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Still life with Paul Pender (and new wine reviews from Tawse)

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By Rick VanSickle

Climbing the stairs to the top of the six-level, gravity-flow winery at Tawse, winemaker Paul Pender, above, reveals his latest project — an elaborate labyrinth of copper, stainless steel, gauges, columns and the centrepiece of it all, a top-of-the-line Italian copper pot still. Continue reading

We’ve got our eyes on some knock-out Niagara wines (and one from the Okanagan) at the Vintages release Saturday

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The first wave of the Vintages Christmas releases at the LCBO is still a couple of weeks away, but this Saturday you can find more than a few special wines from Niagara (and a beauty from B.C.) that will get you in the festive spirit. Continue reading

Niagara’s Hidden Bench basks in the glow of new orange wine; plus new wine releases (Malbec?, yep)

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By Rick VanSickle

The emergence of skin-fermented white wines in Ontario has been more cautious experimentation than an avalanche of these so-called “orange” wines. Continue reading

Ontario Wine Wire: The all NEW Alvento winery, plus: Flat Rock wine reviews, Vintages Niagara highlights, a craftier wine council and get your Cuvée tickets

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By Rick VanSickle

Back in its day, Alvento was a wondrous Niagara winery pumping out meticulously crafted Left and Right Bank styled Bordeaux reds, a spectacular Viognier and a most curious local take on Nebbiolo. Continue reading

Harvest vignettes from Niagara wine country with stops at Ravine, Vineland Estate, Stratus, Rosewood and Fielding

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Rick VanSickle

It’s getting down to the brass tacks in Niagara wine country as winemakers and growers turn their attention to the late-ripening red grapes during Harvest 2018. Continue reading

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