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 ...

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

Taking a deeper look into the #OldNiagara Baco Noirs from 1989, 1991, 1995 and Henry of Pelham’s Reserve 2012: The series continues

mainLove it or hate it, Baco Noir is that most curious of grapes that just keeps hanging around in Ontario. It has an enigmatic hold on a lot of wine lovers, yet has a visceral affect on many others. Continue reading

Daniel Lenko comes out swinging with his 2012 portfolio, plus #OldNiagara series looks at the Stoney Ridge Lenko Vineyards Merlot from 1989

dan the manDaniel Lenko and his family have been growing grapes at the Beamsville Bench property since 1959 when Lenko’s grandfather John and father William planted some of the first Chardonnay vines in Canada. Continue reading

A rant on the kitchen sink blends from Ontario that have hit epic proportions, plus Ontario Vintages wines release Saturday and new Kacaba reds

traditional-kitchen-sinksI’m in a very sour mood. So, bear with me here. Continue reading