Category Archives: Niagara Wine Reviews

Reviews by Rick

A new chapter for Niagara’s 2027 Cellars, plus reviews for Tawse, Henry of Pelham, Redstone, Nyarai Cellars, Flat Rock, and Chateau des Charmes

DSC_3708For Kevin Panagapka, owner-winemaker of 2027 Cellars, one chapter has closed and a new one has begun. Continue reading

The pure joy of tasting through the wines of Hidden Bench (hint: Tete de Cuvee Chardonnay … you NEED this wine)

haraldmainI believe Harald Thiel, vigneron and proprietor of the landmark Hidden Bench winery, is the happiest he can be when tasting through his own wines. It’s in his eyes, his words, in the pure joy he gets when he lines up all his bottles and tastes from one end to the other.
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#OldNiagara Stoney Ridge Cab Franc 1989 and Pinot 1994, Stonechurch Cab Franc 1997; plus Vintages Niagara wine releases Saturday

vmainA theme is emerging with the wines I’ve been tasting for this #OldNiagara feature I’ve embarked on. Continue reading

A spirited debate with 13th Street winemaker Jean-Pierre Colas on regional identity for Niagara wines, plus upcoming releases reviewed

mainJean-Pierre Colas believes first and foremost in region ahead of sub-appellation and way, way before single-vineyard recognition for wines in Niagara. Continue reading

Star Niagara winemaker takes over at Township 7 in B.C., plus new releases for JoieFarm, Tinhorn and Haywire

township-7-naramata-bench-1What is Niagara’s loss is B.C.’s gain with the arrival this fall of winemaker Mary McDermott to the Township 7 winery. Continue reading