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News stories by Rick

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 WGAO 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

The International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration in review: ‘In one sense we are all Burgundians now,’

photoIt’s been around since the Middle Ages, a long-standing member of the wine aristocracy, and it has held its noble head up high through the centuries despite periods of downright mediocrity. Continue reading

Updated: Dear, Kathleen Wynne: New report shows you can make more money, give us better choice and better prices on booze if you privatize the LCBO — let’s do this

lcboMaybe now Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne will listen. Maybe, just maybe, this government will pull their heads out of the sand for a minute or two and listen to smart people with even smarter conclusions on why privatization is good for everyone in Ontario. Continue reading

#oldniagara Part 1: Jim Warren’s Stoney Ridge Late Harvest Plekan Vineyard Riesling 1989; a grand old sweetie

mainOlder wine, slowly matured naturally in a well-designed cellar, is the thing that really excites me about the vinous world. Continue reading