BlogAboutWine’s Friday Favorite – Rideau Vineyard

We’ve decided to do a new feature on BlogAboutWine that we’re calling our Friday Favorite. Every week we will pick a winery that we think really has gone above-and-beyond and produced some of the best wine we have ever tasted. This week we are excited to announce the very first winner of our Friday Favorite – Rideau Vineyard.

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The photo shown above we took last weekend when we went tasting at Rideau. The reason we have picked this as a Friday Favorite is really two reasons – one, the 2008 Pinot Noir we had at Rideau is truly one of the best wines we’ve ever tasted, period. The second reason is that Cate, who ran our tasting there did an absolutely amazing job and really helped us understand each of their wines and the nuances between them. While we’ve always found people to be quite friendly at wineries, Cate did go above-and-beyond and that’s another reason why we are proud to make Rideau our first Friday Favorite!

You can find-out more about Rideau at their website or their Facebook page. Along with having an excellent Pinot Noir we also bought their Viva Red which is a nice punchy red that we just can’t get enough of!

One Comment

  1. June September 6, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

    Iris RIdeau is remarkable. She gave me a lot of information about her particular wines which were all bitter and I couldn’t tell one from the next with the exception of the Reisling which was also bitter. I can’t help but wonder if she’s really moving her product like she claims she is. The tour itself left a whole lot to be desired. The wine tasting tour was 100 dollars, which included a bus of 55 people with 1 toilet on a 2 and 1/2 hour ride, we were served on the bus orangejuice with about 3 teaspoons of Champagne in it that was “called a Mimosa”. along with a cinnamon roll. Once there at the Rideau WInery there was a wine tasting in which 5 of the most bitter wines I’ve ever tasted including the Reisling were sampled. Afterwhich lunch was serve outside submarine sandwiches and an array of fruit which was also shared with the horse flies that consistantly never seemed to leave anyone alone. There were no free bottles of wine given out. (No one really wanted anyway), no free wine glass, no free corkscrew, nothing. The only thing most of the wine tasting tourists got was the pleasure of seeing Iris Rideau doing her thing in this industry being an Afro-american woman…

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