Note: This piece was originally published in the Christmas edition of Quench Magazine, but thought the feature holds relevance to anyone who agonizes over buying wine for someone whatever the season.
Seriously?? It’s a smokin’ hot mid-August day poolside in St. Catharines; the ciders are sliding down mighty fine right now. The glow of a fairly decent tan (OK, patchy sunburn) is only interrupted by a cool dip in the water as the Bose wireless speaker, set to Songza’s “It’s Saturday, play music for a lazy summer’s day by the pool, scruffy dive bar rock” plays gently in the background. Life could not be any sweeter.
Then … the speaker chirps — damn — incoming email: Continue reading
If I were a winery owner in Niagara, I would tip my hat to the young upstart Between the Lines winery and get on board with their latest project — sparkling wine in a can. Continue reading
The 3rd Annual Craft Cider Competition, which showcases and celebrates the wonderful craft ciders made in Ontario, is gearing up for this year’s event. Continue reading
The icewine harvest in Niagara officially started early Monday with several wineries reporting perfect conditions to pick those luscious, honey-sweet berries. Continue reading
By Rick VanSickle/Publisher of Wines In Niagara
This past summer I was witness to the chaos that is a Thomas Bachelder blending session. The mad scientist winemaker flipped through barrel samples of single-vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays taking mental notes as he zipped from one oak barrique to the next. Continue reading