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I. Am. A Canadian Wine Drinker. And I have no idea what that means. Searching for clarity in a murky sea of diverging identities from coast to coast

I-Am-Canadian-LogoI am a Canadian wine drinker. Yes, I drink Canadian Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, that’s a given, but L’Acadie Blanc, Léon Millot, Marechal Foch and even Zweigelt all find their way into my glass from time to time. Hell yes, I am Canadian and I never discriminate, so if I see a Nebbiolo, Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara or anything appassimento, fill me up. I am nothing if not polite, because I am Canadian. Continue reading

The shocking stance that the boss of WAGO is taking on privatizing the booze business in Ontario. It’s downright scary

lcboAnyone else alarmed by the comments made by the boss of the Winery and Grower Alliance of Ontario, which represents, according to them, 85% of all Ontario wines that are produced and sold in Ontario? Continue reading

#OldNiagara, Part IV: An amazingly fresh late harvest Riesling 1989 from one of Niagara’s most famous and historic properties: Vineland’s St. Urban Vineyard

VE wideOne thing is becoming abundantly clear as I explore the older vintages of Niagara’s classic wines. The memories of those who made them aren’t as clear as they once were and detailed winemaking notes just don’t exist like they do with today’s wines. Continue reading

#OldNiagara, Part III: Konzelmann Johannisberg Riesling 1990, a ‘diamond’ in the rough

kmainHerbert Konzelmann is a fourth generation wine-maker and the first in the family to leave Germany in search of the next perfect spot to grow grapes. Continue reading

#oldniagara, bottle No. 2: A taste of the historic Marynissen Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 31 (A) 1991, a beauty that has aged with grace and poise

main31It just doesn’t get any more historic than the Marynissen Lot 31 Cabernet Sauvignon. Continue reading