Mike Weir officially opens winery and gallery in Niagara, wine route diverted through St. Catharines, Ontario’s top sommelier, Inniskillin scoops top trophy at Decanter awards

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It was pretty cool to watch the Mike Weir Winery finally emerge in all its glory on the Beamsville Bench and even cooler to see Mike Weir, the greatest Canadian golfer, officially open his gallery at the site. Continue reading

A vineyard is reborn at Thirty Bench in honour of Dr. Muckle; plus top single-vineyard Rieslings from the 2012 vintage released at winery this weekend

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It was a touching moment as Thirty Bench winemaker Emma Garner, above, revealed the new name for a major vineyard replanting at the historic Beamsville Bench property. Continue reading

Ontario craft cider makers take over Toronto taps and prove conclusively: This is not your Grandma’s apple cider. Plus new Vintages releases

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One was black as the night with a foamy crown for good measure. Another was beet red. Some had fizz while others were amber-gold and sparkled under the bar lighting. Many glowed in various shades of red while others were perfectly golden. Continue reading

Le Clos Jordanne finds a new home after 12 years; Visa, Wine Country Ontario present wine country experiences

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Le Clos Jordanne is on the move after 12 years in Niagara to a new home in Niagara Falls. I will miss the big green winery in at 2540 South Service Road (but mainly because it was 10 minutes from house). Continue reading