This past Saturday, the OSCWGA was visiting Inasphere Wines, to check out the store and enjoy the views from the Muskoka chairs.
The environment at Inasphere Wines is amazing. The views from the Muskoka chairs were beautiful, and you could even see a clear view of Turkey Point, all the way over to Long Point. But if you look just down the hill, you can see a clear view of the Inasphere vineyards!
Inside the Inasphere retail store, you can immediately sense the ambience and the setting is just perfect. Inasphere also offers a patio just out front of their retail store, which provides a shaded view for those looking to sip and taste. Inasphere has a vast variety of wines, from dry Riesling to Cabernet Franc, Inasphere has a wine to fit anyone’s palate.
Right in the heart of Simcoe is the Blue Elephant Craft Brew House. Since Heather’s return to Norfolk county in 2012, she has transformed the Blue Elephant from a Thai cuisine restaurant into the craft brewery that we all know and love today. It is modeled after European pub houses, offering great food and drink, and a cozy and intimate atmosphere.
It’s always busy at the brew house, Sarah, the new brewmaster, is constantly coming up with new ideas and experimenting with different ingredients and beer styles. She follows a scientific approach to brewing, beginning with intense research about ingredients and different aspects related to brewing, create calculations to estimate results, and constantly revising the recipe with each tweak done to the brew. With such a thorough brewing process from start to finish, you can expect no less than perfection in each glass of beer.
At any given time, 9-10 beers are available to try, with 4 mainliners available year round. Last summer we sampled Wizard’s Butter Brew, a Harry Potter inspired lager, and Rhubarb Saison, a golden hazy beer with balanced bitterness and tart Rhubarb finish. Now, we can’t wait to see what seasonal brews will be on tap this summer.
Meanwhile, the mainliners are classic styles perfect for any occasion. The Gentlemen’s Pilsner is a European style pilsner with a nice hop and malt undertone. It was also the official beer for the Mumford and Son’s Festival in 2013, a great source of pride for the Blue Elephant. The Red Devil is an auburn ale created for easy drinking because of its balanced hop, malty, and crisp taste and nose. Lastly, the hugely popular Strawberry Lager is made with local strawberries, and a silver award winning brew!
There is always something brewing at the Blue Elephant, we can’t wait to try what’s going to be on tap next or create our very own beer through their Brew Camp program.
St. Williams’ Front Road has become a booming region for winemakers, which is currently home to three wineries. Located at the Bosgoed Family Farm, Inasphere Wines opened its doors in 2015. It is perfectly situated on the top of a hill, overlooking the many acres of the farm, vineyards, and reclaimed Long Point marshlands that gives Inasphere its unique charm.
When you first arrive, you are welcomed by an adorable vegetable stand stocked with farm fresh produce sits at the end of the driveway and barking of the friendly family dog. The retail shop is small yet welcoming, featuring a small, but growing selection of wine. Chatting Ryan and Shantel Bosgoed, you can tell how the farm and the winery are their pride and joy.
Not quite a rose, or a white wine. The Grey Area, is made with a blend of white and red pinot noir grapes. When bottled initially, the wine is white, but as it ages it gains a beautiful red colour. Like a sunset in a bottle, it is the perfect wine to sip on while watching the sun set over the farm in the patio or reclined in the adirondack chairs. It has a sweet aroma with hints of honey and a smooth finish. This wine has been extremely well received, selling out in about a month after its first release. Hopefully we will be able to enjoy this beautiful wine again!
The colourful barn, surrounding greenery, and vast fields are a sight to behold. Norfolk County’s small town, rural charm can be felt throughout from their friendly and down to earth staff to the vegetable stand at the end of their driveway. Described wonderfully as a hidden gem by customers and visitors, Inasphere Wines is certainly worth another visit.
Located in Aylmer of Elgin County, Rush Creek Wines is an award winning winery quickly transforming into a new hub for the community as Ron the winemaker has great things planned for the years to come. Since he joined in 2015, the winery has won many awards for their fruit wines every year. With his recent venture into producing the winery’s first grape wine, we hope this one is an award winner as well.
When you first arrive at the winery, it can be slightly overwhelming with the huge selection of wines available. The wines range from dry to sweet, dark to vibrant colours, all with unique flavours and aromas. With such a diverse selection of wines, Rush Creek may become the first winery to have wines in all colours of the rainbow.
Their award winning Raspberry-Chocolate wine is truly special, featuring a mouthwatering chocolate and raspberry aromas and rich flavours. It’s smooth in texture and finishes nicely. Paired with dark chocolate, it’s like entering chocolate heaven. If not a chocolate fan, their Nectarine is a beautifully clear wine. It has a rich, peachy aroma, and tastes like a perfectly ripe nectarine. Semi-sweet with a nice finish, it is the perfect wine to send off the summer.
As mentioned before, Ron aims to transform the winery into a place for the community and a must-see destination for tourists. Behind the wine tasting room is another retail shop where there is something for everyone. Here, you can find Rush Creek Wines’ own coffee blend, artisanal cheese, artwork, various memorabilia, jellies and preserves, clothing, and more. Community events are also in the work such as drive-in movie nights, local musicians and artists showcasing their talent, bake sales, and more. Here at the OSCWGA are excited to see what’s to come from Rush Creek Wines.