Tuesday, April 10, 2012
IT’S ALL VERY CIVILIZED YOU KNOW!
I stumbled across a winery overlooking Georgian Bay down near Meaford. I found out about it by reading a tweet on the Boating Georgian Bay Twitter feed. Gee I guess we have to come to grips with the concept that Georgian Bay is more than wilderness scenic cruising grounds with the odd town sprinkled here and there along the way. I love touring wineries and I was pleasantly surprised to find Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery right under our noses on the shores of Georgian Bay. Move over Niagara, Pelee Island and Prince Edward County - here comes the Georgian Bay wine region. Well, they have been growing fruit successfully along the Bay for years, so why not grapes which naturally take to the area in a wild state.
I like the name Coffin Ridge ... love the logo ... and the owners seem to know more than a thing or two about marketing.
This isn’t just one of those places that buys juice to ferment that call themselves a winery – this is the real McCoy with planted fields, tasting room, year round staff, LCBO listings and restaurants who sell their fine wines. They grow their own grapes and the purchase from other local growers who are growing for them. Best of all, they make good local wines, and it’s nice to see a new business reminiscent of the Napa or Sonoma scene that has taken root right by the escarpment on Georgian Bay. So it’s only far to say that on my boat, as a faithful Georgian Bay cruiser, we will add Coffin Ridge to our on board cellar (home cellar too) ... as a salute to the dedication and hard work it takes to start a successful business operating on the Bay – especially a biz that produces alcohol! Check out their web site www.coffinridge.ca
Anyone want to go partners with me on starting a Tequilla hacienda up in Killarney?