Straight Up talk about a new film on the woeful state of alcohol retail and distribution in Ontario (movie released here next Thursday)

captureSo much has been written and said about the archaic booze laws in Ontario that it’s hard to believe we still live under the dark, menacing shadow of two massive monopolies — the LCBO and The Beer Store. Continue reading

Big wines from Niagara’s Foreign Affair and Wayne Gretzky lead the on-slaught of Christmas releases from Vintages. Get ‘em while they’re hot!

8402076919_2b90d730c8And so it begins. The annual get-em-while-they’re-hot Christmas bonanza wines sweep into Vintages beginning this Saturday. If you snooze you will certainly loose out on the best of the best Christmas-release wines. If past history is correct, come Christmas time, the only wines you’ll find on store shelves are the wines no one wants. Continue reading

Can this man take the Ontario wine industry to the next level? Meet Richard Linley, the new boss of the Ontario Wine Council

Richard Linley Photo - WCOIf the Ontario wine industry is going to move forward its success rests largely on the shoulders of Richard Linley, the newly hired president of the Ontario Wine Council.
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Another excellent grape harvest in California, despite an earthquake, drought, hail and searing heat, according to wine institute

caliNote: The following grape vintage report for California is reprinted here from a release provided by the California Wine institute.

SAN FRANCISCOCalifornia vintners and growers across the state are grateful for another excellent vintage, despite an ongoing drought and earthquake that rocked south Napa in late August just as crush was getting underway, according to the California Wine Institute. Continue reading

The Okanagan Crush Pad’s ‘wild’ adventure: A breathtaking new property to take their Haywire brand to a new level

flowersSUMMERLAND, B.C. — It is simply breathtaking, a stunning swath of wind-swept land as we look down the throat of the Garnet Valley from the highest point of the property on a perfect spring day. Wild flowers — from purple lupines to a riot of colours from daisies, fireweed and wild mustard— swing in the breeze, a breeze that never stands still. Horses with riders trundle on by, and everywhere, evidence of deer, coyotes, rabbits, rattlesnakes and marmots add to the natural cycle of life. Continue reading