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Syrah, wonderful Syrah, finds a new champion in Ontario

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Sommelier William Predhomme, above, has a dream; a beautiful dream that is all about Ontario Syrah. It consumes him as he mounts a quest to put this under-appreciated grape in the hearts and on the palates of wine lovers everywhere. Continue reading

IT’S HAMMER TIME: The art of wine auctions in Ontario (and what not to do in the heat of moment)

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Sh!-Sh!-Sh!!! The sudden scolding comes in rapid fire. And again. Sh!-Sh!-Shhhhh!!! The unruly throng that has gathered here on a Friday night in October to part with over $1.7 million in exchange for some old wine quickly hushes up. Continue reading

Shake off that dreadful winter; the Saturday Vintages release of Niagara wines can help you forgot the polar vortex

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We’re seeing signs of spring around these parts, subtle, but nonetheless the worst does appear to be over. Continue reading

Tasting the thrilling Small Lot Rieslings from Thirty Bench makes one wonder; Why don’t we have Riesling Warrior in Niagara?

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It’s a question I ask winemaker Emma Garner, above, pretty much every time I see her. When will Niagara Riesling ever get the recognition it most certainly deserves? Continue reading

Toronto’s West Avenue Cider collects a basket of medals at international competition

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All the hard work — the dreaming, the change in job from executive chef at Burlington’s Spencer’s at the Waterfront to full-time cider maker, one of the most important chef jobs in Southern Ontario, to full-time cider maker — is beginning to pay off for Chris Haworth. Continue reading