Wines In Niagara

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A trio of Kacaba Syrahs, plus wine reviews for: Henry of Pelham, Flat Rock, Maverick Distillery, rum and more

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Syrah in Ontario will become a rarity beginning with the 2014 vintage because of the back-to-back brutal winters, so there is much to celebrate with the plentiful 2013s now hitting store shelves. Continue reading

CCOVI warns Ontario grape growers of impending deep freeze

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Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) is warning Ontario wineries to take whatever precautions they can during the upcoming cold spell about to hit the province this weekend. Continue reading

Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day draws near. Do you have your Ontario bubbly on ice?

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Love is in the air as we inch closer and closer to the day that embodies all that is romance. Valentine’s Day is when we share our passion with the one(s) we love with just a little more fervour and fanfare than the rest of the year. Continue reading

Buying wine as a gift isn’t rocket science; but sometimes it sure seems like it

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Note: This piece was originally published in the Christmas edition of Quench Magazine, but thought the feature holds relevance to anyone who agonizes over buying wine for someone whatever the season.

Seriously?? It’s a smokin’ hot mid-August day poolside in St. Catharines; the ciders are sliding down mighty fine right now. The glow of a fairly decent tan (OK, patchy sunburn) is only interrupted by a cool dip in the water as the Bose wireless speaker, set to Songza’s “It’s Saturday, play music for a lazy summer’s day by the pool, scruffy dive bar rock” plays gently in the background. Life could not be any sweeter.
Then … the speaker chirps — damn — incoming email: Continue reading

Big Niagara red wines released just in time for the big game Sunday at Vintages

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The Vintages wine release on Saturday (Go, Broncos, Go!) features a trio of bold, rich red wines from Niagara as well as a nice rose bubbly perfect for Valentine’s Day and an icewine that hits all the right notes. Continue reading

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