Ontario wine bottlesWines In Niagara is a website that focuses primarily on the wonderful wines and food made in the Niagara Peninsula. The mission is to be as complete, current, interactive and informative as we possibly can be.

We hope it’s an evolving community and a starting point for conversations about the wines, food and the people who make them in the Niagara region.

Please forgive us if we get off the beaten track and venture to other wine regions of the world. If we travel, we will write it here on this website. We also write about beer from time to time, but only craft beers that we find fascinating and that are available to beer lovers in Ontario. And cider, good Ontario craft ciders.

The intent of Wines In Niagara is to share a similar passion with Niagara wine and food lovers through reviews, stories, photos, videos, news, events, a blog and, perhaps most important, the conversations that we can all take part in whether it’s on this site, Twitter, Facebook or anywhere else we come together and share information, opinions and the fine nuances of what’s in our glass.

Wines In Niagara is a website long dreamed about and now made possible by continued expertise and advice from Suresh Doss. A special thanks to you, Suresh!


Rick VanSickleRick VanSickle’s background is in the newspaper industry as an editor and a wine writer.

He wrote a weekly column for the Calgary Sun in 1999  that expanded to include most Sun newspapers, including the Toronto Sun and, later, as the local wine writer for the St. Catharines Standard.

Rick has now turned his attention to focus on Niagara, Ontario and B.C. wines. He also writes for Pro Shop Magazine on wine-related matters, www.travelinggolfer.net on wine travel destinations, and is a feature writer and international wine reviewer for Quench Wine Magazine. He also writes other freelance articles on wine-related travel,  and features related to the wine industry.

Rick was also named as Brock University’s Promoter of the Year in 2013 and was named Wine Journalist of the Year at the Ontario Wine Awards in 2014.

Wines In Niagara does accept wine samples for review purposes but does not guarantee that wines submitted will be reviewed on this website or any publication. Wines are rated by Rick out of 100 points and (generally) only those that rate 85 points or higher are reviewed. Most all wines are tasted non-blind using similar stemware for each wine and generally the same conditions. For information on where to send unsolicited wine samples, send an email to winesniagara (at) gmail.com.


Mike Lowe was born and raised in the Niagara region.

During a 28 year career in automotive component manufacturing and design, Mike has dedicated his free time to the study of food and beverages. He is a  firm believer that, with the growth of the region’s wine industry, Niagara has become, and must remain, a prime culinary destination.

Mike began writing about the restaurants of Niagara in 2004 as a regular contributor to View Magazine (formerly Pulse Niagara).  In addition to many food, wine, beer and spirits related articles, his restaurant reviews have become a source for diners looking for Niagara’s best culinary experiences. The reviews are unsolicited, objective accounts of dining at all levels, from the best burger joint to top-tier fine dining establishments.

Mike attends many food and wine events looking for the best in local cuisine and is a frequent visitor to area wineries. An avid cook, Mike is often in the kitchen, a place he calls “a safe haven where I can relax and focus my attention on good eating.” One of his most treasured cookbooks is his copy of Larousse Gastronomique autographed by celebrated French chef Jacques Pépin.

Mike also reviews wines from time to time and rates his wines on a five-point system.