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

Top wines from Tawse and Le Clos Jordanne lead the Niagara releases at Vintages, plus a whack of international wines are reviewed in this report

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It’s a big, juicy wine release at Vintages this Saturday and it features some top Niagara bottlings spread across a variety of styles and price points. Continue reading

Malivoire draws from the expertise of his winemakers (and their vineyards!); it’s a match made in heaven

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Thinking of a career as a winemaker at Malivoire Wine on the Beamsville Bench? You’d do well to include “vineyard owner” on your resume. Continue reading

The new wine releases from the appassimento-styled Foreign Affair winery, plus 2012 Stratus Chard, CSV Riesling 2010 from Cave Spring and Vineland’s Sauvignon Blancs

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Much has been said and continues to be said about the growing fleet of appassimento-style wines being made in Ontario. Continue reading

John Hall’s incredible journey from whisky maker to deal maker in selling Forty Creek Whisky to Campari, plus Canadian wines go to Germany

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Forty Creek Whisky owner John Hall is one of the coolest dudes in Niagara. I’m not sure how I feel about him selling his brand to Campari, but reading his quotes in the wake of selling to the big drinks company it seems he will continue with his passion to make good Canadian whisky. Continue reading