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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

#OldNiagara Stoney Ridge Cab Franc 1989 and Pinot 1994, Stonechurch Cab Franc 1997; plus Vintages Niagara wine releases Saturday

vmainA theme is emerging with the wines I’ve been tasting for this #OldNiagara feature I’ve embarked on. 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

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