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Icewine Festival transforms Niagara into a Winter Wonderland; all you need to know right here

WINE COUNTRY ONTARIO - Icewine Festival transforms Wine CountryAs the temperatures begin to drop in Ontario wine country, winemakers start preparing for the icewine harvest. All eyes are on the thermometer as they wait in anticipation of the required -8 C that’s necessary for picking frozen grapes that deliver that unctuous sweet nectar called icewine. Continue reading

Ontario wine news: VineAlert back, VQA’s take on Vintage 2014, Wine Country Ontario’s taste truck, Icewine Fest details, Tony Aspler’s new wine book

B333BVSIAAEt2VcWith another tough winter predicted, Brock scientists are once again helping grape growers prepare for the fight with the VineAlert program. We also have news on the VQA’s take on the 2014 Ontario wine vintage, Wine Country Ontario’s tasting truck, details on the Niagara Icewine Festival and a cool new book from Tony Aspler. Continue reading

The vintage that came in from the cold – what to expect from the 2014 polar vortex challenged wines in Ontario

hidden3I stole the headline from Prince Edward County’s Dan Sullivan, but it aptly describes one of the whackiest, most bizarre seasons of grape growing in Ontario’s history. That anyone will be sipping 2014 wines sometime in the very near future is a miracle in itself. Continue reading

The film that the LCBO and The Beer Store don’t want you to see: Straight Up delves into Ontario’s most curious booze monopolies. WATCH THE FULL FILM HERE

captureStraight Up is a film about the curious case of alcohol retail and distribution in Ontario directed and produced by two former Blackberry employees, Peter Lenardon and A.J. Wykes, who decided to do something about it or at least bring the issue to the forefront in a feature film documentary. You can watch the hour and 15-minute film here as it makes its debut today. Continue reading