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The glitz, the glamour, the wine, the food, oh my! The Niagara Icewine Festival kicks off with gala event

mainThe 20th anniversary of Niagara’s Icewine Gala, the event that signals the beginning of three weeks celebrating all things icewine around the region, unfolded in grand style Friday night at the Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls. Continue reading

Bring on the frigid temperatures! Ontario’s icewine harvest in full swing, just in time for the annual festival of all things frozen

unnamedThe freezing cold temperatures that have us bundled up early in this new year is a blessing for Niagara wineries who are busy in the vineyards picking rock-hard icewine grapes. Continue reading

Niagara’s Most Exciting Wines of 2014: A remarkable Riesling from Cave Spring and a Pinot Noir from Queylus top the list

main wine It’s hardly an exact science, evaluating wine never is, but every year I scan published reviews posted on this website to provide a list of Niagara’s Most Exciting Wines tasted in the calendar year. Continue reading

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