Parts V, VI, VII, VIII of #OldNiagara: We explore Cave Spring 1989, Stonechurch 1997, Konzelmann 1991 and Quails’ Gate Optima 1991

collagePicMonkey CollageMy goal is to taste 52 older vintage (20 years or more, with an exception or two along the way) Canadian wines in a year and write about them good or bad for this series called #OldNiagara. Continue reading

Charles Baker’s Picone Vineyard Riesling 2011 leads biggest Ontario wine release of the year at Vintages, plus details on Taste Local event, reviews of top Niagara wines

DSC_3370Oh, boy, get ready for an onslaught of Ontario wines as a multipronged promotion between the LCBO and Wine Country Ontario brings its “Taste Local” event to stores across the province from Sept. 14 to Oct. 11. Continue reading

Donald Triggs looks beyond B.C. to bring his Culmina wines to Ontario; plus new wines from the Okanagan’s Haywire and Tinhorn Creek

mainDonald Triggs and his daughter Sara, above photo, are working on only their second vintage of Culmina wines and have already set their sights well beyond the B.C. border. Continue reading

Trius winemaker Craig McDonald pushes the boundaries for his small-lot wines; plus a pile of other Ontario wine reviews (Vineland, Southbrook, Colio, Flat Rock, des Charmes

mainThe transformation of the Trius brand of wines at Peller’s Hillebrand winery has been a methodical, innovative and wild ride under the skilful direction of chief winemaker Craig McDonald. Continue reading

I. Am. A Canadian Wine Drinker. And I have no idea what that means. Searching for clarity in a murky sea of diverging identities from coast to coast

I-Am-Canadian-LogoI am a Canadian wine drinker. Yes, I drink Canadian Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, that’s a given, but L’Acadie Blanc, Léon Millot, Marechal Foch and even Zweigelt all find their way into my glass from time to time. Hell yes, I am Canadian and I never discriminate, so if I see a Nebbiolo, Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara or anything appassimento, fill me up. I am nothing if not polite, because I am Canadian. Continue reading