Leaning Post Wines


A small-batch, and hand-crafted, riesling, pinot noir, and their impressive red Cuvée Winona that showcases the best of boutique Niagara winery, Leaning Post Wines.

Plus, enjoy a complimentary VIP wine tasting experience for two that includes cheese and charcuterie at Leaning Post ($100 value). Vouchers included in each box.

* Not to mention, one lucky CityNews Wine Club member will be selected to receive a Super VIP tasting experience for 4 people at Leaning Post which includes an in-depth and guided wine tasting with cheese and charcuterie along with one-on-one time with Ilya Senchuk, the winemaker, who will chat about the winemaking process and show you the facilities. The lucky winner will also go home with a magnum bottle (1.5L) of Senchuk Vineyard Chardonnay, the winery’s best chardonnay in a large format bottle valued at $110. The total value of this once in a lifetime experience is $400. See details below!


2019 Riesling
VQA Twenty Mile Bench

The Wismer Foxcroft vineyard has a long established reputation for yielding the highest quality grapes in the region. 100% of Leaning Post’s 2019 riesling came from the Foxcroft block of Wismer Vineyards, so you’re getting a single-vineyard treat with this wine. Fragrant floral aromas of honeysuckle and orange blossom mingle with lemon peel and stone fruit. On the palate, you’re greeted with nectarine, green apple, and classic Niagara minerality with zippy acidity. Fuller-bodied than most riesling expressions, the mouthfeel is textured and generous.

Pair this delight with chicken korma over basmati rice, roasted pork shoulder with applesauce, and Thai drunken noodles with crispy tofu.


2020 Cuvée Winona
VQA Niagara Peninsula

A blend of merlot (61%) and cabernet franc (39%), this smooth and deliciously heavy-hitting red was aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. Expect notes of cedar, tobacco, licorice, and white pepper on the nose and a palate of wild blueberry, cassis, dark chocolate, sage, and black pepper. The 2020 vintage provided optimal growing conditions; this is expressed in the wine’s richness, and graceful integration, of flavour.

Merlot-dominant blends love food; pair this cuvée with mushroom risotto with shaved parmesan, Cajun-smoked shrimp over grits, and steak with French bordelaise red wine sauce.


2020 Pinot Noir

This pinot was a labour of love: four different vineyards were sourced for their top fruit and the grapes were hand-picked, hand-sorted, and fermented separately by vineyard. The wine was then blended and aged for 15 months in French oak which explains its mellow mouthfeel and subtle spice notes. A bouquet of violets, earth, and pencil shavings leads into tart cherry and raspberry on the palate. Charming, and with surprising depth, this wine is drinking beautifully now, but can also be cellared for up to five years.

A lovely match with roasted beet salad with goat cheese, quattro stagioni pizza, and miso chicken with shiitake mushrooms.


* No purchase necessary. Sign up for a free account at citynewswineclub.com and you’ll automatically be entered into the draw. You can also mail your entry, (inclusive of your name, phone number and the contest you want to enter), to CityNews Wine Club at 215 Spadina Ave., Suite 400, Toronto, ON M5T 2C7. Contest closes September 21, 2023 at 11:59pm (ET.) 1 prize to be won consisting of 1 Super VIP tasting experience for 4 people at Leaning Post Winery valued at $400 total that includes a magnum bottle of Senchuk Vineyard Chardonnay. VIP tasting experience is based on availability and valid until August 31, 2024. Black-out dates apply. Open to residents of Ontario over the age of 19. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Must correctly answer a mathematical skill-testing question to win.