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
If visiting the Foreign Affair Winery in Vineland any time soon you might notice (how can you not?) a new welcoming icon by the front door.
It doesn’t get any more grassroots or visceral than the craft cider industry in Ontario. The start-ups thrive on the fringes, working their asses off, taking no salary for a year or more, and pressing out one crazy concoction after another. Some work, some don’t, but they keep driving on. Continue reading
The past week was a busy one with a bevy of British Columbia wines finding their way to Wines in Niagara for tasting. It’s such a shame that we can’t get 99% of the wines made in the Okanagan (unless you order direct) and other regions of B.C. because there are a lot of really interesting things going on there. Continue reading
Syrah in Ontario will become a rarity beginning with the 2014 vintage because of the back-to-back brutal winters, so there is much to celebrate with the plentiful 2013s now hitting store shelves. Continue reading