Globe & Mail readers have been visiting the winery in droves this month, thanks to this charming piece by Big Barbara Ramsay Orr, published June 8.
She’s a winemaker whose tasting rooms are in the dining room of her family farm, located partly on the Twenty Mile Bench and partly in the Vinemount Ridge sub-appellation. Her family has been in viniculture for five generations. Sue-Ann Staff has been named one of the top four “Women in Wine” in the world by the International Wine and Spirits Awards in London, twice. She’s also a pilot, and her winery is one of the only fly-in wineries in Canada, with two grass runways, and co-ordinates on the labels of her wines for pilots who want to fly in for a tasting. Rick Mercer and his crew landed here. Her Burmese Mountain dog, Brix, who, Staff complains, has more Twitter followers than she does, is Mr. January in the Winery Dogs of Ontario calendar. There’s a cat named Nuisance who’s usually around, too. On alternate weekends all summer at the winery, Zooma Farm Grill will be serving up oysters, sliders, ribs – food that Staff describes as “clever, regional and delicious.”
She has three new wines debuting in July: Foxy Pink Rosé, plus a riesling and a cabernet franc. In August, her Fancy Farm Girl Flamboyant Red, a Bordeaux blend that promises to be elegant easy drinking, will be available in the LCBO. And it’s always a good time for Fancy Farm Girl Flirty Bubbles, an award-winning sparkling rosé."
FYI to our readers:
If your interest is piqued by the idea of lunch here at the winery, note the following dates on your calendar for Zooma Caters pop-up Farm House Grill:
July 1 & 2
July 15 & 16
July 29 & 30
August 12 & 13
August 26 & 27
September 9 & 10
September 23 & 24