Author Archives: Rick VanSickle

About Rick VanSickle

Rick VanSickle is a Wine Writer. Wine lover. Live in Niagara. Drink Niagara. Eat Niagara. Love Ontario. Eat Ontario. Drink Ontario. Also Bordeaux, Rhone, Napa, Alsace, Burgundy ...

Can this man take the Ontario wine industry to the next level? Meet Richard Linley, the new boss of the Ontario Wine Council

Richard Linley Photo - WCOIf the Ontario wine industry is going to move forward its success rests largely on the shoulders of Richard Linley, the newly hired president of the Ontario Wine Council.
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Another excellent grape harvest in California, despite an earthquake, drought, hail and searing heat, according to wine institute

caliNote: The following grape vintage report for California is reprinted here from a release provided by the California Wine institute.

SAN FRANCISCOCalifornia vintners and growers across the state are grateful for another excellent vintage, despite an ongoing drought and earthquake that rocked south Napa in late August just as crush was getting underway, according to the California Wine Institute. Continue reading

The Okanagan Crush Pad’s ‘wild’ adventure: A breathtaking new property to take their Haywire brand to a new level

flowersSUMMERLAND, B.C. — It is simply breathtaking, a stunning swath of wind-swept land as we look down the throat of the Garnet Valley from the highest point of the property on a perfect spring day. Wild flowers — from purple lupines to a riot of colours from daisies, fireweed and wild mustard— swing in the breeze, a breeze that never stands still. Horses with riders trundle on by, and everywhere, evidence of deer, coyotes, rabbits, rattlesnakes and marmots add to the natural cycle of life. Continue reading

Harvest in Niagara: Mad dash to the end, plus reviews for Jackson-Triggs, Inniskillin, Lakeview, EastDell, Tawse, Chateau des Charmes, Fielding, Vineland Estates, Malivoire and Henry of Pelham

hiddenThe grape harvest in Niagara is well in hand with most white varieties safely in he house along with early-ripening reds such as Pinot Noir and Gamay. Continue reading

Just a whole lot of treats coming for the Halloween Vintages release this Saturday: Coyote’s Run, Rennie Estate, Le Clos and Wildass and more

14129129498_a9b2605db5There is nothing scary about the Halloween release at Vintages Oct. 25 in terms of Niagara wines being made available. Continue reading