Icewine Festival transforms Niagara into a Winter Wonderland; all you need to know right here

WINE COUNTRY ONTARIO - Icewine Festival transforms Wine CountryAs the temperatures begin to drop in Ontario wine country, winemakers start preparing for the icewine harvest. All eyes are on the thermometer as they wait in anticipation of the required -8 C that’s necessary for picking frozen grapes that deliver that unctuous sweet nectar called icewine. Continue reading

A new chapter for Niagara’s 2027 Cellars, plus reviews for Tawse, Henry of Pelham, Redstone, Nyarai Cellars, Flat Rock, and Chateau des Charmes

DSC_3708For Kevin Panagapka, owner-winemaker of 2027 Cellars, one chapter has closed and a new one has begun. Continue reading

The pure joy of tasting through the wines of Hidden Bench (hint: Tete de Cuvee Chardonnay … you NEED this wine)

haraldmainI believe Harald Thiel, vigneron and proprietor of the landmark Hidden Bench winery, is the happiest he can be when tasting through his own wines. It’s in his eyes, his words, in the pure joy he gets when he lines up all his bottles and tastes from one end to the other.
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Ontario wine news: VineAlert back, VQA’s take on Vintage 2014, Wine Country Ontario’s taste truck, Icewine Fest details, Tony Aspler’s new wine book

B333BVSIAAEt2VcWith another tough winter predicted, Brock scientists are once again helping grape growers prepare for the fight with the VineAlert program. We also have news on the VQA’s take on the 2014 Ontario wine vintage, Wine Country Ontario’s tasting truck, details on the Niagara Icewine Festival and a cool new book from Tony Aspler. Continue reading

#OldNiagara Stoney Ridge Cab Franc 1989 and Pinot 1994, Stonechurch Cab Franc 1997; plus Vintages Niagara wine releases Saturday

vmainA theme is emerging with the wines I’ve been tasting for this #OldNiagara feature I’ve embarked on. Continue reading