A delicious seafood bouillabaisse from Vineland Estates.

Lunch with a Niagara legend, the man who planted Rosomel Vineyard

Inside the winery at Vineland Estate on a bright spring day, I am tasting samples of wine with two brilliant winemakers and one legendary pioneer, the man who planted, nurtured and eventually sold the famed Rosomel Vineyard. Continue reading

John Hall, master distiller at Forty Creek.

Forty Creek’s whisky revolution

Note: This article originally was published at Traveling Golfer.

By Rick VanSickle

He enters the tasting room at Kittling Ridge in his trademark suede vest, shirt and jeans. It’s a look not out of place at any old Friday night rodeo. But this is no rodeo. And John Hall is no cowboy.

John Hall, master distiller at Forty Creek.

He’s the owner of Kittling Ridge Estate Winery and Spirits, and one of the hottest whisky distillers on the planet. And he’s putting Canada’s reputation as a quality whisky producer back into the hands of its rightful owners. Continue reading


On the wine bottling line at Hidden Bench

Growing the grapes, deciding when to pick them and how to make them is only part of the thrill in the winemaking process. Once you have all the juice, you’ve got to put it somewhere. That’s where the bottling line comes in. I was invited by Hidden Bench assistant winemaker Jay Johnston to come on out to the winery for bottling day. Hidden Bench uses a mobile bottling line called Hunter Bottling out of Fenwick, Ont., one of two mobile units operating in Niagara. Here’s a slideshow of all the fun.

Untitled from Rick VanSickle on Vimeo.


Treadwell, Southbrook team up for bistro pizza

Good news for food and wine lovers in Niagara.

Treadwell Farm to Table Cuisine, the critically acclaimed and popular waterfront Port Dalhousie eatery, is teaming up with Southbrook Vineyards to provide bistro pizza at the Niagara-on-the-Lake winery. Continue reading