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Black Paw vs. Red Paw at Coyote’s Run just like Theron vs. Jolie (sort of)

the chards

Driving up the lane to the out of the way Coyote’s Run Estate Winery in St. Davids, the property is evenly split by two distinct vineyards that form the backbone of this country estates’ wine program.

You can’t immediately see the difference, but you certainly can taste it. It’s Black Paw Vineyard vs. Red Paw Vineyard. Or, if you will, Charlize Theron vs. Angelina Jolie. Let me explain. Continue reading

Ontario ponies up $12 million to help grape growers improve their vineyards

Note: The Ontario government announced today a $12 million Ontario Vineyard Improvement Program. Here is the press release as it was send from the Grape Growers of Ontario

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 (Niagara on the Lake): Today, the Honourable Carol Mitchell, Minister of Ontario Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, announced the 12 million dollar Ontario Vineyard Improvement Program for wine grape growers in Ontario.

This program provides four years of funding support for vine removal, vineyard preparation, vine trellis systems, bird netting, frost prevention, improved irrigation and other viticulture improvements.

This investment is the next step in strengthening Ontario’s grape and wine industry by focusing support on VQA wine, improving clarity for consumers and supporting the long-term viability of the industry.

“Our growers welcome the Government of Ontario’s investment in our industry”, said Bill George, Chair of the Grape Growers of Ontario. “Collectively Ontario has over 15,000 acres of wine grapes, and each acre contributes $30,945 to the Ontario economy. Investing in and providing funding support to our growers just makes good business sense.”

“As growers, we are doing our part ‘growing the wines you love’ in Ontario, and today’s announcement provides the necessary vineyard investment support that will have a direct impact on growers remaining competitive both at home and internationally, “commented, Debbie Zimmerman, CEO of the Grape Growers of Ontario.

The Grape Growers of Ontario represents over 500 active growers on 15,000 acres in four viticulture areas (Niagara, Pelee Island, Lake Erie North Shore, and Prince Edward County). We are the advocate of all processing grape growers in the province working to ensure the market for Ontario grapes and wines expands domestically and internationally.

Ann Sperling’s Okanagan wines coming soon to Ontario


Not a lot of wine couples have their feet as firmly planted in as many places as Ann Sperling and Peter Gamble.

There’s Niagara, of course, with Sperling crafting the wines at Southbrook Vineyard, and Gamble as the winery consultant at Ravine Vineyard (he was also part of the startup team at Stratus and consults with the excellent sparkling producer Benjamin Bridge in Nova Scotia and, along with Sperling, has a small seven-acre Malbec vineyard near Mendoza in Argentina). Continue reading

Links to various posts from TasteCamp North

Chez Julien

En se rendant à TasteCamp North

Tastecamp North en images

Un terroir en pleine adolescence


TasteCamp 2011

Girl on Wine

TasteCamp North: Part One

TasteCamp North, Part Two: Tawse & Vineland

TasteCamp North, Part Three: Grand Tasting & Flat Rock

Good Grape

Oh, Canada:  With Glowing Hearts We See Thee Rise

Tastecamp Made Me a Spoiled Brat

Maritime Drinker

#Tastecamp Niagara – The Maritime Drinker Reports

Niagara: au-delà des chutes, de supers vins!

New York Cork Report

TasteCamp North 2011: A Photo Diary

What We Drank (May 20, 2011)

TasteCamp North: Canadian Soil, with Echoes of New York

Recognizing and Preserving Terroir in Niagara

“The Hardest Things to Do Are the Ones That Matter Most”: Winemaking Lessons from TasteCamp

TasteCamp North 2011: On Acidity, Perception and Other Observations

Palate Press

A Wine World to Discover: Tasting Niagara Wines at TasteCamp North

Passionate Foodie

Rant: How Memorable is TasteCamp?

Rue Frontenac

Les vins de Niagara tiennent leurs promesses

Spotlight Toronto

Tastecamp 2011 Photos

Toledo Wines and Vines

Karlo Estates 2008 Pinot Noir VQA Prince Edward County

A Wine From Canada… Really? Niagara Winemakers Seek Respect on the World Stage

Niagara’s Search for Cool Climate Chardonnay Mastery

Niagara Gets Back to Nature With Wild Fermentation

Uncork Ontario

Tastecamp Brief Report: Day 1

Tastecamp Day 1, Part 1

Tastecamp Day1, Part 2

Tastecamp Day 2 Part 1: Tawse & Vineland

Tastecamp Day 2 Part 2: Flat Rock Cellars and Treadwell BYOW Dinner

Tastecamp Day 3: US Niagara, Carmelo’s, Arrowhead & Freedom Run

10 (Er… 12) Things I Learned at Tastecamp North

The Wine Case

Ready for TasteCamp North: What’s So Great About Niagara, Anyway?

Post-TasteCamp North interviews: Jonathan Wilson of

Post-TasteCamp North interviews: Adam Japko of Wine Zag

Post-TasteCamp North interviews: Diane Letulle of the Wine Lover’s Journal

Post-TasteCamp North interviews: Jeff Lefevere of Good Grape

Post-TasteCamp North interviews: Richard Auffrey, the Passionate Foodie

Post-TasteCamp North interviews: Lenn Thompson of the New York Cork Report

Post-TasteCamp North Interviews: Amanda Maynard, the Wineing

Wines In Niagara

TasteCamp in Niagara: Day One

TasteCamp Niagara in pictures, Day Two on the Bench

TasteCamp Niagara, Part I, a look back at a weekend of wine

TasteCamp Part II: On the Bench wineries, and the legendary BYOW dinner

Wine Zag

Clos de la Roilette & Ramps

Get Over Yourself With Niagara Wine

Top Three Wines of May: Loire Valley and Niagara, Ontario

Pillitteri wins top Canadian wine award at Vinexpo

NOTE: Pillitteri Estates Winery announced via this press release that they were awarded top Canadian wine at Vinexpo for a Chardonnay Icewine.

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario – Pillitteri Estates Winery has received one of the highest honours in Bordeaux France, where they were awarded the Canada Medal at Citadelles du Vin for the best Canadian wine in competition at the most prestigious Wine and Spirits Exhibition in the world, Vinexpo.

chardonnay_ice_07_mPillitteri received these accolades for their 2007 Chardonnay Icewine.  This is a tremendous accomplishment and honour for the winery which prides itself as the world’s largest estate producer of Icewine.

Pillitteri is committed to quality, authentic Icewine and is for that reason is proud to announce a new partnership with Prooftag, a product authentication and tracking system. Canadian Icewine is a prestigious and sought after product with a growing global demand of authentic Icewine.  Consequently, this rapid growth in demand has resulted in large amounts of counterfeit Canadian Icewine entering the international market. Icewine is now one of the most counterfeited wines in the world.

Prooftag’s main system is a bubble tag which cannot be duplicated and creates an attached pilfer proof covering on Icewine.  This bubble tag has a unique number which can be accessed from the web and on any smart phone to confirm authenticity by visually inspecting the bubbles on the tag and the related file online.  Once removed the unique and un-duplicatable design is destroyed.  Prooftag’s bubble tag system is currently being used on some of the most well known and expensive wine brands in Bordeaux and the Napa Valley “We are proud of the collaboration established with Pillitteri Estates Winery in Canada to secure their Icewine. As a market leader, Pillitteri Estates Winery is the first Canadian winery to use the Bubble Tag technology to ensure a high level of security to their consumers around the world”, commends Franck Bourrières, Sales and Marketing Director at Prooftag.

Pillitteri’s winning Chardonnay Icewine will be the first product to carry this new seal and the first of such seals was applied at a ceremony at Vinexpo in Bordeaux, France to commemorate the prestigious win and new partnership.  Bubble seals will be used on all Pillitteri Icewines exported out of Canada to ensure the quality of their wine and the integrity of their brand. “We are always concerned over counterfeit Icewines entering our markets; the bubble seal will allow us to maintain our brand and family’s integrity around the world.  When our Icewines win  prestigious awards it creates excitement in the community and demand for our products.  We are thrilled with this recognition. We  now we have a system in place to ensure all our customers are receiving pure Canadian Icewine”  Says Pillitteri C.E.O. and President of Sales, Charles Pillitteri.

The Citadelles du Vin is an international wine and spirits competition based in Bordeaux France and endorsed by the O.I.V.  The competition is connected with the world’s premier wine and spirits exhibition, Vinexpo.  Created in 1992, the purpose of this prestigious competition is to discover and highlight some of the best wines on the planet by awarding them trophies.   With 70% of its entries from abroad, the international dimension of the event is omnipresent.  In total, some 30 nations take part in the competition where over 300 appellations are represented.

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