Buried Treasure: From Gaja to Prum to Niagara’s own legends, why cellaring your wine pays big dividents

80310714There is a passage in one of my favourite wine novels, The Billionaire’s Vinegar, which goes like this: “An ullaged bottle. Alas, but unsurprisingly ‘over the top,’ oxidized: colour dark brown; nose like pure balsamic vinegar; despite the rich components — undrinkable.” The words quoted are from British wine critic Michael Broadbent after tasting a bottle of Chateau Lafite from Bordeaux that was over 200 years old. Continue reading

Limited Ontario wine release at Vintages Saturday: Rosehall Run, Featherstone, Kacaba, plus the first 2012 Burgundy from Bachelder

chardThe province’s booze monopoly is still trying to shake off the cobwebs of a busy Christmas season and hasn’t really cranked up the Ontario wine releases at Vintages stores in 2015 yet. Continue reading

Poetry in motion: Thomas Bachelder unveils his 2012 Pinots and Chardonnays from Niagara, Burgundy and Oregon

Provided to Rick Vanskickle 9-Jan-15To understand the essence of Thomas Bachelder, what makes this tireless flying winemaker tick, you need look no further than his softer, poetic side. Continue reading

Tiers of Joy: Tasting the top bio-organic wines from Niagara’s Southbrook Vineyards and the most curious all-natural ‘orange’ wine from winemaker Sperling

annmainIt’s eerily quiet on the Sunday morning just after Christmas in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The long, periwinkle wall at Southbrook Vineyard shimmers even in the dull light of a dreary winter’s day in wine country. Continue reading

A mini wine tasting adventure through Niagara-on-the-Lake with stops at Two Sisters, Lailey Vineyard and Oast House Brewers with a nod to the El Gastronomo crew

sisterbarrelsIt appeared seemingly out of nowhere — an architectural dream built on John Street, close to the Niagara River in Niagara-on-the-Lake in the high-rent district of Niagara’s wine country. Continue reading