Wineries under one label

The Windsor Star

Ted Whipp

Aug 21, 2013

Commemorative wines for 1812 Wine fans interested in several local wineries’ commemorative War of 1812 wines need to act fast, says Tom O’Brien, with Cooper’s Hawk near Harrow.

The wines under the distinctive Stowaway 1812 label have proven popular, says O’Brien, who’s also head of the local wine and grape growers’ association Essex Pelee Island Coast. The wines celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the upcoming festival of tall ships. It’s also the first collaborative effort among local wineries to produce wines under one label.

Besides the local significance, the wines represent terrific value, say winemakers and organizers. The six wines sell for $14.50 each and are available from each participating winery’s retail store.

For information on the Stowaway wines and their availability, contact the wineries: Colio Estate Wines, Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards, Oxley Estate

Winery, Pelee Island Winery, Smith and Wilson Estate Wines and Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery.

Along with the promotion, a special barrel of wine will be “stowed away” on one of the tall ships participating in the Coastal Trails: Sails to See Tall Ships Festival in Windsor, Amherstburg, Kingsville and Pelee Island Aug. 30 to Sept. 2. The wine will be bottled and auctioned and the commemorative barrel displayed at Pelee Island Winery in Kingsville.

The festival is expected to draw 125,000 visitors to this area. Visit or call 1-800-265-3633 for tall ships festival event information.

Cheers to Motor Burger and its craft beers Customers have spoken and they like Motor Burger’s beers, all made onsite. The gourmet burger eatery on Erie Street recently launched its new version of one of its most popular beers, Deja Blue, produced with local blueberries from Klassen Blueberries and lavender from Serenity Lavender near Colchester.

In all, there are 11 beers, said Jay Souilliere with Motor Burger. Another will be added soon, along with a new beer tower for pouring the beers. The lineup includes Jalopy, Motor Burger’s own smoked jalapeno ale.

The Deja Blue offers sweetness and a delightful colour, much like a dark rose wine. Besides, said Tyler Klassen with the county’s premier blueberry farm family, it’s delicious. The crop itself is doing well, too. Expect blueberries to continue through mid-September, he said.

And who knew lavender would make it into beer, wondered Suzanne Dajczak, with the Serenity Lavender Farm.

The beer is all natural, with lavender steeped like tea and added to the second fermentation, along with blueberries that are cleaned, wash and frozen.

The result is beer with the tartness of blueberries, a slight hint of lavender and banana from the yeast strain and a beer taste from its mostly Canadian wheat, said Ed Leblang, head brewer. He and brewer Donavan Mc-Fadden create the restaurant’s Motor Craft Ales.

Consumers are looking for local flavours, craftsmanship and creative ideas, said Souilliere. “They want to feel good about supporting the community.”

Motor Burger is located at 888 Erie St. E.; open Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday to 10 p.m. and Saturday, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; call 519-252-8004, visit

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