Tickets for the Cuvee En Route portion of the weekend are also available separately, at a cost of $30 per person.

Chateau St. Jean 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon ($19.95, code 38034). A very good California varietal made by one of Sonoma's most respected estates (pronounce it "jean" like the pants). There's excellent depth and sophistication to the wine, offering rich black currant fruit, wild strawberries and herbaceous nuances such as thyme and savoury.

Henry of Pelham 2009 Reserve Off Dry Riesling ($15.95, code 557165). A slightly more robust style of Riesling, this one has marvellous acid/ fruit interplay that makes it feel very juicy in the mouth. Look for tangy citrus and fresh and dried peach characteristics, with a feeling of mineral/ chalk in the finish.

A little splurge to warm up a cold winter night

Cuvee is coming. This year's celebration of the best in Ontario wine (and food) will be the 24th, and underscores how much the domestic wine scene has grown and improved in that time.

Apart from the Gala itself, that ticket also acts as your passport for the entire weekend for Cuvee En Route. On March 3 and 4, more than 40 Niagara wineries and seven restaurants are offering special tastings and menus. Guests drop by their preferred wineries at their own pace.

The format hasn't really changed, though. There's the kickoff black tie optional Gala on Friday, March 2, at the Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls. That event features a record number 63 Ontario wineries pouring samples of their best stuff, accompanied by a bevy of celebrated chefs offering gourmet food creations.

Ruffino 2008 Santedame Chianti Classico ($19.95, code 523076). Try this great single vineyard Chianti from one of Italy's premier producers. Always impeccable stuff. It's Sangiovese based, of course, and has the traditional dry mineral/ boney undertone that identifies Discount Men Canada Goose Chateau Parka Black Australia Chianti. But it's also in the modern style of the region, with firm, forward fruit and flavours of cherry, black raspberry and cedar.

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Rosewood 2009 Natalie's Sussreserve Riesling ($14.95, code 258806). The technique, originated in Germany, is interesting for this offering out of Beamsville. A portion of the pressed juice is set aside and cold stabilized so it retains all its natural sweetness and character. The rest is then fermented, and a predetermined shot of the "sweet reserve" added back. The result is a delicate, fragrant, floral Riesling with bright fresh peach, grape and passion fruit flavours.

Let's sweeten up a cold January weekend by starting today's column on the arrival of new Vintages products with a look at a dessert wine and a couple of fruity, delicious off dry domestic Rieslings.

Penfolds 2009 Bin 138 Grenache/ Shiraz/ Mourvedre ($34.95, code 468637). My splurge choice for the release, from Australia. One of the better GSM blends you'll find anywhere, very reasonably priced for the quality. It's medium bodied, and comes across with ripe blueberry flavours, black cherries, elderberries and a splash of peppery spice.

Perrin Fils 2009 Muscat de Beaumes de Venise ($16.95 for 375 mL, code 4713). A classic sweet wine from one of the great Rhone wine producing houses. Beaumes de Venise is a growing area near Avignon, and the Muscat wine they make there is wonderful. This one has beautiful fresh apricot, marmalade, honey, tangerine and tarte tatin flavours about it.

Tickets to the Cuvee Gala cost $200 per person with a portion coming back as a tax deduction (Cuvee is a fundraiser for the Niagara Community Foundation). If you've got a group, a special package of 10 tickets is $1,750.