Shake off that dreadful winter; the Saturday Vintages release of Niagara wines can help you forgot the polar vortex

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We’re seeing signs of spring around these parts, subtle, but nonetheless the worst does appear to be over. Continue reading

Tasting the thrilling Small Lot Rieslings from Thirty Bench makes one wonder; Why don’t we have Riesling Warrior in Niagara?

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It’s a question I ask winemaker Emma Garner, above, pretty much every time I see her. When will Niagara Riesling ever get the recognition it most certainly deserves? Continue reading

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