Vineland, Ontario – Canadian music icon Jim Cuddy has teamed up with Tawse Winery to develop the winery’s newest brand, Cuddy by Tawse. This new label was born from a longstanding partnership between Jim Cuddy and the winery, and a desire to fuse his two passions: music and wine. Cuddy has been a frequent visitor to Tawse, performing concerts at the winery over the past several years and becoming friends with owners Moray and Joanne Tawse.
The recent collaborative effort between Cuddy and the award-winning winemaking team of Paul Pender and Rene Van Ede has given birth to two new VQA labels that are now available at the winery, and will be in the Vintages section of LCBO outlets in September.
“After many years of drinking great wine, it’s been my good fortune to work with Tawse and actually create some,” says Cuddy of the first release that includes a Chardonnay and Cabernet Merlot blend. “I’m very proud of the two new Cuddy Wine varietals we are presenting and hope that people enjoy tasting the wine as much as we enjoyed making it.”
“We’re absolutely thrilled to be celebrating what is now the 15th anniversary of our first grape harvest with one of Canada’s most celebrated musicians collaborating on two fabulous new wines,” says winery owner Moray Tawse. “
The fruit for both wines was carefully sourced from select Niagara Peninsula vineyard sites that use best-in-class farm practices to produce expressive grapes that are true representations of terroir. The Cuddy by Tawse Chardonnay is barrel fermented and aged, and displays notes of minerality accompanied by ripe apples and pears, with allusions to citrus and toasty oak. The Cabernet Merlot blend is a food-friendly wine showing black fruit, plum, cocoa nib and a richness that hints at dark chocolate. Both wines will be available in limited release.
For media inquiries and to arrange interviews, please contact Joanne Tawse, 416-702-4880, email@example.com
Natalie’s Score: 92/100
A rich, full-bodied Niagara Chardonnay with aromas of toasted almond, golden apple and peach. A layered mid-palate with terrific replays of orchard fruit flavours. Finishes long and smooth. This wine was aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. The 2013 vintage is the inaugural release of this wine. Jim Cuddy, lead singer and guitarist of the Canadian band Blue Rodeo, has partnered with Niagara’s Tawse Winery to create a new wine bran d, Cuddy by Tawse. Cuddy is one of the country’s most iconic musicians: over the past thirty years Blue Rodeo has sold more than four million records, released 14 albums and won eleven JUNO awards. Pair with grilled chicken while enjoying an outdoor concert.