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Governor General's Own Vineyard  (March 11, 2004)

 
Canada's Governor General Adrienne Clarkson and her husband John Ralston Saul sample the first wine from Jackson-Triggs Pinot Noir plot dedicated to her.  

Governor General Adrienne Clarkson now has a vineyard dedicated to her in Ontario's Niagara Peninsula region. The plot is one quarter of an acre of Pinot Noir vines that stand proudly at the entrance to Jackson-Triggs' contemporary winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The vines were planted three years ago when the building was opened. Her Excellency and her husband, John Ralston Saul, first visited the winery on November 1st, 2002. At this year's Cuvee, the annual celebration of Ontario wines held this past weekend, the couple paid a return visit to the winery and were treated to the first wine grown from that site. The vines (clone 115 on 3309 rootstock) provided sufficient wine to fill one French barrique (225 litres).

In presenting samples from the barrel, Donald Triggs, Chairman and CEO of Vincor International – the company that owns Jackson-Triggs – noted the governor general and her husband's "unprecedented support for the Canadian wine industry." Since her appointment the governor general, with her husband's guidance, has stocked the cellar of Rideau Hall, the official residence of the governor general, with nothing but Canadian wines.

The proceeds from the sale of this limited edition wine from this particular block of vineyard will be donated to a charity of the governor general's choice on an annual basis, in perpetuity.

(I tasted the wine and it reminded me of a young Volnay: deeply coloured, firm raspberry flavour, fresh, elegant and well structured.)

 

 

 

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