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A writer shakes up the “natural order” of wine and sends hipster somms into a tizzy; going au naturel at Tawse, Haywire


Oh, my. Someone touched a very big nerve and sent the wine community into a frenzy not seen since a wine from California won the Judgment of Paris in 1976. Continue reading

Barefoot in Vermont: A Tastecamp diary of deliciousness


One of the lasting visuals (among many) from a boozy sweep through Vermont recently was the sight of brothers Chris and Jon Piana holding court in the chilly, cement floor barrel cellar of their new Fable Farm cidery (or fermentory, as they call it), both barefoot and fancy free; plaid was in ample supply, ball caps a prerequisite. Continue reading

Kicking craft cider and beer up a notch: Pelham Ciderworks and Shawn & Ed Brewing debuted this weekend


For lovers of great Ontario craft cider and beer, it was quite a weekend. First the Shawn & Ed Brewing Company welcomed its first visitors to a restored historic curling club in Dundas over a three-day grand opening, then the first cask from a new Niagara craft cider venture was tapped at a little pub and restaurant in Fonthill on Saturday night. Continue reading

Winners and losers with grocery store wine and cider hitting the shelves in Ontario


Updated: Sometime this fall, as grapes in Ontario vineyards reach their plump and ripe potential, a brave new world begins in this province with the first bottles of wine hitting shelves at select grocery stores. Continue reading

Six wines (not from Niagara) that rocked my world in 2015


Tasting an ocean of wine every year is kind of what I do. Winery after winery, sample after sample, sip after sip: swirl, sniff, taste, assess and spit. Next. Continue reading

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