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Brave New World: How the new model for beer and wine retailing in Ontario could look

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When the Liberal government stands up to deliver its budget at Queen’s Park in the next couple of weeks a brave new world will be unveiled for Ontario residents who have lived under the stubborn smouldering ashes of post-Prohibition for nine decades. Continue reading

Ontario Wine Vintage Charts for 1998-2014

harvest sliderMother Nature is cruel and never has she been more cruel than in 2014. We are still seeing the effects of the brutal winter and so-called polar vortex that swept through the vineyards of Ontario, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Continue reading

Cave Spring Cellars French Oak Vineyard BA Riesling 1990, a golden beauty

closeupWhen you have an old bottle of wine with a smudged and scuffed label with the once-clear and bright colour now a deep, soupy amber, you just never know what you are going to get. Continue reading

Buried Treasure: From Gaja to Prum to Niagara’s own legends, why cellaring your wine pays big dividents

80310714There is a passage in one of my favourite wine novels, The Billionaire’s Vinegar, which goes like this: “An ullaged bottle. Alas, but unsurprisingly ‘over the top,’ oxidized: colour dark brown; nose like pure balsamic vinegar; despite the rich components — undrinkable.” The words quoted are from British wine critic Michael Broadbent after tasting a bottle of Chateau Lafite from Bordeaux that was over 200 years old. Continue reading

2015; it’s the year private wine stores are finally allowed in Ontario (plus one lonely Niagara wine review from Vintages release Jan. 10)

15737622060_5fbfef244d_kWith 2014 now a distant shadow in our rear view mirrors, it’s time to jettison into the future. A brave new world awaits us. And what a world it will be for us here in Ontario in 2015. We are finally going to be treated like adults when it comes to buying booze. Continue reading

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