Wine Kitz Ottawa Iris is pleased to offer the 2019 Passport Series™, a selective collection focusing solely on exclusive and unique, high quality limited release wines.
Every year our Passport Series™ takes us to new countries – from highly acclaimed up-and-coming regions to age-old vineyards with long histories of excellence. From classic varietals to charismatic blends, this year’s limited release wine series celebrates the unique, thrives on exploration, and insists on excellence.
Our Passport Series™ celebrates ultra premium wines from some of the most prominent and respected wine growing regions, and features another unique and exciting new selection of world class offerings.
Available for just a short time, the exclusive Passport Series™ is a highly sought-after one-of-a-kind wine experience.
Every year an adventure; every bottle an expedition.
MERLOT CABERNET FRANC
(Paso Robles, California)
This blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc offers a balanced soft rustic profile. Merlot stands as the fruit-forward backbone of the wine, while the aromatic Cabernet Franc rounds out the blend with soft spices and herbal notes. On the nose and palate, this wine offers plum, red and black berries and dark cherry fruit notes, with underlying woody smoke, herbal spice and soft tannins.
Alc./vol: 13.5% Body: Medium Sweetness: Dry
Known for its Bordeaux style wines, Paso Robles dedicates over half its vines to Bordeaux varieties including Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Spanning over 614,000 acres, it is California’s largest American Viticultural Area (AVA). Paso Robles is unique as it holds three key factors to ripening grapes with refreshing acidity; diverse soil found in varying elevations, hot days and cooler nights, and varying rainfall levels combine to create the perfect environment for brilliantly defined wines.
The tannins in this blend open it up to a variety of food pairings. Enjoy with lightly herbed pork loin roast with fresh sage, thyme and rosemary, or try a mushroom risotto, rosemary lamb, or a variety of meat casseroles and pies.
18L Ultra Premium Wine Kit
Release Date: December 2018
Commercial Comparable: Creekside Cabernet Merlot LCBO #431106 $15.95
WEST COAST WHITE
(California – Washington – Oregon)
The perfect trio of Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Gris create this off-dry, medium bodied white wine. Fresh aromas of orchard fruit and delicate honey rise from the glass, while the palate sings with lively pineapple, lemon and stone fruit flavours combined with hints of apple, pear and honey. The zesty acidity in this wine balances the slight sweetness perfectly.
Alc./vol: 12.% Body: Medium Sweetness: Off-Dry
Just east of San Francisco Bay rests Lodi California. Basking in a Mediterranean climate, Chardonnay grapes grow plump during the warm days and cool nights, maintaining refreshing acidity. Pinot Gris from Oregon’s Willamette Valley are protected from over-ripening by the cool nights while the valley offers mild, warm and sunny days for the grapes. The most northern of the three, Yakima Valley in Washington, is home to the oldest agricultural region in the state. Here, Riesling, one of the state’s most widely planted varieties, benefits from limited rainfall in the growing season creating crisp, fruit forward wines.
Pair this blend with lighter meats and fresh vegetables, perhaps linguini and grilled vegetables with shrimp in a light cream sauce. Sushi and lightly spiced Asian dishes and cheeses such as Brie, Camembert, and Gruyère complement this wine beautifully.
18L Ultra Premium Wine Kit
Release Date: January 2019
Commercial Comparable: Apothic White Winemaker’s Blend
LCBO #419978 $16.95
MALBEC GARNACHA SYRAH
(Argentina – Spain)
A marriage of Argentina and Spain brings you a full-bodied wine rich in aromas of dark berries with nuances of licorice and chocolate. Balanced and full with soft tannins, a palate of ripe black and blue berries are complemented with spice of black and white pepper, creating a finish that is long and pleasing.
Alc./vol: 13% Body: Full Sweetness: Dry
Mendoza, Argentina and Valencia, Spain share similar growing conditions; hot dry summer days that create the perfect environment for full ripening with cooler nights to provide a much needed break from the daytime heat. Both located at higher elevations, Mendoza is a high flat desert-like plain (2000-3600 ft.), and Valencia is a more mountainous region (400 – 3600 ft.). Both regions rely on man controlled irrigation because of the extreme dry climate and threat of drought. Mendoza utilizes the irrigation channels from the Andes Mountains snow melt, and Valencia’s vines are irrigated through drip irrigation systems.
This bold blend deserves a bold food pairing. Try a barbeque burger topped with smoky bacon and blue cheese. Other food ideas include beef empanadas, mushroom and bean stews and beef brisket.
18L Ultra Premium Wine Kit
Release Date: February 2019
Commercial Comparable: Gérard Bertrand Grand Terrior Tautavel LCBO #272575 $18.95; Waltzing Matilda Shiraz Grenache LCBO #508606 $16.95
Super Tuscan, a term made popular in the 1980’s, is used to describe wines made in Chianti that did not follow the strict DOCG rules using varietals non-indigenous to the region. A blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this full bodied Super Tuscan exhibits aromatic notes of oak, vanilla, leather and spice while the palate punches with bold black cherry and raspberry flavours. Firm but not aggressive tannins and a long lingering finish makes this wine a true show stopper.
Alc./vol: 14.% Body: Full Sweetness: Dry
Tuscany Italy, where foodies and wine lovers bask in the beauty and bounty of the land. The growing season is by definition Mediterranean. Warm sunny days and cool nights benefit the grapes, contributing to the glowing reputation of Tuscany’s wines. While the land has challenged soil conditions, this benefits the region resulting in lower yields and higher quality wines loved by critics worldwide.
Pour this wine alongside signature Tuscan fare. Try a charcuterie board with prosciutto, salami, aged Parmigiano Reggiano and Pecorino cheeses with crusty Italian bread, or a traditional pasta dish with rich tomato herbed meat sauce. If looking for vegetarian options, vegetable pasta (mushroom and eggplant) drizzled in olive oil is a surprising match, as the olive oil will cut through the rich tannins and complement the wine nicely.
18L Ultra Premium Wine Kit (with added grape skins)
Release Date: March 2019
Commercial Comparable: Banfi Centine Rosso Toscana IGT LCBO #323725 $15.95
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*Each batch makes 30 – 750ml bottles of wine. A winery fee of $55.00 per batch applies to all wines made in store. Fee includes wine preparation, testing, processing, filtering, corks, shrink tops, and labels.