KELOWNA, B.C. — It’s hard to pinpoint, but somewhere along the line, a funny thing happened that changed the entire collective soul of wine country in British Columbia. It was as if an open casting call went out for all the supporting roles needed to connect the dots between the 145 146 147 licenced wineries that now vie for attention in the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys. Continue reading
The first time I tasted a sparkling wine from Summerhill Pyramid Winery it was about eight years ago following a week of judging wines in the Okanagan Valley for the now defunct Wine Access Canadian Wine Awards. It was the Cipes Arial 1998 and it blew me away. Never had I tasted an aged vintage sparkling wine like that from a Canadian wine producer. Continue reading
We’ve got a real potpourri of wines and Ontario craft cider to offer up from various travels in Niagara and samples sent this way for consideration.
The Ontario Wine Awards were handed out last in Niagara-on-the-Lake at a gala event hosted by Tony Aspler and attended by winemakers, industry and wine writers. Continue reading
Deep inside the industrial labyrinth of East Hamilton, on the outer edges of Stoney Creek, a beautiful thing is fermenting inside a spacious warehouse now occupied by West Avenue Cider. Continue reading