The Passing of an Old Friend

On a recent trip to the Niagara region I overheard a wine enthusiast ask a staff member at a winery I was visiting as to what happened to Coyote’s Run?  The reflection in inquirer’s voice was that of a mourner after learning the news of a friend’s death. 

The winery had been sold and is now closed and being repurposed for another type of agriculture.  The fact is it was sold back in the late summer of 2017.  I, like the person making the inquiry, was saddened when it was sold.  Coyote’s Run provided a unique experience in that they had 2 separate vineyards, each with its own uniqueness that was easily detected when you tasted their 2 pinot noirs, Black Paw and Red Paw, and the staff was always enthusiastic to tell you about their products and how they painstakingly created their art in a bottle.

I learned of the winery’s fate when I visited in September of 2017, shortly after it sold.  I had made a point of taking friends to the winery so they could experience both the wines and the atmosphere firsthand.  However, when we arrived, we found the tasting room open but no one there to greet us and the shelves with little stock and even less varieties.  Eventually a worker noticed we were there and came in from the vineyard to assist us.  Wiping the sweat from his brow and apologizing for being nervous because he rarely speaks with customers and couldn’t tell us much about the wines, he said the winery had been sold.

I left that day disappointed, much the way the individual I overheard making the inquiry. The glory was gone and now in 2019, so is the winery.  However, in my mind the winery was really gone the day it was sold.  I have several older vintages and varietals of Coyote’s Run.  I will savour each and reflect on the good ole days with each sip.

Sláinte mhaith

Hello and Welcome

Let me begin my first post by confessing what I am not.  I am not a vintner, sommelier, restauranteur, or involved with any profession associated with the wine, spirits, or food industry.  I do not pretend to know anything about the growing of grapes or the creation of wine.  I am simply an individual with a passion for wine and one who appreciates the skill and artistry of those who create it.

I began taking more than a casual interest in wine in 2003, after listening to a presentation by a sommelier associated with one of the wineries in Niagara.  This individual can be credited or blamed, for what has become a passion and thirst (pardon the pun) for knowledge and of course, good wines.

The inspiration for this blog came from encouragement and prodding from friends and family, who for some reason like to hear me babble on about this wine or that wine and have been subjected to me sticking this wine or that wine under their noses and down their throats wanting their reaction to what I have presented to them.  My wife is one of this group and as my retirement draws closer, I think from her perspective, it will give me something to do and keep me out of her hair.

I have read lots of wine reviews from the various experts and find them helpful when deciding on which new wines I would like to explore.  You may find that you share a similar palette of one reviewer or another.  If you do, then that individual may provide you with great insight as to selections you may enjoy and which ones to avoid.

On the other hand, you may be like me; someone who does not consistently share the same tastes or opinions of any particular reviewer and thus have to draw your own conclusions based on the vintner and reviewer notes. Possibly you simply do what my wife does and make your selections based on whether or not you like the label.  Surprisingly, she has discovered some great wines this way. Ultimately, what is important is that you discover wines that you enjoy.  Don’t allow a prestigious reviewer likes or dislikes intimidate your own personal taste.  What is important is that you discover wines that you enjoy.