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Two heads are better than one: Niagara’s Big Head getting bigger

Niagara wine

By Rick VanSickle

He casually drops the little bomb like it’s no big deal, just another cog in the unstoppable machine that is Niagara’s Big Head Wines. Continue reading

He’s Back! Chef Adam Hynam-Smith’s late fall popup dinner

Niagara chefs
By Michael Lowe

For months, fans of Chef Adam Hynam-Smith and his internationally inspired dishes waited patiently for word of his next move. Then the email arrived — he was to host a multi-course dinner at an undisclosed location in downtown St. Catharines. Continue reading

Soon takes reins at B.C.’s Vanessa Vineyard, plus reviews for Right Bank red, Fort Berens and Township 7 wines

B.C. wine

By Rick VanSickle

When legendary Okanagan Valley winemaker Howard Soon announced he was retiring from Sandhill Wines and Andrew Peller Ltd. last July, few believed he would go gently into that good night. Continue reading

Inspired by tradition, built from innovation: The full-bodied wines from Niagara’s Rennie Estate

Niagara wines

By Rick VanSickle

It’s a warm autumn day on the Beamsville Bench and we’re standing at the highest point of the Heron Pond Benchland Vineyard looking across Lake Ontario toward the big city skyline of Toronto. Continue reading

East meets west in the friendly Great Chardo Swap competition, plus Vintages’ Niagara wine picks for Saturday

Niagara wine

By Rick VanSickle

Chardonnay has always been a superstar in Niagara; it just loves the cool climate and mineral-rich soils from one end of the Peninsula to the other. Continue reading

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