Anyone who’s been following The Wine Rascals for a reasonable amount of time should no doubt be familiar with this week’s specially featured wines by now.

Since it’s been a while since we last declared our love, however, and for those fortunate few who have all the excitement ahead of them, allow us to re-introduce the Old Vine Baco Noir from the much-loved Henry of Pelham, of Ontario, Canada…

Where to begin with this one then?

Perhaps with its makers; the sustainably-minded, sixth generation family winery run by the 3 Speck brothers, who manage all aspects of the business. Henry of Pelham are consistent award-winners, and their broad selection of reds and whites are regularly flying off our shelves.

And of course, there’s that grape – the mysterious Baco Noir. 

Discovered in 1850s France, Baco Noir was used occasionally in blends before showing its full potential in late 20th century Canada, standing up to its harsh winters, where it was expertly and lovingly cultivated by the Speck Brothers. The grape is now their best selling export.

You can read our full interview with them about the grape here…

Finally the wine itself. A deep and succinct exploration into the wonders of Baco Noir, through its oldest and strongest vines. The wine gives raspberries, redcurrants and cracked black pepper, and goes amazingly with or without food. Trust us when we say it’s a showstopper.

As well as wow-factor, another thing this wine has in spades is longevity. Throughout many years and vintages now, this wine has made its way to our clients’ cellars and stayed there, with its respective customers coming back for more and more.

Fancy trying a Baco Noir, but want to walk before you run?

Then there’s always the more original 100% Baco Noir – another absolute diamond, and more of an accessible easy-drinker.

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