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Wines from the Okanagan’s Tinhorn, Joie Farm and Stag’s Hollow in review

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Oliver, in the South Okanagan Valley, produces some of B.C.’s richest, most complex and ripest red wines. The extreme heat in the summer brings the key red varietals to maturity quickly, making for some very fine Bordeaux-style blends and single-varietal reds in most vintages. Continue reading

Bradshaw joins the winemaking team at Niagara’s Strewn Winery

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I’m walking through the winery at Strewn with Aussie winemaker Marc Bradshaw, recently hired as associate winemaker, and we’re tasting this, that and the other thing from various tanks and barrels. Continue reading

An insider’s look at the first icewine harvest of the year in Niagara

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Note: We followed the 2011 grape harvest in Niagara through the writings of several Niagara insiders. This is the last post from Melissa Smits, a cellar/winery technician at Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery. This is her final report, on the icewine harvest, to wrap up our series. Continue reading

Let the icewine harvest begin! Henry of Pelham brings in the sweet stuff

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The first icewine grapes of the 2011 season, at least that I am aware of, were picked Thursday morning when temperatures dropped below -8 in the vineyards of Henry Pelham. Continue reading

The Top White, Red, Sweet and Sparkling Niagara Wines of 2011

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What a perfect little year for buying and drinking Niagara wine.

It had a little bit of everything. The tail end of the big 2007 reds were released, we saw at least three vintages of Riesling arrive (08, 09 and 2010) on retail shelves, the well-aged Chardonnays from 2008 were offered up for sale as well as the 2009s and even some 2010 unoaked Chards along with what just might be the best vintage for Pinot Noir in Niagara’s history — the 2009s. Continue reading

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