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News stories by Rick

It’s official: Ontario wineries can open for business Easter weekend

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Note: This is from a news released just issued by the Ontario Wine Council.’

Ontarians looking for a unique way to celebrate Easter can now add wine tasting and touring to their list of things to do. Wine Country Ontario is pleased to announce that, for the first time ever, Ontario wineries have the option to remain open for business throughout the entire Easter holiday weekend. Continue reading

IT’S HAMMER TIME: The art of wine auctions in Ontario (and what not to do in the heat of moment)

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Sh!-Sh!-Sh!!! The sudden scolding comes in rapid fire. And again. Sh!-Sh!-Shhhhh!!! The unruly throng that has gathered here on a Friday night in October to part with over $1.7 million in exchange for some old wine quickly hushes up. Continue reading

Toronto’s West Avenue Cider collects a basket of medals at international competition

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All the hard work — the dreaming, the change in job from executive chef at Burlington’s Spencer’s at the Waterfront to full-time cider maker, one of the most important chef jobs in Southern Ontario, to full-time cider maker — is beginning to pay off for Chris Haworth. Continue reading

John Hall’s incredible journey from whisky maker to deal maker in selling Forty Creek Whisky to Campari, plus Canadian wines go to Germany

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Forty Creek Whisky owner John Hall is one of the coolest dudes in Niagara. I’m not sure how I feel about him selling his brand to Campari, but reading his quotes in the wake of selling to the big drinks company it seems he will continue with his passion to make good Canadian whisky. Continue reading

Michael Lowe breaks down the chefs and food at Cuvée 2014

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By Michael Lowe

Ontario winemakers recently showed off their favourite wines at the 26th Cuvée Grand Tasting Gala. Although the focus is primarily on the spectacular array of wines, there is always a fine lineup of chefs presenting some delicious dishes for attendees to pair with them. Continue reading