Tastecamp hosts in Niagara, N.Y.

Note: This is a report from BRYAN CALANDRELLI, Niagara Region (U.S.) Editor for the New York Cork Report, on the hosts on the U.S. side of the border for TasteCamp North, which takes place in Niagara on both sides of the border May 13-15. It is reprinted here with permission.

TasteCamp North 2011 is just around the corner, so I thought it would make sense to introduce some of the wineries and people we’ll be meeting during the U.S. portion of the programming.

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Matching Ontario apple cider with food: A magical experience

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PICTON, Ont. — From the back patio of the County Cider Company, set on the brow of the Waupoos escarpment here in Prince Edward County, you get a million-dollar view of Lake Ontario.

An ice-cold apple cider, made from local fruit, only adds to the experience.

County Cider owner, Grant Howes, has turned the cidery and winery into a going concern not only for the myriad styles of “hard” apple ciders (an alcoholic drink made from fermented apple juice) but also for wines that his partner, Jenifer Dean, crafts along with all those ciders.

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New Hinterbrook winery set to open with solid lineup of 2010 white wines

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It’s been a long time coming, but the extended Nickel family is about to realize a dream when it opens its winery doors on May 7.

The idea for Hinterbrook, wedged nicely between Strewn Winery and Konzelmann Estate Winery along Lakeshore Road in Niagara-on-the-Lake, was born in 2002 when Phil Nickel all set to open a winery and sell wines made from grapes from his 32-acre farm.

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Friday May 13-15

Château des Charmes: Hosting the opening lunch and tasting.

Château des Charmes is one of the oldest wineries in Niagara, and the first one to plant entirely with vinifera in the late 70s. Paul Bosc, the estate’s founder, or other members of the family, will talk about the beginnings of the Niagara region’s modern winemaking era and lead a tasting before lunch and a walkaround tasting involving several NOTL wineries. Continue reading

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The amazing Jonata wines from Santa Ynez Valley

Matt Dees has a rock star name and a reputation to match, at least in the wine world.

He’s the young, dynamic winemaker at Jonata in the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County, an up and coming wine region in California that appears set to be the next big thing for fine wine collectors. Continue reading