensation known as Fresca, Alphonso mango pulp, lime leaf, faded wallpaper florals & the sense-memory of your aunt’s Olay night cream but in a hip & cool way (not to say that your aunt wasn’t hip & cool). Truly characteristic of Burgenland but also of the natural, low-intervention wines we know and love, we can’t wait to share this with you. Bottle art by Carmen Jane Lew.
Pinot Noir, Prince Edward County, Canada
Allow us to introduce you to a very special collaboration between Grape Witches and Prince Edward County sensation, Trail Estate — Fronte-Snack! This puckery purple pét-nat (or pétillant naturel, an ancient sparkling wine made in a single fermentation) is made out of Frontenac, a dark-skinned hybrid grape tailored to thrive in our cold, Canadian climate. Grown in a vineyard called Good Vibrations (yes, like the Beach Boys song but let’s be real, more like Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch), grapes were hand-harvested and whole bunch fermented in “juice boxes” for maximum fruit-forwardness with a ‘lil extra juice thrown in to kickstart carbonation. Head winemaker Mackenzie Brisbois, a pioneer (and our hero!) in low-intervention winemaking, thinks of this as a sort of “Canadian Lambrusco,” a cold climate homage to the iconic sparkling red from Emilia-Romagna. Gloriously reminiscent of the greatest seasonal beverage – cranberry Canada Dry ginger ale – but reimagined as a brisk, easterly wind that will stir your soul, flush your cheeks & warm your heart. Juicy pomegranate, blackcurrant jelly bean & raspberry fruit-bottom yogurt with a touch of earth & wintery forest to ground you in all of the wonderful possibilities of the new wave of Canadian wine.
Free pick up at our brand new shop (1247 Dundas Street West) or delivery across Ontario in 2-5 business days for $10 - $20 flat rate depending on region.
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