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News stories by Rick

Buying wine as a gift isn’t rocket science; but sometimes it sure seems like it


Note: This piece was originally published in the Christmas edition of Quench Magazine, but thought the feature holds relevance to anyone who agonizes over buying wine for someone whatever the season.

Seriously?? It’s a smokin’ hot mid-August day poolside in St. Catharines; the ciders are sliding down mighty fine right now. The glow of a fairly decent tan (OK, patchy sunburn) is only interrupted by a cool dip in the water as the Bose wireless speaker, set to Songza’s “It’s Saturday, play music for a lazy summer’s day by the pool, scruffy dive bar rock” plays gently in the background. Life could not be any sweeter.
Then … the speaker chirps — damn — incoming email: Continue reading

VQA Niagara sparkling wine in a can? Gotta love it! Plus, a small release of local wines at Vintages Saturday


If I were a winery owner in Niagara, I would tip my hat to the young upstart Between the Lines winery and get on board with their latest project — sparkling wine in a can. Continue reading

Who’s got the best craft cider in Ontario? Judging is about to begin


The 3rd Annual Craft Cider Competition, which showcases and celebrates the wonderful craft ciders made in Ontario, is gearing up for this year’s event. Continue reading

Icewine grape harvest underway in Niagara, plus details on Niagara Icewine Festival and top picks for Vintages’ release Saturday


The icewine harvest in Niagara officially started early Monday with several wineries reporting perfect conditions to pick those luscious, honey-sweet berries. Continue reading

Top 25 Most Thrilling Niagara Wines for 2015: Bachelder Wismer Chardonnay, Stratus Red Wines of the Year

wines of year 2015

By Rick VanSickle/Publisher of Wines In Niagara

This past summer I was witness to the chaos that is a Thomas Bachelder blending session. The mad scientist winemaker flipped through barrel samples of single-vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays taking mental notes as he zipped from one oak barrique to the next. Continue reading

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