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Ontario craft cider: Grocery stores opening up a retail stream, growing the market, plus West Avenue, County Cider, Revel, Peller reviews

Ontario craft cider

BY RICK VANSICKLE

 You talk to anyone in the Ontario craft cider industry and you always get an earful on everything from limited access to their products for consumers, brutal taxation to the hoops they have to jump through to get their ciders on the shelves of the province’s largest retailer, the LCBO. Continue reading

What to do in Niagara Wine Country this winter: A tasty calendar of events

Ontario icewine

BY MONICA KOSIOR

 Winter is officially here and by the looks of our outdoor conditions it is here to stay! I love this time of the year because it means family dinners, holiday parties and lots of wine. And eventually when we all reach the point of “enough family time” we start to look for something fun and exciting to do, outside of the house. Continue reading

How sweet it is! The 2016 Icewine harvest in Niagara wine country has begun

Ontario Icewine

For the second time this year, the Icewine harvest in Ontario is underway. At 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, the harvest for sweet, frozen grapes for the 2016 crop began when temperatures dropped below -8 C, the audited temperature for VQA rules, and Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery began picking Riesling grapes. Continue reading

Some Ontario wineries are dreaming of an ‘orange’ Christmas: VQA close to opening door to new wine category

Ontario Orange wine

BY RICK VANSICKLE 

Ontario’s Vintner Quality Alliance (VQA) is about to boldly go where few others have gone before and approve regulations governing the production and certification for skin-fermented white Ontario wines, more commonly referred to as “orange” wines. Continue reading

Freaks and geeks: Niagara’s Leaning Post winery takes a walk on the wild side of wine

Best Ontario wine

By Rick VanSickle

Leaning Post winemaker/owner Ilya Senchuk (above in the barrel cellar) is not your prototypical wine baron in Niagara. He and his wife Nadia have carved out their niche from years of hard work and pouring their hard-earned cash (with help from friends and family) into a business that is still ramping up, still growing, and best of all, still exploring. Continue reading

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