It’s not too late to enjoy the Taste the Season at the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake

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The Taste the Season event, hosted by the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake, is already in full swing but there’s still time to indulge in the sensational pairings offered this year. Continue reading

The film that the LCBO and The Beer Store don’t want you to see: Straight Up delves into Ontario’s most curious booze monopolies. WATCH THE FULL FILM HERE

captureStraight Up is a film about the curious case of alcohol retail and distribution in Ontario directed and produced by two former Blackberry employees, Peter Lenardon and A.J. Wykes, who decided to do something about it or at least bring the issue to the forefront in a feature film documentary. You can watch the hour and 15-minute film here as it makes its debut today. Continue reading

A ‘Hip’ new wine from Stoney Ridge, Legislature picks 2015 VQA wines, dine/sip with the King of Riesling, Stuart Pigott … lots of wine news

STONEY RIDGE ESTATE WINERY - The Tragically Hip Release LimitedThe Tragically Hip and Stoney Ridge have teamed up for a VQA red wine that was released Monday and the Ontario legislature has announced its VQA wines for coming year. Continue reading

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