May 20, 2020
When we think of the world’s wine regions, France, Italy, Spain, South America and California come to mind. Would you have thought of Ukraine? Perhaps not, but Ukraine is a fascinating wine producing country with some wonderful offerings.
Kolonist Winery Odessa Black and Kolonist Chardonnay have recently arrived in Alberta, and importer Carl Steinke of Old Country Wines, couldn’t be more excited to share the news.
“I would like to encourage you to introduce these fine wines from our friends in Ukraine to your table. These are new, unique wines, and people who have tried them are delighted with the wines' character and richness.”
Kolonist Odessa Black red won the runner-up ribbon at both the Edmonton and Calgary Winefest Shows.
“It is a perfect wine for the consumer looking for something new, but also for those of Ukraine and Bessarabian heritage, of whom there are many in Western Canada,” adds Steinke.
Steinke has a strange path to being an advocate for Ukraine wine. He attended a wedding in Ukraine and loved the country. But it was his experience at a local establishment that set him on a new path.
“We went to a restaurant and asked for some local wine; they brought us the Odessa Black. We sat at a table right in the street and drank it and really enjoyed it. It’s like nothing anyone will have ever tasted; it’s an indigenous grape to Ukraine, so it’s completely unique.”
So smitten was Steinke with this wine that when he returned to Canada, he immediately set about figuring out how to import it to Alberta.
“When people try these wines they just love them,” Steinke raves. “People might have the idea these would all be sweeter wines but they’re not, they’re done in the old world style. We’ve been calling them ‘new old world wines’ because they have those wonderful old world characteristics and dryness. The Kolonist wines are actually produced at the same latitude as Piedmont, Italy and Bordeaux, France.”
Now these unique new-old world wines are available at select Calgary Co-op stores. Ask for Kolonist Odessa Black and Kolonist Chardonnay at your neighbourhood store and take a taste of Ukraine.
Kolonist Odessa Black
This intense dark rubywine was made from the Ukrainian grape variety – Odeskyi Chornyi. Rich, deep and juicy, this is a local brand wine with a strong Ukrainian character. On the nose there are smoky notes of blackberries and mulberry. The taste has notes of dried fruit, while the soft tannins offer a silky lasting finish.
Odessa Black is perfect with any meat dishes, sausages and smoked meats. To enjoy the full aroma and flavour of this wine, serving temperature should be between +16°… 18° C.
Hand-harvested and matured in oak barrels for a minimum of six months, this estate Chardonnay displays a soft golden colour. On the nose the dominant notes are of pear, oak, grapefruit and white flower.This full-bodied wine has a pleasant tinge of citrus fruitswith a pleasant acidity on the finish.
The wine is a perfect match with hard cheeses, patés, fish and poultry. To enjoy the full aroma and flavour of this wine it is recommended it be served at a temperature of 10° - 12° C.
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