Category Archives: International Wines/Beer

Another excellent grape harvest in California, despite an earthquake, drought, hail and searing heat, according to wine institute

caliNote: The following grape vintage report for California is reprinted here from a release provided by the California Wine institute.

SAN FRANCISCOCalifornia vintners and growers across the state are grateful for another excellent vintage, despite an ongoing drought and earthquake that rocked south Napa in late August just as crush was getting underway, according to the California Wine Institute. Continue reading

Top wines from Tawse and Le Clos Jordanne lead the Niagara releases at Vintages, plus a whack of international wines are reviewed in this report

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It’s a big, juicy wine release at Vintages this Saturday and it features some top Niagara bottlings spread across a variety of styles and price points. Continue reading

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The exciting 2011 Vintage Ports; Taylor Fladgate and Croft 2011 in review and how to get your hands on them in Ontario

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Can’t remember this much excitement for a Port release since I lined up outside the Dalhousie Vintages stores in Ottawa in 1997 in the middle of February to get my measly allotment of two half bottles of Taylor Fladgate Port 2004. Continue reading

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From around the world, a round-up of some great wines for your enjoyment

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Aside from focusing on the wines from Ontario on this website, I do taste a lot of wines from outside the borders of Canada. Continue reading

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THE BEAUTIFUL: Exploring the wines, terroir and vineyards from Napa Valley’s historic To Kalon Vineyard

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NAPA VALLEY, Calif. — The California sun is just beginning to burn off the morning fog that’s cascading over the Mayacamas Mountains as we make our slow ascent to the To Kalon vineyard’s most prized blocks of vines. Continue reading