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 ...

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

Driving for success at Rockway Vineyards in Niagara: Some vineyards being sold, portfolio trimmed to concentrate on what does best on Twenty Mile Bench

dogI had no idea that Niagara’s Rockway Vineyards has such a colourful history. Continue reading