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 ...

Star Niagara winemaker takes over at Township 7 in B.C., plus new releases for JoieFarm, Tinhorn and Haywire

township-7-naramata-bench-1What is Niagara’s loss is B.C.’s gain with the arrival this fall of winemaker Mary McDermott to the Township 7 winery. Continue reading

Part II of mega Christmas release at Vintages features a nice selection of Niagara wines to consider

11294113736_6513730e61Here we go, it’s Part II of the mega Christmas release at Vintages on Saturday and you won’t find a bigger bevy of enticing wines this year with price tags soaring into the hundreds of dollars for one single bottle. Continue reading

The film that the LCBO and The Beer Store don’t want you to see: Straight Up delves into Ontario’s most curious booze monopolies. WATCH THE FULL FILM HERE

captureStraight Up is a film about the curious case of alcohol retail and distribution in Ontario directed and produced by two former Blackberry employees, Peter Lenardon and A.J. Wykes, who decided to do something about it or at least bring the issue to the forefront in a feature film documentary. You can watch the hour and 15-minute film here as it makes its debut today. Continue reading

A ‘Hip’ new wine from Stoney Ridge, Legislature picks 2015 VQA wines, dine/sip with the King of Riesling, Stuart Pigott … lots of wine news

STONEY RIDGE ESTATE WINERY - The Tragically Hip Release LimitedThe Tragically Hip and Stoney Ridge have teamed up for a VQA red wine that was released Monday and the Ontario legislature has announced its VQA wines for coming year. Continue reading

Straight Up talk about a new film on the woeful state of alcohol retail and distribution in Ontario (movie released here next Thursday)

captureSo much has been written and said about the archaic booze laws in Ontario that it’s hard to believe we still live under the dark, menacing shadow of two massive monopolies — the LCBO and The Beer Store. Continue reading